Ish Restaurant, Fitzroy (VIC)
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Ish Restaurant

199 Gertrude St, 3065 Fitzroy (VIC)
Average price $65

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Meet the Chef

Tropp, whose mother is Keralan, has made a name for himself in Melbourne over the years by showcasing Indian cuisine in all its diversity and changing the perceptions of typical ‘Indian’ food. More recently, he embarked on a trip back to his motherland, exploring different regions, meeting local cooks, and soaking up the rich food traditions that influence his approach to cooking today. Of his latest pop-up, Mischa says, “I’m happy to be back and firing up the grill again to help lift the spirits of Melbournians with comfort food that equates to a big, warm hug.” After spending a little over a year at The Rochester Hotel in Fitzroy spicing up the kitchen with an exciting Keralan menu in 2019, Mischa is no stranger to temporary takeovers that resonate so well that they become a permanent fixture. For Mischa, pop-up dinners and residencies have helped him to connect with his Indian heritage and showcase the many flavours of Indian cuisine. Mischa continues, the pandemic has taught me anything, it's to roll with the punches. I hope to turn this model into a viable long-term business venture that allows me to showcase Indian cooking in new and exciting environments.

Restaurant menu

Chef Ananta M
Smashed Pea Kulcha
Punjab’s famous stuffed naan, Stracciatella cheese, mint
Cured Kingfish
Burnt eggplant, lime, chicken fat, mint, nigella seeds
Broccolini Curried Hummus
Curried butter, spiced hummus

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Ish Restaurant, Fitzroy (VIC)
Ish Restaurant, Fitzroy (VIC)
Ish Restaurant, Fitzroy (VIC)
Ish Restaurant, Fitzroy (VIC)
Ish Restaurant, Fitzroy (VIC)
Ish Restaurant, Fitzroy (VIC)



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What diners said about this restaurant:

Good value for money
Short waiting time
  • Elizabeth L.3 reviews

    25 August 2023


    My go to all time favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Unpretentious and incredibly delicious.


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  • Greg P.12 reviews

    12 July 2023


    For lovers of Indian food this is a must try, some really tasty dishes.

  • Harry K.8 reviews

    27 May 2023


    Great Restaurant. Some unique brunch options that are delicious. Surprisingly not busy for lunch on a weekend but it means you get great service and phenomenal food. Would recommend.

  • Gordon W.53 reviews

    19 April 2023


    The food was once again of the high standard we have come to expect from ISH. The food is mainly characterised by traditional dishes with enhanced favours and the addition of ingredients that add to the overall experience. No doubt this reflects the depth of the experience of the chef

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    Teena N.3 reviews

    12 April 2023


    I was very impressed with this restaurant. The décor was beautiful and warm, the staff were so attentive the entire evening and most importantly the food was delicious!

  • Cassitie G.1 review

    1 April 2023


    Flavourful and filling food with interesting modern twists. Service was very prompt and polite and the decor was lovely. Would recommend. The Vada Pav was a standout.

  • Anthony M.1 review

    31 March 2023


    The food at this restaurant was of a very high standard. They had a reasonable wine list also - and the wines were well suited to the food. Service overall was of a high standard also - though there was a wee bit of wine spillage on one of the pours. Overall - I was very impressed with ISH.

  • Jade S.2 reviews

    24 March 2023


    The starters were very nice, however the medium plates were unfortunately a bit of a let down. We were hoping for the lamb cutlets as per the pictures on instagram but instead the only lamb option was lamb sausages that didn’t look very appetising. The upstairs area greatly lacks the ambience of the downstairs area. The upstairs area seemed to be very understaffed, we waited a long time for service and were only provided with one glass of water for our 2 hour stay.

  • Gordon W.53 reviews

    25 January 2023


    Ish maintains its high standard in food preparation. All dishes are beautifully cooked and extremely flavoursome

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    Greg g32 reviews

    11 January 2023


    Ish was a fantastic find with their modern take on Indian food. We didn’t know quite what to expect and our most helpful waiter, Vivek, explained the menu and dishes in detail. We started with dahi puri which are a mouthful of layered flavours. The curried egg bonda was my favourite because of the batter and the duck tacos were great. Next was the broccoli and curried hummus which tasted great but was a tiny serving at $22. We pointed this out and Vivek explained that the reason for the pricing is due to the arduous process of making it. Mains was the butter paneer with naans and saffron rice. Overall, everything was absolutely delicious and we were sufficiently full. Our small bottle of mineral water was $10 which seems a little steep. Not a cheap Indian meal but certainly tasty. Only qualm is that my girlfriend was seated on the bench seat in the window and felt like she was cooking as the sun slowly went down. The restaurant was empty so we could’ve been placed elsewhere.


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  • Lynn N.1 review

    5 January 2023


    We don’t usually eat Indian cuisine so needed some help deciding from the menu. Vivek was very knowledgeable and guided us perfectly. He was very friendly and polite as well and always checked up on us. We had a great time!

  • William C13 reviews

    24 December 2022


    Excellent food, best paneer and dal we’ve had in a while. The duck roti ‘taco’ is also a revelation!!

  • Tania L9 reviews

    21 December 2022


    We enjoyed our visit, service was good & recommend their small/medium shared plates.


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  • Victor C.6 reviews

    14 December 2022


    Good food and wonderful service! lol

  • Kate L.5 reviews

    13 December 2022


    Delicious food, great drinks, attentive staff. Wonderful ambience for a nice dinner but also casual enough for most situations. Entrees and medium plates were the best.


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  • Hania S.1 review

    3 December 2022


    Intimate space, friendly service and delicious food! Curry was okay, cocktails were nice and entrees were incredible. Felt it was really good value with The Fork offer we used.

  • Nian J.5 reviews

    1 December 2022


    Awesome food and service at Ish.

  • Gagan D.1 review

    24 November 2022


    It was amazing. The staff listed to each of our need and the meal was excellent.

  • Bella F1 review

    4 November 2022


    Wonderful food. The eggplant curry was incredible and all dishes were beautifully presented. The staff were lovely and very accomodating when we needed to change the time. We will be back.

  • Caren B.2 reviews

    26 October 2022


    Everything was outstanding; the quality of the food, the presentation, the service. We were lucky enough to book it on a discount, but we will be back even without a discount! Such an amazing place. I would classify it as fine dining with a smaller price tag. We had the tikka chicken, duck tacos (my favorite), lamb skewers (my partners favorite), Ish butter chicken and the main fish dish which were equally amazing :) Thanks Ish Team!

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Opening time
Open today

05:45 PM - 09:30 PM
05:45 PM - 09:30 PM
05:45 PM - 09:30 PM
05:45 PM - 10:00 PM
05:45 PM - 10:00 PM

How to get to the restaurant

199 Gertrude St, 3065, Fitzroy (VIC), Australia

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About the restaurant

Since November 2018, Fitzroy's Gertrude Street has been home to ISH, a lively, inventive Indian restaurant. Serving up contemporary Indian cuisine, the restaurant's ethos is rooted in the liminal: its inspirations both traditional and modern, its flavours both familiar and surprising, its spirit both global and local. It serves to represent, through food, the dynamism that so defines modern-day India. ISH is Indian-ish, yes, but also Australian; modern-ish, yes, but also classic. In short, it delivers what can only be described as ‘unexpected India.

ISH is the brainchild of Ganeev Bains, a restaurateur with several successful projects in his hometown of Chandigarh India. ISH brings a different culinary perspective for Melburnians - that of a dynamic, eclectic, evolving India. The menu at ISH uses global influences and modern techniques while retaining the rich heritage and cultural integrity of Indian cuisine.

Come enjoy the flavours and traditions of different corners of India, reimagined with local ingredients and a contemporary, international flair. Trust us when we say it's an experience worth sharing.


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