Classic Curry Restaurant

597 Elizabeth St
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9329 4040

I decided to take a day off classes today by sleeping in and then going into the city to suss out the lunchtime pilates class at my gym’s Collins Street branch. Unfortunately, the fact that my bus ran late today coupled with this idiotic fob who thought it was okay to buy a daily concession ticket using a $100 note delayed what would have been a smooth run into the city. Naturally, all of this made me miss the class. Sigh. Next week, I hope.

Lunch was once again Indian food, this time at Classic Curry Restauranton the corner of Elizabeth and Queensberry. This place has been around for as long as I could remember and when I was a student, it used to be called Classic Curry Company before a change of owners which prompted the name change. I had first heard about it through Kelly who reckoned that they served really good AUTHENTIC North Indian cuisine. It wasn’t until my workmates Bek and Robert started raving on about it earlier this year, however, did I decide to give it a try. After meeting up with Adam, we walked along Elizabeth Street into a modest dimly-lit restaurant just off Queensberry Street. Although it was past 2pm, there were still a few tables full of white-collared folk who were trying to put off going back to work.

The menu is well-organised, with vegetarian dishes on one side (all $8) and meat dishes on the other (all $9). Additionally, side dishes and breads are also listed along with some special thali deals. Both Adam and I chose the meat thali deal which consists of your choice of chicken or lamb curry (both of us chose lamb) and two vegetarian dishes (which the chef decides on), basmati rice and one serving of naan. All for $9.50 too.

Although the food at Classic Curry is very simple, it is very big on taste. A nice-but-not-as-spicy-as-most daal and a surprisingly zesty (for lack of better word) aloo gobi (the potatoes and caulflower you see on the bottom) went well with the rich and mildly spicy lamb curry. All this was washed down with probably the best mango lassi I’ve had in a very long time ($2.50). Sigh. Prompt and friendly service (friendly for an Indian restaurant), awesome food that tastes like it’s been cooked at home and at great prices too. It might be a bit of a walk from the CBD but do try this place one day. It might look a bit shabby on the outside but the food is heaps better than what a lot of Indian places in the city offer.

I eat too much.


  1. peach_water
    August 20, 2009

    The curry muncher title reminds me of that sign i always drive past when going home. I think the sign was meant to say: CURRY, but some idiot decided to use a red marker and write muncher underneath it haha.Pictures of your Hermes scarf please!

  2. icesabre
    August 20, 2009

    Mmm mmm *thumbs up*Sounds like a proper curry – I’m only ever used to the Laksa and the Vietnamese Curry my parents make. The worst curry I’ve ever had was the one on Qantas Airlines flight to New Zealand and back…0_o

  3. KeLlY_Siew
    August 21, 2009

    YUMMMMM I miss this place, it used to be just around the corner from my place. So far I haven’t had anything better than this place!

  4. […] get good Indian food in the city, I would normally walk up Bourke Street or tram it to Classic Curry on the corner of Elizabeth and Queensberry.  It sounds like a bit of a hassle, but when the only […]

  5. […] ordered the lamb korma ($18) because Classic Curry Restaurant make a good one and I thought I’d be getting something that tasted remotely similar. […]

  6. […] ordered the lamb korma ($18) because Classic Curry Restaurant make a good one and I thought I’d be getting something that tasted remotely similar. […]

  7. Ranvi
    October 15, 2015

    We just take away Biriyani and a vegetable vurry and sad to say we are utterly disappinted. Food was below average with no taste at all. Less price and kess taste. Never order again

    1. libishski
      October 18, 2015

      Oh what a shame, Ranvi! I must admit it’s been a while since I’ve been back to this place – perhaps the food has changed as I’ve never had a bad meal there!


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