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Indu – Angel Place, CBD

March 31, 2017

Its been a while and the crew are having some difficulties coordinating our diaries so we ended up looking for somewhere central and convenient. After some research and recommendations we landed on Indu,  located at Angel Place in the CBD. The online booking facility conditions stated that we had to be out within two hours and a quick phone call confirmed no BYO. So not off to a good start.  The team met up at Harts Pub for a quick cleansing ale beforehand.

Located just down Angel Place its easy  to miss the discrete entrance which at first sight could be mistaken for the loading dock.  After a Spinal Tap-esque journey through a few corridors and store rooms we emerged into the bustling interior. For decor think subterranean cellar – dark but welcoming and well appointed.  The floor is a  mish-mash of tables, booths and nooks leading to an open kitchen. The place is busy for early on a Friday night, the clientele mainly stylish, young city hipster types. Not an authentic Indian in sight.

We are greeted with efficient friendliness and the maitre-de (must look up the Indian equivalent) is happy to offer an alternate table when I reject the initial location right opposite the entrance. We have a random mix of waiters which is a tad confusing but Pedro the main man is knowledgeable about the food and is happy to make sensible recommendations and co-ordinate delivery of our wine and selected dishes. The food is served promptly.

Indu describes itself as a fusion of contemporary Sri-Lankan and South Indian cuisines. For starters we chose Mini Goat Dosa, Crab Kofta and Beetroot Croquets, best described as small tasty morsels.  For mains Lamb Raan, Devilled Pumpkin, Barramundi in a mango coconut sauce, Sautéed Beans, Daal and Paratha breads (no Roti or Naan). So you are getting the picture here. This is fancy not necessarily traditional fare. The food was generally nice, the portions small and  a bit lacking in the flavour hit department. Stand-out dish was the Barramundi. Some interesting looking desserts on offer – we chose the Peanut semi-freddo with jaggery, popcorn, chocolate mousse, salted caramel & cocoa crumbs (delicious) and bite-sized gin & tonic cheesecakes (needed more Gin).

Fully licenced so no BYO 😦
We chose the following from the compact but well chosen wine menu (hideously marked up):
2016 Tomfoolery, ‘Young Blood’ Grenache – Barossa Valley
2014 Slow Wines Shiraz – Adelaide  (little cracker)

Have to say not great at $110 per head for three courses and wine.

Overall score
We scored a bit higher for the service and ambience and whilst the food was nice we felt portion size and value let the overall score down. In summary Indu offers a pleasant dining experience for those well heeled Deloitte hipsters who want to impress the young interns and not be overly spice-infused for the frolics to follow. The food is good and well presented but makes no statement and lacks a little of that traditional zing. The lamb for example – juicy and well cooked but could be  the Sunday roast at your grannies. More confusion than fusion.


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