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Flora is a no-nonsense Indian cafe which has long been serving Indian people, international students and moi with its cheap and filling food. The decor is spray-wiped spartan and the stark flourescent lights don’t encourage lingering, so there’s a high turnover of diners day or night. This also means that the curries in the bain-maries will not have been stewing in the steam for long.

Even if you have a large appetite like me, don’t try to eat more than the small plate ($9) which comes with a large mound of basmati rice (or roti/naan for an extra 50c) and your choice of one meat curry, one non-meat curry, dahl and pappadum. I’ve never been able to finish the stainless steel platter of food and the night’s meal of chicken ‘medium’ curry and pumpkin curry was no exception.

  • Flora, 238A Flinders St, Melbourne +61 3 9663 1212

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