Craving a curry?
Who can resist a piping hot, fragrant Indian food? Not us! From creamy korma and spicy vindaloos, to endless baskets of buttery naan bread, there’s nothing better than sitting down and tucking in to Hong Kong’s best with great friends and a delicious menu. Curb those curry cravings with our favourites…
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 12 October, 2016 and was updated by Stephanie Ma on 11 July, 2017
Smack bang in the middle of town is this epic dining experience. The Great Indian Kebab Factory towers over Central district, with a view of the Fringe Club below. As soon as you step out of the lift, you are greeted by the sound of sizzling plates, the smell of perfectly blended spices and the chatter of happy families chowing down on an assortment of appetisers. One trip is simply not enough as the menu is full of delicious, authentic dishes. No need to panic if you don’t know what to pick, the smiling staff is ready to do the ordering for you and get you prepped for your pending (and totally worth it) food coma.
Best for: Family Dinner. Though there is no set kids menu, the chef happily caters dishes to suit your little one’s needs. High chairs are available.
The Great Indian Kebab Factory, 19/F Wellington Place – M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 28107000, www.thegreatindiankebabfactory.com
Run by Puja Rajwani, this Indian Private Kitchen is a great spot for birthdays, girls’ night, book clubs, or other special events. Inspired by her mama’s traditional family recipes, Puja focuses on flavour rather kicking up the heat (she herself says that they are not known for spicy dishes). She and her staff focus on what they do best which is serving up traditional Sindhi dishes in a homey environment. They serve one table per night (min 8, max 10 people) so you know you will get top notch service, great food and an experience that makes you feel right at home.
Best for: Private Parties – perfect for special occasions where you’re looking for an intimate dining experience.
Jashan has been around for more than 10 years and it’s not hard to see why! Conveniently located on Hollywood Road, this has been a Sassy Mama favourite for years. It offers a contemporary take on classic Indian fare, appealing to a wide variety of foodies. However, it still retains the comfort food vibe that we look for when going out for Indian food. The flavours and cooking are always just right, and the range of options ensures that everyone can find something they like here. Don’t skimp on dessert – the Gulab Jamun is some the best you’ll find in HK!
Best for: Family dinners and party catering.
Jashan, 1/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3105 5300/3105 5311, www.jashan.com.hk
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We had to add this amazing little spot on Mosque Street! We’ve been addicted to the chicken and lamb ‘kathi’ rolls for a while now. Indian Village is a tiny resto that only has a few seats, but it’s perfect if you’re looking for something casual, cheap and satisfying. It’s nothing fancy, but Indian Village offers authentic flavours and has a rustic charm that you just can’t beat!
Indian Village, G/F, 31-37 Mosque Street, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2525 5488, indianvillage.com.hk
Located conveniently in Central, this Indian restaurant serves a variety of flavourful and aromatic dishes that leave you feeling satiated yet not bloated. A great dish is the ‘Chicken Tikka Lababdar,’ a rich, sweet and creamy curry, which is even more delicious when paired with the garlic naan. It also has an extensive vegetarian menu that’s equally as delicious. With a rustic modern interior design that’s chic yet understated, it’s perfect for birthdays, group meals and casual dining. On top of that it has a buffet lunch and a Sunday brunch – bubbles, buffet AND brunch – who can say no to that?
Best for: Relaxed, special occasion dinners.
Bombay Dreams, 4/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2971 0001, www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Bombay-Dreams
An oldie but a goodie, Jo Jo Indian Restaurant has been on the scene since 1985! Serving up a delicious array of traditional curries and clay oven specialties, the prices are reasonable and atmosphere is always lively. The perfect location to get your spice kick. We highly recommend the ‘Manglorian Chilly Chicken‘ and selection of Tandoori feats.
Best for: Big groups and family parties.
Jo Jo Indian Restaurant, 2/F Davis House, 37-39 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2527 3776 and G/F, 21Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2574 7477, www.jojofood.com
Some of us eat and cook (read: our mothers cook) delicious Indian food almost every day at home. When we go out to eat Indian food, we’re always on the hunt for something a little fancier than our usual daal, rice and curry. We were pleasantly surprised by hole in the wall joint The Clay Oven in Kennedy Town – its Chicken Tikka is perfectly cooked and flavoured, and its Paratha is just the right balance of flaky and chewy! Be sure to try out the Tandoori platter and its Dal Makhani as well. For veggie lovers, The Clay Oven has a wide variety of options for you to choose from that taste just as good, if not better, than the non-veg options! If you’re in or around the Kennedy Town area, we highly recommend checking this one out for your Indian food fix! Skip the naan and try the Lachha Paratha, a flaky, buttery alternative and one of our faves from the menu. Paired with the Tandoori Chicken, it’s unbeatable!
Best for: A super chilled date night. Leave the kiddos at home and head out for an evening of feasting!
The Clay Oven, 27-31 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2872 6900, www.theclayoven.com.hk
A no frills kind of place, this is a great spot to bring family and friends who are new to Indian dining. Serving up classics such as perfectly fried Samosas, decadent Butter Chicken, creamy Palak Paneer and a variety of drool-worthy Naan, you’ll be coming back for seconds in no time. Situated right in the heart of Causeway Bay, across from Times Square, Aladin Mess has been a local staple for the last 17 years.
Best for: Diners who are only just beginning to explore their love for Indian Food. There’s no lift access but the restaurant staff are happy to help with strollers, and can create spice-free variations for kids.
Aladin Mess, 2/F, 60 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 28080250, www.aladinmess.com
Bindaas is a warm, cosy and welcoming spot, right on the corner of Hollywood Road. This place is all about convenient sharing plates and platters – the perfect way to avoid any kind of food envy: simply try it all! The recipes are inspired by traditional tastes, but they’re presented with a colourful contemporary twist that aims to offer Hong Kong authentic Indian street food flavours. The vibrant atmosphere and relaxed décor is an added bonus to the deliciously addictive food and fun selection of cocktails. Bindaas is one of the only places in HK that serves a pav bhaji to rival the ones found on the streets of Mumbai! Definitely try both the veggie and the lamb variations – be warned though, it can get spicy! And don’t leave without trying the sweet, fluffy, and freshly baked “Naanza” – we can’t get enough of them!
Best for: Mamas’ night out. The cocktails here don’t disappoint!
Bindaas Bar & Kitchen, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2447 9998, www.iambindaas.com
Here at Sassy, we love the curry found only 5 minutes from HQ! The Queen’s Street Cooked Food Market is undoubtably underrated when it comes to delicious, affordable food. With a range of cuisines to choose from (we love the Beijing Dumplings and ABC Kitchen’s Eggs Bene!), it’s a convenient and casual place to grab a bite to eat. Chautari Restaurant is the only place offering Indian food at the Cooked Food Market and we’re huge fans. The flavourful, generous curries are fantastic value for money. You simply can’t go wrong with Tandoori Chicken, Saagwala Paneer, a cold beer (it’s BYOB) and a Garlic Naan from the on-site tandoor oven! We recommend coming here with a big group so you can try as many dishes as possible and make the most of the relaxed environment.
Best for: A no-frills evening, when you’re after quick and reasonable food options.
Chautari Restaurant, 1/F, CF6, Queen Street Cooked Food Market, Queen Street, 38 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2600 4408, www.chautari.com.hk
Jump on the Masala Train in Wan Chai and experience the nutritious side of traditional Indian cooking! Established by ex-banker Tiena Sekharan, Masala Train’s fare shatters the stereotype that Indian fare is merely a palatable comfort cuisine. If you’re looking for something that is light in texture yet flavoursome, a great choice on the menu is the vegetable-heavy and protein-dense Chicken Tikka Masala. Also, be sure to check out the freshly baked Chicken Keema Roll, Samosas, as well as sugar-free desserts Gajar Halwa and Kheer – yummy on-the-go options with generously affordable prices that will have you craving more.
Best for: Express take out! Great for a quick grab-and-go lunch.
Masala Train, Shop C on G/, Yue On Building, 146-148 Lockhart Road and 2A O’Brien Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2415 3000, www.masalatrain.com
With an established chain of branches located in various countries around the world, Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant has taken HK by storm. From South Indian Thali, to Masala Dosa, to Gobi Manchurian, the restaurant offers an impressive array of authentic South Indian gourmet. Have your tastebuds sparked with a true taste of the Spice Island of Chennai. Expect mouth-watering dishes and excellent, homely service.
Best for: All your vegetarian favourites!
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant, UG 1-5 & 31, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2640 2123, sangeetha.com.hk
The humble and low-key restaurant may look like a cafeteria from the outside, but don’t let looks deceive you – Namaste Kitchen caters with great service, and the Dal Makhni will always be one of our go-to dishes. If you aren’t too keen on hot and spicy foods, the accommodating kitchen will happily adjust dishes to your tastes. There’s also an extensive selection of vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes; including curry and makhni, as well as tikka and tandoori, with freshly made naan.
Best for: A weeknight happy hour with the girls. Head over Monday to Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to make the most of it.
Namaste Kitchen, 38 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2795 7555, www.namastekitchen.com.hk
Tucked away in the small neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun, the Asian fusion eatery BlackSalt is bound to hit you with a pleasant surprise! The white wooden doors set an elegant, yet friendly, ambience. Together, with the cosy outdoor area, BlackSalt really sets a homely atmosphere. Experimenting with all the best aspects of Indian, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Sri Lankan cuisine, the restaurant’s owner Chef Taran creates state-of–the-art gourmet dishes that will restructure your understanding of Asian food. Be sure to check out the signature items on the menu: What’s the Matter Paneer?, Poulet Tikki Masala, BS Okra Fries and Konkan Coast Fish Cakes. The BlackSalt brunch is from 12pm to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday, so head on over to try some Chickpea Pancakes, Royal Egg Hoppers and Spicy Scrambled Eggs!
Best for: With al fresco seating, a cozy feel and stunning dish presentations, this place is ideal for intimate group dinners and cozy date nights. Oh, and brunch, of course!
BlackSalt, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 3702 1237, www.facebook.com/BlackSaltHK
Juxtaposed against Wan Chai’s hustle and bustle, Khana Khazana Indian Vegetarian and Bar serves a wide variety of expertly crafted North-Indian and South-Indian vegetarian cuisines and street food in a friendly and relaxed environment. The Paper Plain Dosa, dal Punjabi, Lachedar Paratha and Mutter Panner are highly recommended if you’re up for something refreshing. The restaurant also offers excellent masala chai or tea as well as an array of Indian and foreign beers.
Best for: Delicious vegetarian options and South Indian food specialities.
Khana Khazana Indian Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar, 1/F, Dannies House, 20 Luard Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2520 5308, fusionconcepts.com.hk/khana-khazana
Established in 1981, Woodlands International Restaurant still hasn’t lost it’s charm with the tourists – and it’s no question why! The South Indian restaurant offers delicious dishes for excellent value in Tsim Sha Tsui. If you’re a big eater, we recommend the Masala Dosas and Sambar, but the photogenic Thali and Idlis are great additions to your Instagram feed! At around $45 to 55 per dish, your wallet will thank you. Plus, service is great and the atmosphere is ideal for casual outings.
Best for: This authentic spot is a Hong Kong classic for South Indian food. Let the experienced waiters be your guide!
Woodlands International Restaurant, UG 16-17, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2369 3718, www.facebook.com/woodlandshk
Coming highly recommended from many friends, Indian Curry Express is a mama-and-papa resto run by a couple from Delhi. Don’t be fooled by its humble exterior; this hole-in-the-wall offers good and proper home-style Indian cooking, paired with amazing value prices. Oh, and the naan – one of the best. Need we say more?
Best for: Quiet evenings. The limited tables means that every diner gets attentive, intimate service.
Indian Curry Express, Rockson Mansion, 25-35 A Water Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, 6744 6915, www.facebook.com/INDIANCURRYEXPRESS.HK
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