INDIAN fusion is now a reality for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Border.
Having opened in Albury last spring, Cafe Dalchini extended its dinner service to include breakfast and lunch trade recently.
Owner and head chef Rommy Gill said Dalchini - which meant cinnamon in his language - offered modern European dishes imbued with subtle spices from his birth country.
Think Vindaloo Tacos or Lamb Roganjosh Rigatoni.
"Every dish has a little bit of hidden spice somewhere," he said.
Together with his wife Mani and their son Dilshan, now 5, Gill moved to Albury in 2015 to take over The Proprietor.
Having trained as a chef in Australia in his early 20s, Gill said the family wanted to add a dinner venue to their Albury cafe stable.
"My experience of cooking is from Australia with a good touch of my own spices," he said.
"Dalchini reflects the Indian-style food we like to eat at home.
"We offer Thali for lunch and dinner, which is one combined meal with everything you need like curry, bread, condiments and salad."
Cafe Dalchini also offers a returnable tiffin takeaway service, saving hundreds of plastic containers.
An order for six or more tiffins will be delivered and collected while fewer than six can be picked up and returned within a day.
MEET MORE HOMEGROWN CHEFS:
What's your favourite dish?
What's your favourite season?
Autumn or summer
What are the staples in your pantry now?
Cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, garlic and chilli
What is your earliest cooking memory?
I came to Australia to study accounting in 2006 and discovered cooking here.
Which ingredients do you grow yourself?
We buy local produce; we are spoilt for choice on the Border.
Which six people would you invite to dinner?
Customers not celebrities!
What is your favourite foodie ritual?
I like making Thali; an Indian-style meal made up of various dishes.
What are you bingeing on TV? If anything.
Australia's Got Talent or The Block
What did you have for dinner last night?
Vegetable curry and roti
What are you drinking at the moment?
Masala chai or coffee
451 Dean Street, Albury
Phone: (02) 6066 9694
Open for breakfast, Wed-Sun, 7am to 3pm and dinner, Tues-Sat, 5pm to 10pm.
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