About Dhakshin

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Vanakkam, Swagata, Swagatam, Suswagatam, Namaste !

In ancient Sanskrit, Dhakshin means south. Dhakshin invite you to travel on an exceptional food journey which opens a world of vibrant colors and healthy food combining with luscious textures and exotic aromas that make the cuisine come alive.

Dhakshin was established in 2014, with one simple goal is to treat our guests with extraordinary hospitality and warmth, serve the best authentic south Indian recipes created from locally produced ingredients which translates to a modern gourmet experience to consider with the specific requirements such as vegan, gluten-free & halal options.

Dhakshin offers traditional and home style dishes from various south Indian regions like Chettinadu, Tanjore, Kongunadu, Udupi, Mangolorean, Nizam of Hyderabad, Deccan region, Maplah and Southern coastal region. Dhakshin also extends, classic dishes from the rest of India, as well as Tandoori flavours from the North west frontier and much more...

À La Carte Menu

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“ Dhakshin offers Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free & Halal options.”

Prarambam (Entrée)

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Masala Dosa - (World renowned South Indian delight)
Crispy rice and lentil pancakes "Dosa" filling with spiced potato masala,accompanied with lentil broth sambar, chutney and milagai podi (gun powder)
$18
Kuzhi Paniyaram - (Traditional dish from chettinadu)
Savoury rice and black lentil dumpling served with kara chutney.
$14
Vendakai Varuval - (Classic one among delightful veggies from Tanjore)
Crispy okra marinated with ajwain, ginger and dusted with chickpea flour and served with khatta meetha chutney.
$15
Jugalbandi Chaat - (Matching healthy ingredients to perfection)
Black eye beans, walnuts with sweetened yoghurt, mint chutney, date & tamarind chutney topped with batter fried spinach leaves.
$14
Anari Paneer - (North West frontier favourite)
Indian cottage cheese marinated with ajwain, cream, chilli & black salt cooked in clay pot.
$15
Tokri Chole Aloo Tikki - (Famous Street food of Sowcarpet)
Spiced potato patties shallow fried, topped with mint & tamarind chutney, served with chickpea masala in bed of roasted papad basket
$15
Kaima kola Urundai - (Mouth-watering dish from chettinadu cuisine)
Hand pulled lamb meat balls spiced with brown garlic, cinnamon & poppy seeds,Served with chettiyar chutney.
$20
Chicken 65' - (Famous dish from Buhari hotel in Chennai)
Chicken Thigh marinated with red chilli, garlic and lemon. Served with green apple salad.
$15.50
Kundapur Lasooni Squid - (West coastal town style food)
Marinated squid dusted with seasoned tapioca flour and deepfried, served with garlic chips, chillies and inji puli chutney.
$16.50
Scallop pepperonata - (A creative dish with chef's adaptation)
Pan seared scallops served on a bed of tomato chutney & roasted peppers with curry leaves infused olive oil.
$20
Cochin Nandu Puttu - (Keralite coastal speciality)
Blue swimmer crabmeat tossed with mustard, fennel, curry leaves and tomatoes served on a bed of appam with Pandang broth.
$23

Tandoor SE

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Ajwaini Macchli
King fish marinated with ajwain, chilli, lemon and yoghurt and clay oven roasted.
$22
Chicken Tikka
Chicken thigh fillets marinated with yoghurt, mace, ginger garlic.
$16
Kaffir Jhinga
Prawn marinated with kaffir lime leaves, coriander and honey and cooked in Tandoor.
$27
Sengesi Lamb Cutlet
Lamb cutlet marinated with nutmeg, star aniseed, fennel, and paprika and hung curd.
$18
Pudina Seek Kebab
Skewerd spiced lamb mince kabab with garlic, cheese and mint.
$15
Naan
$4
Garlic Naan
$4.5
Peshawari Naan
$5.5
Kheema Naan
$7
Cheese Onion Kulcha
$5.5
Aloo kulcha
$5.5
Lachha Paratha
$5
Roti
$4

Platters

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Vegetarian Platter
Masala Dosa, Vendakai Varuval & Kuzhi Paniyaram.
$30
Tandoori Platter
Sengesi lamb cutlet, Chicken Tikka & pudina seek kebab.
$32

Side Dishes

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Refreshing Tomato & Onion Kachumber salad
$5
Mango Chutney / Cucumber Raita
$3
Pappadums / Pickles
$3

Virundu (Mains) Dhakshin Special

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Meen Mocchai Kozhambu - (Classic Tamilian Fish Curry)
Fresh Barramundi fish cooked in a sauce of tomato, chilli, tamarind tempered with mustard and fenugreek seeds.
$28
Karwari Prawn and Scallops - (Delicacy from region of Karwar)
Green Prawn and Scallops cooked in a sauce of coriander seeds, cumin, turmeric and ground coconut.
$32
Kozhi Milagu Chettinad - (Speciality of Chettinad Region)
Chicken Thigh in a sauce of tomato, Brown coconut and Crushed pepper corns,tempered with Chettinad spices.
$23
Erachi Porichathu - (Traditional Kerala Lamb)
Diced lamb cooked with shallots, coriander, curry leaves, Copra & Cinnamon.
$27
Kairy Ka Goat - (Festive Dish of Hyderabad)
Goat on the bone with raw mango, tomatoes, Black cardamom and spices.
$24
Murgh Dum Briyani - (Chef's favourite)
Hyderabadi style of chicken and rice preparation, Cooked by dum.
$24

Classic Special

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Butter Chicken
"Butter chicken" marinated chicken roasted in the Tandoor and then pan finished with subtly spiced blend of tomatoes, cream and dry fenugreek leaves.
$23
Nawabi Lamb Khorma
Diced lamb cooked in rich sauce of cashew, flavored with cardamom, mace & finished with cream.
$25.50
Beef Vindaloo
A goan speciality of spicy beef, tangy sweet & sour with tomato, cumin, ginger and peppercorns.
$24

Subzi Mandi SE (Vegetarian)

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Udupi Tarkkarigalu - (Delicious vegetarian hallmark of Udupi cuisine)
Cauliflower, carrot, green & double beans in poppy seed, coconut & cashew Gravy.
$19
Kattu Kootu - (Brinjal Preparation in a shepherd's way)
Smoked eggplant mash flavour of burnt dry Red chilli and tempered with mustard.
$18
Aloo Mirchi Ka Salan - (Authentic from Deccan Region)
Chat potatoes and banana chilli in sauce of peanuts, sesame seeds and tamarind.
$18
Kaalan Pattani Tarakal - (Colonial dish of karaikudi)
Mushroom and green peas, tomato, coriander and cumin in a rich cashew gravy.
$20
Palak Paneer
Spinach pureed & pan finished with soft cottage cheese, fresh tomatoes, garlic,chilli & fenugreek.
$21
Dhal Maharani
Slow cooked black lentils and red kidney beans with garlic, tomato and butter.
$17

Annam (Staple)

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Saffron & cumin pulao rice
$4
Steam Rice
$3
Kal Appam (2 Pcs)
$7
Iddiyappam (2 Pcs)
$5

Maduram (Dessert)

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Elai Adai
Steam rice dumplings with fresh coconut, Jaggery and Sukku (dry ginger)
$15
Wattalappam
Indian version of coconut crème caramel with nutmeg.
$13
Gulab Jamun
Reduced Milk dumplings steeped in sugar and scented with rose.
$12
Carrot Halwa
Carrot fudge made with Melon seeds & Raisins.
$13
Pistachio Kulfi
Indian ice cream flavoured with cardamom & pistachio kernels
$12
“ Dhakshin offers Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free & Halal options.”

Classic Banquet

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(Minimum 4 Guests)
$ 42.50 PP
Entrées
Jugalbandi Chaat, Lasooni Squid, Chicken Tikka, Pudina Seek Kebab
Mains
Butter Chicken, Nawabi Lamb Khorma, Beef Vindaloo, Aloo Mirchi Ka Salan Served with Pulao rice, naan breads, pappad, raitha, pickles and chutneys.

Dhakshin Banquet

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(Minimum 4 Guests)
$ 51 PP
Entrées
Masala Dosa, Nandu Puttu, Kola Urundai, Chicken Tikka
Mains
Meen Mocchai Kozhambu, Butter Chicken, Kairy Ka Goat, Udupi Tarkkarigalu Served with Pulao rice, naan breads, pappad, raitha, pickles and chutneys.
Dessert
Pistachio Kulfi

Beverages Menu

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SPARKLING & CHAMPAGNE

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MV - Champagne Gosset Grande Reserve Champagne Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Brut Pinot Meunier
$140
NV - Domaine des Baumard Chenin Blanc Cremant de Loire ‘Carte Turquoise’ Loire Valley France
$62

WHITE

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2016 - Bremerton ‘Mollie & Merle’ Langhorne Verdelho Creek
Australia
$44
2016 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough New Zealand
$71
2014 - Louis Michel & Fils Chardonnay Petit Chablis
Burgundy France
$59
2013 - Weingut Tegernseerhof ‘Terrassen’ Riesling
Wachau Austria
$55
2016 - Riverlore Pinot Grigio
Marlborough New Zealand
$11 $47
2015 - Atrolo Tonton Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc
Yarra Valley Australia
$12 $53
2016 - The Tangle Riesling,Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer
Marlborough New Zealand
$12 $49
2014 - Trapeze by Friends of Punch Chardonnay
Yarra Valley Australia
$13 $58

ROSE

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2015 - Thongue Rosé(dry) by Ollieux Romanis IGP Côtes de Thongue
Languedoc Australia
$12 $51

RED

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2013 - Chateau de Pizay Gamay
Beaujolais France
$42
2012 - Chateau Penin Merlot,Cab,Sauv, Cab,Franc ‘Tradition’ AOC Bordeaux Superieur
Bordeaux France
$54
2013 - Quinta do Vallado Touriga Naciona
Douro Valley Portugal
$78
2014 - Artadi Tempranillo ‘Estate’ Young Vines
Rioja Spain
$62
2013 - Yeringberg Shiraz
Yarra Valley Australia
$99
2014 - Puriri Hills Merlot,Malbec ‘Mokoroa’
Clevedon New Zealand
$12 $58
2015 - Trapeze Pinot Noir ‘Gruyere’
Yarra Valley Australia
$12 $58
2016 - Epsilon Shiraz
Barossa Valley Australia
$13 $55

BEER & CIDER

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Kingfisher Lager
$9
Budweiser Lager
$10
4Pines Kölsch
$10
Balmain Pilsner
$9
Lord Nelson Three Sheets Pale Ale
$10
Feral Hop Hog American Pale Ale
$10
James Boag Premium Light Lager
$9
Hills Apple Ginger
$9

SPIRITS & LIQUEURS

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Grey Goose Vodka
$12
Four Pillars Gin
$11
Herradura Plata ‘Silver’ Tequila
$12
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
$10
Hennessy VSOP Cognac
$14
Chivas Regal ‘Extra’ Scotch Whisky
$11
Johnnic Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky
$11
Talisker 10 Y.O.Single Malt Whisky
$14
Yamazaki 12 Y.O.Single Malt Japanese Whisky
$16
Kahlua Mexican Coffee Liqueur
$10
Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
$10

SOFT DRINKS & WATER

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Evian Still Mineral Water 750ml
$9
Badoit Sparkling Mineral Water 750ml
$9
Bitter Blood Orange
$6
Flaming Ginger Beer
$6
Organic Tonic Water
$6
Soft Drinks,Soda Water
$4
Mango Lassi,Lemon Lime Bitters
$5
Exotic Fruit Smoothie
$7
Fruit Juices
$5
Vijayan

Our Chef

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Vijayan Ramasamy is a head chef at Dhakshin. Vijayan was born in small town in the state of Tamilnadu, India.

He was born and grew up in a traditional agricultural family from South India. He had an opportunity to taste some of the fresh produce from the farm, especially all kind of vegetables. He was a passionate boy to eat various authentic and traditaional food and learnt receipes from his mother and grand mother.

Vijayan successfully completed diploma in hotel management in 1996. He then joined as a chef-de-party trainee at ITC Sheraton in Chennai, where he had opportunity to work in a signature restaurant called “Dakshin”, Then he was appointed as a chef, where he started his professional career.

In 2000, he moved to Australia and worked in a reputed Indian restaurant for 3 years. Then he moved to London for 3 years and worked in one Michelin star restaurant called “Tamarind” as a sous chef, which gave an opportunity to learn lot of techniques and skills. He is also proud for opportunity that he had to work for outdoor events at various historical venues located all over greater London. He then migrated back to Australia in 2006, worked in award winning restaurants & has a total experience of 22 years worldwide.

It was great excitement and dream come true that he has opened Dhakshin – Authentic South Indian Restaurant. This was an inspiration from where he learnt his basics in professional food industry. His passion and influence of regional culinary skills, drives to create innovate receipes, which brings delicious palate dish on the table to customers.

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BUSINESS HOURS

Lunch : Sun - Sat 12pm to 3pm       Dinner : Sun - Thu 6pm to 10pm       Fri & Sat 6pm to 10.30pm       (Fully Licenced & BYO Wine only)

Gift Voucher

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Dhakshin Gift Vouchers are available on request to share the perfect dining experience to your Family and Friends.

Just fill-in the form here and we will call you to organise payment. We can mail the Gift Vouchers directly you or your loved ones.

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Terms & Conditions

  • Gift Vouchers are valid for a period of 3 months from date of purchase, and bookings must be made within this period. Gift Vouchers are for one use only.
  • Reservations using a gift voucher must be made through phone only & strictly subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Acceptance of the gift voucher as payment is subject to final verification by the management
  • Gift Vouchers may not be redeemed for cash. No credit or change will be given on the unused portion of the Voucher.
  • Gift Vouchers are not replaceable if lost, stolen or destroyed, photocopied or altered in any way.
  • Dhakshin reserve the right to revise any terms, conditions & policies at any time .

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Dhakshin Restaurant,

320 Pacific Highway,
Crows Nest,
NSW 2065.
P-02-8068-5882, 0410-025-800.
E-reservations@dhakshin.com.au