About Us

Welcome. Vanakkam. Swagatam.

Inka South Indian Restaurant, Hawthorn,

Exclusively serves dishes from the Southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.

Our menu boasts of classic dishes that are served in every South Indian home.

If you are looking for a biryani restaurant or dosa cafe Hawthorn you found the best. Take your taste buds on a delightful trip with us, only at Inka.

Our Story

Inka is a modern and authentic bar and functions dining restaurant in Hawthorn. It offers the exotic, perfect authentic Indian and South Indian food. The restaurant has a number of cooking staff who have years of experience in traditional Indian and South Indian cuisine. The menu has dishes ranging from exclusive vegan and non-vegetarian dishes to excellent homemade Indian desert. In all, they offer extremely rich flavor, appetizers mains, and dessert items.
Inka restaurant and bar is ideal for breakfast, long launches, leisurely dinners, and intimate dinners with family or friends. With more than 60 dishes there is sure to be something unique for each dine-in making Inka a magnet for large groups and families!!!

Services We Offer
| Dine-In | Takeaway | Party | Catering |

A Few Favourites

From what our guests have loved


Chicken 65

Crunchy bite-sized boneless chicken battered and fried with our special mix and tossed with garlic, curry leaves and green chilli



A thin, delicious pancake made of a rice and lentil batter.


Lamb Chops

Lamb Cutlets marinated with warm spices and pan-roasted with clarified butter.


Okra Masala

Authentic Okra gravy made with onion, a mix of coconut, peanut, sesame, and mild spice.


Prawn Skewers

Skewered Prawns marinated with special spice mix, coconut milk and flat grilled to perfection


Chicken Kothu

Strips of parotta stir fried with chicken pieces,shredded vegetables & a curry.

Our menu

Featuring a range of delectable favourites

Feedback From


  • 5 star review  Authentic South Indian Food at its best! We have tried different Indian restaurants in Melbourne. Most of them carry the "Indian" name in their tags and menus but from a taste aspect, nothing comes close to Inka. We were bit worried when we stepped in considering this is in the quieter area of Hawthorn. Thankfully, we took that step. Right from the menu, service and finally the food, the whole experience was fantastic. Initially, I thought of keeping this as a secret but I really want this restaurant to get the required attention. Food is very authentic south Indian and fresh as well and does not spoil your taste bud and your stomach. Go for it. We will definitely come here quite often.

    thumb Rajkumar Mathiravedu
  • 5 star review  Was most impressed with the quality of the food. This South Indian restaurant serves the tastiest chicken and fish dishes. There were sufficient meat in each dish unlike most Indian restaurants. Pricing was reasonable and service was very warm and welcoming. Located in Hawthorn with easy parking on the street. Loved the bread that tasted like Paratha but more fluffy and Dosa...... yum! Recommended!

    thumb CC PC
  • 5 star review  Excellent ambiance with Great Quality of delicious food. Great service with smile and excellent food recommendations.. Shahi Tukda Dessert was awesome awesome awesome ... will go again for sure !

    thumb Slow & Fast
  • 4 star review  7/10 They are trying to showcase Southern Indian food, taste is good, service can be an issue. Not having Samosa and Butter Chicken on our second visit doesn't help. Hope that they can continue to strive and showcase Southern Indian food.

    thumb Jeffrie Trika
  • 3 star review  Food was tasty but service needs a lot of improvement. They only had 2 waitresses for a busy Friday. Service was super slow. Seemed like the waitresses would benefit from proper training as a lot of people had to ask for things like menus and glasses for wine when these things should be provided without asking. We had to chase multiple times for a beer that we ordered. Restaurant has potential if service is improved.

    thumb Angie Wong
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