DAANA was born from Sanjay and Sunita’s love for cooking, and the joy of giving and sharing. It is our honest attempt to present a fulfilling experience of authentic Indian cuisine- especially South Indian food, other regional and popular foods presented with a spirit of generosity. Beginning from our humble origins at Westside Acton Park in 2015 from a 40 foot Shipping Container and moving to our full- service restaurant at Curtin in September 2016 Daana has grown due to the love and support from our loyal guests.
There is little bit of India reflecting in almost everything at Daana. The unique and serene ambiance at Daana is a kaleidoscopic’ showcase of almost every state of India, each equally fascinating, and all conversation starters!
You can see the rich textile heritage from across India on our ‘Saree Wall’, the ‘Wall of Frames’ celebrates the many textile finishing techniques and jewellery making traditions of India. Through the ‘Warli Wall Mural’ and several other artifacts, we put the spotlight on the tribal arts of the country. Besides these, there are several heirloom household utility items on display that have been handed down generations to Chef Sunita’s family, each at least 90-100 years old.
So, come in sit back and enjoy not just a lovely meal but truly be immersed in a cultural experience like no other, we always love talking about what we have showcased and answering questions from our guests. Don’t be shy, ask us!
We were delighted and humbled to be recognised by the industry association Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia winning the 2019 National Silver Awards for Best Indian Restaurant, 2021 ACT Tourism Restaurant, ACT Best Indian Restaurant 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018. 2020 ACT Chef of the Year -Chef Sanjay Kumar, ACT Consumer Vote Award 2021, 2020 &2019, and ACT Best New Restaurant in 2017.
DAANA is Canberra’s first Indian restaurant to be listed Best Restaurants in Canberra by Tourism Australia.
DAANA has also won the TripAdvisor 2021 Traveller’s Choice Awards, AGFG (Australian Good Food and Travel Guide) 2021 and 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Recently, the chef duo, Sanjay and Sunita, have also received top accolades and recognition in their individual capacity. Chef Sunita was named 2020 Chamberlains Businesswoman of the year by Canberra Women in Business, and Chef Sanjay was named Businessperson of the Year by Local Business Awards, and were both individually named 2021 Honorary Paul Harris Fellows by Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak.
The loyalty and support of our much-loved customers have helped us every step of the way, and we’re immensely grateful. Equally, if not more, gratifying is being nominated and becoming finalists at the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.SEE ALL
Sunita’s family hails from Kerala, a South Indian state. Her childhood passion for cooking when she developed her cooking skills in the kitchens of her parents and her grandmothers led her to train professionally in India to become a qualified chef. Daana offers a range of dishes inspired by many of Sunita’s home recipes. She is so delighted to share those heirloom recipes with the guests, so just ask for them.
Sanjay is from Delhi, and his grandfather was a renowned culinary specialist famous for his acumen in wedding and festival catering. Sanjay followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and chose his career as a chef. Following his academic training Sanjay joined India’s leading hospitality group Taj Hotels as a chef Chef Sanjay has also been awarded the prestigious ACT Chef of the Year award in 2020.