Old Monk: Indian-Inspired Dishes with a Modern Twist

Nestled in the heart of Rosalie, Old Monk elevates traditional Indian cuisine by giving it a fresh, modern twist that’s guaranteed to please even the most discerning palate.

Named after an iconic dark rum, Old Monk serves up contemporary versions of traditional Indian fare presented via an extensive menu of small and large plates designed to be mixed, matched and shared plus vegan and vegetarian options to boot. Enjoy their mouth-watering dishes al fresco or inside their purple-hued dining area where a long banquette seating awaits.

Whilst you will find re-interpreted classic Indian dishes, there are also fresh offerings plus chef-recommended dishes that are definitely worth a try.

 Old Monk: Indian-Inspired Dishes with a Modern Twist
Curry leaf lamb with fenugreek roti | Photo credit:  Facebook / Old Monk Modern Indian

Small plates offerings include Katori Chaat made with grated fried potatoes filled with spiced chickpeas and potatoes then topped with chutneys; Curry leaf masala tossed with shredded lamb and served with crispy fenugreek leaf roti; and Smokey Chicken Tikka made with boneless chicken marinated in yogurt and spices then cooked in tandoori before serving with salad and chutneys.

 Old Monk: Indian-Inspired Dishes with a Modern Twist
Chicken Tikka Masala | Photo credit:  Facebook / Old Monk Modern Indian

Large plates offerings you could try include Himachali Goat dish which is a slow cooked goat on the bone with onion and tomato masala and served in a handi; and Tandoori Roasted Chicken Tikka cooked with onion and capsicum in mild tomato gravy then finished with fenugreek leaves.

As for the drinks offering, Old Monk has prepared a list of sparkling, white, rose and red wines, plus gin, vodka, rum, tequila, beer and cider.


“Do yourself a favor and visit this lovely restaurant in Paddington. The service is unmatched. The staff truly cares about your experience. The food is absolutely amazing – everything we tasted melted in our mouths. Absolutely the best meal we had while in Old monk modern Indian restaurant. Highly recommend!” –  D. Patel

“Travelling from interstate stumbled upon this beautiful restaurant.. Great ambience & delicious food !! Staff is very friendly and helpful which made it a wholesome experience… highly recommend it.” –  E. Karhpal

“Highly recommend…service was amazing food was amazing so much flavour and extremely authentic. After searching for an Indian restaurant after travelling to India I can officially say I have found a place that taste just like your back in india.” –  T. L. Beasley

Old Monk sits at 1/151 Baroona Road in Paddington, next door Blue Room Cinebar. You’ll find them open from Monday to Sunday, 4.30 pm till late.

Published 12-February-2023