Whether you like them hot and spicy or meek and mild, the humble Curry has been making huge strides in the Perth restaurant scene.
The popularity of Indian Restaurants in Perth could be down to the ever-growing Indian population bringing their native dishes over to a new audience, or the 230,000 Brits that call WA their home and consume vast amounts of Tikka Masala and Lamb Bhuna on a weekly basis.
Either way, it has created an environment where you can find some top-notch curries in Indian restaurants across the Perth metro area.
The History of the Curry
The origins of the curry date back to 2000 BC in the Indian subcontinent but the evolution of the dishes we know and love today started by the introduction to the British in the 1700’s.
The first curry recipe in English appeared in Hannah Glasse’s The Art Of Cookery in 1747.
Curry was first served in Britain from 1809 and became increasingly popular, with huge jumps in the 1940’s and 1970’s.
There are now more than 9000 Indian restaurants across the UK and there are more Indian restaurants in London than there are in Mumbai!
British migration to Perth has been constant ever since European colonisation of the country, peaking with the ‘Ten Pound Poms’ baby boomers’ era and continuing ever since.
This meant the Brit’s love of Indian food and a good curry found its way to Western Australia and has been thriving ever since.
Ready to fill yourself up on onion bhajis and chicken vindaloos? Here are 7 Indian Restaurants in Perth that will make your taste buds sing.
Located right in the heart of Northbridge on William Street, Sauma blends the old Indian favourites with a new age twist, embracing modern Indian street-style eats.
There’s a curry on the menu to suit everyone and don’t forget to dig into the cocktail list, where you’ll enjoy Indian flavours incorporated into the drinks.
To pay homage to the street-eat style, try the street food set menu for around $50 per person which offers exceptional value and delightful dishes.
2. Two Fat Indians, Mt Lawley
The food at Two Fat Indians has always hit the mark – which would explain why it’s hard to get a table without a reservation.
The extensive menu lists all your favourite spicy food, plus one or two dishes you might not have come across before.
Try Laal Maas, a spicy lamb recipe from Rajasthan; Chole Bhatura, a Delhi chickpea curry with fried bhatura bread; Amritsari Machi Pakora, snapper coated with spices and Kashmiri chilli; or Dum Pukth, a traditional method from Hyderabad for slow-cooked spicy chicken.
Allow time to sample a cocktail or two at this stylish restaurant before settling in for a delicious banquet.
3. Maharaja, Nedlands
There’s a homely living room vibe about the décor at Maharaja. For the past 16 years, Maharaja has provided an affordable yet luxurious Indian restaurant dining experience to the people of Nedlands.
With all the classics you’d expect on the menu and attentive staff it’s no surprise that customers are willing to drive more than half an hour to experience first class Indian food at affordable prices.
Settle in and have a crack at the Lamb Karahi and the Palak Paneer – baked in ricotta with an amazing spinach and spices sauce. Save some room for dessert as the carrot pudding will top off the night perfectly.
If you mention the word ‘Indian Restaurant’ to any Perthie, this one would be in the top 3 of their list.
Renowned for its ‘pay as much as you like’ system, there’s plenty of choice for vegetarians from this buffet-style Indian restaurant.
You can feel the community vibe at Annalakshmi, partly down to its location on Barrack St Jetty, the friendly volunteer-run staff and the fact the tables are laid out for communal dining.
This incredible place will leave you will full bellies and souls and is a good change of pace compared to the upmarket restaurants nearby.
5. Punjab Indian Restaurant, Innaloo
Nestled halfway between the city and ‘the surf’ on Scarborough Beach Road, Punjab Indian Restaurant ramps up the Bollywood vibe with its décor stylings.
The Indian restaurant has multiple awards, taking home the winner of Gold Plate Catering Institute of Australia award six times in the last 10 years. Having been a crowd pleaser since opening in 1981, Punjab is definitely worth adding to the list for the avid curry consumer.
With a traditional Indian charcoal-fired tandoor sat in the kitchen it’s no surprise that the naan bread and rotis are soft and perfectly baked every time.
6. Royal India Restaurant, West Perth
For more than 30 years the Royal India Restaurant has been one of the leading places for Indian food in Perth.
Slightly off the beaten track in Hay Street, West Perth, Royal India has both the office lunch crowd and dinner patrons coming back for more.
Rumour has it that the Indian and Sri Lankan Cricket teams visit here when in town to take on the Baggie Greens in Test matches at Optus Stadium, which demonstrates that the food and service hits the standard of their own countries.
South Fremantle is a hub of top-notch food and drinks, so Copper Chimney fits right in with its excellent Indian food. The onion bhajis have been noted as exceptional and the Masala Dosa is a generously large size!
The quality of food at Copper Chimney has been compared to restaurants in Singapore – which has a large Indian ex-pat community as well as the origin of the curry, India!
Embrace a delicious lamb Rogan Josh and pleasant atmosphere before exploring the best of Fremantle.
8. Chakra Restaurant, Inglewood
Chakra is a progressive & contemporary family run Indian restaurant with strong passion to bring the real Indian food cooked using most traditional techniques with bold bespoke presentation. Service is polished, genuine & true depiction of Indian hospitality.
Chakra’s food comes with untold stories of it’s origin, culture & flavours. “Dum Pukht Biryani”, “Burnt Aubergine” are few of the musts to try. Their Chefs are innovative in bringing the Indian local dishes from different geographic landscapes & are experimental in changing the menu.
Chakra boasts a separate Vegan & gluten free menu and is known for their special Indian styled celebrations.
This list is not exhaustive of course. There are tons of great Indian restaurants in Perth to discover. Here are some more gems to add to your ever-growing date night list:
For more places to eat and drink in Perth, go to: Eat and Drink in Perth.