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Where's the Best Curry in Melbourne?

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by Meiri S (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, currently residing in Melbourne, Australia.
Published December 4th 2017
I love a good curry. Succulent meat in a tasty spicy sauce is one of my go-to comfort dishes. I also realise that 'curry' really isn't 'curry' but the slack English term for delicious meat or veggies with a flavourful sauce of myriad descriptions.

For me, the perfect curry is one when the meat or veggies simply melt in the mouth and have a spicy hot warming sauce to match with some vibrant greens on the side. I've eaten it in Melbourne, Darwin, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Thailand. It's the dish I go to when I'm feeling a little blue or homesick for the tropics. The pep of the spice and the heat of the sauce warms me up inside and reminds me of my days spent in the sun.

In Darwin, my curry fix often came from the Beef Rendang wrap from Sari Rasa at the Rapid Creek Market. But I digress.

Here are my Melbourne favourite :

Gingerboy Asian Fusion

Best duck curry I've ever eaten in Melbourne. There really isn't much more to say, except try it!

Chinta Ria Soul Malay

As a regular reader, you'd know that I cite Chinta Ria quite frequently. I am a shameless repeat customer here. The Roti with Beef curry is the best.

Mamak Malay

Try the lamb curry, fish curry or chicken curry or pretty much any dish on the menu. The umami and attention to detail at Mamak replicates my Malaysian experience.

Mamak Lamb Curry
Mamak Lamb Curry


Pepper Lunch Japanese

This is my favourite place for Chicken Katsu Curry. This is the place to discover my favourite Japanese mum's authentic curry sauce and then add cheese, mushroom, egg and onions to spice it up. The chicken is always crisp and tender. The curry is soft and gentle but enough to get your nose going! You can also play around with how much heat you want with your curry.

Nelayan Indonesian

Nelayan has been on Swanston street for at least 20 years. It's still going strong. This was an old uni haunt for me. Cheap, easy and quick food. A tasty Indonesian flavour explosion.

Nelayan Indonesian Swanston Street Melbourne
Nelayan Indonesian Swanston Street Melbourne


Gaylord Indian Restaurant Indian

I first went to Gaylord with a couple of work colleagues many years ago. They are known for their Indian curries and other fantastic Indian dishes so if you're craving Indian, here's your place.

Gaylord Indian Restaurant Tattersalls Lane Melbourne
Gaylord Indian Restaurant Tattersalls Lane Melbourne


What's your favourite type of curry? Where's your favourite go-to place for when you want a hot curry?
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