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The Best Indian Restaurants in Istanbul

When people think of India, they think of vibrant colors, hot spices, exotic dances, unruly streets, and transcendental temples.  Even though the culinary tradition of this country, which is unsurprisingly distinct and unique, dates way back in history, Indian cuisine has a newly-sprouting existence in Istanbul’s restaurant scene. Istanbul may not offer too many Indian restaurants but our list below certainly summarizes the best Indian cuisine in Istanbul.

Musafir Indian Restaurant

Musafir Indian Restaurant-Istanbul

The son of an Indian father and a Pakistani mother, Iram Rana is an Indian-cuisine aficionado with such great Turkish language skills that you could easily mistake him for a native. He is the owner of Musafir, one of Istanbul’s best Indian restaurants located right by Taksim Square. The menu at this casual eatery includes all-time favorite Indian dishes, like samosas, raitas, chicken tikka, butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, and more. They also have nearly 10 varieties of bread to satisfy all your naan cravings. Keep in mind that Musafir gets quite full for dinner, so plan ahead and make reservations before going.


Taj Mahal-Istanbul

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant-Istanbul

Located by the stairs that connect Tunel to Sishane, Taj Mahal is one of Istanbul’s few Indian restaurants with a great location and good food. Prepared by the Pakistani chef Zia Mehmood, you’ll find all your favorite Indian dishes here, from the samosa to the pakora from the tikka masala to tarka dhal. The menu offers a wide selection of vegetarian and meat dishes, such as Kashmiri lamb chops (chops boiled in milk and then fried with spices), crowd-pleasing dahls, curries, and rice. If you’re a meat fan, we highly recommend that you try the Lamb Korma.

Dubb Indian-Sultanahmet,Istanbul

Dubb Indian Restaurant-Istanbul

Looking over at an imposing view of the Haghia Sophia while eating excellent Indian food? Only possible at the Dubb, the five-storied Indian restaurant that boasts a lovely terrace over the Old City and a soothing garden below.  Prepared by Head Chef Vinod Kumar Chouhan and his team, Dubb’s menu specializes in Northern Indian cuisine, and includes soups and salads, curry dishes (vegetarian as well as meat and chicken), a variety of Tandoori dishes, delicious naan breads, and desserts.


Dubb Indian Bosphorus Restaurant

Dubb Indian Restaurant Bosphorus-Istanbul

With a magnificent view of the city from the 9th floor of Hilton Istanbul BosphorusDubb Indian offers traditional Indian delicacies and al fresco dining in the garden during the summer season. Located in the heart of Bosphorus, Dubb Indian Restaurant offers a casual atmosphere with delicious Indian cuisine. Vegetarians will appreciate the rich selection of non-meat dishes.




Tandoori Indian Restaurant

Tandoori Indian Restaurant

Tandoori” is an authentic Indian restaurant, tucked away in a little side street of Akaretler Suleyman Seba Caddesi, the road leading from Besiktas’ Maritime Museum towards Macka. Hard to find, the visitor gets reimbursed by the original atmosphere of the 40-seater restaurant, comprising decorations using fabrics, lamps and cooking vessels and that leave, together with Bollywood music, no doubt of its identity.

The few staff, exclusively from India and Pakistan, speak both English and Turkish and are friendly and helpful, even cater for wishes that might not be found on the large menu, which contains classic Indian and Pakistani items such as Poppadoms with various sauces, an appetizer plate with Prawn and Chicken Pakoras (fried chicken cubes or prawns), onion bhajis, samosas and spring rolls as well as Aloo Tikki (mashed potatoeswith spices and herbs) for starters.

Delhi Darbar Indian Restaurant

Delhi Darbar Indian Restaurant

The restaurant itself is a long, odd space tucked in the bottom back of the Taksim Star Hotel. In the windowless room, fluorescent bulbs shed harsh light on a rather unlovely, white interior. But the food itself is rich with flavor, patiently prepared and reasonably priced. One bite of smoky baingan bharta and the eggplant, charred on an open flame until meltingly soft and mixed with the heat of chilies, cumin and ginger, will quickly carry you away to more exotic climes.

  1. Nalini Konda Reply

    Delhi Darbar Indian Restaurant
    Lamb Rogan josh was terrible. Very little meat, mostly fat and grizzal. Starters and main course all came together. Disappointing that after complaining about the Lamb nothing happened. Would not recommend this restaurant.

  2. Alexander Lee Reply

    Dubb Indian Bosphorus-Great Location
    The Indian restaurant, Dubb, at the Hilton, was a welcome change of cuisine. The food, the ambience and the service were very nice.The best part was the location of the hotel. Some super views from the hotel coupled with a good lunch made for a perfect afternoon.

  3. Jazmyn Fadel Reply

    Taj-Mahal Restaurant
    We ate paneer mushroom as appetizer (hot); chicken tikka masala; lamb korma; I think this is a family run place, wife was serving, husband is the cook from Pakistan

  4. Mukti Sarin Reply

    If you like Indian food.. Go Dubb Indian now. Dal good Beryani good Potato good Friendly staff. Treat us good and nice. 1st floor seating is air cooled.

  5. Candice Clarke Reply

    Dubb Indian Bosphorus Restaurant – Best in Istanbul
    I’m British and living in Istanbul. We Brits love our curries. Indian food is not at all popular in Turkey. This restaurant is by far the best one there is. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. I’d definitely recommend it

  6. Astha Raju Reply

    We visited the Dubb Indian restaurant since we were craving for some Indian food as it had been few days travelling in Europe. We were looking for a decent Indian restaurant and this place had good reviews and ratings. The service was good and the staff was understanding. We did request for a customized dish, off the menu and our request was fulfilled. Food was decent and the service was spot on. Overall it was a good experience and i would definitely consider going back.

  7. Isla Thomas Reply

    Nice view – Dubb Bosphorus
    Located on the ninth floor of the Hilton Hotel, features a great view of the Bosphorus Strait. The restaurant serves Indian cuisine, which I enjoyed very much with their service and the spaciousness of their reception 4/5.

  8. Manpreet Bobal Reply

    Dubb Indian Good Food
    It was little difficult to find the restaurant without google maps .. quite close to the tram station but not on the main street. The food was good, we loved it. The place is cosy and surrounded by other cafes and restaurants. Will definitely visit it again during the trip.

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