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Daana

8.5/10
161
83 Theodore Street, 2605 Curtin (ACT)See map

Average price A$55

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Sunita – our Chef d'Inspiration. Born into a South Indian family with roots in Kerala, Chef Sunita's early passion for cooking developed in the kitchens of her parents and her grandmothers. Sanjay – our Chef de flavour.Originally from Delhi, Sanjay's grandfather was a culinary expert, renowned for festival and wedding catering. Sanjay would watch him with awe, inspiring his own path to formal training as a chef and a career with a leading hotel group. Together, Sunita and Sanjay have lived in cities across India, exploring different regional delicacies and cuisines, which they now present through Daana's award-winning flavours cooked with immense love and passion.

Restaurant menu

Chef Chefs Sunita and Sanjay Kumar
Average price A$55
South Indian ‘Kaapi’ Coffee
A$6
South Indian blend, percolated in Indian Coffee filter with milk
Masala Chai
A$6
Indian tea with milk and home-blend 'Chai Masala'
Choice of Tea
A$5
Earl Grey, Green Tea, English Breakfast, Indian Basil (Caffeine-free)

Dietary options

Gluten free, Halal, , Vegan, Vegetarian dishes

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Banana flower chops - Daana, Curtin (ACT)

Reviews

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  • Bridget L.
    Bridget L.

    October 27, 20222 reviews

    5.5/10

    Having read the reviews, I was looking forward to trying this. Flavours OK, ample sauce - but very light on substance (and pricey). Service and ambience lacking.

  • Mike G.
    Mike G.

    February 18, 202214 reviews

    8/10

    Excellent friendly service, yummy food, impeccable support for coeliac customers. Will visit again!!!

  • Annette A.

    January 27, 202214 reviews

    10/10

    The food was excellent and the staff very helpful with explaining the dishes. We will definitely go again.

  • Ana W.
    Ana W.

    October 19, 20218 reviews

    8.5/10

    Fantastic place to catch up with friends, Original recipes the staff helped us choose and was delicious!

  • Lisa B.

    October 16, 20214 reviews

    10/10

    Once again, a fabulous meal with attentive staff and a very pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommended

  • John T.
    John T.

    June 17, 20215 reviews

    9/10

    Daana is our ever reliable local: in the suburbs with no parking issues. The devoted and congenial management team and frequent menu innovation keeps us coming back. Love the attention given to the variety of sub-continental regional cuisines.

  • KELLIE B.

    March 11, 20213 reviews

    10/10

    Very tasty food, great service

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  • Laura T.

    February 14, 20211 review

    9.5/10

    Their Valentine’s Day menu was really delicious and the portions were generous. The staff were attentive and accommodating. The live music added a special touch to the night, however it was a bit loud for the size of the room and at some parts made it difficult to have a conversation. Other than that, our visit to Daana was very worthwhile and we’ll be back to visit again!

    Daana (Owner)

    Thanks Laura

  • Celeste B.

    February 11, 20211 review

    9.5/10

    Always delicious, staff very attentive. Good location, we can walk from home. recommended to anyone who loves curry. They use interesting local ingredients

    Daana (Owner)

    Thanks Celeste

  • David M.

    January 29, 20211 review

    9.5/10

    We enjoyed the range of different and enjoyable dishes available which went beyond the "usual" collection available at most Indian restaurants. The chef displays an adventurous and skilled style. Having lived in India, and eaten in Indian restaurants in different parts of the world, we found Daana outstanding. The staff were welcoming and very attentive. We intend to return soon.

    Daana (Owner)

    Thanks David. Looking forward to serving you again.

  • Sue B.

    January 16, 20218 reviews

    9.5/10

    All of our dishes were full of flavour and quite delicious. The staff were friendly and attentive and we were asked a few times how the food was as we were eating. A lovely dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

    Daana (Owner)

    Thanks Sue

  • Tack D.

    December 7, 20202 reviews

    9/10

    a new experience for us, but with 3 people who are from the region, who were effusive in their review of the dishes, ambience, flavours. A great evening of carefully prepared and served food. Thank you. We will return with all our friends.

    Daana (Owner)

    Thank you Daniel

  • Troy R.

    November 20, 202010 reviews

    10/10

    Beautiful traditional flavours with a super interesting menu. Lovely that the owners always make the time to say hello & check that you are enjoying the food.

    Daana (Owner)

    Thanks Troy for your kind words.

  • Cate H.
    Cate H.

    October 29, 20203 reviews

    10/10

    Always excellent, courteous and friendly service. The food is very different from anywhere else and flavourful.

    Daana (Owner)

    Thanks Cate..

  • Biren C.

    October 24, 20201 review

    8/10

    The Bengali desserts were delectable.

    Daana (Owner)

    Thanks you

  • Murray P.
    Murray P.

    August 7, 20202 reviews

    10/10

    An excellent place of innovative Indian food. They have a good general menu, but also have a set meal from a specific different region of India every Friday and Saturday evening. Book ahead for that one.

    Daana (Owner)

    thank you Murray

  • Rod Y.
    Rod Y.

    July 10, 20201 review

    10/10

    A fab little restaurant and worth the trip. Approx 10 mins in the car. The meal was divine and the staff were attentive as well as very prompt as well as helpful. Authentic cuisine and enjoyed food prepared and served with pride. Desert suggestions were taken and enjoyable.

    Daana (Owner)

    Thanks Rod. Great to hear from you.

  • - -

    November 13, 20191 review

    9.5/10

    Amazing, warm, welcoming host. Fantastic food. A firework of flavors!! We felt very welcome, host gave good advice. I don’t think you can make a mistake when picking food from that menu. Everything just looked incredible. And for really reasonable prices! Couldn’t have been better!

  • Myles G.

    October 30, 20194 reviews

    10/10

    What a great little find! I was looking for somewhere at late notice to take my dad for dinner and stumbled upon this place. The restaurant was very quiet and serene and the food was excellent but the best thing was the very warm and welcoming service. Well done !

  • Mitchell B.

    September 29, 20192 reviews

    9.5/10

    Excellent food. Great vegan entrées and mains. Friendly staff and the chef was out on the floor helping and talking with the guests which was nice to see

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Opening time

Monday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Tuesday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Thursday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Friday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Saturday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

How to get to the restaurant

83 Theodore Street, 2605, Curtin (ACT), Australia

Directions to get there

Near Curtin Primary School

FREE Door-step and on-street parking

About the restaurant

A family-owned business since 2015 - DAANA is renowned for its delicious South and Regional Indian cuisine, the use of authentic recipes, fresh natural ingredients, and exceptional guest service. While DAANA is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Curtin, it is making its presence felt as one of the top dining experiences in Canberra - a little taste of India at Daana. The restaurant showcases textile and jewellery making traditions of Indian, tribal art murals and family heirlooms; making for an authentically Indian mood with a modern twist. Daana is a fused celebration of traditional South Indian and regional Indian cuisines with generous servings.

Chefs and owners Sunita and Sanjay passion for innovation and authenticity has got DAANA recognition by critics and peak industry bodies consistently over the last four years. DAANA is the first Indian restaurant from the nation's capital to receive top recognition at the Restaurant and Catering Association of Australia (RCA) Savour Awards – 2019 National Finals winning the Silver Awards in Best Indian/ Sub-Continent Restaurant Category.

This national-level success for DAANA is following their two award wins in the 2019 ACT Savour Awards for Excellence. DAANA picked up the awards for Best Indian Restaurant in Canberra (again – they also won the category in 2018) and for the first time won the 2019 Consumer Vote Awards. In 2017 the chef duo won Best New Restaurant in Canberra, which marked their first year in business, they won this from other well-regarded finalists like The Otis Dining Hall, Agostinis Italian and Pollen Cafe.

DAANA has also been Finalists in the ACT Chief Minister Inclusion Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

More recently DAANA won an AGFG (Australian Good Food and Travel Guide) 2020 Reader's Choice Awards.

A harmonious blend of traditional Indian cuisine with native Australian ingredients awaits Curtin diners at Daana on Theodore Street, so head down to experience something truly special.

Features

Asian, Birthday, Good for families, Good for groups, , , Father's Day, , Mother's Day

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You can reserve the restaurant for a private event (Max. 60 people)

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