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Published June 12th 2011
Indian, Thai, Nepalese, Afghani, African, Malaysian, British, Vietnamese, Jamaican; Melbourne's choice of curries comes from far and wide. But what makes Melbourne's best curry? Is it the heat, the price or the accompaniments for soaking up the gravy?
I'm a fan of an Indian curry and can't go past the cheap and cheerful Classic Curry on Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. You are definitely not paying for the décor or ambiance here, but $11 gets you a tasty curry, rice and a piece of naan bread. Priya Indian Restaurant, north-west of the city in Sydenham, does a great saag whether it is chicken or lamb and for a twist on the classic chicken curry. Nudel Bar on Bourke Street, Melbourne serves theirs with noodles and green beans instead of rice.
Taj Agra in Ringwood is my favourite - the saags there are the best.
By ann.w - reader Thursday, 16th of June @ 04:18 am
Anyone who doesn't know that Red/Green Pepper at the top of Bourke st has the best curry in Melbourne needs to get out more!
By Imo - senior reviewer Wednesday, 15th of June @ 10:04 pm
Ginger Garlic in Eltham. Small but more excellent reviews than you would care to poke a stick at - the foods not bad either.
By gsmit2 - reader Thursday, 16th of June @ 09:28 am
Shavans in Patterson Lakes has beautiful food, and are reasonably priced. Butter Chicken is not bland like some more westernised places and their Kashmiri Beef is great for those who don't like too much spice. You can't go past the lamb cutlets and tandoori prawns. They also make a great Saag Lamb. The cheese naan is to die for, just oozing with tasty cheese...great for soaking up the gravy.
By amie_1 - reader Wednesday, 15th of June @ 08:28 pm
You don't know a good curry till you've experienced the kormas and masalas at Taj Agra in Ringwood. I also didn't know how much I loved Kashmiri naan till I tried it there - now I'm addicted! The prices are reasonable, and the service, fantastic. Definitely one to compete with!
By Lisa Williams - senior reviewer Monday, 18th of July @ 07:35 am
There's a new kid on the block called Tusk Gallery on Burwood Rd Hawthorn that serves home-style Sri Lankan food ..very yummy. if you watched Peter Kuruvitas show My Sri Lanka on SBS you'd know this stuff is the real deal. There's also a little courtyard at the back which is the perfect place to enjoy this type of food. The colourful table settings and Sri Lankan Art gallery create a very pleasant and inviting space.
By michb1 - reader Friday, 18th of November @ 11:30 am