Copenhagen has plenty of great Indian and Pakistani restaurants where you can eat your fill for a song and warm up your autumn chills as summer draws to an end.
Here is a guide to five great Indian restaurants in Copenhagen and nearby.
For a unique combination of traditional Indian cuisine and Nordic decor, visit Rasoi’s at VM Bjerget between the Metro stations at Bella Center and Ørestad.
The restaurant, on the ground floor of Bjarke Ingels’ award-winning building, has cool, Nordic furnishings in leather, wood and other natural materials but with colourful Indian-inspired details.
The cuisine is classically Indian with dishes from both the north and south. The food is spicy, naturally, but there are milder dishes for those who prefer. Everything is prepared from scratch by Indian cooks who truly master their craft. The desserts are more European in taste – India is not famous for its sweets – but they are treats not to be missed!
Back in the era of the Moguls, ingredients such as butter, yoghurt and nuts were a luxury reserved for the wealthy. Here in Denmark, these ingredients are now generally accessible but few cooks combine them with chicken, lamb, vegetables and plenty of Oriental spices and such skill as the chefs at Al Diwan. That’s why the restaurant has been nicknamed ‘The Kings’ Kitchen’.
This restaurant in the centre of Vesterbrogade slightly overlooks its furnishings – but the food is in focus and tastes delightful.
Indian Taj, Copenhagen’s first Indian restaurant, opened way back in 1973. Following a complete makeover encompassing both its decor and name, it has recently reopened as Guru by Indian Taj. The furnishings are grandiose and a bit more impressive than at most other Indian restaurants in Copenhagen, and a bit more attention has also been paid to preparing the food.
The dishes, made from completely fresh ingredients, are very beautifully served – almost like individual paintings displayed on the table. The menu has spicy and less spicy dishes that are available as take away meals too.
For many years, the popular Indian Flavours in Vanløse has been encouraging diners to eat their fill at their sumptuous buffet overflowing with lovely freshly prepared dishes – for a price most of us can swallow.
The buffet includes hot dishes, a salad bar, Indian bread and fruit, and you can also select dishes from a comprehensive à la carte menu if that is more appealing. Beside the Indian Flavours restaurant, you’ll find the Bella Italia ice cream bar, owned by the same proprietor.