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Published July 23rd 2012
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Indian food is incredibly popular in Australia, and there are plenty of Indian restaurants here in Adelaide, possibly as many as any other ethnic cuisine.

It hasn't quite got the entrenched status here that it has in the UK, where it seems mandatory to go through a weekly ritual of seeing the football/soccer, then hitting a pub until you're legless or broke, and finally moving on to an Indian restaurant. But it still is a very popular cuisine for office parties and family celebrations, and rightly so.

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Curry and Naan @ Clay and Coal, Goodwood

I'm going to admit a personal bias - I'm a staunch fan of Clay and Coal for my curry fix. But I know there are plenty of other contenders, as there are a lot of very good Indian outlets around.

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Saag Chicken Takeaway

I personally have been to a few on Unley Road that are good value - Snake Charmer, Chefs of Tandoori, and the Tandoori Oven all spring readily to mind. Does the word "tandoori" get everyone salivating like it does for me?

Further south Rana Tandoori and Oh! Calcutta have had good reviews on Weekend Notes.

Jasmine's in the city has long been a favourite for office parties, drawing big crowds on Friday nights, sometimes followed by blurry nights on the town that are a source of amusement or embarrassment by Monday morning.

Other places in the city that have been reviewed on Weekend Notes are the Maya Masala and the Banana Leaf Indian Restaurant.

In the western suburbs there is the intriguingly named Taste of Bollywood, while the Delhi Spice on Oaklands Rd is well priced and offers quick takeaway food. I ate at the Bay of Bengal in Glenelg recently for a friend's birthday and enjoyed the food there.

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Ready for Mains at Bay of Bengal Restaurant

If you're a night owl on the north side of town, the Indian Temptations Restaurant is open until 2am to cater for your late night partying.

So have I mentioned your favourite? Got something good (or bad) to say about one of these restaurants? Where do you go to get your chilli fix?

As always, let us know in the comments.
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Arya Restaurant at North Adelaide is our family's favourite. The food here is as close to traditional Indian food we have tasted so far in Adelaide. The ambience of the restaurant and the service is quite different to the sometimes laid back attitude of other Indian restaurants. My kids definitely love going here! See them here at
by llobo (score: 1|18) 2810 days ago
Have to say The Snake Charmer as mentioned for the quality and fine dining experience of Jasmin but without the price tag. Their full menu prices are reasonable but their promotions, special offers and discounts really make it worth the trip. Last time I was there they were talking about developing Adelaides hottest this space heat challenge lovers!!!
by macmo (score: 0|8) 2427 days ago
Indians seem to swear by Indian Temptations and Jasmine. Personally, the curries at Jasmine are my favorite. Used to go to Tandoori Oven on Unley but that place got sold and converted to something else. The owners of Tandoori Oven and Jasmine were relatives to each other and both their curries rivaled each other equally. I usually just do takeaway. Jasmin's setting is more reserved for special occasions
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2962 days ago
I love Chapati House 2 in Black Forest for take-away. They do eat-in too but I haven't ever eaten in. Their mango chicken is divine though, a really nice charcoal flavour undercuts the sweetness of the mango nicely. And there's another one that I can't believe no one has reviewed on here that I'm going to get on to doing a review of so I'll remain mysterious...
by Kathleen (score: 2|580) 3011 days ago
I am from the UK originally, and have lived in Australia for some time now (Sydney and Adelaide) and absolutely love the Australian lifestyle, values, people and culture here- it's fantastic!!! Unfortunately though, I have yet to experience anything near a "decent" curry in Australia. The so called, "curry mile" in Manchester UK is PACKED with Indian restaurants and something you're probably not going to be able to see anywhere else in the world other than India. Indian world class chefs make occasional appearances, and restaurants and compete with (literally) their neighbouring restaurants wlist providing excellent food and value. So with that said, I've actually given up looking for a good Indian restaurant in Australia; given the significant number of disappointments and failed recommendations (even some of those listed here).
Although not Indian food, if you really like SPICY, the "Spice Temple" in Melbourne (in the Crown Complex, Southbank) is an experience you'll probably never forget... Beautiful.
Good luck.
by rhoas (score: 0|5) 2255 days ago
British Taj - Henley beach Rd
by h.gee (score: 0|6) 2999 days ago
The one I was talking about is British India in the city, which I reviewed here

I also really like Raj on Taj on King William, the aloo baigan is good when it's good, but can be a bit hit and miss...
by Kathleen (score: 2|580) 3004 days ago
Snake Charmer, Unley Rd, deeeelicious!!!!
by debti (score: 1|24) 3006 days ago
Khana Khazana on Portrush Rd is arguably Adelaide's best kept Indian secret. Consistently excellent curries and very well priced.
by tone7 (score: 1|55) 3008 days ago
Good article with a lot of eating options Dave!

I recently went to Belair Bhavan Indian Restaurant and that's one of my favourites:

Indian Temptations that you mentioned is up there with the best as well..
by VTN (score: 2|222) 3011 days ago
Dehli Spice, Oaklands Rd, Marion.
by julie (score: 0|4) 3009 days ago
by praka (score: 0|2) 2804 days ago
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by shami (score: 0|2) 233 days ago

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