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The age-old Indian traditions, from thousands of years ago, advocated by yogis, are brought alive in the heart of Rome at the Bibliothè. Bibliothè, borrowed from the French word meaning library, is the brainchild of Tina and Enzo that houses a vast collection of books, ranging across various topics pertaining to India, from politics, history, psychology, literature and religion to food habits. The restaurant offers a wonderful array of dishes, prepared in the ayurvedic flair, that are rich in spices but high in nutrition. The tea room at the Bibliothè, featuring a range of teas: herbal, spiced and regular, is not to be missed. Various entertaining events, like dance performances and stage plays that recount Indian mythologies, are organized here; check the website for schedule of events.
A hugely popular Indian eatery, Maharajah has a vast assortment of traditional delicacies to serve you. Located in Centro Storico, near the Colosseum, this restaurant has some delicious options for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. You can drop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy mouthwatering preparations like the signature tandoori chicken, lamb vindaloo, chicken tikka masala and more. A wine list is also on offer.
The pleasant atmosphere, efficient service, tasteful furnishings, high standard of cuisine and a courteous welcome from Mr Thomas (who will also advise you on your choice of dishes), make this Indian restaurant one of the best exotic restaurants in Rome. After the starters of poppadoms, samosas and pakoras, the vegetarian menu offers vegetables, cheese, dal curry and a choice between mushroom curry, chickpeas in masala sauce, and spicy Savoy cabbage. The fish menu includes langoustine curry, salmon with rice and a choice of three vegetables, and the meat menu consists of tandoori black sea bass, chicken tikka, pork, chicken with peppers or cashews, nuts and spices, and Assaggi di Verdure. There is also a wide choice of à la carte dishes.
Jaipur is one of the most sought after Indian restaurants in the city of Rome. The ambiance is beautiful decorated with flowers and it literally transports you to mini India. The classic food items featured on the menu consists of tandoori chicken, Afghani chicken, sabzi pakoda, baingan bharta, rogan josh, samosas, saag aloo, naan and a long list to follow. Make sure to complete your meals with the delectable gulab jamun or kulfi desserts. For more information and reservations, check out the website or call ahead.
If you have a craving for Indian food, Kabir Fast Food is a good restaurant to pick. Open daily, this eatery has perfected the recipe for success: fantastic food coupled with efficient, friendly service, ensuring the wait is never a long one. Whether you want something vegetarian or a chicken or lamb preparation, this restaurant will have something to satisfy you. The rates are very reasonable, making the dining experience even better. Credit cards are not accepted.
Experience Indian cuisine in a casual and ethnic setting at Krishna 13 located only a few stops away from the city's historic center. The food here rises above the standard fare, and gives you a taste of authentic Indian flavors without being weighed down by too much spice. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are galore on the menu; specials including Palak Paneer, Butter Chicken, Aalu Gobhi and Vindaloo Chicken. Ambiance is casual-chic and service is top-notch; a pleasurable dining experience is guaranteed.
This Indian restaurant becomes a kind of fast-food restaurant at lunchtime when it offers a quick meal of vegetables, meat and rice. In the evenings, it is popular with young Romans who enjoy eating foreign food. The restaurant offers two basic menus for newcomers to Indian food. There is a vegetarian menu and a menu with meat. For the connoisseur there is an amazing choice: Karahi Chicken (cooked with a spicy red pepper sauce) and Aloo Bonda (vegetable balls). There are lots of desserts to finish your meal including balls of fried powdered milk served with syrup. You can drink Lassi, a yogurt-based beverage available in a range of flavors, but try the traditional mango-flavored one.
This was one of the first Indian restaurants to open in Rome and is certainly among the best known, both for its great prices and great food. Do not count on being able to park anywhere near here as it is in a busy area of the city center with very few available parking spaces. The cuisine is North Indian and South Pakistani. Apart from two excellent set menus which is one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian, containing dishes such as Cheese Rissoles, Zucchini Curry and Butter Chicken, the à la carte dishes are varied and numerous, running from starters through curries to main courses with masala sauce.
Nothing about this takeaway/eatery was going to offend the local Italian crowd, hungry for a taste of internationalism, in an area that's seriously up and coming. Somehow, the traditional English-style Indian restaurant wasn't going to cut it here, with its faux-Hindi adornments and suited over-respectful waiters. Instead, Bollywood posters vie for attention over the efforts of the kitchen staff, who can be seen through a huge gilt framed portal, behind the serving staff. Truthfully, perhaps bizarrely, even in this coolest of areas, it is the current place to be seen!