(Updated in 2/2023)
The search for the best Indian restaurant in Europe was on hold for years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, before the pandemic, there were many incredible Indian restaurants that offered delicious and authentic dishes to their customers. In this article, I will take a look at some of the top Indian restaurants in Europe before 2020, before the Corona hit.
Finland should have definitely been included in the top 5, but unfortunately, one of the best Indian restaurants in Helsinki, the India House, seems to have ceased its operations. This is just one example of many Indian restaurants in Helsinki that have closed down in recent years, which is really sad. Even the South Indian restaurant disappeared from Helsinki centre.
Italy, known for its delicious pizzas, and Latvia, known for its cafes, did not make it to this list, but the video below highlights some of the best Indian restaurants in Europe. The criteria for this list was not based on the appearance of the restaurant, but rather the taste of the delicious Indian vegetarian food that they serve.
Over the years, I have written many blog posts and videos about Indian restaurants in Europe, both in Finnish and English, to inspire foodies who are traveling. Many of these Indian restaurants, such as Golden Tikka, Monal, Mr. India, Maharadscha, and Shiva, have also been included in my ever-growing online ebook, INDIVUE – Trip to Europe, which is also published in Finnish language. This ebook is a must-read for anyone who loves Indian food and wants to experience the best of what Europe has to offer.
I hope that all of these amazing Indian restaurants in Europe have managed to survive the pandemic and are still delighting their customers with their delicious food. The video below is a great resource for those looking to experience the best of Indian cuisine in Europe.
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Golden Tikka (Prague, Czech)
Restaurant Golden Tikka is a nice cozy Indian restaurant located in Prague, Czech Republic. This restaurant is known for its authentic Indian cuisine, offering a wide range of dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. The menu includes classic Indian dishes as well as a variety of vegetarian options.
The interior of Golden Tikka is neatly and simply decorated, with a soft lighting creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The chefs at Golden Tikka are highly skilled and experienced, and they take great pride in their work, always striving to ensure that each dish is cooked to perfection.
The service at Golden Tikka is top-notch, with friendly and attentive staff who are always on hand to help with any requests or questions. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a regular, the staff at Golden Tikka will make you feel right at home.
If you’re in Prague and looking for a delicious Indian meal, Golden Tikka is the perfect choice, if you don’t care about fancy decoration missing. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty main course, a light snack, or a sweet dessert, this restaurant has something for everyone. With its combination of mouth-watering food, welcoming atmosphere, and excellent service, Golden Tikka is sure to become one of your favorite restaurants in Prague.
Monal (Helsinki, Finland)
Monal is an Indian restaurant located in Helsinki, Finland. The restaurant is known for its authentic Indian cuisine and welcoming atmosphere. Monal offers a diverse menu that includes traditional dishes from different regions of India, as well as a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
The restaurant has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, making it a great place to enjoy a lunch with friends or family. The decor features traditional Indian accents and the staff is friendly and welcoming, creating a welcoming atmosphere for diners.
Monal is also known for their selection of Indian beers and traditional Indian drinks like mango lassi or plain lassi, sweet or salty. The restaurant also offers catering services for events and special occasions, making it a convenient option for those looking to host a large gathering.
Overall, Monal is a fantastic destination for anyone looking to enjoy delicious Indian food in Helsinki. With its authentic cuisine, comfortable atmosphere, and friendly staff, it is no wonder that Monal has become a popular spot among locals and tourists alike. Whether you are in the mood for a delicious meal or just want to try something new, Monal is the perfect place to experience the flavors and hospitality of India in Helsinki.
Mantra by Mr. India (Oslo, Norway)
Indian restaurant Mr India changed its name to Mantra by Mr India. It is a popular Indian restaurant located in Oslo, Norway. The restaurant is known for its authentic Indian cuisine and friendly atmosphere, making it a popular dining destination for locals and tourists alike.
Mantra by Mr India offers a wide range of dishes, including both classic Indian dishes as well as contemporary creations. The restaurant’s interior is decorated in a traditional Indian style, with colorful fabrics and intricate details that transport diners to another world. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the staff are friendly and attentive, ensuring that each guest has a pleasant dining experience.
Mantra by Mr India is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves Indian food. The restaurant’s authentic cuisine, welcoming atmosphere, and friendly staff make it a true standout in the Oslo dining scene. Whether you’re a local resident or just visiting the city, be sure to stop by and sample some of the best Indian food you’ll ever taste!
Maharadscha (Berlin, Germany)
Maharadscha, located in the outskirts of Berlin, is a charming Indian restaurant that offers a delightful dining experience. The restaurant boasts a warm and inviting atmosphere, with traditional Indian decor that transports you to the vibrant culture of India.
Upon entering, you are greeted by friendly staff who will guide you to your table, which is set against a backdrop of vibrant, richly colored walls, intricate carvings, and soft lighting. The menu features a wide range of authentic Indian dishes, including tandoori chicken, butter chicken, mutton vindaloo, and biryani. Each dish is cooked to perfection, with the right balance of spices and flavors, ensuring that each bite is a taste explosion.
I don’t eat chicken or meat, but I’ve heard that one of the standout dishes at Maharadscha is the tandoori chicken, which is marinated in a blend of yogurt and spices, before being roasted in a tandoor oven. The result is succulent, juicy chicken with a slight char that is both spicy and sweet. The butter chicken, another popular dish, is a creamy, tomato-based sauce that is simmered with tender chunks of chicken. The dish is usually served with steaming basmati rice and freshly baked naan bread, making it a complete meal.
I personally enjoyed their paneer dish in the restaurant Maharadscha and all I can say is that the restaurant is a must-visit for anyone who loves Indian cuisine. The food is authentic, the atmosphere is little precious and inviting, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. Whether you are a seasoned Indian food lover or trying Indian cuisine for the first time, Maharadscha is the perfect place to indulge your senses and experience the flavors of India. So, if you are in Berlin, be sure to stop by and savor the flavors of India at Maharadscha, although is is a bit far from the centre.
Shiva (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
The Indian restaurant Shiva is located in the centre of the vibrant city of Amsterdam, offering authentic, flavorful, and satisfying Indian cuisine. The small restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere, with neat decor that immediately sets the tone for an enjoyable dining experience.
As soon as you step inside the restaurant Shiva, you are greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff who will guide you to your table. The menu at Shiva features a wide range of authentic Indian dishes, and each dish is prepared with care, with fresh ingredients and a blend of spices that creates a balance of flavors that is both complex and satisfying.
Shiva is a fantastic place to enjoy Indian cuisine in Amsterdam. I tried their paneer dishes and was very pleased – the food was authentic and delicious. Read more about my visit here.
Check also these 5 restaurants in Europe, where I have enjoyed my Indian vegetarian meal:
- Swagatam (Barcelona)
- Deli Rasoi (Helsinki)
- The South Indian (Copenhagen)
- La Rose du Kashmir (Paris)
- East India (Stockholm)
Here’s some more highly rated Indian restaurants in Europe, which I have not yet personally had a chance to visit though, but I’m planning:
- Dishoom (London, UK)
- New Jawad Longchamp (Paris, France)
Note: These restaurants might be highly rated, but the best restaurant for an individual may vary based on personal taste and preference.
If you know some extremely good Indian restaurant in Europe, that was not mentioned in this list, do tell me by email!