Flavour Comes to the Fore at INDU

Where Sydney - - Dining Reviews -

By Roshan Sukhla As you walk down the stairs from An­gel Place into INDU, you are im­me­di­ately trans­ported into another world. You’ll soon for­get all about bustling George Street above, as you go on a jour­ney to the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent. INDU head chef James Wal­lis de­liv­ers a flavour­some menu of cui­sine from Sri Lanka and south­ern In­dia fused with mod­ern in­flu­ences.

The menu is di­vided into sec­tions for easy choos­ing and is de­signed to share. We start with the pan-seared scal­lops in a shell with cauliflower puree, cumin, fin­ger lime and green mango pickle, which was de­li­ciously light and per­fectly cooked. The squid ink hop­per with spice­crusted tuna, pomelo and tuna belly pickle was a vis­ual de­light. It looked like a reg­u­lar hop­per but was black in colour, while the tuna had del­i­cate sub­tle flavours. The dev­illed pump­kin curry with gin­ger, co­conut chut­ney, crispy es­chal­lots and fresh co­conut was a favourite of mine, while the sautéed snake beans topped with co­conut, turmeric and crispy daal were a per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment. The beef shin bone mar­row and Kash­miri lamb curry with black car­damom was melt-in-your-mouth de­li­cious. We ac­com­pa­nied this with the le­mon rice with crispy lentils, smashed peanuts, green chilli and fresh co­conut, and paratha (flat­bread sim­i­lar to naan).

We de­voured all this, and man­aged to save some room for dessert, which I highly rec­om­mend. As a lac­tose-in­tol­er­ant per­son I was well catered for with plenty of dairy-free op­tions to choose from, and dessert was no ex­cep­tion. The ve­gan co­rian­der granita with co­conut jelly, pas­sion­fruit and co­conut mousse was to-die-for!

With a great range of cool cock­tails as well as their sig­na­ture gin and ton­ics, the friendly staff are on hand to help you choose some­thing just right for you. I de­cided on the Ink Gin with dill and grape­fruit, and when it ar­rived it was the most beau­ti­ful shade of pur­ple—a pure burst of fresh­ness that I could eas­ily drink all day. My part­ner tried the spe­cial of the month, which was a bright red Ply­mouth slow gin with sloe berries, and that didn’t dis­ap­point ei­ther. This ex­cur­sion through the flavours and vil­lages of the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent was thor­oughly en­joy­able and my stom­ach and I can’t wait to see INDU again soon.

INDU, 350 George Street, (en­try via An­gel Place) Syd­ney. Mon–fri 12pm–late and Sat 5pm–late. 9223 0158. in­du­din­ing.com.au

The squid ink hop­per at INDU. Photo: Guy Davies.

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