Ginger Garlic

Shop 9, 9 Dudley Street Eltham, Victoria 3095

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Opening hours Thurs noon-2.30pm; Tues-Sun 5pm-late
Features Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free options, BYO
Prices Cheap (mains under $20)
Payments AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
Phone 03 9439 4423

Like the key ingredients in its name, Ginger Garlic has the fundamentals down pat. A local institution, this tiny restaurant juggles wall-to-wall diners, a roaring takeaway trade and regular eating tours to India. The innovative menu features regional dishes and themed nights, such as fare from Baltistan on Wednesdays. The classics are particularly good: try lamb roghan josh spooned from a mini copper pail. Peer into the kitchen to watch the chef deftly plunging skewers of meat into the blackened tandoor oven. Vegetarians are well catered for with dishes such as a home-made cheese in smooth spinach sauce.