9 Best Indian Restaurants in Hong Kong
Indian curry has flowed through Hong Kong’s lifeblood for centuries. Since Hong Kong’s British beginnings in the 1800s, millions of South Asians have called this plot of land home, bringing their delectable dals and toothsome tandooris along with them. Today, Honkers hankering for samosas have dozens of options, from mom-and-pop storefronts to palatial penthouses. To make the choice less daunting, we’ve here broken down the 9 best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong.
Bombay Dreams is the only Indian restaurant in Hong Kong listed in Michelin’s 2017 guide — quite a feat in a city with so many delicious spots. It’s one of HK’s so-called “Bib Gourmand” honorees, a title given to restaurants that are a little more affordable than your average Michelin spendfest. Bombay Drays ain’t the cheapest spot on this list, but it does offer plenty for the price. Nosh on the Karwari fried prawns, which arrive at your table in precisely-balanced curls, their tails in the air and their flesh enrobed in a shatteringly-crisp red batter. Truly dream-worthy!
77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
There are few food-minded Hong Kongers who haven’t been to Jashan. The sleek, stylish spot has been serving up Mumbai favorites to adoring crowds since 2003, and it got shout-outs in both the 2009 and 2013 Michelin Guides to the city. The lunch buffet is one of the best in town — the long row of trays features more than 25 savories, not to mention elegant desserts that stray beyond the usual gulab jamun and rice pudding. And coming in at $118 per person, and with their ongoing promotion of the fourth diner free, it sure is a great bargain!
23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
This cult favorite centers its service around a “degustation menu” in either veg or non-veg varieties. Both degustations are a journey in six sets of skewers, showcasing everything on a stick from lamb-stuffed peppers to tamarind-glazed sweet potatoes. The more independently-minded go for the extensive a la carte menu, where the fun doesn’t stop at the long list of kebabs — they also have pani poori, the Mumbai street-snack cracker full of tangy water, and paan ice cream, their signature betel-flavored dessert.
2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Like it says on the box, the menu here focuses on tandoori-style dishes: meats and vegetables marinated in a tenderising blend of yogurt and spices, then blasted in a clay oven until smoky and edged with black. Pretty much everything tastes good after a long bath in that tandoori marinade, from cauliflower to an entire spring lamb leg (by advance order only). If you come on the right night, you’ll be serenaded by their in-house musical ensemble, who play sitar and tabla drums while dressed in traditional Indian garb.
22-24 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
This venerable institution has been the crown jewel among upmarket Indian restaurants in Hong Kong since 1972. It’s now managed by the restaurant group Mayfair, which preserves that mid-century decadence, right down to live Hindi music. They’re especially good at biryani, the fragrant Muslim rice dish that here comes in a clay pot like an Indian bao zai fan, topped with anything from lamb to dried fruit.
23-25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Jo Jo’s menu opens with quotes from Indian luminaries about the health benefits of spicy food. Think of those quotes as words of comfort for when you’re halfway through your meal, reaching for a lassi to cool your burning mouth; this is one place that doesn’t hold back on the spice. Everything from the chicken tikka to the Indo-Chinese Chilly Chicken can be made as fiery as you can handle. Plus, Jo Jo is run by the same family that owns Jashan, so you can count on high quality.
37-39 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
This mom-and-pop shop has been slinging up homestyle Indian food on Mosque Street for generations, usually for take-away or home delivery. For those who prefer not to do their own dishes, they recently opened up a new, date-friendly location on Peel Street, which features all the familiar curries and snacks in a spacious, stylish setting. We’re especially fond of the crunchy, craggy onion bhaji.
31-37 Mosque Street, Central, Hong Kong
With three cozy locations, The Clay Oven is conveniently-located for just about anyone in greater Hong Kong. Their signature dish, advertised loudly and proudly on their menu, is the tandoori lamb leg, a 6-pound New Zealand specimen steeped for 24 hours in their a yogurt marinade. It’s meant to serve 4 to 6, but that clay-oven flavor is so addictive you might want to down it all yourself. Make it a square meal with sides like fish n’ fruit salad or cumin potatoes.
27-31 Catchick Street, Kam Hing Building, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
One of the hippest spots on this list, Bindaas (Hindi slang for “chill out”) is breathing life into HK’s staid Indian traditions. The small-plates menu features Indo-Western fusion dishes native to Mumbai, including pao — sandwiches with Anglo-accented fillings like tomato-masala scrambled eggs and spiced smashed potatoes — and naanza, naan bread topped pizza-style with Indian sauces and cheese.
33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong