Curries, tandooris, bhajis… Indian food is as popular as that cheerleader in high school and loved almost everywhere in the world. It’s the type of cuisine where the number of dishes on offer are as long as my mum’s rants, and it always hits the spot. There are so many different variations, so many flavours, so many spices. I am drooling just thinking about it (I’ve literally just licked the screen, don’t judge me).
No need to book flights to India just yet though, because there are tons of Indian restaurants right here in Malta. Here’s a list of our favourites (in no particular order), so keep calm and curry on.
1. House of Spice, Buġibba
This joint is authentic and is practically India on a plate. They offer high quality dishes from different regions and the prices are very pocket friendly.
Starters include spicy deep fried chicken wings, marinated king prawns and lamp chops cooked in the clay oven. They have every curry under the sun and Chef Specials such as Punjabi Black Chickpeas. A children’s menu and non-Indian food (for that annoying picky eater) are also on offer.
2. TukTuk, St Julian’s
Located in Carob Tree Food Court TukTuk dishes out legit non-fuss Indian street food that’s cheap AF. Their food will literally make you feel like you’re in the streets of South India.
What sets them apart from all the other Indian restaurants in Malta is that they serve dosas (savoury Indian crepes) with different meat and veg fillings. I urge you to try their Street Food Nibbles, particularly the Spicy Chicken Lollipops which are actually spicy. You can mix any three nibbles for only €9.
Naanwiches and four curry options are also on the cards.
3. Rasoi, St Julian’s
Rasoi was hailed the Top Indian Restaurant in Malta in 2015 by The Definitive(ly) Good Guide and we can totally see why.
Their menu is vast and offers mouth-watering dishes and specialities such as Whole Tandoori Lobster and pork curries (which isn’t often seen).
4. Saffron Indian Restaurant, St Julian’s
Aptly named after the popular spice, Saffron will give you more than a decent experience of Indian cuisine.
Saffron offer your regular meat and seafood curries such as Vindaloo, Madras and Rogan Josh but they also offer specialities like Beef Sholay and Machhi Rahra (fresh red snapper fillet, cooked in smoked tamarind, ginger and coconut milk).
5. New Madras, Bugibba
The fact that New Madras’ head chef started his culinary career in India more than 30 years ago is reason enough to trust that these guys know their stuff!
The menu offers tons of dishes from different regions of India. They make a banging Chicken Jalfrezi, Lamb Pepper Masala and a Malabar Fish Curry. Vegetarians won’t need to moan because they have a very large list of meatless options.
6. Sharma Ethnic Cuisines, St Julian’s
Sharma is an Indian term meaning happiness or joy, and that’s exactly how you’ll be feeling when you put their curry in your mouth.
Although it isn’t strictly an Indian restaurant (they have Arabic and Western dishes too), we’ve given their curries and grilled Tandoori meats a thumbs up for sure. Also, their Chicken Tikka Masala is absolutely to die for.
7. Nargile Lounge, Marsaskala
Nargile Lounge offers an array of saliva-inducing Indian and Arabic plates in a vibrant setting full of rich colours.
Their selection of street foods, curries and Tandoori dishes will leave you with a smile on your face and a full belly. Choose your curry levels from mild to extra hot.
8. TukTuk, Valletta
TukTuk in Valletta (just down the road from Is-Suq tal-Belt) is the Spinola food court eatery’s big sister. They offer a different experience and it’s a standalone restaurant.
How do the two differ? The menu is slightly different. They have more curry options, Thalis (a selection of curries served in small bowls for those who want a bit of everything) and set menus.
They also serve plenty of palate-pleasing Tandoori skewers and offer home delivery.
9. Emperor of India, St Julian’s
This place has been serving North Indian and Punjabi family style dishes since 1997. That’s 21 years.
There’s definitely something for every Indian food lover with their countless tikka, curry, kebab and biryani offerings. If you don’t feel like eating out, they offer 10% off all take-out orders.
So now that you have nine great options for Indian grub, the only thing you have to do is curry up and go (I’ll let myself out).