Pran Central is making lunch on Chapel Street even more convenient and affordable with a delicious selection of meals available for $10 and under. Hawker-style bao buns with mouth-watering fillings, gourmet focaccias, Indian curries, chicken tikka rolls and Japanese sushi packs are just some of the mouth-watering options up for the taking.

Simply Indian’s Chicken Tikka Roll

The Centre, located in the heart of Chapel Street with further entrances on Commercial Road, Wattle Street and Cato Street, boasts 250 seats in a recently renovated food court complete with a free Wi-Fi charge bar and a large LED screen for popular events.

What’s on the menu at Pran Central?

  • O-Bun features a range of Asian bao buns with your choice of filling. There’s everything from char siu pork to fried chicken, bulgogi beef, silken tofu and more. These delicious Bao buns start at just $4.20
  • Sugar Bowl has a gourmet offering of plentiful focaccias for just $7.50 a pop. Choose from salami, beef, chicken and vegetarian – all with an assortment of salads.
  • At Simply Indian, pick any two small curries with basmati rice for $9.90 or the ever-popular chicken tikka roll wrapped in naan bread for $9.50.
  • Sakana Japanese’s small teriyaki chicken with your choice of noodles or rice is $9. If sushi is more your thing, get a mixed pack for just $9.
  • Sandwich Chefs Sandwich Chefs source freshly-baked artisanal bread and have fresh local produce delivered daily. They make many fillings from scratch, including their 14-hour slow-roasted beef and crackling pork. Grab half a wrap and a drink for $9.90

Pran Central is the ideal destination for a quick lunch break or pitstop after a day shopping on Chapel Street. Visit Pran Central on the corner of Chapel Street and Commercial Road. For more information visit



ISH  has opened on Gertrude street, making its mark with a contemporary Indian offering, enchanting the Fitzroy culinary precinct with sophisticated cuisine that dances across the palate. 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, but also Australian; modern-ish, but also classic. It delivers what owner Ganeev Bains describes as ‘unexpected India.’

“Indian cuisine is continually evolving and at ISH, we’re hoping to bring this same energy and passion to the table, but with an understanding of how Melburnians like to dine,” says Bains. An experienced hospitality operator in his Northern Indian hometown of Chandigarh, Bains consulted celebrated Indian chef Sainyam Kapoor (The Park New Delhi, Farzi Cafe) to craft a menu reflecting the cutting-edge of cookery in his home country, to be executed by Sous Chef Himank Bhardwaj (Barbeque Nation, Taj Group of Hotels)

Marrying the traditional and forward-thinking to create something new, menu highlights include:
● ISH free range chicken tikka, caramelised onions, roasted garlic ‘burrani’ yoghurt
● Tempura eggplant, capsicum chhonka, tamarind peanut salad
● Slow-cooked home-style Kerala beef curry, malabari parantha
● Butter-poached scallops, South Indian coconut ‘moillee’ curry
● Saffron sago pearl pudding, jaggery praline, mixed nuts

Presenting design that brings together two halves of a whole and unifies old and new, renowned Indian interior designer – and mother of Ganeev – Annu Bains collaborated with Studio Round to imagine an identity for ISH that conveys a sleek and dynamic Melbourne aesthetic with the luxuriant warmth of India. Split across two levels, the interiors are composed entirely of bespoke fittings and furnishings from India. Downstairs, intimate leather banquette seating wraps the front windows with tables of two for smaller groups.


199 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

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