Food in Spain is very flavoursome and traditional but it is almost never spicy. So when it comes to kicking it up a notch Indian food is something you cannot go wrong with. So, we decided to list a few popular places in the city that are everything from street style to Michelin-starred chefs’ restaurants. Let’s get the heat going!
Considered one of the best Indian restaurants in the city, Tandoori Station is located in the district of Salamanca, on Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. Compared to the traditional ambiances inside many Indian restaurants, Tandoori is an exception with its modern and rather abstract interiors. It’s quite a refreshing approach.
Now let’s talk about the best part: the food! The menu is rich in traditional cuisine but it also includes innovative appetizers to satisfy all customers. There is a tasting menu in which you can try various dishes that are included in four courses or stations as they are called at the restaurant. Obviously you must try a dish from the tandoor, which is the restaurant’s staple for smoky and delicious flavors.
C/ José Ortega y Gasset, 89-91
A concept that has come to life from the hands of Atul Kochhar, who is a London-based chef who started in the culinary world in 1989. Benares is one of the few Indian restaurants in the world to be awarded a Michelin star, and is now a Madrid classic when talking about quality Indian food. The original Benares has been located in London since 2003 and opened in Madrid in 2015 with a marvellous exterior patio full of exotic vibes and textures.
The food focuses on local produce and a wonderful blend of Indian flavors that transport you to the city of Varanasi in India. The star ingredients of the menu are coconut, mustard, masala, tikka and curry. Make sure to order the popular Octopus Bhana or te Bhapa Doi. You can also enjoy the tasting menu which consists of six courses.
Calle de Zurbano, 5
Bangalore Modern Indian Cuisine is known for going beyond and having an authentic menu of traditional Indian food. It has two levels in its interior with a small garden. The aesthetic is very modern but warm, cozy and quite chic. They also have a spacious exterior terrace where enjoying time with others is even more of a treat.
Tandoori chicken marinated with yogurt and spices is one of their various specialties, as well as the delicious samosas. The menu at Bangalore is quite vast and includes unusual options alongside scrumptious popular dishes like Lamb Madras and Chicken Tikka Masala. The rice dishes here are also very popular. If you have a sweet tooth you can order the Kulfi (Indian ice cream) or the Mango Lassi (mango smoothie).
Calle de Diego de León, 63
Due to their location in the city centre, Curry Masala is very popular. They are located right off of Gran Via which is one of the main tourist streets. As with our other options they have an affordable daily menu as well as a tasting menu. One thing they strive on is fast service, keeping up with customers’ fast pace when visiting. This place is full of mouthwatering flavours and aromas and is also convenient for bigger groups.
The long menu includes a lot options. If you find it hard for you to choose it is perhaps an idea to try different courses to share – especially if dining with others. This way you will get more of an experience. As with other Indian restaurants they do their best to keep the traditional flavors from India. Some of the options you can enjoy from the menu are the classic lamb, chicken or fish curries, samosas, madras and masalas. The Pistachio Kulfi is an ice cream you should not miss out on.
Calle Silva, 16
Food at Indian Aroma is made only with the best spices and freshest ingredients in the market. The customer service at the restaurant is also one of its strong points. This authentic Indian restaurant is located near Sol and is one of the lower budget options when it comes Indian dining. They have a stylish décor with a high-end feel.
One of the popular dishes they offer is the chicken tandoori. Other dishes to choose from that stand out in the menu are the chicken tikka masala and the lamb korma. The reasonably priced tasting menu is perfect when two or more are dining, and even better for bigger groups as you get to choose more options. Always remember to book your table beforehand since it’s a popular spot.
Calle de Ventura de la Vega, 6
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In a city like Madrid which is so culturally diverse, it is pretty easy to find amazing options in any type of gastronomy. From traditional to more modern infused versions of international cuisines, you are set to take your taste buds for a ride. So, don’t just sit there waiting, go out and about and treat yourself to an Indian experience in the heart of Spain. Especially if you’re a fan of spicy food!
And if you fancy something a little more authentically Spanish then you can take a look at our Tapas & Restaurants Segway Tour.