Thanks to its vibrant multicultural community, Parramatta offers a cornucopia of curries from all over the world. Spice lovers can taste their way from Malaysia to Thailand to Laos to India – without travelling more than a few kilometres! Here are seven eateries devoted to fresh ingredients, authentic recipes and big flavours. Let them be a starting point for further curry-inspired adventures: Parramatta and its nearby neighbourhoods are dotted with hidden gems.
This yellow and purple-splashed hideaway has been serving up Parramatta's best Malaysian for decades. Owner Jeremy Cho's dishes are based on heirloom recipes, passed down from his mother and grandmother. Stand-out curries include the coconut-infused chicken with potatoes and the laksa Singapura with prawns or chicken (or both!). Queues are common.
71 George Street Parramatta 2150; (02) 9633 9226; Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30am - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
If you're lucky enough to score a seating at Holy Basil you'll be greeted with vibrant decor fit for any Instagram picture. The place buzzes from Holy Basil fans near and far who have come to taste the delicious Thai & Lao dishes on offer. The beef masaman curry is popular for all the right reasons. Beef slow cooked in tamarind, cinnamon, bay leaves with sweet potato with the result being a rich, sweet and mildly spicy dish that tastes like a big hug from Grandma.
Shop 5, 330 Church St Parramatta 2150; Open daily 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm and Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm; (02) 9056 2789; Visit the Holy Basil website.
For vegetarian, street food-style curries, Chatkazz is the place. This casual, 125-seater eatery started out as the passion project of accountant Dharmesh Rangparia, who grew up cooking. After moving to Sydney, he desperately missed the tastes and aromas of the streets of his home city, Mumbai. So, he decided to quit his job and start a restaurant. These days, the love is still obvious, not only in the friendly staff, but also in the affordable prices. A Mumbai Roadside Special or a Chatkazz Meal usually sorts out even the hungriest of curry fans.
Shop 4-6/14-20 Station Street East Harris Park 2150; (02) 8677 0033; Open Monday 10:00am - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 10:00pm and Saturday - Sunday 9:00am - 10:00pm; Visit the Chatkazz website.
When India's cricketers are in town, Billu's is their go-to. Beyond the fairy lights lies a relaxed, spacious room, where owner-chef Billy Singh has been cooking up a storm for 25 years. His long menu is all about generous, homestyle dishes. Ordering a thali is the easiest way to try as many curries as possible.
62 Wigram St Harris Park 2150; (02) 9687 7785; Sunday - Wednesday 10:00am - 10:00pm, Thursday 10:00am - 10:30pm and Friday - Saturday, 10:00am - 11:00pm; Visit the Billu's website.
Thai Garden House
In this century-old cottage, head chef Salong Khammountry has been bringing traditional Thai to Parramatta for more than ten years. His irresistible curry pots feature fresh, fragrant ingredients, including Kaffir lime leaves, sweet basil and green peppercorns. At the tear-inducing hot end of the spice spectrum is duck green curry, while at the mild is tiger prawns Non Tom, with baby corn and carrots.
526 Church Street Parramatta 2150; (02) 9683 1288; Open Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 9:30pm, and Friday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Visit the Thai Garden House website.
Not Just Curries
As the name suggests, Not Just Curries offers a lot more than, well, curries. That's because owners Vivek Gulati, Digvijay Ravawat and Deepanshu Gambhir are enthusiastic about sharing recipes from all over India. That said, they do numerous outstanding spicy numbers, from Punjabi mushroom mattar (mushrooms and peas with onion and tomato gravy) to tangy, spicy Goan curry with prawns or fish to Rogan Josh, a fiery lamb dish from Kashmir.
66 Wigram Street Harris Park 2150; (02) 9893 8202; Open daily 10:00am - 10:00pm; Visit the Not Just Curries website.
A sibling to Thai Garden House, this pendant-lit haven takes the culinary focus into Thailand's northeast – and over the border. Two of the must-try Lao curries on the menu are Gaeng Normai, a traditional soup with bamboot shoots, soft pork bone, yanang, oyster mushroom, lemongrass, fish sauce and basil; and Ob Gai, which is braised chicken thigh fillet rolled in spicy housemade paste.
277B Church Street Parramatta 2150; (02) 8840 9543; Open Tuesday - Thursday 11:30am - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday 11:30am - 10:00pm and Sunday, 11:30am - 9:30pm; Visit the Lao Der website.
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