Chewy naan bread, spicy curry, and tender vegetables are all hallmarks of Indian cuisine. Thankfully, the New Orleans area is home to several top-notch Indian restaurants where you can enjoy all of your favorites. Here's a look at our top four picks.
Silk Road serves an enticing combination of classic Indian and creole food that you can only find in New Orleans. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy, making this a good choice for date night. Menu favorites include the lemongrass crab bisque and the chicken vindaloo. For something a bit more unique, try the pepper-crusted pork chops, served with apple chutney and mashed potatoes. There's an extensive wine menu, and sometimes the restaurant has live music performed by local artists. You may want to make a reservation if you're coming on a weekend night.
If you're looking for authentic Indian food, Nirvana Indian Cuisine is hard to beat. The family-owned restaurant has been in business since 1999, and its owners were inspired by the curry houses in London. The ornate decor, complete with Indian-inspired artwork and linens, makes you feel like you've traveled abroad. They have a selection of dishes including curry, vindaloo, saag, and korma, and each can be made with the protein of your choice. Delivery and takeout are available, and the dining room is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
With a laid-back, cafe-style atmosphere, this is the perfect place for a quick workday lunch or weekend brunch. The restaurant is located inside a renovated home, which it shares with a yoga studio. You order at the counter, choosing from various Indian-style soups, salads and sandwiches. Their food is made from organic ingredients, and they offer a wide array of vegan and vegetarian dishes. They also have a good selection of juices and smoothies, along with a blood orange lemonade that gets a lot of attention. Good Karma Cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
4. Shyan's Kitchen 3320 Houma Blvd, Metairie 34.1 miles from Springs at River Chase
The bright green dining room at Shyan's Kitchen is the perfect complement to their flavorful food. The restaurant caters to vegetarians and serves halal meat. On the menu, you'll discover favorites like the chicken and goat biryani, both served with steamed vegetables. Guests also love the chicken tikka roll and falafel wraps as light lunch options. Don't skip over the beverage menu at Shyan's, either; they have homemade mango lassi and chai tea. The restaurant is open daily for dinner and Tuesday through Sunday for lunch, too. They do not serve alcohol, but they do offer takeout, which is perfect when you're in a hurry.
With so many flavorful options, you can try something new every day of the week. If you have a favorite Indian restaurant in the New Orleans area that we forgot to include on this list, please share it in the comments below.