10Best restaurants for Indian eats around NOLA

New Orleans is known for all kinds of cuisine, but Indian food isn't one of them.  It's still an anamoly here, although thanks to the Hong Kong market across the river, ingredients to make Indian dishes at home can be easily sourced. Part of it is that we don't have a large South Asian population, like you'll find in New Jersey, New York and California.  As of 2015, the U.S. Census bureau estimated 5.6 percent of residents checked the Asian category, which is dominated by Vietnamese people here in New Orleans. Be that as it may, the small number of Indian and Pakistani folks living here are cuisine-proud, and you can satisfy your hunger for curry and other boldly flavored dishes at one of these 10 spots. Our favorite, well, because we can walk to it, is Bird By Bird, an Indian kitchen run by an American chef in the back of Molly's in the French Quarter.  But really you can't go wrong at any of these tasty spots, bearing in mind that while  we're famous for food, Indian cuisine is something most people are still getting used to.

Though this is a restaurant in the Indian category, the Golden Feather is not a typical Indian restaurant in any sense. That is because it is a Mardi Gras Indian Restaurant, meaning its food comes from the Congo region of Africa and co-mingled...  Read More

Williams Boulevard near the airport in Kenner is a who's who of global flavors these days. You can find Central American fare, taco shacks for regional Mexican dishes, Vietnamese for pho and banh mi and Desi's for authentic Indian, Pakistani...  Read More

This homey spot in Metairie tucked away on a side street off Veterans Memorial Boulevard is a hidden gem and well worth discovering. Owned and operated by Irfan Khan, who emigrated to New Orleans in 2007, Shyan's Kitchen is a Pakistani-Indian...  Read More

Tandoori Chicken is an Indian joint located in Metairie, a quick hop, skip and a jump from downtown New Orleans. A family run business in operation for more than 20 years, they serve up some delicious vegan and non-vegan offerings like the lamb...  Read More

Outside the city

A contemporary Creole-Indian fusion restaurant located in Gretna - 10 minutes from downtown across the river - Saffron Nola is a must for foodies and for those with a curious palette. This is the type of place where one person in your party can...  Read More


Opened by Har and Anila Keswani in 1982, inspired by their native cuisine and their frequent travels, the Keswanis has the vision to open an Indian restaurant at a time when those flavors were foreign to all. Now in the hands of their son Anjay,...  Read More

Nirvana Indian Cuisine

Back in the 1980s, Har and Anila Keswani had a vision: to introduce New Orleanians to real Indian cuisine (see Taj Mahal on this list). Operating since 1982 and expanding to its current uptown location since 1999, the Keswani family was a...  Read More

Say namaste to healthful, Indian-centric veggie and vegan cuisine at Good Karma Cafe, a friendly little spot onthe ground level of Swan River Yoga in Mid-City. The menu changes frequently, but you may find the Karma plate, with salad, a...  Read More

Silk Road
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Silk Road has come a long way since the days when it was a ramshackle neighborhood joint called Schiro's. Situated in the Marigny rectangle, the newly renovated restaurant, with its eye-popping art and handsome bar, is a hidden gem, polished...  Read More

French Quarter
Bird by Bird
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Who knew you could find some of the best Indian food in the city in the back of Molly's on Decatur? It's true, the formerly mobile Bird By Bird from chef David Robertshaw, last outside Sidney's on St. Bernard, has landed at Molly's at the Market...  Read More


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