INDU is a celebration of Southern Indian and Sri Lanka village culture, flavours and local hospitality.

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About us

The times, they are a changin'...

Meet INDU

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 Collins Street in February 2021, INDU has been delighting Melbourne locals ever since with its dimly lit, terracotta-clad dining space. Come and experience our rural flavours and cookery elements of southern-Indian and Sri Lankan villages for yourself.

Who is SPHG?

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.

What we stand for

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.

How can you help?

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.

Order Meal Boxes online

From our table to yours…support your locals

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.  Order directly via our boutique delivery partner Providoor.  Available delivery locations are shown on the Providoor website.

Click HEREto order meal boxes

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.

Events

Gin and Jazz with Savant Spirits

Saturday 27th November

We are so excited to announce the release of our next Gin and Jazz event with Savant Spirits.

Please join us for a very special afternoon with the team from Savant, a beautiful lunch of INDU favourites and the sounds of live jazz.

Our gin and jazz events continue to sell out every month and especially now we are still subject to strict capacity restrictions.  Don’t miss out….

 

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INDU opened 8th February 2021

Read the Press

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.

Time Out

Herald Sun

Boss Hunting - Best New Restaurants in Melbourne

Concrete Playground

Broadsheet

Sitchu - Best New Restaurants 2021

What’s On Melbourne

Hospitality Magazine

The F.com

Eat, Drink, Play

Urbanlist

Vegan Night at INDU Melbourne

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Meet our team

Dr Sam Prince

Founder

Dr Sam Prince is an award winning humanitarian, philanthropist, entrepreneur and doctor. With a passion for Mexican cuisine, Sam founded Mejico in 2013, and promised to deliver innovative and modern Mexican fare in Australia.

Learn more about Sam >

Ian Hicks

Director

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

Karen Westfield

Chief Operations Officer

A hospo-veteran, Karen moved from London 17 years ago. With a career working for Antonio Carluccio and Jamie Oliver, among others, she’s been with the group 5 years.  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.

Amanda Fuller

Group Executive Chef

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 Heather

Group General Manager

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.

Max Dennis

Beverage Operations Manager

Our resident expert on all things beverage - whether it’s gin, tequila or sake, Max has the answer.  Having moved to Australia 7 years ago, Max has now settled in Bondi with his family.  He’s a massive fan of Disco drinks but finds it hard to look past a well made classic marg. 

Ankit Padmani

Head Chef

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 Hummel

General Manager

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..”

Gift Vouchers

Perfect for Christmas, birthdays, farewells or to say thank you.

Gift vouchers can be redeemed at any Sam Prince Hospitality Group venue including:

Group bookings

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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