Amazing vegetarian Indian meal at Dhakshin, Crows Nest

I love Indian foods, especially South Indian foods so I was glad when I discovered an authentic South Indian Restaurant nearby!

I could tell before I even sat down that this restaurant was going to be amazing and authentic because it was absolutely full and packed with Indian people (about 95% of the customers). I have eaten lots of Indian food myself in countries with a large Indian population such as Singapore and Dubai (but sadly have not made it to India just yet). So I kind of understand the difference between authentic and not so authentic Indian cuisine which I have experienced a lot in Sydney in the past.

For entrée we ordered, one of my favourite Indian dishes, Masala Dosa.

Dosa is a world renowned South Indian delight, it is crispy rice and lentil pancakes (Dosa) that was filled with spiced potato masala. It also came with lentil broth sambar, some coconut chutney and milagai podi (translating to gun powder, it is a course spice powder).


Divine Masala Dosa with AMAZING sambar – $19 

The Dosa was amazing, as I had expected. I really loved the lentils and the broth sambar that came with it – I have had many sambar before but this was easily the best! Another thing I really loved about the Dosa was that there were two! Normally, when I have ordered Dosa only one pancake came with the serving, however at this restaurant it came with two so I could enjoy one full Dosa to myself.

We also ordered Kuzhi Paniyaram, a traditional dish from Chettinadu

Kuhi Paniyaram is a savoury rice and black lentil dumpling that was served with a kara chutney. I had never tried this dish before, so I was excited to try something new … AMAZING!

The dumpling was light and fluffy and the kara chutney was super yummy too.


Kuzhi Paniyaram a traditional dish from Chettinadu – $15.00

For main we ordered Dhal Maharani – which is my hubby’s favourite dish, so we always have to order it no matter what. Luckily I love this dish too! Dhal Maharani is slow cooked black lentils and red kidney beans cooked in garlic, butter and tomato.

Another main that we ordered was Pookosu Pattani Tarakal which is green peas, tomato, cauliflower, coriander and cumin in a rich cashew gravy.   


Pookosu Pattani Tarakal (a colonial dish of Karaikudi) – $21 and Dhal Maharani – $18

I was really really impressed with Pookosu Pattani Tarakal, the cauliflower was chargrilled so it was not soft or soggy. It had a lovely charred flavour, the cauliflower had a nice texture and the gravy was creamy. Loved it!

Unfortunately, the restaurant is not vegan, however I allow myself a day off occasionally so that I can enjoy authentic Indian.

I discovered this Indian restaurant from one of my Instagram followers. Thanks to her, I discovered my favourite Indian restaurant in Sydney that is so close to where I live. There are lots of authentic Indian restaurants in Western Sydney however that is a bit too far so I am super happy that I have discovered such an authentic Southern Indian restaurant nearby.


I highly recommend this restaurant.


Dhakshin Crows Nest

 Address: 320 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest NSW 2065

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