Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite for lunch or treat the family to dinner that ranges from spicy entrees to the comfort of basmati rice, Atlanta’s Indian restaurants offer rich and flavorful options. Here are a few you won’t want to miss.
Aamar Indian cuisine
Take it out or dine in: Either way, you’ll only come across fresh ingredients here and can count on new twists on old favourites. Start with a soup – mulligatawny or coconut – and move on to your favorite masala – shrimp, lamb or chicken. The list of options is long and varied here with specialties ranging from tilapia to shrimp to goat. Check the website for discounts before you go.
100 Luckie Street Northwest
This restaurant shines a light on the long-standing British indulgence for spicy curry and IPAs. Britain established a presence in India in the early 1600s, and one consequence was its absorption of a culinary influence that endures to this day. Blue India revisits this tradition with starters like fried masala (enjoy them with ranch curry) and mains like seekh kebab (shoulder of lamb minced with homemade spices) from its clay oven. Pair your choice with an ice-cold IPA for a true British experience.
933 Peachtree Street NE
Here, you’ll find genuine Indian dishes alongside offerings in the French Pondicherry tradition at this Krog Street market kitchen. Enjoy the freshness of a chicken tikka salad with its spicy meat, crunchy onions and sweet cranberries. Or wrap savory lamb in a wrap with vegetables (avocado and jalapenos optional) accompanied by crispy chips.
99 Krog Street NE
Raduni Indian Food
Dine in or order online and get carried away at this restaurant focused on health and hospitality. Her name, a Bangla word, refers to the concept of female chief. Affordable offerings range from starters like tilapia samosas to entrees with meat like chicken, lamb, or tilapia and varying levels of spice.
2566 Shallowford Road.
This Indian street grill inside Ponce City Market is based on the concept of Iranian cafes – Iranian-style restaurants in the thoroughfares of Indian cities – with offerings like flatbreads and cured meats. Order counter style at the restaurant and enjoy the Victorian and Indian aesthetic, or order online for delivery or pickup. Start with a cocktail like the tamarind whiskey sour, a sweet version of a classic with its tamarind syrup. Botiwalla’s sigri (charcoal grill) offerings include lamb sliders with hints of cumin and mint and a roll of chicken tikka – marinated chicken wrapped in hot naan with raita on the side.
675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Here, the emphasis is on family tradition. Open since 2012 in Atlanta, this establishment began as a food truck in Los Angeles and brings the owners’ family matriarch’s recipes to the public with dishes like her vegan favourite, which includes a layer of basmati rice under Punjabi dal flavors, chola and gobi (lentils, chickpeas and cauliflower). And if your goal is to feed your household with one dish, look no further than the Family Meal with its chutney and samosas, naan and rice, and two protein options. Find Naanstop deals in three locations around town, including Buckhead.
3420 Piedmont Road NE.
Enjoy a modern atmosphere in its lounge and dining room as you experience Indian liquor-inspired mixed drinks and classic Tabla main courses. Its Midtown dinner offerings (there’s another spot a short jaunt north in Buckhead) include nargisi kofta with some garlic/ginger sauce spice to go with it. Or try a curry with chicken, paneer, lamb or prawns – the korma offering includes cream and almonds.