There’s a new kid on the block in Brunswick and they’re coming in with a Bhang. The younger sibling to Sydney Road’s immensely successful Tom Phat opened its doors in mid-June, serving up vibrant Indian cuisine to Brunswick’s hungriest diners.
Owners, Sway Quach and Dougal Colam, have combined their love for Indian culture and food into their newest hospitality venture. After eating their way through India’s diverse culinary scene, they noted the different tendencies specific to each region, with coconut-based flavours in the south and heavier leanings towards meat in the north. Therefore, when it came to designing their brand-new menu, they took into account these distinctive qualities, creating its playful and flavoursome menu that accurately captures the variety of the sub-continent.
One step through the door of Bhang sets the tone, with vintage Bollywood wallpaper lining the walls and scents of Indian cooking wafting from the custom-made charcoal oven. The menu is bursting with delectable options waiting to be devoured, like the Parsi green coconut chutney or smoked eggplant raita with naan. Follow it up with the Bathak peri peri-spiced roast duck cooked in the charcoal oven, and a bite of the Keralan beetroot thoran salad on the side.
A refreshing cocktail list is also on the go, serving up tipples that pair beautifully with the exotic Indian flavours. Let the sweet fruity flavours of the vodka-based Deepika’s Pana (pineapple, strawberry, ginger, mint and tamarind) counter the fiery flavours of the Kori Grassi spicy chicken and coconut curry. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the Mr Big, combining rum, Antica vermouth, a splash of absinthe, orange and soda into one refreshing concoction with a mighty punch.
Playful in its nature and fiery in its results, there is no doubt that Bhang will fast become a Brunswick staple. With an authentic menu, exciting cocktails and a buzzing ambience – it’s well worth checking out what all the fuss is about.