Garlic Clove Indian: Authentic Indian High Tea Experience

Meet Garlic Clove Indian. This restaurant opposite The Barracks in Petrie Terrace serves up Indian high tea along with traditional dishes.

Garlic Clove Indian, from the husband and wife team of chef Sabir Merchant and Dolly, offers a unique Indian High Tea which comprises a selection of chaats, street food, finger food and sweets along with Masala Chai (Italian Prosecco is also an option). 

Customers can choose between a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option. Booking is required.

Garlic Clove Indian: Authentic Indian High Tea Experience
Photo credit:  Facebook / Garlic Clove Indian

Garlic Clove also offers authentic Indian fare, starting with entrees which includes Vegetable Samosas or fine filo pastry with pea and potato filling spiced with cinnamon and cloves; Chilli Chicken; Pau Bhaji which is a bowl of mashed vegetables with hot buttered and served with a home-made bun.

There are Tandoor dishes as well which include Murgh Malai made with chicken thigh meat that is steeped overnight in garlic, ginger, coriander stems and a little cream, served slightly pink; Masala Prawns with each served slightly charred at the edges; and Tandoori Chicken cooked in traditional North Indian recipe.

Also on offer are Biryani dishes, curries, and vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Garlic Clove Indian: Authentic Indian High Tea Experience
Tennis ball onion bhaji | Photo credit:  Facebook / Garlic Clove Indian

Garlic Clove also offers a lunch menu (available from 11 am to 4 pm only) including Bhel (puffed rice and chopped vegetables tossed with tamarind sauce, green chutney and spices) and Chilli Chicken (fried chicken pan-fried in chilli, soy, ginger and garlic-based sauce).

The drinks offering, meanwhile, includes cocktails, beer, spirit and wine as well as hot and cold beverages. 

Google Reviews:

“Awesome family experience.worth a visit. food is very well executed and great selections.” – Apoorv bhatt

“Once again, Sabir and Dolly have outdone themselves. An authentic Indian experience in a great location. The food is mouthwatering-ly good. The service impeccable. Can’t recommend Garlic Clove Brisbane highly enough!” – Lee Mathers

“We loved the food and service will definitely go again.❤️” – sagar soman

Garlic Clove is located at 48 Petrie Terrace. For hours of operation, click here.

A Trip Down Memory Lane at the Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail

The Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail takes you through the historic portion of this inner-city suburb. Take a walk through the western part of the Brisbane CBD and discover the people and events that shaped the rich history of Paddington’s neighbouring suburb, Petrie Terrace.

A 2.7 kilometre trail with 18 points of interest, the Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail may take a two-hour walk to explore.

First Stops on Caxton Street

Start your journey on Lang Park, formerly the North Brisbane Burial Ground. The burial ground, also known as the Paddington Cemetery was in use from 1843 to 1875, during which time up to 10,000 people may have been buried.

By 1910 the cemetery fell into disrepair and it was proposed the grounds be turned into a recreation reserve. When the Paddington Cemetery Act was passed a year later, the government relocated the remains to another cemetery.

The creation of a parkland began in 1914. It was named Lang Park in honour of John Dunmore Lang’s contribution to the Brisbane area. Fast-forward to present day, the burial ground is now part of Suncorp Stadium.

Milton looking across the former Paddington Cemetery (Photo credit: Agriculture And Stock Department, Publicity Branch/ Wikimedia Commons)

Walk further to Caxton Street and visit the Ithaca Playground, now called the Neal Macrossan Playground. The Playground Association of Queensland established the playground in 1918 to provide recreational and educational facilities in disadvantaged areas.

Turn to Wellington Street and you will see Stombuco’s terrace houses, the fine examples of Brisbane’s 19th century terrace houses. The terraces were designed by Andrea Stombuco, who also designed some of Brisbane’s most beautiful buildings like the “Rhyndarra” in Yeronga and All Hallows Convent School in Fortitude Valley.

Crossing Musgrave Road

Before heading to Petrie Terrace, you will find the Normanby Hotel, one of the city’s landmarks. The heritage-listed hotel demonstrates an early Brisbane use of Queen Anne stylistic elements in commercial design.

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A four-minute walk from the hotel will take you to a ridge along Petrie Terrace that used to be an important place for many Aboriginal people. The Ipswich, Rosewood, and Wivenhoe tribes camped in the vicinity until the Europeans settled and developed the inner-city suburb.

Stroll Countess Street then turn left to Princess Street and you will find the Hardgrave Park. Named after Petrie Terrace resident and local politician John Hardgrave, the 1.08ha park is the earliest gazetted park reserve in Brisbane.

More on Petrie Terrace

Explore Petrie Terrace and you will soon end up at Princess Row where you will see some of the oldest surviving terrace houses in Brisbane. Head south and you will reach the “Shawn” Flats, characterized by Old English and Mediterranean sets of flats built in 1936 for widow Margaret Murphy.

Walk down Cricket Street and you will reach the Petrie Terrace gullies. In the 19th Century, parts of it experienced overcrowded conditions. It was believed that the base of the hill’s close proximity to the cemetery contributed to the locals’ unhealthy conditions.  The closure of the cemetery at the bottom of the hill and the establishment of a new cemetery in Toowong addressed the community’s concern.

Head west Toward Menzies Street and you will see an example of Petrie Terrace modest timber cottages. The cottages along the street were built on small proportions of land, a reflection of the crowded conditions on the hill in the lates 1800s.

Go northeast and you will reach Victoria Barracks. This has been an important military facility since the 1860s. A minute walk leads to the Brisbane Gaol that used to be the
site of Queensland’s second purpose-built prison before the establishment of the police barracks.

The southwest part will bring you to The Prince Alfred Hotel, named in the honour of Queen Victoria’s son, Alfred. It is currently owned by a private company and now known as The Lord Alfred Hotel.

Toward Weetman Street awaits the Oddfellows Wall built in 1891. It is now Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, a popular Brisbane night spot. The next trail, located in the Street Side Bar reminds of the groups of “larrikin” or the teenage male delinquents who caused havoc in Petrie Terrace in the late 19th Century.

Turn right onto Sheriff Street then turn left onto Hale Street, where you will find the La Boite Theatre. It was Australia’s first purpose-built arena theatre. In 2001, La Boite moved to a venue in Kelvin Grove. The Petrie Terrace theatre has been sensitively converted into offices.

Explore Sexton Street and you will reach the second to the last stop, the Jackson & Co’s Granary. In 1947, a terrible tragedy took place on this site. The use of carbon disulphide in an enclosed building caused a massive explosion and killed four people.

About 500 metres from the Jackson & Co’s Granary takes you to the last point of interest of the Petrie Terrace Heritage Trail. The Police Barracks back in the 1930s is now more popular to the locals as The Barracks, a landmark retail and commercial precinct.

Whilst some of the points of interests are private properties, walking through this trail lets you discover the rich history of Petrie Terrace.

Discover the Rich History of The Barracks in Paddington

The Barracks in Paddington is important in the suburb as it serves as a landmark commercial precinct today. However, did you know the interesting history of the precinct?

From being amongst the earliest Brisbane gaol to becoming a popular underground night club in the 1990s, The Barracks certainly has quite a few stories to tell.


The Barracks was formerly known as the Petrie Terrace Police Depot. It is significant in the history of the suburb as it was occupied by the second purpose-built Brisbane Gaol from November 1860 until July 1883. The overcrowded Petrie Terrace Gaol was closed in 1883 upon the completion of a new gaol at Boggo Road, South Brisbane.

The Barracks in Paddington
Aerial view of Petrie Terrace Gaol, Brisbane, 1862. The gaol was erected in 1860 to the design of the colonial architect Charles Tiffin. It was converted into a police barracks in 1883. Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland/Wikimedia Commons

In 1885, the gaol reserve was divided between the newly established permanent Queensland Defence Force and the Queensland Police Force. The QDF occupied the 1864 military reserve and the northern end of the gaol reserve, the whole of which was renamed Victoria Barracks by mid-1885.

The Barracks in Paddington
Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland/Wikimedia Commons

The Queensland Police Force occupied the remainder of the gaol reserve as a police depot and training centre. The police occupied the former gaol reserve for a century until the mid-1980s. However, the site was officially gazetted as a reserve for police purposes in 1901.

Petrie Terrace Police Depot

The former gaol was officially recognized as Petrie Terrace Police Depot from 1850-1960. Additions to the building included the construction of stables in 1912 and a police garage and workshop in 1936.

The Barracks in Paddington
View of the brick barracks at the police depot on Petrie Terrace in Brisbane, 1951 Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland/Wikimedia Commons

In 1938, work commenced on the construction of a new three-storeyed, brick and concrete police barracks at the Petrie Terrace Police Depot, on land formerly utilised as a parade and drill ground.

The new barracks, designed by Raymond Clare Nowland, was considered as one of the best investments that the Government had made at the time.

During WWII  a brick building to house the Police Wireless Transmission Station VKR was erected in the southwest corner of the police reserve. Military police attached to the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, United States Army, United States Shore Patrol, and the Royal Navy utilised the police wireless transmission station at Petrie Terrace.

Change in Use of the Police Depot

Use of the Petrie Terrace Police Depot as a training facility ceased in 1973, but the Depot continued to serve other police purposes until the mid-1980s.

In 1987 the State Government sold the former police reserve and buildings to private enterprise.

The Barracks in Paddington
Photo credit: Heritage Branch Staff

The Former Police Stables functioned as a nightclub through the 1990s, while the Former Police Wireless Transmission Station was converted into a restaurant.

The former Petrie Terrace Police Depot was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 23 July 1999.

Former Petrie Terrace Police Depot Transformation

After suffering from high levels of vandalism, the former Police Depot was developed to what is now known as The Barracks in 2007.

The Barracks in Paddington
Photo credit: Heritage Branch Staff

The $120 million mixed-use development was completed in 2008 and is now a popular landmark retail and commercial precinct in Paddington.

The three heritage listed buildings from the Police era remaining on the site are the stables (1912), the three storey brick barracks (1939) and the radio communications centre (1941).

The Barracks in Paddington
Photo credit: The Barracks/Facebook

In 2009, The Barracks won two prestigious UDIA Awards for Urban Renewal and best large Retail/Commercial development.

Learn more about The Barracks in Paddington by visitng their official website.


Paddington Gaol Turned Lifestyle Barracks Still a Landmark

If you’re in Paddington, then you probably go to The Barracks to dine, shop or unwind. The place has everything you need. Unbeknownst to some though, this place holds a significant amount of interesting history.

Did you know that this area was once actually a gaol? In 1860, the first major purpose built gaol for free settlers was built by Andrew Petrie. In 1912. new buildings were built and became the Petrie Terrace Police Depot. In 1938-39, the main Barracks was built to house unmarried police officers and those who are on probation. When World War II rolled around, it was turned into an observation post and by 1970s, it was used as the headquarters for police.

In 1987, the State Government sold the buildings to a private enterprise and by 2007, the Brisbane City Council and the government approved the development application for the $120-million mixed-use development.

The newly-transformed Barracks opened for business in 2008 with several restaurants such as Hog’s Breath Cafe & Peasant Spanish Restaurant. There are also cinemas here where you can catch the latest flicks.

The Barracks today Photo credit: Arkhefield

For your shopping needs, there is a Coles Supermarket, a beauty bar and many more that will accommodate your daily needs.

 Ten years after opening, Paddington’s gaol turned lifestyle barracks is still a major landmark in the area.