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Apna Desi Indian Restaurant and Grocery Shop

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by Million Elephants (subscribe)
I'm a wine professional, living in Bangkok and travelling frequently throughout South East Asia. I'm a huge fan of Laos and Cambodia and off the beaten track travel. Feel free to contact me at:
Published July 10th 2016
Go for groceries, stay for the food
vindalooo apna desi melbourne

I'm a fan of ethnic supermarkets, I mean, how could you not be. It fascinates me to walk into an ethnic supermarket, or a supermarket in another country for that matter, it's a snapshot of food culture from another place. I usually leave with a handful of things that I have no idea about, but that's part of the appeal.

So, with this in mind, and my desire to cook some Indian food, I headed off to a little store called Apna Desi, which is just opposite Southern Cross station on Francis Street.

Indian Scotch Eggs
Indian Scotch Eggs

The store is small but packed to the rafters with an amazing assortment of pickles, pastes, spices and powders. To my surprise they also have a small restaurant just next to the store. Any idea of cooking went out the window and I decided to let the experts do their thing.

Apna Desi
Apna Desi

It's a plain little place, more of a cafeteria, but has generous and delicious food. I had a Biryani and an egg dish that resembles Scotch Eggs in Curry, called Nargisi Kofta, and because I'm greedy, a Vindaloo too.

The food is top notch an very moderately priced. I get the impression this is a go to place for Indian or Pakistani people. I did see a sign that they also deliver.

The store itself seems to cater to Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans, and there were definitely a few things on the menu I had never seen before, so I feel that this may be a good option for anyone wanting to taste some unmodified South Asian food.

Oh, and I did leave with some Lime Pickle that can only be described as nuclear.
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Why? Great selection of Indian groceries and food
When: Lunch and Dinner, except Sundays
Where: 120 Spencer Street Melbourne
Cost: cheap
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I badly want to visit Asia & this just makes it all the more sweet thinking about it!
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