Whether you’re looking for curry in a hurry or prefer to savour your spice, we’ve got you covered with the best Indian on the Beaches!

It’s that time of year again – the temperatures are dropping and we’re all searching for our favourite comfort foods. Name a better comfort food than a steaming hot bowl of your favourite Indian curry… with a side order of naan of course. But if you haven’t got the time, skill, or energy to whip up your own Rogan Josh or Chicken Tikka, don’t worry, we’ve scouted out the top 10 Indian restaurants in the Northern Beaches. 

The Indian Joint, Collaroy

With the heartfelt tagline of “By the villagers…for the villagers”, it’s little wonder that The Indian Joint is a Collaroy favourite.

The owners of The Indian Joint, Tony and Jaz were both born in Punjab and jokingly said that they had spent 20 years living in Sydney, dreaming of opening an Indian restaurant every time they’d had a few drinks. The dream has been a reality for a number of years now and the locals have embraced The Indian Joint’s fantastic, authentic cuisine with open arms.

Jaz and Tony offer dine in, take away and event catering and, if you like it hot, make sure you ask for their “Indian Spice” heat level which they describe as a “mental detox”.

Where: 23 Telopea St, Collaroy Plateau

Website: http://www.indianjoint.com.au/home.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daindianjoint

GurTaj Indian Restaurant and Takeaway, Collaroy

Another Collaroy gem, GurTaj’s brightly coloured fabric hangings lead the way into a large, yet welcoming space that happily cater to groups and parties. Keep an eye out for their mouthwatering pakoras for entrée or their spicy Chicken Vindaloo…did we mention that GurTaj also specialise in Indian deserts? If you haven’t tried a Gulab Jamum dumpling yet, trust us, you’re missing out!

Where: Shop 2/1030 Pittwater Road, Collaroy

Website: https://gurtajindianrestaurant.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gurtajindiancollaroy/

Sri’s Indian Eatery, Narrabeen

Sri’s has been a Narrabeen staple since 1992. Owner Srinivas (Sri), came to Narrabeen with over 30 years of hospitality experience from India and the Middle East under his belt, and the personalised touch he brings to his business has no doubt been what has made it an enduring local name. Next time you’re in the neighbourhood, pop in and say hi to Sri and his son Srikanth and order yourself a dish of their famous Dal Makhani (Lentil Curry).

Where: 1305 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

Website: https://www.sris.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Sris-Indian-Eatery/100042686006379/

Northern Beaches Tadka, Narrabeen

Tadka headline themselves as a more contemporary take on Indian cuisine, seeking to incorporate the best dishes from across the Indian continent and then offering it in a way that is modern, aesthetically pleasing and, most importantly, delicious. The word Tadka is quite literally the tempering of spices in oil or ghee to allow them to release their essential oils and in this sense, the restaurant also aims to allow the dishes to shine and be at their aromatic best. Make sure you try their vegetable biryani which the owners describe as “their first love.”

Where: 1 / 1493 Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen

Website: https://www.northernbeachestadka.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northernbeachestadka.com.au/

Sketch, Manly

What do you get when you combine delicious Indian food with some of the best coffee on the Northern Beaches? Sketch Manly of course! This unique marriage between coffee, craft beer and curry is a match made in absolute heaven.

We’re very much on board with Sketch’s fresh take on Indian cuisine. If you haven’t been there yet, we highly recommend their “Feed Me” or “Feed Me More” tasting menus that give you the chance to try all their best offerings.

Where: 19 Pittwater Road, Manly

Website: https://www.sketchmanly.com/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sketchmanly 

Spice Bazaar, Narrabeen

Spice Bazaar’s owners Nirup and Praba, bring over 50 years of combined cooking experience between them, and it shows! Their delicious South Indian inspired dishes have been winning hearts in Narrabeen since 1999. Just in case you really can’t get enough of their cooking, they also run a cooking class, so you can learn to make things like their delicious masala vada (lentil koftas) at home.

Where: 1431 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

Website: https://www.spice-bazaar.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpiceBazaarNarrabeen

The Dodgy Indian & The Nepalese Joint, Dee Why

Don’t let the name confuse you, nothing about this restaurant that is remotely dodgy. Described as “a bunch of misfits experimenting and breaking norms” this is another fantastic example of Indian with a modern twist. A menu highlight is the street food offerings – Nepalese Momo dumplings are definitely something you need in your life!

Where: 1 Pacific Parade, Dee Why

Website: https://dodgyindian.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDodgyIndian/

Curry by the Curve, Avalon

Nestled at a halfway point between stunning Clareville and Paradise Beaches, Curry by the Curve is described as a “culinary oasis”. With a strong focus on authenticity, Curry by the Curve promises dishes that have been cooked to perfection, as per recipes that have been handed down in the family, generation to generation. In a nod to their seaside location, their Amritsari Fish is an absolute stand out dish.

Where: Shop 5, 25 Hudson Parade, Avalon

Website: https://currybythecurve.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ranjitandsatinder/

The Cheer Factory, Newport

With a chief focus on Northern Indian cuisine, The Cheer Factory is well known for serving up expertly prepared favourites like Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka and Biryani. The restaurant is warm and inviting and offers a contemporary bar space and a small, but intimate dining space. A customer favourite from their extensive menu continues to be their Crunchy Raja Prawns.

Where: 8/331-335 Barrenjoey Road, Newport

Website: https://www.thecheerfactory.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIndianPub

Masala Kitchen, Dee Why

With a menu that is as vibrant as it’s décor, Masala Kitchen at Dee Why is the brainchild (or as they call it, food child) of friends Ashveen and Lucky.

Dee Why is their 6th restaurant around the Sydney area, and offers some genuinely amazing Indian food, paired with their signature gin bar. The aim is to pair gin perfectly with each menu option – if you think that Indian and Gin don’t sound like they go together, you haven’t been to Masala yet. Next time you’re looking for a fantastic place to kick back and enjoy drinks and dinner with friends on the weekend, Masala should definitely be on your list. 

Where: Shop 1, 4 The Strand, Dee Why

Website: https://masalakitchen.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Masalakitchendeewhy/


Main image: GurTaj

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