459 Balcombe Road Beaumaris, Victoria 3193

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Opening hours Daily 5-10pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free options, Licensed, BYO
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Diner's Club, Mastercard, Visa
Phone 03 9589 6677

In an unassuming strip of Beaumaris service-lane shops sits this oasis of flavour, fragrance and flawless mainly north Indian cuisine. It's a family business, and the genuine hospitality is as warm as the complex and creamy Madras curry. Huge cubes of lamb collapse under the tenderising powers of slow-cooked velvety tomato, coconut and numerous spices. Even the everyday is transformed: golden naan is remarkably light, and tender chunks of deeply flavoured chicken tikka are memorable for all the right reasons. Glossy, black eggplant flecked with fresh coriander provides a sweet, vegetable foil. In Utopia, Zaika would be down the street from everyone.