Friday Five: Indian restaurants

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In this week’s edition of the Friday Five, we count down the five best Indian restaurants in the Penrith LGA…

5. North Indian Flavour (Westfield Penrith)

You may be shocked to find a food court Indian restaurant on our list, but North Indian Flavour at Westfield Penrith has been around for years and represents excellent value for money, and consistently dishes out high quality Indian.

The ever-popular butter chicken is a must from here, while the naan breads are delicious.

Try a few different items by working it in to a Panther Special plate.

4. Anand Indian Restaurant (St Marys)

A quiet achiever on the Indian restaurant scene, Anand on Queen Street in St Marys has a friendly vibe and great tasting meals.

Make sure you try the mixed entree (they’ll even customise it for you) and there’s some excellent lamb dishes here too.

The naan bread is some of the hottest and tastiest we’ve tried.

3. Taj of the Valley (Penrith)

Sometimes Penrith’s forgotten Indian restaurant due to its lack of delivery options (although they’re now on Menu Log), Taj of the Valley is a survivor of the sometimes futile local restaurant scene.

All the staples are brilliant here but there’s a few surprises as well, especially if you take a deeper look at the menu.

Very family-friendly vibe.

2. Talking Tables (Penrith)

Talking Tables has emerged as one of the area’s best Indian restaurants in recent times. While it’s a little pricey, the quality is excellent and the service first class.

Talking Tables probably isn’t your Friday night takeaway vibe, it’s more of a ‘sit down and enjoy’ style location, perfect for birthday parties or special events.

1. Cook’s Castle (Penrith)

Don’t let first impressions fool you! Cook’s Castle may be slightly hidden away at the western end of High Street and appear pretty basic from first glance, but we reckon it’s Penrith’s best.

Great prices, great service and awesome-tasting food that holds up as a take-away or delivery option as well as in-store dining.

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