This family-owned restaurant has been feeding the lower north shore a taste of regional Indian fare for over two decades, first opening in Crows Nest back in 1998. Now, in its latest incarnation in the heart of Cremorne, Nilgiri's is delivering owners Ajoy and Meera Joshi's modern interpretation of the truly diverse cuisines of their shared homeland.
Expect familiar flavours married with plenty of creative twists, across a menu that's entirely certified halal. Kick things off with the likes of crisp Malabari-style samosas ($15) and chicken thighs in garam masala marinade ($18), before settling in to heartier plates like the coconut-charged barramundi stew ($34), or slow-cooked goat ($32) with black pepper, coriander and cassia.
Vegetarian dishes are in strong supply, too — go for the mathanga olan ($25) starring butternut pumpkin in a rich coconut sauce, or spiced baby eggplant ($25) with green chillies and spinach, cooked Chettinad-style. And if you fancy picking up some skills of your own, stay tuned for the return of Ajoy's ever-popular Indian cooking classes.