In this edition of Shanghai Daily’s international cuisine series, we turn toward India. Separated from China by the Himalayas, India is known for its delicious curries and savory spices. If you can’t make it to India, here are some great places to sample India’s many flavors right here in Shanghai.
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Shanghai, it is tucked away in the Jin Jiang Hotel complex. The intimate design, the authentic food and romantic atmosphere make it one of the best exotic-themed restaurants in town.
Every piece of its furniture tells a story, from the bronzed entrance to the chairs with wheels that lead you on a journey through India. The “timeless” wheel motif is repeated throughout the restaurant and Chinese characters hanging from the ceiling represent holy words from Buddhist texts.
The largely barbecue and curry based dishes are prepared by Indian chefs, who take into consideration the spice preferences of guests. Ingredients are imported directly from India, and so is the entire kitchen and service team. For those new to Indian cooking, the staff is always more than willing to help you select the right dishes.
With its live-grill concept, Kebabs on the Grille offers an exciting dining experience, the likes of which one rarely finds outside of India. Signature dishes include Sheekh kebab and tandoori chicken.
The former features minced lamb with herbs and spices grilled in a clay pot; while the latter is made with chicken marinated in yogurt and grilled. The restaurant also serves a variety of dishes to make sure vegetarians are as happy as meat eaters. Tomato Dhania Shorba with tangy soup flavored with coriander leaves is recommended.
At the South Bund, it is a restaurant that specializes in North Indian cuisine. Its experienced kitchen and service team all came from India. Unlike many of its peers, it is decorated in modern Indian cosmopolitan style and offers a wonderful view of the Huangpu River.
There’s seating for up to 200 guests, as well as a bar and a multi-functional banquet hall with state-of-the-art audio/video systems and Wi-Fi service.
Located on top of Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World, it offers some of Shanghai’s most breathtaking downtown views. The revolving restaurant completes one circuit every two hours, allowing diners to see People’s Park, the Huangpu River, the Suzhou Creek, Lujiazui and other landmarks. But just as impressive as the scenery outside is Epicure’s authentic Indian cuisine.
Monkfish fillet fried in butter with Masala potatoes, mint and pickles comes highly recommended. Another must-try is boneless chicken thigh with red chilli paste, yoghurt and mustard oil. As for starters, guests can’t go too wrong with the classic green pea soup. Anup Singh, 38, and Nandan Singh, 32, are in charge of the Indian cooking in the kitchen. Their spices and ingredients are imported from India.
It offers plenty of authentic South Asian favorites in a charmingly decorated dining environment. The ornaments, music and Indian-style dress of the wait staff will make you feel as though you’ve been swept away on your own passage to India.
The menu is complete with authentic regional food that is Halal for Muslim diners. Prices are reasonable, with the average party of four spending between 250 yuan and 300 yuan (US$38-46).
Indian Kitchen has built a following over the years with its rich flavors and emphasis on subtlety over spice. Lovers of more fiery fare should try the chili chicken, a hot, half-dry curry.
This Indian spot is decked out in earthy tones with soft lighting and wooden decor, creating a timeless look and exotic atmosphere. There are large tables in private backrooms, where traditional Indian statues are contrasted with stylish pictures of Indian movie stars.
The menu boasts classic Indian dishes from all regions, each delightfully distinct from one another. Along with the exquisite recipes and fresh ingredients, the chef and waiters all come from India and are willing to share India’s diverse culture and regional specialties with guests.
The prices are quite reasonable. Signature dishes include the authentic Lamb Rogan Josh for 70 yuan. Of course, there’s also Indian naan for around 20 yuan. The barbecue set meal includes grilled fish, fried shrimp, meat roll and roast chicken. All are served in generous portions.