Review of INDU
Located beneath the sidewalk on George Street lies a hidden gem. INDU. INDU is a modern Indian restaurant, but they’re doing things differently here.
Sam Prince (from Mejico and Zambrero) and his team are taking a different slant with INDU, serving up Indian village-style food and hospitality.
The dim basement interior is slick and whilst it is entirely modern, it retains a rustic charm with exposed bricks and terracotta pots. The smell of spices wafts through the air.
The area is well suited for groups or couples.
Their aim is to bring Indian village culture to their guests and they do this with their food and their service. Head chef Bimal Kumar has showcased Southern Indian and Sri-Lankan village dishes but given them his own modern twist.
The food menu features a number of Dosa’s (a South Indian crepe made with lentils), seafood, alongside curries of course.
The curries are light and fresh – this is a world away from your average heavy and greasy ‘western’ Indian cuisine. Don’t expect to find Butter Chicken here! Instead you’ll want to try their signature Lamb Raan (marinated and slow roasted over 48 hours with yoghurt & spice, mint chutney and lunumiris). There are also plenty of salads and vegetarian dishes on offer. Along with a variety of hoppers and the prettiest raita we’ve ever seen!
Those dining in a group will want to head straight to their banquet menu which makes group dining easy.
In terms of the drinks, there’s a cocktail list featuring their own unique signatures and a large array of spirits to choose from. We think it’s really hard to go past the Chenai Chiller (gin, mixed berries, basil, curry leaves, lemon juice, agave). Perfect to cool down after that heat.
Plus a reasonably extensive wine list is available which have been selected to complement their spicy dishes.
Also good to know, they have 2 private dining rooms (seating 12). Next Birthday party venue sorted!
We think INDU is a refreshing addition to the CBD dining scene. We also love they are giving back to the local Indian villages they draw their inspiration from. Home cooks will want to take home a copy of their cookbook ‘Handmade’ with proceeds going towards their charity.
Address: 350 George Street, Sydney (entry via Angel Place)
Hours: Mon – Sun – 12pm – late
Phone: (02) 9223 0158
Images courtesy of INDU.