If you want to taste the Indian experience, climb up to north Sydney’s Crows Nest and seek out Raavi’s Cumin down Burlington Street. This fine Indian restaurant has some serious pedigree, thanks to the leadership of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Ravi Gandhi, whose years of experience, community mentorship and downright culinary sophistication ensure that a meal – or, why not, a banquet – at Raavi’s Cumin is unforgettable (and highly repeatable).
The executive chef and owner of Raavi’s Cumin, Ravi Gandhi, is consistently ranked among India’s top twenty cuisine experts, harking from a long line of restaurateurs and heading up all manner of hospitality associations and initiatives. Thank goodness, then, for Australia’s open-armed immigration policy, because now Sydney’s Crows Nest is Ravi’s home and home to his flagship restaurant Raavi’s Cumin! Those looking for an Indian eatery that isn’t run-of-the-mill and a kitchen that respects the traditions and philosophy of South Asian cooking, are advised to book a table at this Burlington Street restaurant without delay.
Raavi’s Cumin emphasises, as the name suggests, the humble cumin seed. Integral to Indian cookery, this unassuming spice lends its penetrating pepper and citrus bite to gravies and grills, rice, vegetables, and bread. A typical Indian and South Asian spice, a renowned digestif and purportedly anti-carcinogenic, cumin symbolises this Sydney Indian restaurant’s dedication to South Asia’s diverse regional cuisines and the healthful qualities of Indian cookery, something that often seems counterintuitive to the uninitiated. Showered with accolades that often suggest Raavi’s Cumin is one of Sydney’s best Indian restaurants, this Burlington Street, Crows Nest hotspot is a destination for the city’s discerning diners.
The restaurant owner & staff were very attentive to the requirements of our table of 8 which included an 18 month baby and a gluten free child. We had the banquet & requested spicy. Got exactly what we wanted. Recommended to all
The service was friendly and efficient. The food was delicious. We had somosa for entree, three curry dishes, lamb, dal and chicken with some Naan bread all for only $30 per head. We would definitely go back to this Indian restaurant. Convenient location too
This is a very convivial and popular restaurant. The food is delicious and the servings are just right and reasonably priced. You may have to wait a while but that's all part of the fun- you have time to unwind and chat to your friends and family. It's a nice night out.
Fantastic experience! Food was delicious, hot, and well-presented, service was great, and they even brought a desert with a candle in it for my bday! The only negative was that they brought a garlic instead of a plain naan bread... but hey, it was still delicious :) And the prices were a little ex-y, but it is Sydney after all... I would definitely recommend Raavi's Cumin and will be returning with more guests next time.
It was a nice curry. For me the price doesn't replicate the food but then again I'm from England so raavis I would say is a decent Aussie curry but if it was in England it would be remotely average!
One of the best Indians I've found here in Sydney. The tikka masala was delish and service was great! We will definitely be going back.