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OUR STORY

Award-Winning Flavours – Family-run charm.

At Daana’s Curtin restaurant and in our Daana Catering Services, we are inspired by the recipes of our parents and elders, by popular street food and by dynamic regional dishes, which we share in the spirit of generosity.

Our family-run restaurant has grown from its modest origins as part of a ‘shipping container’ culinary initiative in 2015 to the beautiful space we now occupy at our restaurant in Curtin.

We were delighted and humbled to win awards from Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia National Silver Award Winner Best Indian Restaurant 2019, Canberra’s Consumer Vote Award Winner 2019, Canberra’s Best New Restaurant in 2017 and Best Indian Restaurant in 2018. The loyalty and support of our much-loved customers has helped us every step of the way, and we’re immensely grateful.

Daana isn’t just a multi-award-winning restaurant. We’re a family-owned business with heart. Whether it’s our fundraising activities through Karma Kitchen, our commitment to offering employment opportunities to people with special needs for which we have been recognised by being Finalists at the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards in 2017, 2018, and 2019; or the fact that we donate all our tips to charities, Daana is all about food with heart.

We operate in a spirit of community and sustainability, guided by an abundance mindset based on generosity and giving. Our name is rooted in the word Sanskrit word ‘Dana’, meaning ‘giving’ and ‘generosity’, and this ethos guides our business fabric, and ‘Daana’ in Hindi also means the seed – signifying origin of life, and the food that nourishes us.

ONLY THE BEST

Fresh Ingredient, Tasty Meals

Only the freshest ingredients that are ethically sourced and seasonal local produce are used in our cooking.

We can cater to most special dietary requirements while still offering you a quality dining experience, and with the trusted assurance that we do not use any nasty added colours, flavours or preservatives in our cooking.

Our meats are certified halal, and we do not serve beef or pork at the restaurant.

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Genuine Spices

Quality Ingredients

The art and science of Indian cooking lie in the use of spices, and finding that fine balance!

Quality Ingredients

Fresh herbs, the best-kept secret to the most flavourful dishes.

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Fresh Herbs

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Sourcing Local

Seasonal Local Produce

We serve seasonal local produce sourced from our local suppliers – Go Troppo Fruit Market, and Mawson Halal.

MEET THE CHEFS

The Best in the Business

Daana Chefs - Sanjay and Sunita

Sunita - our Chef d'inspiration

Our Chef D’Inspiration, Sunita was born in Kerala, a South Indian state. She is a professionally qualified chef and also she was very passionate about cooking from her younger age itself. She developed her cooking skills from the kitchens of her parents and her grandmothers. Daana is also providing a range of dishes inspired by many of Sunita’s home recipes. She is so delighted to share those yummy food recipes with the customers here if they ask for it!

Sanjay - our Chef de flavour

Sanjay is basically from Delhi, and his grandfather was a culinary specialist. His recipes were renowned for festival and wedding catering. Sanjay followed his grandfather and chose his career as a chef. He did his academic training as a chef and has experience with India’s preeminent hotel group, Taj Hotels.

 Sunita and Sanjay have explored many cities across India together and experienced various regional delicacies and cuisines, which became the foundation of what they hand out to Canberrans through Daana’s top notch menu cooked with immense passion and joy.

What our guests are saying?

  • “Legit best Indian food in Canberra ♥.”

    “This family business is amazing. The owners/staff are helpful, informative, and actually care about the food they are dishing out, and the people eating it.

    Every Saturday, they do a different region of India and foods that the area specialises in.

    Haven’t had a bad dish from here, don’t think I ever will!

    Must try for everyone!”

    Theodore Leonidas Merkoureas on FaceBook
  • “Always an absolute treat!”

    “Going to Daana for thali is always an absolute treat. The food is beautifully prepared and the selection of dishes is perfection. No one else in Canberra offers such a selection, especially of vegetarian food. I can’t wait for my next visit to Daana!”

     

    Pip Thompson on The Fork
  • “Not the tired formula Indian!”

    “Very impressed, this establishment prepares Indian food to a standard rarely seen in Australia. So many Indian restaurants in this country simply follow a tired formula, but Daana presents regional variations with real skill that demonstrates a wide appreciation and knowledge of regional cuisines. We were visiting from Victoria and can’t wait to try out the Khatiawardi menu if it is on next time we visit family in Curtin.”

     

    Neil Longmore on Google Business
  • “Amazing Experience.”

    “We were visiting Canberra from Perth to see old uni friends. Growing up around authentic Kerela inspired South Indian meals cooked by my grandmother, we visited Daana during their “Onam” special weekend. Food was amazing and the experience came with so much warmth from the owners Sunita, Sanjay and the rest of their staff (banana leaf service with full typical Kerala menu of more than 20 items). It felt like a delicious home-cooked meal after a long time! Highly recommend if you are looking for good South Indian food in a cosy setting!”

     

    Sangeeta Parmeswaran on Facebook