Moreish Goodness: These Are Sydney’s Finest Curries
Finding a good curry is important. It’s like announcing you’re a true local in a way. Whether it’s for a cheap Sunday night eat, or a mid-week culinary adventure, there is an eatery to ease those curry cravings when they hit. Here are the institutions to help ease the search, be it Asian or Indian.
Melbourne’s acclaimed Chin Chin has finally made it to Sydney, and unsurprisingly already made its mark. The bustling restaurant is found home at the iconic Griffiths Tea Building and is a destination for lively dinners. A modern take on Thai cuisine, the standout curry here is the Scud City jungle curry with grilled pork. With a heat warning on the menu, it’s all things spicy and delicious.
Ground floor, Griffiths Teas Building, 46-52 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
Masala Theory is all about innovation, from the Indian dishes to the fit out, this is one restaurant you’ll want to frequent when curry cravings hit. There’s modern bites to begin but the curries remain predominantly old school. Opt for the Bunny Chow, which is a hollowed-out bread loaf with chicken curry inside. Vegetarians can find respite in the Green Goddess (kale included).
545 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Ask for modern Asian, any Sydneysider will guide you straight to Longrain. The restaurant has deeply embedded itself as a Sydney institution and delivers a short but flavour-stacked menu. Built upon a blend of Thai and Chinese influences, the food is best shared while the green curry with brisket, eggplant and basil is not to be missed. Be sure to look in on the extensive wine and cocktail list.
85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Amongst the harbourside selfies and tourist shops lies a seriously delicious Indian eatery with tradition at its heart. The Spice Room’s chef specialises in Peshawari style cuisine from India’s north-west so of course the menu embodies it. Try the exotic chicken patiala, a dark curry covered with an egg crepe, or the Spiced Coconut Seafood Treasure (seafood medley) presented in a coconut shell.
2 Phillip Street, Sydney
Tucked away in Angel Place, INDU serves up cuisine inspired by the southern coastal regions of India. However, there’s a fresh and innovative take here and, much like the fit out, it excels within the dining hub of George Street. Exotic salads, cocktails and meat dishes accompany classics so you can choose your experimental dosage. Must try: the Goan pork belly curry which is equal parts spicy and delicious.
350 George Street, Sydney
A Surry Hills institution, Spice I Am delivers consistently good, authentic Thai. The next best bit? It’s BYO and there’s no corkage. Every night the venue is heaving. So much so, the owner’s opened a new Thai venture, House, just a few blocks away at the Triple Ace Hotel. Back at Spice I Am, the must tries include the Kang Som Pla (fish curry) and classic Massaman curry.
90 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
When it comes to authentic Indian, there’s no skipping Cleveland Street. And Maya Da Dhaba is the first important pitstop. It’s nothing fancy, but the food is exceptional as the venue serves up innovative dishes without missing those much-loved traditional flavours. Do not miss the Goan fish curry. The signature dish is a must for curry lovers, while the goat masala is well worth ordering.
431 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
Vegetarians can find respite in another Indian eatery along Cleveland Street. Maya Vegetarian showcases the best plant-based Indian dishes in town. The eatery - which includes both North and South Indian cuisine - is renowned for their innovative Indian sweets, but on the curry, front the standouts include the South Indian Thali and the Punjabi Thali. Your carnivore friends will be begging to join you for dinner.
470 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills