Maya Da Dhaba
This vegetarian-friendly Indian restaurant is a firm Surry Hills favourite.
This Cleveland Street staple has been serving up home-style Indian cooking to Surry Hills for years. While it does offer up an excellent Goan fish curry and tender tandoori chicken, Maya da Dhaba also offers an extensive range of veggo-friendly dishes, which showcase Indian cuisine's ability to make the most of legumes, grains and vegetables.
Start with crisp onion bhaji, vegetable samosas and aloo tikki chat (fried potatoes and boiled chickpeas, served with yoghurt, zippy tamarind chutney, chat masala, onion and coriander). Mains are best shared — there are 16 vegetarian options alone, including saag paneer (spinach and cottage cheese), navrattan korma (a veggie curry with milk cream and cashew nut sauce) and punjabi baingan (pan-fried baby eggplant with onion, potato, tomato and chilli). Of course, you'll want to order plenty of paratha and naan to wipe up all of the delectable curry sauces. Maya Da Dhaba offers BYO wine.