There are three Indian Mexican fusion restaurants near where I live. In fact, fusion places seem to be springing up faster than dedicated Indian or Mexican restaurants. It’s not the sort of thing likely to become a nationwide trend, but if it does, the credit belongs to IndiMex. The colourful, cartoonish eatery at Stones Corner has set the pace for every subsequent restaurant selling this strange fusion. Best of all, IndiMex hasn’t stopped experimenting.
The menu includes some top-notch traditional curries, naan breads, and rice dishes. These appear alongside a selection of fusion foods which has clearly been carefully honed, including Indian nachos, a curried burrito, and a smoked salmon quessadilla.
Originally focussed on dinner, IndiMex has branched out recently, saving some of its most interesting options for breakfast and lunch. The Bombay pizza is delicious proof that naan bread makes a good pizza base, while the morning meals are a daring mash-up of typical Australian breakfasts with Indian and Mexican flavours.
In this chaos of colliding cuisines, it’s not surprising that the newest addition to the menu is Indian food by way of South Africa: bunny chow. Officially a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry, the IndiMex version comes as a burger, filled with chipotle mayo, guacamole, sour cream, and curried lamb. Plus chips on the side, of course.
The rich, meaty curry blends beautifully with the three toppings, and inevitably oozes out of the quickly saturated bun. The chips are an ideal way to scoop up any bunny chow that ends up on your plate. Making a mess is all part of the experience with this burger. Just don’t eat it with anyone you’re trying to impress.
This was my first experience of bunny chow, but it certainly won’t be the last. The burger serves what seems to be a largely untapped market for bunny chow in Brisbane. Unfortunately, catching this burger isn’t easy. It appears only at lunchtime, with a chorizo, and egg-filled version available for breakfast.
There’s a lot to recommend IndiMex, especially if you’re a fan of offbeat foods. But there’s no doubt the bunny chow burger is the hero. If you’re still sceptical about the mixing of Indian and Mexican, the bunny chow burger may just win you over. It’s a clever blend of different flavours wrapped up in something familiar. Its appeal is downright insidious. With the burger craze showing no signs of slowing, bunny chow burgers could become the Next Big Thing – here’s hoping, anyway.
Review by Kit Kriewaldt