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Looking for the best curry in Canberra

By Willozap - 20 October 2008 70

My wife and I moved to Canberra about 8 months ago, and since then we’ve been looking for reliably tasty Indian take away.  We’ve tried a variety of places – some are occasionally good, some are reliably awful.

So I thought I’d throw it out to the wisdom of The RiotACT – where is the best place to get a curry in Canberra?

What’s Your opinion?


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Looking for the best curry in Canberra
missalli 2:26 pm 20 Oct 08

We eat at Taj Agra in belconnen quite frequently.
I always get the Butter Chicken and hubby gets the vindaloo.
Have always had brilliant service and on the occasion that we have had it delivered,always within a reasonsable time period.

grundy 2:19 pm 20 Oct 08

Bollywood in Dickson has always been reliably good.

Albigeois 2:13 pm 20 Oct 08

Butter chicken can also be called “makenwala” (my spelling is TOTALLY wrong but that’s what it sounds like)… from memory it means mild butter chicken or something like that.

I’ve never seen that in Canberra though, only elsewhere.

Oh and Flavours of India in Garema is the best for spicyness – the Vindaloo is not to be reckoned with!; Tandoor House in Kingston is pretty good – love their saag paneer; and Swinger Hill is VERY good, but expensive unless you order before 7pm (where you get a discount of 20% or so).

jennybel75 2:12 pm 20 Oct 08

The Indian Sweet Centre in Oatley Ct, Belco does very good, cheap curries (Yum, goat curry!) at $7.50 incl rice eat in or t/a. A small range of meat and vego curries but very, very tasty. Breads are under $3 for naan etc.

ns 2:08 pm 20 Oct 08

Willozap said :

I live in the inner south, but I don’t mind driving for good food.

I’ve heard the one in Manuka is pretty good, but I can’t remember what it’s called (Jewel of India?) and I’ve never eaten there myself.

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

what is this butter chicken thing that’s sprung up in the past few years?

It might be listed as ‘murgh makhani’. There are lots of stories about how it came to be. The most favoured story is that an irritable (usually white) customer arrived at a restaurant late at night and demanded to be fed. He got leftover tandoori chicken and oven drippings simmered in a can of Campbells tomato soup.

LOL you are probably right WMC. I’ve never seen it on the menu at any restaurant in the subcontinent. It’s probably the only dish I actually make better than my mum’s/grandmas’ cos they’ve never bothered making it 🙂

stray 1:59 pm 20 Oct 08

blue elephant looked like it was being cleared out when i went past on thursday last week…

RatsNest 1:47 pm 20 Oct 08

For people on the northside, Taj Agra in belco is pretty nice now that it’s in it’s new location.

The indian at Melba shops is pretty average so won’t recommend it.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:45 pm 20 Oct 08

I like Ramas and sometimes Jehangir, but they’re all way overpriced in my view, especially for their breads. If we feel like Indian food these days I go all out, spend a day cooking, invite some people over and make a night of it.

what is this butter chicken thing that’s sprung up in the past few years?

It might be listed as ‘murgh makhani’. There are lots of stories about how it came to be. The most favoured story is that an irritable (usually white) customer arrived at a restaurant late at night and demanded to be fed. He got leftover tandoori chicken and oven drippings simmered in a can of Campbells tomato soup.

peterh 1:25 pm 20 Oct 08

Skidbladnir said :

Indian Affair for mine, Gary Singh and his wife Surinder are features of the Phillip business landscape that deserve to be appreciated.

Jehangir at Swinger Hill, or the one at Weston (name?) are also well worth visiting.

shame gary doesn’t do butter chicken takeway lunch boxes on monday. sigh. feel like one now…

mutley 1:24 pm 20 Oct 08

The Blue Elephant was awful. Been there on two separate occasions when the food has been cold (ie. not microwaved for long enough!), and the rice crunchy.

Oh and Butter chicken is often known as Kashmiri chicken.

Skidbladnir 1:06 pm 20 Oct 08

Indian Affair for mine, Gary Singh and his wife Surinder are features of the Phillip business landscape that deserve to be appreciated.

Jehangir at Swinger Hill, or the one at Weston (name?) are also well worth visiting.

johnboy 1:03 pm 20 Oct 08

Second Indian Affair.

Is the blue elephant in Braddon still kicking on?

ant 1:02 pm 20 Oct 08

Slightly veering off topic, but what is this butter chicken thing that’s sprung up in the past few years? It seems to be everywhere, but it’s not mentioned in any of my Indian cookbooks. Is it a local invention?

Willozap 12:51 pm 20 Oct 08

I live in the inner south, but I don’t mind driving for good food.

ns 12:18 pm 20 Oct 08

Hmmmm, where do you live? If in the Inner North I would recommend Flavours of India in Garema Place. (awesome butter chicken)

Woden area, Jehangir’s at Swinger Hill (try the goat curry!) or Indian Affair in Phillip are both excellent.

There are some good ones in the Inner South and Belco, but off the top of my head I haven’t eaten there enough to recommend one.

Some people like Rama’s at Pearce of which I’m personally not a fan but that’s mainly cos I don’t really like Fiji Indian.

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