Best Known For

Daana's Hyderabadi Dum Biryani: slow-cooked meat, basmati rice, herbs and saffron; served with a side of cucumber raita. Daana's Bhoj: a luxurious feast through India on a Thali - each week guests experience a new menu from regional cuisines of India.

About Daana

A harmonious blend of traditional Indian cuisine and native Australian ingredients awaits Curtin diners at Daana on Theodore Street. Inspired by recipes handed down through generations, this family-owned restaurant offers one of the top dining experiences in Canberra, in vibrant surrounds of lotus flower pendent lighting, burnt orange walls and a tranquil aquarium, setting an authentic mood. Kick off with an indulgent entrée of pan-seared tamarind scallops, caviar, curry leaf, manuka honey and finger lime drizzle; before mains like heritage dish Rampur Taar Ghosht – 24-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder, in a rich curry of brown onions, melon seeds, saffron, fried lotus seeds, macadamias, edible silver leaf and basmati rice. Finish decadently with rich, warm and fudgy Shahjehani Meetha tart.

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A few words from Daana

A family-owned business since 2015 - DAANA is renowned for its delicious South and Regional Indian cuisine, the use of authentic recipes, fresh natural ingredients, and exceptional guest service. While DAANA is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Curtin, it is making its presence felt as one of the top dining experiences in Canberra - a little taste of India at Daana. The restaurant showcases textile and jewellery making traditions of Indian, tribal art murals and family heirlooms; making for an authentically Indian mood with a modern twist. Daana is a fused celebration of traditional South Indian and regional Indian cuisines with generous servings.

Chefs and owners Sunita and Sanjay passion for innovation and authenticity has got DAANA recognition by critics and peak industry bodies consistently over the last four years. DAANA is the first Indian restaurant from the nation's capital to receive top recognition at the Restaurant and Catering Association of Australia (RCA) Savour Awards – 2019 National Finals winning the Silver Awards in Best Indian/ Sub-Continent Restaurant Category- Canberra's first Indian restaurant to win this award.

In 2020 team Daana has created a history of sorts in Canberra. Chef Sunita Kumar was awarded Canberra Women in Business & Rubik3 -Chamberlains ACT Business Woman of the Year; while Chef Sanjay Kumar picked up Restaurant & Catering Association Awards for Excellence - ACT Chef of the Year and also named Local Business Awards - Outstanding Business Person of the Year.
Daana also won the 2020 Restaurant & Catering Association Awards for Excellence - Best Indian Restaurant, our third year running since 2018, and also the 2020 Consumer Vote Awards- our second year in a row since 2019!

In 2017 the chef duo won Best New Restaurant in Canberra, which marked their first year in business, they won this from other well-regarded finalists like The Otis Dining Hall, Agostinis Italian and Pollen Cafe.

DAANA has also been Finalists in the ACT Chief Minister Inclusion Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
DAANA also won the AGFG (Australian Good Food and Travel Guide) 2020 Reader's Choice Awards.


Location & Map

83 Theodore Street, Curtin, Curtin 2605 ACT - See Map

Media & Awards

  • Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia Awards - Best Indian Restaurant 2019, Consumer Vote Award 2019, Best Indian Restaurant in 2018, and Best New Restaurant in 2017.

Opening Hours

Mon  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Tue  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Wed  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Thu  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Fri  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Sat  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Sun  Closed

Groups & Functions

Bring the unique and inspired flavours of DAANA to your home, workplace or event and surprise your guests. Daana prides itself in providing bespoke catering for your events and parties to suit your needs and budget. Talk to us today!?

  • Up to 40 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Banquets
  • Buffets
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (13)



Perfect for omnivores and vegans alike
Very enjoyable meal, vegan friends had lots to choose from and the omni's had even more! Great drinks menu as well. I recommend the lamb shoulder, delicious!


The new menu incorporating Australian native spices, with traditional Indian spices delivers amazing, intricate, subtle and bold flavours. Delicious.



Absolutely a fantastic evening
Attention to every deal from warm welcome to seeing you out the door after an amazing meal.


Daana is our favourite Indian restaurant in Canberra. The food is incredible and the service is second to none. Their community conscious events are inspirational and they set an example for excellence that bigger restaurants could learn from.


The best Indian restaurant in Canberra
The biryani is addictive and everything is delicious!



Great food and vibe
Daana introduces Canberra to some of India's less-known street foods and regional cooking. We were initially intimidated, but nothing like having the chef coming out to personally assist your menu choices! Our experience was fun and delicious and we are happy to have such a wonderful eatery within walking distance of our house.


Fantastic food and staff
The food here is fantastic and is backed up with a great staff. I have been several times and when I leave I am looking forward to the next time I will get to eat there. :)

Justin Wilkie

The best meal in Canberra... Authentic and unique cuisine.


Beautiful food, prepared with love and care.


Authentic Indian cuisine