There are times when no exotic cuisine can satiate your cravings in a way that a desi thali can. And that’s why you will find Indian restaurants scattered throughout the globe. Here are few amazing ones from the stunning city of Portugal – Lisbon:
One of the most prestigious Indian restaurants in Lisbon, Leo is the best place to enjoy Indian cuisine. Authentic in both its interiors and flavours, the Leo restaurant in Lisbon specialises not only in Indian but Nepali cuisine as well. What brings out the true flavours of the Indian delicacies served in this restaurant is the use of spices that have been used in Indian food historically. Some of the items that this restaurant is famous for include chicken samosa, vegetable pakoda, and gulab jamun from the desserts section. If you are in Lisbon and you are looking for a quick Indian snack to fill your stomach and make your soul happy with, the Leo restaurant is a great place to visit.
Zaafran is known to welcome guests with a pleasant smell of Indian spices and food. The menu of this restaurant has a heady mix of some of the most typical Indian favourites, right from the breads like naan and tandoori roti to pakoras, curries and kebabs. Some of the delicacies in which this restaurant never goes wrong with the flavours include the sheekh kebab, the vegetarian thali, and the delicious halwa from the desserts section. If you are in Lisbon and if you are in love with Indian food, this is one restaurant which you just can’t afford to miss out on.
If you’re a big fan of the classics like butter chicken or korma curries, then Tamarind will exceed your expectations. The menu is prepared following the most traditional of Indian recipes. Naturally there are also ample options for vegetarian and vegan diners, this is something you can count on in every Indian restaurant in Lisbon. Try their jeera rice with whatever your curry preference.
Ghandi Palace is a gem right in the heart of Lisbon’s busiest district. Between the shoppers, street performers, tourists and free guided walking tours you’ll welcome a break for food in this Indian dining hall. Everything on the menu is authentic to the cuisine and surprisingly well priced. The restaurant is packed especially during dinners so remember to go a little early to grab a table.
How can we talk about India and not talk about the Indian city which is famous for its variety of food. This restaurant in Lisbon is a perfect ode to Indian food. The menu covers all parts of the Indian palate with some of the finest delicacies included, right from the starters to the main course to the desserts. Some of the dishes this restaurant has been famous for include the onion bhaji and papadi masala from the starters section, peshawari naan from the breads section, the lamb and prawn biryanis, saag paneer and tarka dal from the vegetarian section, and prawn korma and karai gosh from the main course among a host of many other delicacies.
Whether you are in the mood for a small get-together or simply want to have Indian food on your date, Food Garden is one of the best places you can visit. The dishes are cooked by seasoned chefs and served in the most impressive manner. Their tandoori dishes epitomise deliciousness and the desserts are a perfect sinful excuse for a cheat day. Visit them for a world class culinary experience.
The Darjeeling Express
If you are craving a cup of hot chai like any other true desi then this is the place to go. The Darjeeling Express aims to create magic in Portugal through its extensive assortment of teas. Whether you love to dine in or want to order takeaway, they offer you the best food to enjoy anywhere and anytime. The menu includes mouth-watering dishes like naan wraps, breads, pickle, Indian lassis and more.
Don’t worry you won’t be served invisible food in the restaurant. In fact, the food is so delicious that you kind of disappear from the real world and might enter a food coma. Located on one of the most crowded districts of Lisbon – Campo de Ourique, this restaurant has modern, cosmopolitan interiors with block-printed fabrics adorning its walls and a warm welcoming atmosphere. It will, without a trace of doubt, take you on a gastronomic journey through India. From mouth-watering starters to amazingly delicious desserts, it provides a one of a kind gastronomical experience.
The list is incomplete without adding the flavor of royalty. Maharaja is a beautiful restaurant in which you can share an authentic Indian dinner amongst friends. It’s tucked away in a hidden street that escapes the busy main roads of Chiado nearby. The dishes are usually served in individual trays alongside your choice of sides, which makes for a great taste testing experience when there is more than one diner. Eat like a king in this amazing restaurant.
Agra Indian Restaurant
Situated on busy street of Lisbon, right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, the Agra Indian Restaurant is named after the city which represents India in most parts of the world, thanks to the presence of Taj Mahal, the first wonder of the world which has attracted travellers from all parts of the world for years. Although there’s nothing fancy about the decor of this place, the restaurant makes a mark with the quality of food it serves. The menu is straightforward and has most of the dishes you will commonly find in a regular Indian restaurant. Some of the famous dishes from this restaurant include the mixed vegetable, the freshly prepared naans, and both the chicken and lamb curries among other delicacies.
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