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Where is the best Indian Food in Melbourne?

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by Cora Hodges (subscribe)
Freelance Law student in Melbourne.
Published August 16th 2011
Some days, all you want is a good, spicy, pungent, steaming curry with rice and a poppadom or naan bread. When such a craving hits, first instinct is to buy a pre-prepared Indian meal from Safeway or Coles....but that is hardly authentic!

Of course, the food courts at major shopping centers often have an Indian booth, but who wants to eat greasy Indian which has been sitting there since first thing in the morning, often in questionable food storage conditions? Recently, an expose was held by one of the television programs into the dodgy food handling and storage facilities at the major food courts. In particular, it was determined that most food outlets are not keeping the cooked food in a sufficiently heated environment that kills the bacteria. As a result, as the program pointed out, we're often taking our health in our hands by eating at such outlets.

Another option, is always to go to your local cafe and order their version of an Indian dish. But let's be honest, it's not the same as the real thing. What you get in your local cafe is a pale imitation of the good hearty delicious bowls of curry that can be ordered from an Indian restaurant. Furthermore, a lot of the general cafes believe that cooking a poppadom involves microwaving it - BIG error. All the patron is left with is the raw taste of poppadom in their mouth, and the item itself is a lot smaller than it should be. No...microwaving a poppadom does not cook it properly, so avoid at all costs.

A couple of good suggestions include Haveli Indian Restaurant in East Doncaster, Paradise Indian Restaurant at the Wheelers Hill Shopping Centre, or Bhoj Indian Restaurant in Templestowe and the Docklands.

So...when such a craving attacks, where do you go to satisfy it?

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Why? So you always know where to go when an Indian craving strikes
Where: Melbourne
if you want to get a taste of realindian spices and herbs do check out ...
Nameste India - Bundoora
Aagan - West Footscray
Lazzat Kadha - Sydney Road, Coburg
By agraw - reader
Monday, 22nd of August @ 03:39 am
Namaste Lygon St, Carlton - try the biryani goat, masala dosa, curries are good too!

Kake di hatti Brunswick east - i usually get the butter chicken muttar paneer rice roti

really really good, give it a shot guys!
By tessa16 - reader
Wednesday, 24th of August @ 06:26 am
Singhs takeaway - Nicholson st.
By amand151 - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 01:14 am
Carlton Curry House - Lygon Street
By laure - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 02:36 am
Red Pepper or Green Pepper on Burke st
By Imo - senior reviewer
Thursday, 25th of August @ 03:16 am
Mint leaf in Heidelberg
By Laurie J - senior reviewer
Thursday, 25th of August @ 09:23 am
Aangan Indian Restaurant, Footscray
Pandu's (Indian Chinese) West footscray
By urvi_ - reader
Friday, 26th of August @ 01:17 pm
Kake Di Hatti 128 Lygon St Brunswick East is our family favourite fast efficient with authentic flavours best tandoori around
Also extremely reasonable prices We love it
By sharo101 - reader
Saturday, 27th of August @ 08:08 am
Mmm, my favourite is Royal Time Indian and Nepalese in Lilydale or Sampoorna Vegetarian Surprise in Mount Waverley. Yum.
By Erica Webb - senior reviewer
Monday, 29th of August @ 03:54 am
Tantra in Doncaster East (Blackburn Road) is fabulous. I would drive a very long way to eat here - and possibly crawl over hot coals too!! The specials are always delicious, as is the whole menu. The worst part of dining at Tantra is deciding what to order :)
By jenny164 - reader
Monday, 29th of August @ 10:14 pm
Aangan ,West Footscray
Dosa Hut,Weat Footscray for a variety of dosas and other south indian food
By Anonymous
Monday, 29th of August @ 11:06 pm
Nila Restaurant in Sydney Rd. Yum!!
By cjbar - reader
Wednesday, 31st of August @ 11:36 am
The Rotiman in Middle Park!
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 31st of August @ 10:33 pm
Sharma's in Delahey is fantastic! :)
By Anonymous
Friday, 2nd of September @ 06:26 pm
Curry Vault is always good
By Anonymous
Thursday, 8th of September @ 02:58 pm
Ginger Garlic - Eltham. Get there quickly for the most authentic, tastiest Indian food in Melbourne. I would crawl there on my death bed to eat - infact I eat their food twice a week. Marian
By maria - reader
Sunday, 22nd of April @ 07:26 am
Mirch Masala in Mount Waverley is great!
By amand110 - reader
Monday, 25th of June @ 05:12 am
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By annar - reader
Monday, 27th of May @ 02:40 am
Ceylon Curry corner in Russell st in the city. $2.50 samosas and they sell Indian groceries as well so you can cook up a feast
By newintstudents - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 11th of June @ 11:52 pm
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