Indian-born Jessi Singh is no stranger to the Australian hospitality scene with his established restaurants, Horn Please and Babu Ji. Now, with his latest venture, Daughter In Law, he has expanded to Melbourne’s CBD.
The inside of this bustling eatery is loud, gregarious and happening. Between the plush velvet booths, pastel walls and Bollywood screenings on display, there no space for any quiet conversations. The atmosphere is exciting and electric, much like the loud 80s music.
To match the fun, party vibe is some wholesome unauthentic Indian cuisine. Gol gappa – an Indian snack or ‘ball of happiness’ – is a small puri filled with a spiced chutney. From the pots is the ‘unauthentic butter chicken’ – chunks of chicken marinated in a robust curry of ginger, fenugreek and garlic. Magically mop up all the flavours with a charred roti. Then, there’s their dishes from the tandoor. Grilled summer prawns, served with pineapple and jalapeño chutney, are a light, refreshing highlight.
PSST! Come down for lunch to enjoy a Deluxe Thali – 6 different curries on the plate for only $25 (but don’t forget to book as it’s a CBD hit!).