In gloomy weather like the one we usually experience in February we need something warming from the outside and inside. We recommend exotic tastes from Nepal and India. Colourful and aromatic. And sometimes devilishly hot.
1. NAMASTE INDIA, Nowogrodzka St 15
It is a Warsaw classic – one of the best renowned Indian restaurants in Warsaw. Initially, there was only a ground floor, then a shop appeared and finally, an additional floor was added. The hosts organise also special buffets (for example on occasion of the Independence Day of India) or lectures on ayurveda. For more information on activities follow the restaurant’s profile on Facebook. A large number of Varsovians regard Namaste India as the best restaurant in Warsaw serving cuisine from this region. Go and find it for yourself.
2. TANDOOR, Marszałkowska St 21/25
The oldest Indian restaurant in Warsaw celebrates its 21st anniversary. With a change of an owner it has undergone a radical metamorphosis. Its rustic interior has been transformed into more colourful and modern space with respect to characteristic elements of the place. In the kitchen, four skilled chefs will serve you well-known classics. We recommend palak paneer and sizzler. In the summertime, there is an outdoor garden where you could feel like in hot India.
3. GURU, Widok St 8
It is one of the newest Hindu restaurants in Warsaw. It resembles a bit of Dishoom in London. Thanks to the glazed kitchen one can observe what is happening there. You almost know when your dish is ready. The cuisine here is tasty and modern. A wide range of drinks. A perfect place for a meeting with friends. We recommend Daal Makhani.
4. CURRY HOUSE, Stefana Żeromskiego St 81
Although Curry House exists in many locations, the one in Bielany seems to be the most famous. This inconspicuous hut can boast a unique design and a fine selection of dishes. We recommend Chicken Hariyali Tikka (delicious, juicy chicken parts), excellent palak paneer. If you do not fancy going for a trip you can use the takeaway option.
5. HIMALAYAN YETI, market in Polna Street, Polna St 13/45
This true gem is hidden on a market in Polna Street. They serve there Nepalese cuisine which itself is a combination of various cuisines. You can find here options which resemble more Indian flavours (himalayan masala), or tastes from Central Asia (momo dumplings) or sometimes China (chow mein). Particular attention should be given to the momo dumplings served with various fillings. Be careful as each serving is quite large. Additionally, we recommend excellent bhatta sadeko – fried soya beans (left in water for overnight) with cucumber and spices.
6. ASIAN PALACE, Grójecka St 42
This tiny space on Narutowicza Square in Ochota gained its popularity thanks to a generous lunch menu. Dishes may vary depending on chefs who are present at the restaurant on this particular day. However, we must admit it has its charm. It is said that every family in India has its own method of seasoning. Asian Palace seems to be a breath of fresh air on a culinary scene in Ochota where Italian cuisine reigns supreme.
7. SWAGAT, Jana Kazimierza St 57
Just another example of a place which was founded out of a need for local exotic cuisine. This time we visit Wola. Excellently seasoned dishes where spice distinctions are a true representation of the flavour. Meat dishes, for example, swagat chicken and lamb kadai are particularly popular.
8. CHMIELARNIA, Marszałkowska St 10/16
This quite unusual combination can be called a gastropub. A fine selection of seasonally-changing craft beers and moreover, Thai-Nepalese cuisine served by a Nepalese chef. And you know what? This unpretentious combination seems to work here perfectly. An excellent place to watch a football match with your friends.
9. SAGARMATHA NEPAL, Górczewska St 17C, apt 1D
This modest setting hides amazing Nepalese tastes. Focus particularly on the dishes which are recommended and listed at the bottom of the menu. There are momo dumplings, lamb dishes (we recommend lamb methi malai), as an appetizer order crispy chickpea pancakes and for a dessert mango kulfi (Indian ice cream). You can also eat some doughnuts at the Zagoździński patisserie nearby.
10. MANDALA, Emilii Plater St 9/11
This place does not need any recommendations. It is one of the most classic restaurants in Warsaw, more Nepalese than Indian. The current co-owner of Chmielarnia and Himalayan Yeti used to be a chef here. In the summertime, the restaurant can boast an outdoor garden hidden in the backyard. There is also a second restaurant in Mokotów with more modern and subdued interior in comparison to the majority of restaurants of this type.
text: Magda Assanowicz
photos: Aga Bilska