With a sizeable amount of Indians living and working in Hong Kong, it is no wonder that Indian food has found a worthy home in this region. In turn, Hong Kong has allowed the ancient subcontinental cuisine to not just survive, but thrive, by preserving its authenticity while also marrying it to the local spices and ingredients, giving it a unique identity. Today, it is not uncommon to find many Indian restaurants in Hong Kong. And yet, the best of the best are distinguished by their attention to detail. While some of these are fine dining spots that even find mention in the legendary Michelin guidebook, others are hole-in-the-wall joints that have garnered their reputation from arguably an even more trustworthy source of recommendation – word of mouth. Also find out the best time to visit Hong Kong, for all the things you want to mark off your checklist, for the perfect holiday!
Explore our list of some of the best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong:
One of the true originals of Indian cuisine fine dining in Hong Kong, Bombay Dreams has been operating out of its nondescript outlet on Wyndham Street since 2002. It specializes in contemporary takes on authentic traditional and predominantly North Indian cuisine. Here you can choose to feast on the buffet style lunch set, but the real fun begins with their a la carte menu. The menu at Bombay Dreams has been crafted by legendary masterchef Ahmed Qureshi, and prides itself on the vibrant and delicious preparations that please the senses. The variety of meat based kebabs from the tandoor (traditional grill oven from India) are a delight to sample.
Where: 77 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
Cost for two: HK$158 to 400
Recommended: Tandoori Platter, Chicken Tikka Lababdar
Jashan is another pioneer in introducing the true delights of Indian taste to the melting pot of Hong Kong palate. It has been serving the most succulent and authentic Indian fare to the Hong Kong crowd for the past ten years and is recognized as an institution today. It had the honour of being the first Indian restaurant to be mentioned in the Michelin Guide for Hong Kong in 2009, among other accolades. The stylishly decorated place offers a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to dig into the star dishes like the Raunaq e Seekh – a special selection of delicately spiced char grilled lamb skewers, or the marriage of arctic halibut with velvety Nilgiri sauce in the Tawe ki Machhli. The place is also rumoured to serve the best gulab jamuns in all of Hong Kong.
Where: Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Cost for two: HK$150 to 400
Recommended: Seekh Kebabs, seafood and Gulab Jamuns for dessert.
Saravana Bhavan is the answer to all your South Indian vegetarian food cravings. The institution that has humble beginnings decades ago in Madras has today spawned branches all over the world from Abu Dhabi to Belfast. You can expect the same quality of food and service at the Hong Kong branch. The mini tiffin that they serve in the mornings is perhaps one of the most fulfilling breakfasts that you will enjoy. Do not miss to wash it down with a tumbler of filter kaapi.
Where: Ashley Centre, 23-25 Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Cost for two: HK$ 100 to 300
Recommended: Ghee Onion Rawa Masala Dosa, Saravana Special Meals
Bindaas Bar + Kitchen
Bindaas Bar + Kitchen takes its fun as seriously as its food. It takes inspiration from the endless varieties of street food of India – from the Bombay staple diet of pav paired with vada, bhajji or kheema, or the flavours of curious chaat fusion dishes starred on their menu. Do not miss the innovative naanza – naan + pizza – that tastes as wacky and mouthwatering as it sounds. Pair your food with some of the quirkiest cocktails in all of Hong Kong. Homesick individuals will also find the gajar ka halwa and ghewar to be a soothing dose of endorphins.
Where: 33 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
Cost for two: HK$ 200 to 400
Recommended: Pork Vindaloo, Naanza, Gajar ka halwa with ice cream.
Located in a tiny little shop on the bustling mosque street, the claim to fame for Indian village are its signature chicken and lamb kathi rolls. Affordable, filling and delicious, the kathi rolls are a perfect on-the-go meal that would put any hamburger to shame. The restaurant also offers other sumptuous fare such as tandoor, seekh and boti kebabs, lamb chops and lamb samosas.
Where: Shop 1, Ground Floor, 31-37, Mosque Street, HK
Cost for two: HK$ 100 to 200
Recommended: Chicken and Lamb Kathi rolls.
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant offers stiff competition to the iconic Saravana Bhavan. Sangeetha prides itself on the authentic selection and use of spices, flavours and techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation within the family. The restaurant itself is perfect for a family outing, and offers the South Indian staples like a wide variety of dosas, uthappams, idlis as well as South and North Indian thalis.
Where: Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Cost for two: HK$100 to 200
Recommended: South Indian Thali, Masala Dosa
Aladin Mess is a no-nonsense, no-frills eatery. There isn’t much to revel about in terms of the space or ambience – rather, it is the food that fuels the ambiance here, as opposed to the other way round. And as most experienced foodies know – the other way round is more often than not a sham. Aladin Mess serves authentic Pakistani halal food. Its fame for serving up spicy, meaty concoctions has spread far and wide, and people swear by its staple dishes such as the lamb karahi, brisket masala and chicken tikka. Pair any one of these with light and flaky naans and dig in. We promise you won’t look up from your plate until it is wiped clean.
Where: Fu Hing House, 60 Russell St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Cost for two: HK$ 100 to 200
Recommended: Naan or kulcha w/ Chicken Tikka, Lamb Karahi, Chicken Vindaloo,
Indian Curry Express
Another contender for the best affordable and delicious Indian food in Hong Kong is the legendary Indian Curry Express in Sai Wan. The tiny outlet is run by an old couple who relocated here from Delhi decades ago. The result – a promise of authentic home style Indian food with more veggies, less oil and no MSG. Get the flavours of Old Delhi in bustling Hong Kong with perfectly balanced karahi paneer, dal makhni and mutter keema with an option of soft rotis, parathas or flaky naans.
Where: Rockson Mansion, 25-35A Water St, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
Cost for two: HK$ 50 to 150
Recommended: Karahi Paneer, Dal Makhni, Lamb Rogan Josh
This is our selection of some of the best Indian food that you can get your hands on in Hong Kong, in all price ranges. To know more or add to the list, get in touch with TripFactory!