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Jai Ho Richmond

My parents aren’t the most adventurous eaters on Earth. Whilst they’ll eat most Chinese foods and a good portion of other Asian cuisines, anything more exotic is often greeted with suspicion and disdain. After all, with Chinese being such a diverse and interesting cuisine, and having eaten it all their lives, it’s probably fairly easy to feel like you neither need nor want anything else. Whilst they make an effort to avoid most ‘foreign’ cuisines, the one they wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot dosa is Indian. Something about that distinctive spice combination just makes them go crazy, and I definitely don’t mean in the good way. What that means is that I usually jump at the chance to have…

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I have to admit, growing up is a bit of a funny thing. Not that I’m spending 20 minutes doing self-reflection every day, but it is a little amusing to realise that when I’m chatting to co-workers about career paths, investment plans, and SBS documentaries, I am not actually feigning interest. Another thing I’ve noticed is that although I’ve gotten (even) better at portion control, and I’m finally friends with the gym, I have become increasingly reluctant to eat junk food. Now this makes planning a meal out a slightly sticky affair; when you veto meals that are too greasy, too salty, too unhealthy, or don’t have enough vegetables, you’re left with pretty much with only Japanese and Vietnamese food,…

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Lentil As Anything

For those of you who are heading out St Kilda way to have dinner at The Two Badgers, DON’T. It’s not that the food is bad... but I wouldn’t call an unexpected and abrupt closure a good thing either. And I had a $100 voucher for the restaurant too, boo! Thankfully of all places, it was St Kilda we were in. So instead of being stranded, cold and hungry, we walked 100m down the road to check out Lentil As Anything, a restaurant that has been on my to-eat list since the beginning of always. On the surface, Lentil as Anything seems like a run-of-the-mill vegetarian restaurant, but it is so much more than that. As far as I know,…

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Delhi Streets

Delhi Streets opened in a little laneway near Southern Cross Station a month or so back, and I wouldn’t have heard of it at all if it weren’t for a long overdue catch-up dinner with a couple of lovely ex-co-workers, Ben and Aisling. I met up with the lovely duo in the snug little restaurant a tad past six. The staff were bubbly and welcoming, and before too long, the small 20 (or so) seater restaurant began filling up with punters craving an authentic Indian food fix.

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Curry Vault Indian Restaurant and Bar

I’m all about the weird and wonderful. Usually when I go out to restaurants, I always pick the most unusual and unique dishes on the menu, hoping for a new way to tingle my tastebuds. But when I go to an Indian restaurant, I regress to a state similar to a family from a small country town, trying Mexican food for the first time. I try, I really do, but somehow I always end up choosing a curry with medium levels of spice and an inoffensive mix of sauteed tomatoes and onions.

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