Haldi, Carlton North

MELBOURNE | Indian restaurant Haldi, a Moonee Ponds favourite, recently moved to Carlton North. Owners Dharminder Singh and Raj Singh (who also own Gaylord in the CBD), made the decision to relocate after realising that a large number of their regulars lived closer to Carlton. I was invited in to check it out.

The focus at Haldi is on tasty, high quality Indian food, showcasing key dishes from India’s diverse regions. Yes, there are delicious curries on the menu, but at Haldi it’s about expanding your horizons, and discovering facets of the diversity that is Indian cuisine.

Delli Ke Golgappe – crisp puffy puri, filled with spicy potato and sweet, tangy, spicy water, downed in one mouthful, is a great way to start. Highlights include tandoori king prawns marinated in creamy mustard garlic sauce, goat nihari – slow cooked spicy gravy goat stew, and cauliflower 65 – sweet and spicy layered fried cauliflower fritters.

The drinks list features Australian and Italian wines, Indian and local craft beers, and a tasty selection of Indian inspired cocktails. BYO is also offered.

A great option for those with dietary requirements, most of the menu at Haldi is able to be modified for those who are vegan and gluten-free.


375 Nicholson Street
Carlton North
Victoria 3054

Telephone: (03) 9349 2947
E-mail: [email protected]

Tue – Sun: 5:00pm to 10:00pm


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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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