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

The historic Collins Quarter site at 86a Collins Street has been reimagined into a new hidden gem restaurant. INDU Dining opened in early 2021 with local Melbourne chef Ankit Padmani using the best Victorian produce to recreate Sri Lankan coastal and village inspired flavours.

With a space made up of dimly lit booths and terracotta-clad walls, we also have a 30 person private dining room for the perfect personal or business event.

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

Meal Boxes

Delicious Extras

Beverages

Events

Exclusively Vegan - every month

Tuesday 22nd June

Due to popular demand our vegan nights are back….every month !

INDU turns the entire venue over nd is dedicated to all things vegan.   Our chefs will curate a special menu for each event and vegan wines also available to pair with every course.

Tickets are only $69 per person and the optional wine pairing is available for just an additional $30 per person.  We have various sittings available but with limited available spaces in each.  Book now.

Tickets are limited so book your space today.  Future dates are as follows:-

Tuesday 22nd June

Tuesday 20th July

Tuesday 24th August

Tuesday 21st September

Tuesday 19th October

Tuesday 23rd November

 

 

 

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INDU Light Lunch

From Monday 17th May

On Monday 17th May, we will be launching our INDU light lunch.  We know not everyone is able to spend much time away from their desks, and so you don’t miss out, our chefs have created a shorter, sharper version of our iconic menu.

Priced at just $50 per person, which also includes a drink, you’ll be able to enjoy a 3 course meal and be out in an hour.

But don’t worry, our full a la carte and Feast menus are still available also.

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

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 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.

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 Operations 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, and is now in charge of the newest member of the SPHG trilogy!

Andy Emans

Venue Manager

Andy started his hospitality career at a young age as part of the openings team at Melbourne’s Crown Casino before an extended ‘working holiday ‘ of nearly ten years  in the UK;  5 years in London at celebrated hospitality venues and then the North of England. Since his return to Melbourne he has worked for some of Melbourne’s biggest names; the late Vernon Chalker, Teague Ezard and most recently as the Hospitality Manager for Starward Whisky. He brings experience and an incredible passion for hospitality to our new Melbourne opening. 

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.

Tom Sinclair

Operations Manager

Tom came to Australia in 2016 and started at Mejico as a waiter the day he landed. He has worked his way around all our venues in different roles before recently moving to Melbourne to join the venue team there. He loves being able to give every guest the best experience possible and helping them celebrate their special occasions - favourite dish is our take on the traditional egg hopper!

Kiel Hummel

Events & Reservations 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..”

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