Fitz Curry Cafe was among the first Indian restaurants to plate up organic food, making it a healthier alternative when you’re out in Fitzroy and craving some subcontinental spice. The ample vegie menu is what makes this retro-looking bistro special. Vegetarians may be pleased to discover that plenty of love and care is paid to the meat-free meals – a refreshing change, given that at so many restaurants meat is usually the main event. But vegetables don’t play sidekick to anyone at Fitz.
Some of the best dishes are made purely from an ingenious blend of spices and fresh garden vegetables and legumes. Try the butternut pumpkin masala if your palate is yearning for something creamy and sweet, or the malai kofta – cottage cheese and potato dumplings cooked in curry – if you’re after something spicy with a twist. This isn’t to detract from the meat dishes, though, and all the favourites are here: tandoori chicken, beef vindaloo, rogan josh. Definitely one to bring the family to, as many of the dishes are mild enough to suit kids.
44 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9495 6119