Whether it’s something slightly elevated or just a damn good palak paneer — we’ve narrowed the best of Auckland’s abundant Indian restaurants down to the following few for the sake of a gratifying, flavour-filled fix.
Best for: contemporary cuisine
We know she might be an obvious one, but the acclaimed Fort Lane restaurant gets us weak at the knees every single time. Sid Sahrawat and his team awaken the senses with their heavenly line-up of fresh and delicious dishes, not limited to the bhel puri, tandoori chicken, delhi duck and stellar selection of sophisticated desserts.
Best for: traditional flair
Operating under the radar down at Victoria Park Market, this beloved institution has garnered a well-deserved reputation over the years. Calling upon chefs from Kolkata, Mumbai and Nepal, the dishes are not only authentic and delicious but the service and pride taken in each and every aspect of the operation leaves little to be desired.
Best for: hangover cure
Having long turned to this family-owned institution for a pick-me-up post big night out, we assure you that these South Indian specialists, located in four spots around town, will provide you with just what the good doctor ordered. Opt for the ‘thalis’ to sample a bit of everything — that said, the dosa and dahi puri are non-negotiable on any given visit.
Best for: a quick fix
So popular that the Sandringham institution recently had to expand its tenancy to facilitate the spill-over, the patronage alone is enough to signify that this is one of the good ones. With a mammoth menu that boasts a whole section dedicated to Indo Chinese delicacies, you don’t know Auckland’s Indian food scene until you’ve been to Paradise.