Jewel on the Bay
639 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay, NSW
02 9371 4100
Overlooking Rose Bay wharf, this omni-cultural cafe and restaurant brings together authentic Indian cuisine and other delights from all corners of the world, blending them into a taste experience you will never forget.
Owned by Kishora and Indrani Matta, this power couple opened their first restaurant more than 25 years ago as new migrants to New Zealand. Hugely successful, they soon realised the market was missing something uniquely Indian, and their journey led them to open all manner of Indian ventures such as The Spice Room and Jewel Fine Foods.
Moving to Australian in 1999, Indrani and Kishore stumbled across the former Café Tuk Tuk. Realising the potential they did not miss the opportunity to convert it into a restaurant very similar to the one in New Zealand, and Jewel on the Bay was born.
During the day, the Jewel is a cafe of all cultures, and you never know what to expect. If you’re heading to work for an early shift, you can swing by for a coffee or a freshly squeezed juice, while breakfast proper could be anything from an omelette to a toasted croissant. For lunch you have a choice of a selections of fresh pastas, salads, burgers and curries. Cakes, slices, coffee and milkshakes make up afternoon tea, but come evening, be prepared to settle in for an exclusively Indian taste sensation
After 5pm, Head Chef, Louis Norohna, offers traditional Indian dishes. With Goan heritage and world travels under his culinary belt, his recipes have been perfected and passed down from generation to generation, thankfully ending up on your table. Much of the food is cooked the old way, in a tandoor – a round clay oven fuelled by hot coals. A combination of meats and spices are cooked over an intense fire in the tandoor, which produces juicy, flavour-filled dishes.
With so many choices available, the decision of what to have for dinner may seem a little daunting. From ‘street food’ to ‘sharing platters for two’, the best food India has to offer is at your fingertips. Perhaps order a king prawn entrée straight out of the tandoor, followed by the ever popular butter chicken on a bed of saffron rice for main, all the while devouring an unhealthy amount of authentic naan bread.
For dessert try a mango lassi to resurrect your tongue that died and went to spicy heaven, but there are plenty of options for the more adventurous, so multiple trips might be needed to fully explore the menu.
With Rose Bay and Lyne Park just across the road, during the day this is the perfect place to chill out, and at night the lights flickering across the waters of the bay will be almost as big a draw card as the food itself. So stop by at any time of the day, and have yourself a taste of the jewel of the bay.