While French cuisine may muse the travellers at end, Indians crave for the taste of home food occasionally. Paris offers a fairly wide range of Indian dining to satisfy their taste buds.
The oldest Indian restaurant in Paris, Annapurna offers a sumptuous variety. A favourite of celebrities and businesspersons alike, it boasts of excellent tandoori items among its menu.
32, rue de Berri, 75008
Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 63 91 56
Metro: St. Philippe du Roule (Line 9)
The decor is bright, luminous and spacey, like straight out of Rajasthan. Arches and painted glasswork on the ceiling give it a resemblance to typical Indian palace of the yesteryears. The well-spaced tables provide privacy for a quiet conversation. It excels in meticulously prepared food that avoids the richness of cream and tastes like home-cooked fare.
42 ALLEE VIVALDI/16 RUE HENARD, PARIS 12
+33 1 43 40 72 46
Metro: Dugommier, Montagallet
Ideally located next to a shopping mall and an office area, it attracts a large crowd during the lunch hour. To underline the theme, their china is embossed with Gandhiji’s famous spinning wheel, the symbol of his simple life of selfsufficiency.
Lamb Biryani, one of its signature dishes, dotted with raisins and nuts and spices that enhance its traditional colour and flavour melts in the mouth. The owner personally supervises the tables, greeting all the customers warmly to make them feel at home.
12, RUE LA FAYETTE, PARIS 9
+33 1 45 23 21 52
Métro : Chaussee d’Antin
At the very busy St Germain Boulevard, Maharajah is a very popular Indian restaurant. Bright and well-lit, the ambience lets you lunch with Maharajahs gazing down from their portraits on the wall. Although a bit on the expensive side with no no freebies such as papadums, onion and green chilli salad, it will bring you back for another bite of its flavourful, soft, melt-in-themouth Shahi Seekh Kebabs.
72 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 5
Tel: +33 1 43 54 26 07
Métro : Maubert-Mutualité/St.Michel/Cluny
Very traditional in decor, the restaurant is located near the Galeries Lafayette. With authentic Indian taste, dishes are made mild, spicy or hot as specified by the customer. Some of the dishes worth trying are Palak Paneer, Bhindi Masala, Mix Veg and Chicken Jalfrezi. The extent of their friendliness and hospitality is reflected in the fact that the staff goes extra mile to even cook dishes that are not in the menu.
25 Rue Taitbout, 75009 Paris, France
Tel:+33 1 42 46 53 67
Metro: Chausée D’Antin Lafayette (Line 7, 9)/ Trinité D’Estinne D’Orves (Line 1)
Tasteful and elegant, Santoor is popular with the Indian tourists. The menu is vast and varied and you’re spoilt for choice with the fish and beef preparations. The Mixed Daal made from four different lentils is a pleasant change from the ordinary. Its signature dishes include Curried Fish, Lamb Vindaloo and Saag. Closed on Sunday lunch.
30 RUE MARBEUF, PARIS 8
+33 1 42 56 33 18
Métro : Franklin Roosvelt
The restaurant has a vast choice in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and for the seafood aficionados, the lobster is worth the waiting time. To satisfy the taste buds of the foodies, the menu is changed twice a year. For Indian dessert lovers, the restaurant boasts of 13 desserts on its menu! The warm farewell of mango liqueur will bring you back to the place again!.
9 RUE DE LA TRÉMOILLE PARIS 8
Tel: +33 1 40 70 01 09
Fiercely beloved and forever packed, South India’s vegetarian darling is a hit in Paris as well. The menu zigzags through South India, Punjab and Indian Chinese—zero in on the excellent dosa and you’ll come away contented.
170 Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, 10
Tel: +33 1 4005 0101
Metro: Gare du Nord
Little India in Paris
Amidst French culture and language, Indians may feel at home in the streets of Gare du Nord, amidst traditional food, language and culture.
With Indian diaspora spread across the world, Paris is no exception. Primarily inhabited by the Tamils – mostly those that came to France after accession of the French colonial territory of Puducherry to India, it is difficult to mark the boundaries where the Indian Quarter begins at Gare du Nord. However, one can tell through the sweet aroma of Indian restaurants in the neighbourhood. As the Tamils dominate the area, South Indian restaurants serving authentic savories such as idli, vada, dosa and uttapam lead the menu. Even the shops and grocery stores surrounding the street take you back to India through traditional saris or jewelries on display or the very Indian paan. While outside the billboards read in English or Tamil, inside the grocery stores one can easily find wide variety of Indian products such as spices, Parachute coconut hair oil, Johnson’s baby shampoo, frozen samosas and desserts such as kulfi, that may find a straight reference in the memory and leave a nostalgia.