Adelaide, South Australia

Arya Fine Indian Cuisine is a handsome North Adelaide restaurant, set among the leafy green treetops of O'Connell Street. It is a dignified example of Indian dining, with a menu holding respect for authenticity of cuisine, so you will not find dishes here watered down for those of a delicate palate. Arya offers semi private booth seating, outdoor balcony seating and a private function room with a large plasma screen television for private conferences and parties.
Opening Times
Level 1, North Adelaide Village
81 O’Connell Street
Adelaide CBD
Tel: +61 8 8267 6388
Indian, Vegetarian available
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
Trekking up the haul of carpeted stairs off O'Connell Street (I later learned there is a lift), you cannot help but wonder what lies at their top, and if indeed it will be worth it. It is. The entry with its polished floor, grand gold mirror, and welcoming statue of elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesh holds promise. Once in the dining room an incandescent, sparkles-on-steroids chandelier takes centre stage. A glass water wall acts as a transparent partition between plush, semi-private booths, and table seating. The latter have refreshingly comfortable chairs, the sheen and colour of melted dark chocolate. Underneath, ruby-red carpet with a gold motif makes for a regal feel. A discreet kitchen window permits views of the proceedings inside. "You will only see one microwave in there" assures owner Vijay Rawat, "not banks of them – all our food is cooked a-la-minute". He and equally affable wife Padma named their beautiful restaurant Arya - the term for "first born" or "sunrise". She advises, "Do not expect a watered down menu for Aussie palates!" Thankfully, she does not want to compromise the authenticity of her cuisine.
Royal lamb shank masala is Padma's signature dish. The slow-cooked meat with tomato and caramelised onions take on flavours of freshly ground spices with ginger, chilli, garlic, and cardamom. Tandoori offerings uniquely include salmon on the bone with a white wine crème sauce. Lobster gets a look-in when in season. There are over a dozen choices of both Indian breads and vegetable dishes. Mushrooms matar tempts with its "spirited" mix of tomato, onion, peas, cream, and dash of lime. Cheese naan makes the perfect mop for its juices. Come dessert I ask Padma how tiramisu came to be on their menu, "Because my husband loves it!" she smiles.
Roz Taylor
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
120 pax
Function for 100-300
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Product launches
This restaurant does not have any awards.
81 O’Connell Street,
Level 1, North Adelaide Village
Adelaide CBD SA 5006
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Mel - 3/01/2014
Their food is good, on par with other well known Adelaide Indian restaurants. Customer service is appalling. They need to remedy this ASAP if they are to hoping for returning patrons. I rate a restaurant on both food and service. This one disappoints.
MK - 30/09/2012
The food and dining experience was good and we went due to high praise and positive feedback we received from friends for it. However, they can be quite rude on the phone when taking booking and not as flexible with their customer's requests. Unfortunately, rudeness and lack of good customer service are turn offs for any customer, even if the food is good. I hope they can remedy that.
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