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Published April 29th 2014
A taste of little India a unique, cultural experience
Is this Sydney's India town? A wonderful cultural experience to try.
Looking for authentic, delicious Indian food for very affordable prices? Take a trip down to Harris Park sometime, about 23 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, part of the greater western Sydney region. The suburb is named after surgeon John Harris who built a cottage on the land granted to him in 1795. Harris Park was first settled by the British soon after landing in Sydney Cove.
[ADVERT]Initially built on land given to ex convict James Ruse, today Harris Park is home to a very multicultural group of Australians. This microcosm of cultures uniquely reflects cultures and values brought from all over the world and blended into Australian culture.
About one thirds of the population of Harris Park is from the sub- continent; languages spoken are Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi as well as of course, English. Other ethnic groups include Greek and Lebanese.
The majority of the activity seems to occur along one intersection involving a couple of streets, Wigram and Marion Streets. With a vast array of Indian restaurants to choose from, you will have the wonderful opportunity to taste delicious North Indian cuisine including Gujarati and Punjabi as well as some Mumbai and Indian Chinese. And with all the healthy competition from all these places, you won't break your budget either - far from it.
Parking along one of the side streets for a couple of hours to have your meal shouldn't be too much of a problem. The restaurants are usually open for lunch and dinner and there are some fantastic dessert places to try afterwards too! Including a little joint that sells faluda, a delicious dessert and paan, including sweet paan, sort of like a mint to have after dinner. You can also try masala chai afterwards.
Some of the restaurant include Chutney, Bombay Masala, Indian Chopsticks, Spice of Life, Taj, Billu's, Copper Chimney, Haveli and Kem Cho, so you'll definitely be spoilt for choices. However, you might have to come back a few times to try them all.
Indian Chopsticks is unique because you can try Indian and Chinese mixed cuisines. Bombay Masala is great for chaat which encompasses a variety of delicious Bombay street food. Ginger and Spice of Life were both pleasing last time I went there. Taj is exclusively vegetarian.
So whatever you're looking for, I'm sure your taste buds will love it. Whilst most of the restaurants will have the main curries, rice and desserts, Taj and Billu's probably specialise a little more in sweets that you can purchase and take away for special occasions.
Amidst the restaurants, you will find Indian shops selling groceries and spices, clothes shops for traditional attire, Bollywood movies and music too.
If you're from Sydney, this is a must try. Namaste.