The story appears on

Page B3

September 22, 2011

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Feature

Bukhara beckons lovers of Indian food

BUKHARA Indian Grill and Lounge has become a dining destination and is widely considered one of the best Indian restaurants in Shanghai.

Since 2005 it has made a big statement with its lavish, three-story building arising at the corner of Hongmei and Yan'an roads in Changning District. It has interior stone walls, hammered copper, warm lighting, an open kitchen and a wide variety of Indian dishes, including vegetarian.

Bukhara was an ancient Middle Asian city on the Silk Road linking China with the Mediterranean.

The cuisine has been widely praised and is quite authentic. The chefs are from India and the spices are imported.

There's something for everyone, though not all Chinese diners appreciate Indian food that is not somewhat Westernized.

"Here you will find the finest ingredients blended into the most exquisite recipes. The resulting cuisine is nutritious as well as delicious. Our firm belief is that good food and good health are closely linked," says Vinod Maini, the Indian director who has lived in Shanghai for nine years.

The lounge bar on the ground floor has three wide-screen televisions for live sports show. The drinks list contains a wide selection of wines, including premium wines.

Signature drinks include the Deccan Queen (Absolute Pepper, Cointreau, crème de casis and soda), Bombay Sunshine (Bacardi rum with Indian soft drink) and the Mumbai Matinee, which combines Barcardi and Indian sherbet.

There are plenty of choices of grilled meats, vegetables and roti, unleavened bread.

The chef recommends the Non Veg Platter (an assortment of non-vegetarian kebabs); the Veg Platter (assorted vegetarian kebabs); and Tandoori Chicken (spring chicken marinated in Indian spices and grilled in a tandoori oven).

Entree curries are a must-try. A specialty of the house, split black lentils, is cooked with exotic spices for more than 24 hours.

Dahi Chaas is a delicious slightly salty yogurt/buttermilk beverage served with a pinch of cumin and coriander. You can choose your own raita - yogurt with either pineapple, potato, cucumber or other vegetables.

Traditional Indian desserts, such as Gulab Jamun and Phirni, are sinfully delicious.

"We try our best to provide the most authentic Indian food to customers here, and we have a large choice of dishes," says Maini. He says all the ingredients are authentic, but the level of curry spice can be adjusted to suit the taste of locals.

The restaurant on the second floor has a bright open kitchen, where six Indian chefs are at work.

The top floor is a banquet room for parties, weddings and events for as many as 120 guests.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, a buffet brunch is served. For 150 yuan (US$23.50) per person, you can eat as much as you like.

Address: 3729 Hongmei Rd

Tel: 6446-8800


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend