Fancy a Curry Tonight?
Would you believe that one of the most popular dishes in the UK is now a Chicken Tikka Masala! It may have been a British invented curry but it opened the doors of Indian cuisine to the UK market, and now we simply can’t get enough of the spicy food. You could make a curry yourself, or get a take away but there is nothing quite like being served an Indian meal in a traditional Indian restaurant with all the trimmings – poppadoms and chutneys, onion bhajis, Naan bread and all the other sides that take your fancy – whilst listening to Indian music and smelling all the aromatic food being prepared. It really is a feast for all the senses.
There are plenty of great Indian restaurants in Cardiff (67 restaurants according to Trip Adviser actually!) whether you’re after a traditional Indian meal or something a bit more modern like Nouvelle Indian Cuisine we have it all.
So here are a few of the best Indian restaurants Cardiff has to offer
Purple Poppadom is a multi-award winning nouvelle Indian cuisine restaurant situated on Cowbridge Road East in Canton. This awesome restaurant won Welsh Curry house of the year in 2012 and has racked up an impressive amount of other awards since. Beautifully decorated this restaurant aims to provide authentic Indian flavours with a modern twist, don’t expect to get your usual take-away Chicken Tikka here!
Vegetarian Food Studio, as the name would suggest is a vegetarian restaurant that specialise in Indian style vegetarian and vegan dishes. Even if you’re usually a meat eater this place is worth trying out as the dishes are so unique you won’t even notice you’re not eating meat. Its super popular with the locals which is always a good sign when you’re looking for somewhere new to eat. You’ll find it located on Penarth Road.
Mint and Mustard is one of the UK’s most celebrated chains of Indian restaurants and Cardiff’s most awarded restaurant to date. With a number of professional accolades and awards under their belt already their Cardiff restaurant is incredibly popular. Mint and Mustard chefs specialise in exciting, contemporary Indian cuisine which is a bit different to what you usual see at your local Indian, plus they use lots of local ingredients which makes our farmers very happy! Find it on Whitchurch Road.
Moksh is run by multi-award winning Chef Stephen Gomes and his team. Situated in Cardiff Bay this restaurant produces Indian food like you’ve never seen it before. The menus at Moksh balance flavour, colour and texture, creating innovative and inspiring choices while remaining authentic to Indian cuisine. Dishes aren’t just a feast for your taste buds they are also visually outstanding. So if you fancy something a little different give Moksh a try.
Duchess of Delhi is situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the Bay area of the city. The vibrant and elegant interior mirrors the contemporary cuisine on offer and the rich colours of Indian culture. Serving modern south Asian cuisine they are inspired by the decadent banquets of the Mughal period in Indian, so expect to be served dishes fit for a Duchess!
Panama is a more traditional British Indian restaurant, so you can fill up on all your favourite take away dishes; Kormas, Tikka, Madras, Biriyani and even a Vindaloo! Panama serves up dishes with delicate flavours from the north east of Bangladesh and India. Panama Tandoori has been open since 1976 and has recently had their large restaurant modernised, you’ll find this great intimate venue on Whitchurch Road.
Chantele Cross-Jones works in the Cardiff Tourist Office in Cardiff Bay. She also runs lifestyle blog Two Hearts One Roof and a Photography company with her husband.