Chef Kumar Mahadevan has been serving up authentic Indian cuisine for almost four decades and AKI’s is the jewel in his Australian crown. His menu has a distinct southern Indian feel, and matches high-quality local ingredients with traditional recipes and modern touches. Located on Finger Wharf, AKI’s has plenty of outdoor seating with views over the yachts of Sydney’s rich and famous. The interior dining room is dark and moody, with high ceilings and chic lighting fixtures.
From the opening amuse-bouche of chicken kebab with a ginger reduction, it is clear that this is not your local neighbourhood Indian restaurant. Blue swimmer crab comes blended with mustard seeds, and served atop hoppers, the curly rice patties familiar to those who may have travelled to Sri Lanka and southern India. There are classic and contemporary mains on the menu, like the eight-hour slow-cooked lamb, which is spicy, rich and matched with grains and candied bark.
PSST! There are a number of tasting menus available.
8 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder with a marinade of turmeric, Kashmiri red chillies, cockscomb flower and candied bark. Spiced foxtail millet thaina with seasonable vegetables and lotus chip