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Red Pepper Iconic Melbourne Indian Restaurant Celebrates 15 Years

Iconic Indian Restaurant Red Pepper on Bourke St in the Melbourne CBD is celebrating it's 15th year of trading, with owner/chef Jagjeet Kaur delighting thousands of Melbourne diners over the years with her signature authentic cooking. This is a great achievement, as Melbourne restaurants often "come and go", especially in these challenging times. For Red Pepper to be firmly established in the Melbourne restaurant scene 15 years after opening in 2006, is a triumph and testimony to Jagjeet and her team.

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Red Pepper is the favourite of many when it comes to Indian food in Melbourne. Authenticity is the key, with Jagjeet not taking short cuts. She is passionate about presenting traditional Indian flavours with flair. Mainly drawing from her time as a chef working in North India, Jagjeet has also spent time in kitchens right across India taking on board the inspiration of different regions.

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Superb ambience following recent renovations.

"I am thrilled to be celebrating 15 years of Red Pepper" says Jagjeet. "Red Pepper has certainly transformed over the last 15 years - in the first few years as a casual eatery dishing up home-style Indian dishes literally round the clock, that is 24 hours a day, to students, city workers, late night goers and anyone else craving a curry."

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"We have many customers who have been regulars since the last 15 years and if they come in now after a long time then they really notice the difference in the ambience given we have undergone at least three rounds of major renovations since opening.

Having said this, the customers' favourite dishes from 15 years ago are still on the menu. Red Pepper's signature dish, and by far the most popular dish (along with butter chicken!), the Punjabi village-style Saag dish with makki ki roti (corn flat bread) has been on the menu every day since opening." 

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Punjabi village-style Saag dish.

"Our menu has always focused on authenticity. However, I am also always looking for innovative dishes that stay true to the roots but also have new, different flavours. Bhang Chicken which we have introduced this year is an example of such a creation which uses hemp seeds. While this ingredient has been around for years but it's use as an ingredient in food is still not common."  

Jagjeet is passionate about keeping the spice levels true to the dishes; if a dish is traditionally served with higher levels of spice then she will honour that. Also, Jagjeet doesn't put sugar into dishes (like some other Indian restaurants). Each dish has its own sauce, rather than use the same sauce across dishes. Melbourne dining loves authenticity, and Red Pepper delivers this in spades.

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Signature Butter chicken with superb use of spices.

Red Pepper is equally adept when it comes to vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes, and also provides compelling vegan options. Exciting, authentic and affordable dining in the Melbourne CBD.

A decent wine list, as well as a strong cocktail (try the Mango by the Beach with Malibu), beer (around 30 beers) and spirits menu, makes Red Pepper stand out from many other Indian restaurants. Then for those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, Red Pepper also delivers with juices and shakes, as well as Lassi.

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Strong wine and beers list, as well as spirits and cocktails.

Located in the top end of Bourke st, Red Pepper is housed in a tranquil, leafy and even calming setting. Just down from parliament house. You can see the world go by on Bourke St in this desirable part of the city.

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 Delicious Thali lunches are a hit.

In its 15th year, Red Pepper is offering delicious Thali lunches, where diners can experience some of the signatures in a single rewarding lunch. City workers and others are loving the Thali lunch selection, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

New renovations have improved the ambience, with newly painted restaurant, leather chairs and new decor, new crockery, expensive lighting imported from Finland and a new bar.

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Also Red Pepper shines with its Dinner Set Menu selection, great value at only $54pp.

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Dahl as part of the Dinner Set Menu.

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Bhang Chicken.

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Red Pepper is the place to visit for your CBD lunch, date night, family dinner, catch up with friends and work colleagues. Book your table.

Current opening hours are -

Tues - Fri 12pm to 10pm

Sat - Sun 5pm to 10pm

Mon closed.

 

 

 

Red Pepper is the favourite of many when it comes to Indian food in Melbourne. Authenticity is the key, with Jagjeet not taking short cuts. She is passionate about presenting traditional Indian flavours with flair. Mainly drawing from her time as a chef working in North India, Jagjeet has also spent time in kitchens right across India taking on board the inspiration of different regions.