Four smiling faces have made Gulgong their home after the opening of the Haldi Indian Restaurant a year ago. Manager Rippan Duggal, 23, explains that the team all came together from Sydney to help open the restaurant.
“The owners of the restaurant were trying to find a restaurant and this place looked amazing,” he said.
“We could see it would be a good investment as there’s no restaurant like it in Gulgong. There’s a lot of great pub and motel meals but we wanted to offer something else.”
Boasting a wide selection of traditional and authentic Indian recipes including both northern and southern Indian feasts, Haldi Indian Restaurant combines local supplier’s fresh produce with spices from India freshly ground on the premises. The Haldi Indian Restaurant was named after the Hindi word for turmeric. “It’s a spice that we have specially supplied from India and we use in every dish,” Rippan explains.
“Our dishes aren’t hot unless diners ask for it and we offer a variety of local wines.” Rippan works and lives with head chef Surinder Singh, and tandoori chefs Sunny Monga and Saurabh Sandal.
“We feel very welcome here and we appreciate the local community support. Our families are looking forward to moving here soon.” Rippan will soon welcome his fiancé Anu to Gulgong. “We were engaged in India and she’s excited about moving here.”
Surinder’s wife is also excited about moving to Gulgong. “She is in the Indian army working as a captain with a background in medicine,” Surinder said.
“She hopes to work in health services in Gulgong.”
It would seem the team from Haldi Indian Restaurant are adding a hint of spice to the town of Gulgong.