A dynamic capital, Berlin has long mesmerized visitors with its amazing culture, turbulent history and nightlife. The place is a combo of grit and glamour: cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food and intense parties. Pretty much sums up what Berlin is all about. And, to add to it, there are those Indian restaurants in Berlin which are much loved. In the previous blogs, we have mentioned n number of times about Indian tourists craving for their favourite home-cooked food in a foreign land. It’s the same for this article as well. Indians have spread out everywhere. It’s not just tourists who step out of the country and explore but also people who settle abroad. And, Indian food is something which one can never have enough of.
Speaking of Indian restaurants there, Berlin has a fair share of them. Offering an array of cuisines distinctive to India, the restaurants are famous among Indians and locals alike. With an amazing variety of Asian cuisine in town, almost every block has one Indian joint at least. But, you need to be careful when it comes to choosing that perfect restaurant there. As there are way too many options for Indian food, there is a fair share of bad and mediocre ones as well. The list we have prepared will come in handy if you plan to visit Berlin very soon. Let’s take a look at some of the best of the lot.
Best Indian restaurants in Berlin
- Indian Club Berlin
- Bombay Cafe Bunty’s
An upper and elite restaurant with a retro Indian feel, this restaurant emerged to create a vibrant space in Berlin. It was a time when Indian restaurants in Berlin were scarce. Chutnify is an inviting and welcoming space which Indians would love. With the best authentic Indian cuisine in town, Chutnify stands apart from the rest. And, while making this joint Berlin’s most favourite, it also bought a convoy of previously unknown South superstars. Don’t be fooled. South Indian dishes to be precise. Crispy and light dosas which are their speciality. And, the whole set comes with an array of curries and stews like classic masala potatoes and keema mattar.
You would also find spicy and crispy vada and the tangy ‘Bombay Bhel’ or the alluring ‘Samosa Chaat’. Oh, and the samosa chat is offered with a delicious topping of pomegranate seeds. Needless to say, do try out the fluffy chutney-absorbing idlis as well. Chutnify is Indian street food at it’s best. There’s outdoor seating arrangement against a vivid yellow wall which looks amazing. You might end up taking way too many selfies rather than just having the food.
- Price for two: ₹ 479 – ₹ 1,712
- Address: Prenzlauer Berg 1.9 km from Alexanderplatz
- Rating: Tripadvisor: 3.5 | Google: 3.9
Somewhat different from the other Indian restaurants in Berlin, Zaika is a much loved joint there. More so because of the owner Harinder Singh. His attention to detail when it comes to the furnishing or the food is unparalleled. That’s the reason why it’s so different from the other restaurants there. You wouldn’t find a typical feel when you enter this place. One thing which is quite important is to do advance bookings as it’s hard to find seats if you drop in suddenly. Most of the times the restaurant is full and it’s all because of the lovely food, ambience and hospitality. And, it’s on the weekends when regular guests come by for a cosy dinner. Locals there love to indulge in the lovely Indian delicacies as well.
During summer, the restaurant also offers outdoor seating arrangement. If you have come in a large group, they would also arrange tables and create a lovely setup. All the wooden tables there have a candlelit on them, and the lighting throughout is quite dim. Try out the red and yellow lentil soup with a lot of spices. The food prepared is fresh and authentic to the core.
- Price for two: ₹ 600 – ₹ 2500
- Address: Wichertstr. 57, 10439 Berlin, Germany.
- Rating: Tripadvisor: 4.0 | Google: 4.5
3. Indian Club Berlin
Located at the back of the luxury hotel Adlon at the Brandenburg Gate, it’s one of the best Indian restaurants in Berlin. What the restaurant is best known for is its wide array of light North Indian dishes. And that too in an upscale setting. Real Tandoor ovens are used to cook the bread, meat and vegetables and they are super soft. The spices used in the food are of high quality as compared to the ones used in other restaurants. Also, they are those exotic and expensive spices like cardamom, nutmeg, saffron, black mustard, cloves, cinnamon and so on. You can say you would find the best Indian food in Berlin here. Cooked and presented well, Indian Club leaves no page unturned when it comes to taking care of their guests.
There’s an organic farm from where they bring their poultry and lamb. The menu is easy enough to read and yet you would find a variety of traditional Indian dishes. The best part is that the menu is complemented by a handful of exotic cocktail creations and a selection of international wines. A lovely warm light is created by the various chandeliers hanging here and there. The decor and ambience is quite a perfect setup for a romantic date. The furniture is heavy mahogany with cushions which have colourful patterns in them. The chef who prepares the food there is from India and has worked in some of the best hotels in Delhi.
- Price for two: ₹1,164 – ₹2,671
- Address: Behrenstraße 72, 10117, Berlin, Germany.
- Rating: Tripadvisor: 4.5 | Google: 4.4
4. Bombay Cafe Bunty’s
Promising the modern taste of India it’s one of the up and coming Indian restaurants in Berlin. You already might have guessed it by the name of the place. Quite an unusual yet uber-cool name for a restaurant. The owner, Suhashish Chakraborty loves to take around his guests for a gastronomic tour. He himself takes the initiative to explain all that’s there in the menu. Like most of the good restaurants, even here the attention to detail is quite palpable. His warm gesture is also underlined by the lovely Indian kitsch decor that lures people. Elephants and umbrellas, Buddha statues with natural stone walls marble tables and bistro chairs look just fabulous.
Modern interpretations of the peacock can also be found on the walls of the restaurant. That looks lovely as well. The best part is the menu which is an eclectic yet fun mix of traditional and modern Indian food. Sweet potato or Kale tempura, crispy pancake bowls, different variations of Biryani. Quite mouth-watering with generous portions make people return again and again.
- Price for two: ₹1,164 – ₹2,767
- Address: Knesebeckstrasse 18, 10623 Berlin Germany.
- Rating: Tripadvisor: 4.5 | Google: 4.2
Representing the diversity of India, this restaurant offers a wide selection of dishes for the homesick Indian. It varies from the North Indian Tandoori curries to the South Indian humble delicacies. You would literally fall in love with the Chicken Madrasa with its lovely Southie aroma and spices. The best part about the dishes prepared here is that the spiciness doesn’t dominate the original taste of the food.
You would also find a selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes available in Khushi. The original Indian clay oven is the USP of this place where the traditional bread and meat dishes are specially prepared. You can sit outside on the streets where an arrangement is made or even inside where the lovely decor would mesmerize you.
Best, if you sit somewhere near the high windows from where you can get a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of Kiez. There’s also a small staircase which leads up to the gallery where you would find more tables. The decor is made of typical Indian elements like gold and red which complements the otherwise modern interior of the restaurant. Considering that the restaurant is located near the Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg, the prices are moderately cheap.
- Price for two: ₹ 685 – ₹ 2,054
- Address: Kollwitzstraße 37, 10405 Berlin, Germany.
- Rating: Tripadvisor: 4.0 | Google: 4.3
It’s for more than a decade that this restaurant is serving authentic Indian food to Berliners. Considered as one of the oldest Indian restaurants In Berlin, what makes it one of a kind is the warm behaviour of the staff. You would find some of the best quality fish, lamb and barbeque dishes and a range of curries. The spiciness meter followed in this restaurant is quite important as it suggests how spicy the food should be. The staff there take a keen interest in taking notes of the customer preference and prepare food according to that.
As it’s a family-run restaurant, you would feel that extra warmth seeping into your food as well. Prepared with love and the utmost care, you would find a distinct home feel as you enter and have the food there. There are also plenty of vegetarian options which makes it a must-visit restaurant.
- Price for two: ₹ 548 – ₹ 1,643
- Address: Fuggerstr. 21 Corner Martin-Luther-Straße, 10777 Berlin Germany.
- Rating: Tripadvisor: 4.5 | Google: 4.5
This is one of the most affordable Indian restaurants in Berlin. It is in the alternative neighbourhood of Berlin-Friedrichshain where ChaiJi is located. With exotic spices, this places makes some of the best traditional Indian cuisine you would find anywhere in Berlin. Plus, as told it’s reasonable as well. What is most noteworthy of this place is that most of the spices are imported directly from India. There is an original clay oven where the popular Tandoori dishes are cooked. A broad selection of vegetarian dishes is a plus point which makes sit one of the best Indian restaurants in Berlin.
The decor is quite simple and ChaiJi fits well into the unassuming neighbourhood. Here, less is more and all you would find in the neighbourhood are old buildings and occupied houses. Even though the walls of the restaurant don’t reflect glamour but that does not make it less attractive. The top-notch gastronomy that ChaiJi offers dominates above everything.
- Price for two: ₹ 450 – ₹ 1,643
- Address: Rigaer Str. 30, 10247 Berlin, Germany.
- Rating: Tripadvisor: 4.5 | Google: 4.4
Enter this restaurant at Scharnweberstraße in Berlin-Reinickendorf and you would get that typical Indian flair. The locality around is not much entertaining but once you enter Papadam, it’s a different world altogether. A special atmosphere has been created with traditional knitwear and paintings. The best part of this restaurant? Their whole cuisine is reinterpreted and the recipes are handed down from several generations. Isn’t it exciting to try out something which has been there for so long? Papadam surely holds a history to be talked about and dug deep into.
You would surely love the speciality dishes like chicken, lamb, fish and also the tandoori items cooked in real clay oven. The menu changes monthly. As for the lunch menu, it changes daily. So, you might be in for a surprise if you visit the place 2-3 days in a row. Most of the dishes are cooked with 30 different herbs and spices from their personal kitchen. There’s also a lovely guava juice to end your food with.
- Price for two: ₹ 205 – ₹ 1,164
- Address: Scharnweberstraße 6-7, 13405 Berlin, Germany.
- Rating: Tripadvisor: 4.5 | Google: 4.6
It’s always good to try out the local cuisine of a place but after a point of time your heart aches for the home-cooked food. And, therefore we sketched out this list of where to go when you are in Berlin.