Award-Winning Flavours – Family-run charm.
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
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.
Meet the Chefs
The Best in the Business
Sunita - our Chef d'inspiration
Born into a South Indian family with roots in Kerala, professional chef Sunita’s early passion for cooking developed in the kitchens of her parents and her grandmothers. Daana’s varied menu is inspired by many of Sunita’s family recipes, which she is very happy to share with her customers if they request them!
Sanjay - our Chef de flavour
Originally from Delhi, Sanjay’s grandfather was a culinary expert, renowned for festival and wedding catering. Sanjay would watch him with awe, inspiring his own path to formal training as a chef and a career with India’s leading hotel group, Taj Hotels.
Together, Sunita and Sanjay have lived in cities across India, exploring different regional delicacies and cuisines, which they now present to Canberrans through Daana’s award-winning flavours cooked with immense love and passion.
Hours of Operation
DINE IN - LIMITED TO 40 PERSONS.
MONDAY TO SATURDAY
5:30pm – 9:30pm
TAKE-HOME (Pick-up Only)
MONDAY TO THURSDAY
5:00pm – 8:30pm
FRIDAY TO SATURDAY
5:00pm – 6:00pm
SUNDAY & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Drop Us a Line
Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!