The situation: Bland food just doesn’t cut it for you. You need something packed with big bold flavours, possibly a heat level that at least comes close to registering on the Scoville scale, and a variety of dishes both vegetarian and not.
The solution: Indian food. Its exotic, its spicy, and its got all your food bases covered from protein to vegetables, grilled to deep-fried, marinated, stewed, roasted and everything in between.
If the idea of a big bowl of butter chicken accompanied by fluffy naan bread, chickpea fritters, cucumber raita and a creamy mango lassi sounds right up your alley, head to these infallible Indian restaurants to satisfy your curry cravings and up the spice ante a notch.
This chain of Indian restaurants is wildly popular around the island for their authentic Indian dishes prepared by native Indian chefs, their comfortable and classy locales, and their reliable delivery service. The menus feature a range of recipes from around the sub-continent including Tandoori Chicken, Mutton Vindaloo, Masala Dosa and Fish Tikka, and each order comes with complimentary pappadums with vibrant sauces. For adventurous types, Queens also does Culinary Journeys with excursions around the island paired with Indian cuisine.
www.queenstandoor.com | Seminyak, Ubud, Kuta & Nusa Dua
Warung Little India
Cozy and quaint, Warung Little India serves up authentic Indian home-style cooking that is hailed by many as the best Indian food in Ubud. Located on Jalan Sukma just down from the Jazz Cafe, this tiny spot is decked out in colourful flags, tables and chairs, and on any given night you can expect the owner, Ibu Siti, to be there welcoming guests and ensuring the food is spot on. Try their Thali, a combination of various dishes like curry, daal, naan, samosas, pickled vegetables and raita, or their excellent fresh lemon juice.
www.facebook.com/Warung-Little-India | Jl. Sukma, No 36, Ubud, Bali
La Rouge Bali
If you happen to be in Candidasa and have a craving for Indian cuisine, La Rouge is your spot. The decor here is pretty impressive with mosaic tiled floors, silk curtains and velvet upholstered chairs, and the staff is quick to find you a seat and bring you cold towels. The menu has a number of tasty Indian dishes like Vegetable Samosas, Chicken Curry, and Palak Korma, as well as Balinese and international favourites.
www.larougebali.com | Candidasa, Karangasem, Bali
Gateway of India
With five locations around Bali including Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud (Indian Delites), and Nusa Dua (Indian Dhaba), Gateway of India clearly has something good going on. The menu focuses on North and South Indian food with plenty of vegetarian options for those of the non-meat persuasion, and the majority of their eateries are always full with family and friends noshing on superb samosas, curries, and daals washed down with aromatic chai tea and fresh fruit lassies.
www.indianfood.com | Jl. Abimanyu, No 10, Seminyak, Bali
Atithi means ‘ the guest is god’ in Sanskrit, which pretty much sums up the excellent service at this contemporary Indian restaurant and bar on Jalan Melasti in Legian. You can’t miss the spot for its bright red walls and ceiling painted sky blue with clouds, and although it seems small, the table layout allows for plenty of space. Expect authentic North Indian dishes like Chicken Biryani and Dal Makhani at very reasonable prices.
www.facebook.com/AtithiBali | Jl. Melasti/Belek Bena, 6x, Legian, Bali