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Curries, kebabs and spicy specials

INDIAN cuisine enjoys popularity the world over. Whatever corner of the globe you go to, you will find fine restaurants offering delicious Indian food - and Shanghai is no exception.

Most Indian dishes are made with distinct spices such as turmeric, cumin, cardamom and chilies. Like Chinese ingredients, many Indian spices have great medicinal value.

Hindu beliefs and culture have also played an influential role in the evolution of Indian cuisine. Here are some of the most popular places in Shanghai to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine.


Situated in a lavish three-story building on Hongmei Road, stone walls, warm lighting, an open kitchen and a wide variety of Indian dishes all add to Bukhara's allure.

Named after an ancient Middle Asian city on the Silk Road, the ancient trading highway that linked the Middle East to Indian and China, Bukhara offers delicious and authentic northwestern Indian cuisine.

Recommended dishes include the non-veg platter (an assortment of non-vegetarian kebabs), the veg platter (an assortment of vegetarian kebabs) and Tandoori chicken (spring chicken marinated in Indian spices and grilled).

Address: 3729 Hongmei Rd

Tel: 6446-8800

Opening hours: 11am-11pm

Grand Taj

With a successful branch in Shenzhen in Guangdong Province for 10 years, Grand Taj opened their Shanghai restaurant last year to similar acclaim and it has already become renowned in the city for its authentic Indian food.

Grand Taj offers a large variety of delicious dishes from their appetizing naan bread to their famous butter chicken, which comprises of boneless tandoori chicken cooked with tomatoes, ground almonds and spices in a smooth gravy finished with cream.

Plenty of other dishes that are highly recommended include vegetable samosa, Tandoori chicken, rasam soup, prawn coconut curry, vegetable biryani and dosa.

Address: Unit B5, 555 Gubei Rd

Tel: 3251-7585

Opening hours: 11:30am-10:30pm

Kebabs on the Grille

Located at the Cool Docks in the South Bund area, this restaurant offers mouthwatering dishes that take their influences from North India and as the name suggests kebabs feature heavily and are grilled right in front of you.

Star dishes include the samosas and the samosa chat - mashed-up samosas sprinkled liberally with spices. All their curries are served in very tiny bowls and are super tasty, especially the chicken tandoori curry with tender boneless chicken in a rich creamy curry.

Their fresh coconut drink served in a large coconut shell is perfect for cooling the palate after trying some of their spicy dishes.

Address: 505 Zhongshan Rd S.

Tel: 6152-6567

Opening hours: 11:30am-10:30pm


Opened at the Jinjiang Hotel in 1994, Tandoor was the first Indian restaurant in Shanghai and has spawned a successful chain across China. A host of authentic offerings are available, from mild to spicy.

The murgh malai kebab is strongly recommended to start. The flavor of the cheese and coriander marinade is seared into the tender chicken at temperatures of 200 degrees Celsius in the tandoor oven.

For spice lovers, the beef madras has an impressive balance of sour, spicy and fruitiness, while the Navrattan korma uses nine vegetable ingredients and neutralizes your palate with a delicate mix of yoghurt, cream and nut paste in its korma sauce.

Address: 59 Maoming Rd S.

Tel: 6472-5494

Opening hours: 11:30am-10:30pm


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