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Even in the heart of Australia’s capital there are restaurants that make you feel like you’re 6433 miles away, on the sumptuous and vibrant subcontinent of India. Whether it’s modern and stylish or homely and relaxed that you’re after, you’re sure to find the place for you here amongst the best Indian restaurants in Canberra.
For a real taste of the vibrant subcontinent, dine at the Garnish of India and be blown away by the authentic flavors and delicate aromas. Intent on escaping the busy streets below, walk up the small staircase where you are greeted by a calm and relaxed atmosphere, infused with Indian spices and the sumptuous smells from the kitchen. Choose dishes to share from their extensive menu or opt for the chefs recommendations. Try the beef vindaloo if you can take your spice, or the rich and delicious butter chicken for something more muted. The Garnish of India is the perfect spot for a quiet dinner for two or a family occasion, and it’s great for kids too.
From the moment that you walk into Blu Ginger you are treated like an old friend. The welcoming staff and the deliciously comforting food makes for an unforgettably enjoyable visit. Everything served here is prepared to the highest standards and is packed with sumptuous flavors and spices. A well known favourite of guests is the exquisite handi gosht (traditional goat curry); no one does it better than the experienced chefs at Blu Ginger. Situated right in the center of the capital, Blu Ginger is the perfect place for an easy and relaxed meal with friends and family.
On Northbourne Avenue, right in the heart of Canberra is the Taj Mahal; not the famous Indian mausoleum, but the local favourite restaurant. For over 30 years it has been run by the same family, and it exudes a warm and homely atmosphere. Tucked away above the hustle and bustle of the capital’s streets, Taj Mahal also boasts a private function room, perfect for family occasions or parties amongst friends. And the food is pretty special too; here they offer a fantastic value lunch menu: a main dish (I recommend the lamb vindaloo), rice, a naan, samosas, and a plethora of sides to choose from.
Newly renovated, the Copper Chimney explores the modern edge of Indian dining, with its stylish interior and trendy ambiance. But the flavors of India are still the same, and each dish is packed with the authentic tastes of the sub-continent. Serving up dishes ranging from very spicy kolhapuri gosht, to the slightly muted notes of chicken chettinad and fish methi masala. They even offer some of the best desserts in town: try the carrot halwa for a real taste of Indian sweets. The portions are generous, as is the wine list, so you won’t be going hungry at the Copper Chimney.
Situated on Childers Street, Delhi6 is the ideal spot for a family outing. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere pairs perfectly with the sumptuous Indian classics served here. Try the mouth watering mango lassi, which is packed with fantastic flavor combinations. Why not order a selection of the best samosas you’ve ever had whilst you’re at it.