If there’s one thing in Auckland that you’re sure to find – besides Aucklanders and traffic – it’s a lot of Indian restaurants.
It can be difficult to pick the good from the bad and the ugly when there is so much choice – but fortunately for you we've already taken care of the hard part.We've trawled the streets of Auckland and picked the hottest of the hot that’ll be sure to tempt, tease and tantalise your tastebuds.
We call these fine Indian restaurants the best for a reason. Any which one would make the perfect place to celebrate Diwali or good food in general. Go ahead and try them for yourselves.
Oh Calcutta… oh so good! Located in Parnell, many have referred to Oh Calcutta as the best Indian restaurant in New Zealand. And it has a number of awards to prove it – including being named the best Indian in NZ in a Herald poll in 2008 and topping Metro's list of The Top 50 Best Asian Restaurants in 2009.
Proudly using only the freshest, quality ingredients to create authentic, flavourful Indian cuisine, Indian Kitchen in Manukau (and in Herne Bay) is an Auckland favourite. The food is traditional, innovative and the restaurant is pretty great, too. Check it out.
Bolliwood Café Bar & Restaurant
Located in one of Auckland’s most lively suburbs, Ponsonby, Bolliwood Café Bar & Restaurant is one of the cities top notch Indian eateries. With dine in or take out options, it suits any occasion. And it's so great they've had to open a Bolliwood in Takapuna, too.
If Indian Pepper's splendid, authentic Indian dishes aren't enough for you, you might like to try its blended Indian/Chinese dishes – the perfect fusion between two disparate elements of Asian cuisine. All the food is prepared fresh daily to ensure its as tasty as tasty can be.
It should come as no surprise that India Gate in Epsom currently holds a perfect rating at Menus.co.nz from six reviews. Serving some of the best butter chicken and lamb rogan josh in Auckland, this restaurant is simply a must-visit for the discerning curry fan. It caters for special dietary requirements as well as large groups.
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