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  • Come on a journey to a

    land of coconut palms & spice.

  • From tropical Kerala, South India the forests of Melbourne's

    Dandenong Ranges & the Yarra Valley


  • You’ll find the home cooked style dishes

    you miss from Kerala

    and a dash of India’s favourite street foods.

  • Welcome to

    Babaji's Kerala Kitchen

     Belgrave, Wurundjeri Country


     Warburton, on the Birrarung River.

Melbourne's best South Indian restaurant

Toddy Shop Fridays at Babajis Belgrave throughout July & August '24

Welcome to your local Toddy Shop! Each Friday we'll be serving your favourite Toddy Shop specials!

Follow our socials to see whats cooking each week!


Kaadamutta Roast (spiced Quail eggs)

Podimeen Fry (Anchovy fry)

Koonthal Fry (Squid Roast)

Thaaravu mapas & appam (Duck Mapas)

Kudumbali meen curry & kappa (Pot tamarind bay trout curry & tapioca

Muyal Roast (Rabbit roast)

Beef fry & Malabar Parotta

& Fish fry.

There's sure to be your Toddy Shop favourite! Don't forget the kanthari kallu (chilli infused Toddy!)

🇦🇺 What's a 'Toddy Shop'?  The 'shebeens' of Kerala, a toddy shop is a casual small South Indian tavern known for it's village made, home brew, coconut sap liquer and amazing home style dishes. 

Our Restaurants

Natures calling!  Find us in the rainforests of the Dandenong Ranges, Belgrave or  our newly opened restaurant by the banks of the Birrarung river., Warburton.

'We were swept off to Kerala for lunch. Decor is so vibrant that you can't help but smile from the moment you walk in'. Ria, Google, 2023

'I had a nostalgic evening, eating dishes by mum and grandma used to cook when we were young'.  Shena, Google, 2022

'Amazing place. With such ambience. Purely South Indian feels'. Maverick, Google, 2022

We're fully licensed with Indian & local craft beer, local Yarra Valley wines & Indian whiskys

Vegan / GF options and dog friendly dining available outside.

Bookings strongly recommended. 

Belgrave is open for lunch & dinner daily. Closed on Wednesdays.

Warburton is open for lunch & dinner daily. Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.



Catering & Functions

From  Kerala claypot banquets, to 'live dosa' & street food canapes, we'll bring the best of Babajis to your next event. 

We've cooked at weddings, to large festivals and corporate events - always bringing colour, warmth, theatre and most importantly - food that your guests will rave about. 

Get in touch with us to see how we can bring your idea to life ... and of course, we're happy to travel across the State. 

See our menus and FAQ about how our catering works here.


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Supporting Our Community

We're more than just a local curry house!  We're a restaurant that supports and celebrates our communities!


With your generous donations, we've cooked over 2000 meals for those in our community financially struggling and who could do with some Babajis love. To date, our community has raised  

$7360 (12 Sep 2023)

You are welcome to contribute to this fund when visiting the restaurant or when ordering online.


On the 3rd Tuesday of every month between February & November,  we donate 10% of our total sales directly to a local group in our community doing some amazing work and needing a helping hand.


March '24 - $450 for Ticker Arts Studio, Belgrave, to help them get back on their feet after an arson attack

April '24 - Coming up - Upwey Scouts

May '24 - Coming up - Belgrave Lantern Festival


September - $440 raised for the Melbourne Youth Chorale

August - $350 for Kindred supporting asylum seekers

July - $360 for Rescue Logs

June  - $600 for Shakti Mental Health

May - $380 for Mums of the Hills

April - $380 for the Australian Malayalee Student Association

March - $400 for the Emerald Monbulk Wildlife Shelter

Feb - $457 for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Youth Mentoring in the Hills.

Are you a local community group looking for support?  We'd love to help. Please get in touch with us.

We are grateful to be able to cook and live on the lands of the

Wurundjeri & Boon Wurring people of the Kulin nation.