10Best restaurants for Indian eats in and around NOLA

New Orleans is known for all kinds of cuisine, but Indian food isn't one of them.  And that's a shame, because while the city doesn't have a large South Asian population, one of the best Indian restaurants in the country is right here, Saffron on Magazine Street, a finalist in the 2018 James Beard Awards in the category of Best New Restaurant - that's in the country, not just here in New Orleans.  And there are plenty of other mom and pop restaurants that go the more traditional route, curry houses with copious lunch buffets and even an Indian meets Creole spot, Silk Road in the Marigny. 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. Reserve a table at the upscale Saffron sooner rather than later, this place is putting New Orleans and Indian food on the national map.



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



Kenner, out by the airport, has become quite the international foodie destination. There are little hole in the wall joints dishing everything from Salvadoran pupusas to Vietnamese pho and Chinese Peking duck. At Wah Kitchen, you'll find...  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 cozy spot in Metairie tucked away on a side street off Veterans Memorial Boulevard is well worth discovering. Owned and operated by Irfan Khan, who emigrated to New Orleans in 2007, Shyan's Kitchen is a Pakistani-Indian restaurant that had...  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



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 in 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 on the 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
Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono


The newly renovated 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...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Saffron Restaurant


You've never been to an Indian restaurant like Saffron. What started as a once-a-week pop up on the West Bank is now wowing diners Uptown on Magazine, and not just locals are in the know. The restaurant made the cut for the James Beard Award...  Read More


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