Flavours and fusion of Indian Tadka
It takes finely honed skill in the kitchen and years of experience to successfully weave a fusion element into a traditional menu – which is why it works so well here at Indian Tadka.
Owner-chef Sid Tripathi and head chef Chandan Singh had notched up many years – including time in top-rated hotels overseas – before opening this popular Augustine Heights restaurant.
The ambience is cheery and alluring with red walls and elegant furniture and lighting but really it’s the menu that brings the regulars back again and again.
It’s a menu rippling with traditional authentic Indian dishes but also spiked with interesting options you won’t find anywhere else.
One specialty is the crunchy eggplant chaat – a textural and pleasantly spiced dish with silken fried eggplant and chickpeas and a sauce of sweet dates and tamarind. Gluten-free fans are in luck – this is just one of several gluten-free options on the menu and there are dairy-free options too.
Chef Sid emphasises that everything put on a plate is made here from scratch.
There are vast offerings of lamb, chicken, goat, seafood and vegetarian dishes.
The Chicken Methi Malai features tender pieces in an almond and cashew gravy with a herbaceous hit of fenugreek and mild spices.
Favourites of Indian cuisine such as Vindaloo, Rogan Josh, Korma and Madras curries are all featured – and yes, there’s a mighty rendition of the Australian crowd-pleaser, Butter Chicken.
Desserts get their own fusion twist – expect to find such unexpected creations as a creamy charcoal kulfi (icecream)!
Also good to know – Indian Tadka is BYO so you can take your own wine to lunch or dinner.
The restaurant, at 118 Augusta Parkway, Augustine Heights, is open from 4pm-9.30pm Saturday to Wednesday and from 11.30am-2.30pm and 4pm-9.30pm Thursday and Friday.