I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published September 9th 2013
There are some scents that please niggle at the nose and tantalise the tastebuds. The smell of Indian food certainly fits this bill.
[ADVERT]Admit it – at the thought of Indian for dinner, you're quietly thinking about some butter chicken, malai kofta, and some delicious accompanying garlic naan. Well, you're certainly not the only one who craves such Indian food. With the high demand of this delicious cuisine, there is a plethora of worthy Indian restaurants in Melbourne.
However, it is always worth going back to where it all began to satisfy your Indian appetite a visit to one of Melbourne's oldest Indian restaurants. Gaylord Indian Restaurant was opened in 1985, and as a reminder of the how beautifully multicultural Melbourne is, this restaurant can be found in the heart of Chinatown. Down Tattersalls Lane, on the corner of Swanston and Little Bourke Street, the award-winning Gaylord will indulge you in a fine-dining experience.
This well-presented restaurant features elaborate gold wallpaper, plush red chairs and stunning lanterns and chandeliers to create a pleasing atmosphere. The service will impress, for even when the restaurant is busy (and it does get busy!) the dedicated waiting staff will remain polite and well-mannered when serving you.
Now, the main reason you're here: the food. This will not be a disappointment. Gaylord offer a mixture of north and south Indian cuisine with a Sri Lankan influence. The fragrant spices combined with pungent and warm flavours create a truly genuine Indian dining experience. The strong influence of Indian art, décor and culture adoring the walls of the restaurant add to this experience – and may just make you feel like you've been transported to the exotic sub-continent.
The extensive menu provides options to cater for all appetites. As with Indian cuisine in general, vegetarians will be treated glowingly. With the menu offering a wide variety of banquets, starters, meat dishes, seafood and vegetarian options, the hardest part will be narrowing down your choices.
The best way to eat Indian is to share your food with your company, so order a few different curries, team it with some tasty flavoured rice, add some scrumptious naan bread or chapatti, and before you know it you have a feast before your eyes. Wash down the meal with some traditional mango lassi, or choose another beverage from the well-supplied wine, cocktail and spirits list, or some mocktail soft-drink options for the designated driver.
And of course there is the dessert menu. If you're strong enough to resist the traditional Indian desserts, then you're missing out. But odds are, you will end up having a tasty after dinner treat or beverage somewhere else in Chinatown (because no-one is that strong to pass up dessert in Melbourne).