Sydney, New South Wales

2014 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - One Chef Hat
Aki's is a smart Indian restaurant with food as sophisticated as its views of Woolloomooloo. The decor is modern and restrained with a nod to its eastern roots in vibrant flashes of silver, cobalt and fuchsia. The food at Aki's is served with aplomb and dishes remind diners that Indian food can be artful and flavoursome. Akis have a good selection of areas for private functions, including the mezzanine level that seats 40 or 55 for cocktails whilst the outdoor area on the wharf seats up to 80.

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1/6 Cowper Wharf Road,
The Wharf at Woolloomooloo
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011





Asian, Indian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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The first in a line of restaurants on Woolloomooloo Wharf 5 minutes from the CBD. Water taxi service available from Circular Quay.


Woolloomooloo is an area synonymous with refined, sophisticated dining – a fact faithfully confirmed by the first venue on its famed waterside strip. Residing luxuriously in a heritage building on finger wharf, Aki's Indian Restaurant looks out onto the gently lapping water of the bay. However, arresting as the sight may be from the alfresco tables (especially at dusk); the moody interior of the restaurant is even more alluring – particularly for anybody bent on romance. High ceilings and exposed wood beams speak of heritage and are beautifully complemented by exotically-patterned silver wallpaper, brown leather banquettes and chairs, white-set tables, modern light fittings and an open kitchen.

You'll not long be distracted by the decor however, once you have seen the menu. Influenced by his mother's kitchen in Madras, as well as other food regions of India, head chef Kumar Mahadevan has created a stellar list of dishes which although leaning towards seafood (unsurprising considering the location) also offer a broad vegetarian and meat variety. A good way to start is with the signature crab podimas with iddiappam (blue swimmer crab tossed with black mustard seeds, fresh tomatoes and ginger served on Tamil brown rice string hoppers with a coconut broth). After this light introduction, you can follow with a main like the mild duck cooked in three extractions of coconut milk, stewed and lightly spiced with cloves and green chilli, or the more potent slow-cooked goat prepared with tomatoes, ginger, cardamom, garlic, mace and nutmeg. The dessert menu, which in points deviates from traditional Indian desserts with choices like chocolate naan with fresh strawberries, also offers classic dishes like kulfi and ras malai. On the drinks side, Aki's presents an extensive wine list (by the glass and bottle), as well as a good selection of spirits and original and re-invented cocktails.
Agnes Gajewska

Specials & Events

This restaurant has not scheduled any event.


Please contact the restaurant for further information.
Sections of Aki's may be exclusively hired, and are suitable for both small, intimate functions and large scale events. The Mezzanine Floor seats 40, and caters for 55 guests cocktail-style, the main dining hall seats 55 or 80 people cocktail-style, and the outdoor area seats 80 guests, or 110 cocktail-style. Tailored menu and drinks packages are offered.


Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning / Hatted
Suitable for Groups of 10
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2015
One Chef Hat
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2014
One Chef Hat


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Pip - 30/05/2012
I had been told about Aki's by a neighbour and finally got around to trying this wonderful restaurant. I think it was one of the best Indian restaurants my husband and I have been too. We had the goat curry and a seafood dish and they were truly amazing. We will definitely put this in our favourite restaurants in the Potts Point area. And also the service was excellent. Thank you Aki's.