Authentic Indian comes to St Kilda

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Mohammed Shahid has been a professional chef in Australia for 32 years. Arriving in Australia in 1981, Mohammed Shahid was recognised and brought over to work at the first Tandoori Indian restaurant in Melbourne; Phantom Indian Restaurant. In 1982 Mohammed won the Benson & Hedges award for excellent food and work. High profile journalists such as Eric Page from the Herald Sun not only appreciated Mohammed’s exceptional understanding for the Australia tastebuds, but also gave him critical reviews for his repertoire of the finest Indian recipes. After great success and recognition in the Australian hospitality industry, in 1985, Mohammed opened Amber Indian Restaurant in Glen Eira Road, and within 3 years the second Amber Indian Restaurant was opened in Acland Street, St Kilda. Due to Mohammed’s continuous efforts to deliver high quality food and service, Amber won The Age Good Food Guide for three consecutive years.

Amidst all the hype and success, Mohammed took care of his family and was soon inspired to open the brand new Nullfaur Indian Restaurant (213 Barkly St, St Kilda), named after his daughter; Neelu. With an amazing aptitude for being hospitable and courteous towards their valued customers, Mohammed decided to have Nullfaur run as a family operated business. Shortly after their inauguration, Nullfaur won a place in the SBS Top 10 Cheap Eat Guide. After years of experience and success in the hospitality industry, Mohammed took a break to spend quality time with his family. Not realising the consequences of this break, Mohammed missed cooking for his fans and the satisfaction he got from making customers truly happy, and as a result 2013 has seen Nullfaur Indian Restaurant return to St Kilda.

After a scrumptious Indian meal with Mohammed, it is safe to say that he oozes with a passion for quality food with fresh ingredients carefully sourced from various farmer markets. Having seen him whip up healthy dishes for about an hour, his intentions to deliver real value for money seem very clear. In an industry where a lot of cheap shortcuts are used to serve up quick meals, team Nullfaur has no hidden secrets or shortcuts in the kitchen. After tasting a range of delicious recipes, some of the favourite meat dishes would have to be his creamy Butter Chicken, Dhaniya (coriander) Chicken and Vindaloo. If you’re a vegetarian, Nullfaur’s delicious $1 Samosa, Kofta or the Mixed Vegetable Korma is highly recommended. To top things off, Nullfaur also offer a great range of Indian sweets and drinks including the popular Mango Lassi. But this isn’t all, Mohammed plans to introduce and open Tandoor concept, where he will offer a freshly marinated assortment of meats, cooked and served as selected by customers. Enough said, now that you’ve read this article, all that’s left to do is head over and try the food for yourself. With very economical pricing for top quality food, Nullfaur is the proper Indian dine-in/take away restaurant that St Kilda was missing, since their closing in Barkly street. So, the next time you’re craving a delicious meal, be sure to try Mohammed’s eclectic culinary skills.

Visit for the full menu and lunch/dinner packs. Home delivery time is around 30minutes from 5pm to 9pm.

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