INDU is a celebration of Southern Indian and Sri Lanka village culture, flavours and local hospitality.
The times, they are a changin'...
We believe that the best form of hospitality is that found in the home, and it’s our aim to bring village culture to our guests. Our food is coastal and village inspired, and we pride ourselves on using the freshest and most seasonal produce.
Opened in historic Angel Place in November 2015, INDU has been delighting Sydney locals for years with its dimly lit, terracotta-clad basement under George Street. Come and experience our rural flavours and cookery elements of southern-Indian and Sri Lankan villages for yourself.
The Sam Prince Hospitality Group (SPHG), incorporating Hicks Hospitality (HH), is a bold Australian restaurant group including the popular restaurants Mejico, INDU and Kid Kyoto.
Founded in 2013 by Sam Prince, an award winning philanthropist, entrepreneur and medical doctor, and successful Melbourne businessman, hospitality professional and philanthropist, Ian Hicks.
With venues across two states and growing, SPHG continues to push the boundaries of hospitality with innovative personality driven venues.
By providing you with a feast for the senses, we enable a lasting bond with the villages we borrow from. INDU has partnered with ACFID accredited grassroots organisation, Palmera, to establish the Village to Village Program.
Our program will enable communities to build thriving village economies through building the infrastructure for local village enterprises.
V2V’s first project is to build a chicken coup in Northern Sri Lanka. This project will directly assist 20 widows from war-torn Sri Lanka who have been displaced by civil war by providing them employment to generate a meaningful income. The program provides job security, skills training, and vertical business opportunities such as crop farming.
Some of the dishes from these villages we support can be found on our menu, and can also be found in Palmera’s cookbook, HANDMADE, which is available for purchase at INDU. Visit Palmera’s website here to learn more about their work on the ground.
From our table to yours…support your locals
Mejico and INDU have created almost-ready to eat meal boxes so you can enjoy your favourite restaurant meals at home. Choose one or more boxes and why not add on some ready made margaritas, some extra tacos or even your favourite wine or Young Henry’s beer to enjoy with it. Available for collection from the restaurants in the CBD or delivery within a 20km radius of the Melbourne CBD.
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Boxes serve 2 people comfortably (3 courses) and are delivered ready to simply heat and serve. Some very limited cooking may be required but full instructions are provided.
Our meals are designed to be consumed within 48 hours of delivery to ensure freshness. Whilst every effort has been made to avoid the allergens not listed in the ingredients, they are present in our kitchens and therefore may be present in the order. Please bear this is mind when making your order. We aim to be able to cater for most food intolerances, so please let us know when you order.
It’s been a year in the planning and finally we are open. Check out what Melbourne thinks of our opening, the venue and most importantly the food.
INDU is a celebration of village culture and authentic local hospitality. The special 4 course vegan feast is prepared by our kitchen with love for you to finish cooking at home and enjoy with friends and family. We hope you enjoy the flavours and passion of our modern Sri Lankan menu. .
What’s on the menu - *note this is a sample menu and subject to change
Ian has been involved as a Director with the group since Mejico opened in Sydney in 2013, providing guidance and advice, in particular with the group’s expansion into his home town of Melbourne in 2020
A hospo-veteran, Karen moved from London 15 years ago. With a career working for Antonio Carluccio and Jamie Oliver, among others, she took over the helm at the Sam Prince Hospitality Group 5 years ago. She is now firmly settled in Australia, with no intention of returning to the UK and her two loves of food and live music, are easily satisfied across Melbourne and Sydney.
Always inspired by travel, Amanda has worked in kitchens in Uluru and Tasmania before heading abroad to London for 10 years. Working alongside the Great British Menu judge Oliver Peyton, Amanda brings unique experience to the SPHG team.
Jamie moved to Australia over 5 years ago, and has been in the company for over 4 years. He started out as a waiter and has worked in every venue. Jamie is now our Group General Manager spanning Melbourne and Sydney.
Ankit has worked within the Melbourne culinary scene for more than 12 years. His career started out as kitchen support in large venues such as Etihad Stadium, where he worked hard to learn the fundamentals of how to operate a kitchen. Working across the city, Ankit gradually moved up the kitchen ranks to become the head chef at Collins Quarter. Ankit, a keen bonsai grower and avid whiskey collector takes great pride in sourcing ethically and locally, something of which can be seen when dining at Indu & Mejico, Melbourne.
Kiel has a colourful career that spans across the events, hospitality, visual, and performing arts sectors. Gallery owner/ curator, costume technician, fashion runway director, function coordinator, and wedding planner are just a few hats he wears. Kiel will be presenting some of the most exciting and electric events at Méjico Melbourne, as the saying goes “watch this space..”
At INDU Melbourne our dining offerings can be tailored to suit your planned event. Whether it be dining for two or twenty in our restaurant, intimate cocktail event, or large group gathering, we can make it happen.
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