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Ish Restaurant

9.3/10
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199 Gertrude St, 3065 Fitzroy (VIC)See map

Average price A$65

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Tropp, whose mother is Keralan, has made a name for himself in Melbourne over the years by showcasing Indian cuisine in all its diversity and changing the perceptions of typical ‘Indian’ food. More recently, he embarked on a trip back to his motherland, exploring different regions, meeting local cooks, and soaking up the rich food traditions that influence his approach to cooking today. Of his latest pop-up, Mischa says, “I’m happy to be back and firing up the grill again to help lift the spirits of Melbournians with comfort food that equates to a big, warm hug.” After spending a little over a year at The Rochester Hotel in Fitzroy spicing up the kitchen with an exciting Keralan menu in 2019, Mischa is no stranger to temporary takeovers that resonate so well that they become a permanent fixture. For Mischa, pop-up dinners and residencies have helped him to connect with his Indian heritage and showcase the many flavours of Indian cuisine. Mischa continues, the pandemic has taught me anything, it's to roll with the punches. I hope to turn this model into a viable long-term business venture that allows me to showcase Indian cooking in new and exciting environments.

Restaurant menu

Chef Ananta M
  • Average price A$65
  • American express Welcome
Smashed Pea Kulcha
A$20
Punjab’s famous stuffed naan, Stracciatella cheese, mint
Cured Kingfish
A$22
Burnt eggplant, lime, chicken fat, mint, nigella seeds
Broccolini Curried Hummus
A$20
Curried butter, spiced hummus

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Reviews

9.3/10
Excellent237 reviews
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9.3/10

Service

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  • Loretta B.
    Loretta B.

    August 12, 20221 review

    5/10

    We went for the $49 menu special. It was really just all chicken! Two chicken starters, and a butter chicken main. I would've loved a salad or a vegetable dish to lighten it up and add variety. It was a nice dining experience with good service but the food wasn't WOW!

  • Federica i.
    Federica i.

    August 6, 202223 reviews

    10/10

    The food and service are amazing at Ish!

  • Siu Fun C.
    Siu Fun C.

    August 4, 202225 reviews

    10/10

    Everything is. excellent except for the portion was a bit too small.

  • Carmel E.
    Carmel E.

    July 30, 20227 reviews

    10/10

    Great food great service. Will definitely return.

  • Sharon W.
    Sharon W.

    July 5, 20221 review

    10/10

    Excellent food; a modern take on Indian cuisine. Great drinks menu. The Kaffir lime sour was delicious! Ambience was lovely. Would highly recommend.

  • Heng T.
    Heng T.

    June 30, 20225 reviews

    8/10

    Enjoyed an early night dining experience after avoiding restaurants for a while. The dishes are interesting interpretations of traditional Indian dishes. It was a new Melbourne dining experience.

  • Murali R.
    Murali R.

    June 25, 202227 reviews

    6/10

    The wait staff seemed a bit wound up when we checked in. Eventually we got a table to accommodate us but it was made clear to us that they went out of their way to do it. Paneer is very good. However the spices and the taste were a bit subdued to a well seasoned Indian palate. Personally felt the place slightly overrated. Parking in Fitzroy is always challenging. Have to note that the menu was quite limited.

  • Sameera C.
    Sameera C.

    June 24, 202210 reviews

    10/10

    Definitely recommend having the palak paneer.

  • Gordon W.
    Gordon W.

    June 21, 202243 reviews

    9.5/10

    Extremely flavoursome and beautifully cooked food. Stand out last night were chicken tikka and prawns and eggplant Overall, a great modern take on Indian food.

  • Qurese K.
    Qurese K.

    June 9, 20221 review

    10/10

    One of the best restaurants in the area. Will definitely come back again ????

  • Yoong C.
    Yoong C.

    June 9, 2022126 reviews

    10/10

    An excellent dinner tonight at this popular restaurant. Everything we ate was delicious and beautifully presented. Beef curry was lovely bit the standouts were the chicken tikka and cured kingfish.

  • Jenny R.
    Jenny R.

    June 4, 202231 reviews

    9/10

    We keep returning to ISH because the food is just so delicious. The Kerala beef curry is my favorite and no doubt will return for it again.

  • Archna B
    Archna B

    June 1, 202219 reviews

    9.5/10

    This is not your typical Indian fare. An uncluttered and diverse menu coupled with attentive service made dining here the second time around a delight. Even though our first appearance here was nearly three months ago, the attentive maître d / owner remembered us. You won’t go wrong with the spot.

  • Lesley C.
    Lesley C.

    May 13, 202221 reviews

    10/10

    This is our third visit here - once again the palak paneer, black garlic naan, chicken tikka and pistachio kulfi are absolutely stunning. This is what happens when you use high quality ingredients (esp dairy) and make everything from scratch. It’s easily the best Indian restaurant in Melbourne right now.

  • Ranna Z.
    Ranna Z.

    May 4, 202212 reviews

    10/10

    Dined on a Wednesday and the restaurant was empty. We were worried at the beginning but when the dishes came, we were impressed. The beef curry was the best curry I ever had. The curried egg was a very interesting dish and definitely worth trying. The king fish and lamb kebab were both amazing. The only downside was parking- took us 20 mins to find parking around. Definitely coming back and recommend it to everyone.

  • David S.
    David S.

    April 26, 202214 reviews

    10/10

    Delicious food, and great and friendly service. Will definitely be back. The black garlic naan was particular good - light, fluffy, garlicky - and not soaked in butter like some others.

  • Vida G.
    Vida G.

    April 20, 202250 reviews

    10/10

    It was my first dining experience at Ish and I was delighted. The food was delicious and exotic, the hemp gin cocktail was perfectly balanced nicely complementing the vibrantly flavoured food and the service was friendly and professional.

  • Pratiksha S.

    April 19, 20223 reviews

    10/10

    Best Indian food in Melbourne.. paneer makhni was out of the world!!

  • Kate L.

    April 19, 20224 reviews

    10/10

    Lovely atmosphere, delish drinks and great food. Enjoyed the entrees and medium plates most. The lime mocktail/cocktail is a must try.

  • Reshma R.
    Reshma R.

    April 9, 202216 reviews

    9.5/10

    Everything about the restaurant was great - the ambiance was good, the food was great, the owner came & chatted with us, the waitresses were also very good. Just felt a bit chipped off when it came to the drinks. 2 of us ordered a glass of Pinot Noir each. My niece got her glass of wine but then the waitress went to fill my glass & it was the end of the bottle & she hadn't quite poured one standard drink but since the bottle was over she went away & I thought she'd come back with another bottle to fill a bit more but didn't & I didn't want to make a big deal so didn't point it out but felt a bit cheated. That was the only negative bit of the evening.

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Monday
Closed
Tuesday
05:45 PM - 09:30 PM
Wednesday
05:45 PM - 09:30 PM
Thursday
05:45 PM - 09:30 PM
Friday
05:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
05:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

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199 Gertrude St, 3065, Fitzroy (VIC), Australia

About the restaurant

Since November 2018, Fitzroy's Gertrude Street has been home to ISH, a lively, inventive Indian restaurant. Serving up contemporary Indian cuisine, the restaurant's ethos is rooted in the liminal: its inspirations both traditional and modern, its flavours both familiar and surprising, its spirit both global and local. It serves to represent, through food, the dynamism that so defines modern-day India. ISH is Indian-ish, yes, but also Australian; modern-ish, yes, but also classic. In short, it delivers what can only be described as ‘unexpected India.

ISH is the brainchild of Ganeev Bains, a restaurateur with several successful projects in his hometown of Chandigarh India. ISH brings a different culinary perspective for Melburnians - that of a dynamic, eclectic, evolving India. The menu at ISH uses global influences and modern techniques while retaining the rich heritage and cultural integrity of Indian cuisine.

Come enjoy the flavours and traditions of different corners of India, reimagined with local ingredients and a contemporary, international flair. Trust us when we say it's an experience worth sharing.

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