Tel Aviv isn’t all hots guys and hummus. Their international cuisine game is getting stronger by the second, and now includes a handful of incredibly spice-packed Indian restaurants. Whether you duck into the locally loved Ma Pau, just steps from both the Great Synagogue and Shuk HaCarmel, or spice up your life with a curry stewed up by the Captain himself in Sarona Market, our suggestions for the best restaurants in Tel Aviv serving Indian cuisine include everything from a vegan restaurant on King George to a South African Tel Aviv street food fave.
The best restaurants in Tel Aviv for aromatic Indian flavors
Located in the lively Sarona Market, Captain Curry features a wide range of delicious curries perfect for a quick, yet filling bite. Don't be surprised by the large portions and spicy aromas, Captain Curry is dedicated to making a big statement with their bold dishes. While the restaurant gets very busy around lunchtime, late afternoon is a perfect time to sample the many different curries on the menu. From spicy to sweet, veggie to meat, Captain Curry will never disappoint.
Tandoori is a family-run chain of Indian restaurants with branches in Tel Aviv and Herzliya. The menu contains a variety of Indian dishes crafted from fresh, quality ingredients, with something for everyone’s tastes. Serving a lunch time buffet, catering, delivery and take out, Tandoori includes traditional Indian fare like vindaloo, tika, korma and curry, with options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diets. Finish off with a traditional dessert, such as the gulab jamun, a homemade cheese dumpling served in flavorful syrup, or the shai tukra, a bread pudding topped with dried fruits, cardamom and banana ice cream.
This Mumbai-inspired street food joint became intensely popular overnight, thanks to its Thali, a riotous meze platter of cooked sauces and lentils, which showcases a medley of sweet, salty, astringent, bitter, and spicy flavors. Featuring both Indian and Pakistani-inspired options, for the authentic experience, start off with some options from Ma Pau's 'chaat' menu. These savoury South Asian staples are typically sold roadside and include samosas, pakoras, and onion bhajis, all for less than NIS 30.
Nestled away on the outskirts of Florence in South Tel Aviv, this little gem is a fan favorite among the locals. Make sure to take off your shoes when you enter and sit on a colorful cushion on the floor, just like in India. Eating here is a special experience you don’t want to miss out on, even if you aren't a vegan or vegetarian. They serve a variety of small dishes (thali) that change from day to day, that you can wash down with a warm cup of chai. You can even take home a pack of their special mix if you like!
While not actually Indian, this curry spot will have you rethinking curry—as this rich version packed with twenty or more spices is based on a popular South African-style curry usually stuffed into a hollowed out loaf of bread. Here it is packed into a gigantic challah roll making it the ultimate street food and a true party for your senses. You’ll also find vegan versions available.
Munnar is a relatively simple workers’ restaurant, with a menu including food from southern India. The vegetarian restaurant also offers vegan and gluten free options. Using the freshest ingredients and the finest spices, entering Munnar, you are instantly hit with aromas that trigger your taste buds. The atmosphere is relaxed, with soft music playing and murals of Hindu gods decorating the space. Try the Masala Dosa, a delicious crepe and curry dish, that tastes as authentic as Indian food gets. Wash it all down with a draft beer or an imported Indian liquor.
Chef Yonatan Roshfeld knows how to create a haven for Indian cuisine. After gaining a lot of sympathy in Sarona, Captain Curry opened another branch in the heart of the lively Dizengoff street. Captain Curry is an oasis for Indian food admirers. The food is cooked in an open kitchen and served on authentic plates and trays accompanied by cultural Indian music. Their unique ice teas and smoothies will sooth that South East Asian spice that makes your tongue buzz in the best of ways.
Market TLV serves the ultimate comfort foods with soups and stews that taste like they came straight from grandma’s kitchen - infused with tastes and inspiration from around the world. Drawing from Italian, Asian, French, Indian and Israeli kitchens, each dish is finished off with a dash of Mediterranean flair, creating a unique blend of flavors. The menu is constantly changing according to the seasons, maximizing on taste and nutrition. Arrive on an empty stomach - the portions are large and hearty, ensuring you will leave with a satisfied smile on your face.