The cluster of restaurants behind Angel Place is lively and interesting and I can’t say I’ve had a bad meal at one them; in fact, they’ve all been fabulous, and I’d add Indu to that list now. Amusingly, my dining mate, Peter, had visited Indu, or the space it is located in, when it was the files and records room for an insurance company! Some of the features of the space are still the same, though you wouldn’t be able to tell: it’s an inviting cavern with rather nice lighting. We were seated where my back was weirdly too close to the heat lamp of the front kitchen, but the waiter let us shift the table out another foot or so, which helped.
We opted for the Indu Feast ($65) rather than the Signature Feast ($80), which saved us having to choose from a menu where everything looked tasty. I loved the milk buns to start with, with cumin and onion butter, and a coconut sambal. It was unusual. And delicious. The watermelon salad was fresh and crunchy, the sprinkling of spice on top was like a continuing thread from the first dish.
For someone who loooooves pork belly, I have never had pork belly in a curry before. This was a Goan curry, with a piece of the crackling, and holy mama, I loved it.
To fill in any empty spaces before dessert, a simple and tasty dahl (photo at the top).
And for dessert, gin and tonic cheesecakes, not a particularly South Asian dessert and yet presented in individual bites did remind me of Indian sweets (which I tend to find too sweet; these weren’t).
This was just the right amount of food for a Monday night. I wouldn’t mind trying the bigger feast but am not sure how I’d manage! I love the upscale modern South Asian restaurants in Sydney these days (Brick Lane on Stanley Street and Bang Street Food on Crown Street would be my other recommendations). Indu is the most elegant of them, I’d say: Bring your pals for a special occasion. I’ll be coming back.