From paneer to puri, mutton curry to masala dosa, gulab jamun to falooda and whether you want a warm, hearty gravy or a piping hot tikka – Nairobi has it all. Our list covers some great options of restaurants serving North and South Indian cuisine.
The menu here features classic curries and tikka masalas, and we highly suggest trying the murg malai kebab which has soft nuggets of chicken roasted in a tandoor then blended with yoghurt and spices. Their intimate setting is perfect for dinner parties and celebrations with generous portions, friendly service and a warm welcoming atmosphere.
Bhandini transports you to Northern India in first-class style with fine cuisine in a sophisticated and chic setting. The chef works his culinary magic in a glass enclosed kitchen so you can see what goes into dishes. We particularly love their lamb rogan josh.
They have a great space equally divided between indoor and outdoor setting. Have their papadam with a chilli paneer and some veggie rolls to start, then move on to the mutton rogan josh, mixed vegetable curry or chicken tikka masala with an assortment of naan. End your meal with kulfi, a cardamom-honey-pistachio ice cream. This is rich, creamy and full of the bold flavours you would expect in Indian cuisine.
This restaurant offers special Indian, chinese and tandoor dishes in a great ambiance. For vegetarians, start with some seekh kebabs, mushroom tikka and Darwar paneer pakoda. There are great meat starters such as murg tandoori or tandoori prawns. Their main courses also feature both options, ranging right from dum aloo punjabi to keema mutter.
Having been in Kenya for over two decades, this spot is renowned for its south-Indian cuisine, well-stocked bar and exemplary service. Their murg malai and signature karoga chicken curry are great options off the menu. For vegetarians, the black dhal will be just what your hunger pangs need. They even have a banquet hall for group functions that can seat 40 to 250 people.
Known for great food in a quirky ambiance, this spot is perfect for sundowners with your family or friends. When it comes to their menu, you have the option of escaping into the taste of North India with a fusion of exotic spices and flair that only India can inspire. Their vegetable bhajia, tandoor paneer tikka and chicken reshami kebabs are great options.
This is the largest vegetarian Indian restaurant chain in the world with outlets in India, UAE, North America and Europe. You will be spoilt for choice with their diverse menu of expertly crafted delicacies by chefs from Chennai. Their portions are big enough to share between two, and they have great discounts too. As you dig into their pure vegetarian South Indian delicacies, be sure to try the masala dosa.
This is where India meets China with authentic cuisine prepared by chefs originally from India who come armed with years of culinary knowledge. They are masters in fuision gastronomy. All this can be experienced in their tastefully decorated space with a warm and hospitable ambiance. What’s more, they specialise in outside catering services from 50-1000 people, as well as doing deliveries.
This is a casual, upscale, patio-style restaurant with a very tranquil and serene ambiance, and should be a go-to spot for those looking to relax. It is the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of wine, tikkas, hot buttery naans, biryani and sweets. What’s more, they will be offering a 10% discount on food- only this Diwali.
Here you get to sample only the finest Indian Cuisine in a modern and colorful setting. Between the regal, tiger themed space and the well prepared dishes, this place will definitely leave a lasting impression. Their prawn tikka is also unlike any other! Make sure to start or finish your meal with a lassi.
There’s nothing quite like looking out onto the city through the large glass windows at this restaurant located atop Hotel Emerald, as you drink your sweet or salty lassi. For starters, go for their chili garlic prawns, tandoor fish and grilled pork with mashed potatoes and rice. If you will still have room for the main course, try some egg curry paired with plain naan.
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