If you’re looking for a flavour-packed cuisine, Indian is where it’s at, arresting the senses with its vibrant colours, enticing aromas, and layers of heady spice.

From fine-dining to regional street snacks, we’ve narrowed down the list to our top 9 favourite Indian restaurants in Hong Kong, giving diners the opportunity to sample the best tandoori dishes, chaats, and curries around town.

Best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong

CHAAT

CHAAT best Indian

Accomplished chef de cuisine Gaurav Kuthari has successfully taken up the reins at Rosewood hotel’s Michelin-starred contemporary Indian restaurant CHAAT, following the departure of founding chef Manav Tuli, who has moved on to front another Indian sensation, Leela (see below). Since its May 2020 opening, CHAAT remains one of the toughest bookings to snag in Hong Kong, with diners bowled over by the eatery’s refined take on Indian street food and other classic dishes. From the small plates section of the menu, the baked samosa (HKD168), which is made with plant-based jackfruit meat, has already become iconic. We’re keen to try chef Gaurav’s newly launched palak patte ke chaat (HKD128), featuring crispy fried spinach leaves topped with yoghurt and miny chutney.

CHAAT, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3891 8732, book here


Chaska

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Sibling to Dilliwale in Causeway Bay, newcomer Chaska in Mid-Levels puts its creativity on show with a menu filled with Delhi-style darlings with a twist. On the more traditional side, we love the butter chicken (HKD148), baingan bharta (HKD118), and chole kulche (HKD128), whilst the paneer makhani naanza (HKD158), lamb keema quesadilla (HKD148), and prawn masala fettuccine (HKD168) are fusion dishes that have wowed us. A bonus is that Chaska’s spice levels are authentically on point.

Chaska, 58 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, 6073 4268, book here


Woodlands

Woodlands best Indian
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Established in Hong Kong in 1981, Woodlands refers to itself as the 852’s “first and best” vegetarian Indian restaurant, and we can’t agree more. The brand specialises not only in plant-based North and South Indian cuisine, but also caters to those following vegan, Buddhist, and Jain diets. The Woodlands special butter masala dosa (HKD98) is our go-to, as are the chilli paneer (HKD85) and North Indian thali (HKD115), which includes wholewheat chapati alongside a varied selection of vegetable dishes, curries, and dhals. The Wan Chai branch has a bigger focus on lunch and dinner buffets, offering extremely good bang for your buck.

Woodlands, multiple locations across Hong Kong, book here


Leela

Leela best Indian

Former CHAAT chef Manav Tuli has partnered with JIA Group with the recent opening of Leela in Causeway Bay. Leela’s innovative dishes trace the rich diversity of India’s long-standing culinary heritage. Sustainability goes hand in hand with quality at the restaurant, and chef Manav places great importance on the use of locally sourced ingredients. The affordable tasting menu (HKD888 pp) is your best bet for sampling the chef’s flavourful signatures, from the Lucknowi tokri chaat (HKD118), to the tandoori beef chop (HKD428), to the chukandar oxtail gosht (HKD288). The introduction of the tiffin box set lunch menu (from HKD358 pp) is an even more wallet-friendly option available on Thursday–Sunday; diners can mix and match their choice of starters and grills, mains, and dessert.

Leela, Shop 301–310, 3/F, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, 2882 5316, book here


Chutney Tandoor House

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Chutney stands out in Central with its bright and vibrant food and atmosphere, where Indian tradition meets modernity. The four-course tasting menu (HKD538 pp) is very reasonably priced considering the quality of the ingredients and elegant presentation courtesy of Delhi-born chef Virender Kumar. Recommended dishes include the chicken 65 (HKD128), Mughlai jheenga (HKD188), and butter chicken (HKD258), where the silky sauce drenching the slow-cooked and charred local three-yellow chicken is packed with the rendered flavour of a myriad of spices. The gorgeous gin and whisky trolley is another plus.

Chutney Tandoor House, 4/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, 2330 0027, book here


Gaylord

Gaylord best Indian

Celebrating its incredible 50th anniversary in 2023, Gaylord is a true veteran of the Indian dining scene in Tsim Sha Tsui – no mean feat. The expansive menu is a mix of tried-and-tried authentic Indian favourites like paani poori (HKD118), chicken tikka (HKD88/HKD168), and lamb rogan josh (HKD188) and contemporary riffs on classics. On the more inventive side, we rate the avocado mango dahi poori (HKD68/HKD128) and Kerala spiced crabmeat tacos (HKD138/HKD168). The dishes laced with truffle – from cheese naan to butter chicken – are playful, fragrant delights. Gaylord also offers a selection of Indo-Chinese specialities. There’s a bit of an entertainment factor to your meals too, with regular live Indian music performances.

Gaylord, 5/F, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2376 1001, book here


New Punjab Club

New Punjab Club best Indian
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Michelin-starred New Punjab Club by the Black Sheep team is known as the first Punjabi restaurant to have been crowned by the Michelin gods, and we think it’s just as deserving now, nearly seven years after its debut. Inspired by the tandoori grillhouses of post-colonial Punjab, chef Palash Mitra weaves a delicious narrative using the language of aromatic spices. The masalewali chaanp (market price), tandoori cobia (HKD498), keema pau (HKD328), and malai tikka (HKD348) are just a few of the restaurant’s spectacular standouts. New Punjab Club’s Pakistani and North Indian breads – think butter naan, goat cheese and green pea kulcha, tandoori roti, and laccha paratha – are amongst the best in town. Don’t leave without checking out the washrooms!

New Punjab Club, 34 Wyndham Street, Central, 2368 1223, book here


Bengal Brothers

ngal Brothers best Indian
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Last autumn, kathi roll specialist Bengal Brothers expanded to a cosy, lively “deluxe” restaurant space in Wan Chai focusing on regional Indian street-food dishes, which we devoured at our media tasting. Our top suggestion is to go for the Chaat Party menu (HKD398 pp for veg; HKD428 pp for non-veg) to try a selection of Bengal Brothers’ greatest hits – like the sweet potato chaat 2.0 (HKD98), Prince’s papri chaat (HKD88), and Alleppey roast fish (HKD348). This tasting menu is perfect for groups who are in agreement that variety is the spice of life.

Bengal Brothers, 6 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, 9245 8774, book here


Anjappar Chettinad Indian Restaurant

Anjappar best Indian
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With more than seven dozen branches dotted across Southeast Asia, India, and across the world, Anjappar is a marvel of Indian cuisine. As opposed to most other Indian venues in Hong Kong, Anjappar is focused on meaty South Indian fare. The menu is loaded with spice, and the pudina murgh tikka (HKD168), mutton liver roast (HKD168), paneer butter masala (HKD119), and dhal makhani (HDK96) are must-orders. If you can handle the heat, go for the chicken ‘65 (HKD80) and kadai chicken (HKD156).

Anjappar Chettinad Indian Restaurant, Shop 202, 2/F, Multifield Plaza, 3–7A Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 3428 5757, book here

Stephanie Pliakas is the Digital Editor of Foodie. From Michelin-starred fine-dining to the local comfort-food eats dished out at cha chaan tengs, she has immersed herself in the 852’s ever-changing food scene since making Hong Kong her home more than a decade ago. When Stephanie is not devouring something delicious, she’s cooking and baking up a storm at home (whilst listening to true crime podcasts).

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