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6 to try: Under-the-radar Indian restaurants in Hong Kong and what to eat there

by: Abegaile Legaspi
27 Feb 2020

 

Home to a large and proud South Asian community, Hong Kong is definitely not lacking when it comes to places to get great Indian cuisine. With an abundance of options for yogurt-based North Indian food, vegetarian coconut-based South Indian food and just about everything else in between, the selection can be slightly overwhelming. Here are six of our favourite under-the-radar Indian restaurants in Hong Kong, from traditional takes to more innovative kitchens.

Tulsi Indian Restaurant

With three locations across the city, Michelin-recommended Tulsi Indian Restaurant has made a name for itself with its speciality North Indian cuisine. Head chefs and brothers Ravi Jay and Ravi Jaya Kumar have over two decades of kitchen experience between them, and they are just as adept at plating up innovative dishes as they are with more traditional fare.  

What to try: A match made in spice heaven, their melt-in-the-mouth butter chicken (HK$88) with plain naan (HK$20) is unsurprisingly one of their best-sellers. For a more refined and modern option, try their oyster masala (HK$118) paired with oven-baked black truffle naan (HK$28).

Tulsi Indian Restaurant, various locations including 7 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, North Point, +852 2568 3806; www.tulsi.com.hk

Khyber Pass Mess Club

Situated within the bowels of TST institution Chungking Mansion, Khyber Pass Mess Club has been delighting diners since 1991. Dubbing itself the ‘King of Curry’, this cult favourite is known for dishing out a variety of authentic and budget-friendly North Indian classics. Seats do fill up so make sure to call ahead to book your table.

What to try: Not to be missed is their rich mutton masala (HK$93), the perfect mix of salty and spicy, and best paired with the crispy and fluffy garlic naan (HK$27). If you’re looking to ditch the meat, go for their bhindi masala (HK$69) with okra, ground pepper and butter. 

Khyber Pass Mess Club, Flat E2, 7/F, Block E, Chungking Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2721 2786; www.facebook.com/KhyberPassMessClub7E/ 

Bombay Kitchen

Since opening in February 2019, Kowloon City eatery Bombay Kitchen has been bringing joy to diners one bowl of curry at a time. Home to a variety of halal-certified classics with flavours that pack a punch (and kick), you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the streets of India. 

What to try: Take a dive into their spicy mutton vindaloo (HK$95) or paneer butter masala (HK$70) loaded with herbs and spices and full of flavour, perfect with either naan (HK$18) or jeera (read: fried) rice (HK$35). For those that can’t take the heat, the classic butter chicken (HK$75) is always a good idea.

Bombay Kitchen, 72-74 South Wall Road, Kowloon City, +852 9340 4786; www.bombaykitchenhk.com

Aladin Mess

Located in Causeway Bay, the longstanding Aladin Mess is (probably) one of the city’s best not-so-well-kept secrets when it comes to authentic, halal-certified Indian fare. 

What to try: Don’t miss their plate of perfectly cooked and well-seasoned chicken tikka (HK$82) or the creamy and luscious prawn korma (HK$85) best with a serving of fragrant Basmati rice (HK$22).

Aladin Mess, 60 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2808 0250; www.aladinmess.com

Curry Leaf Indian Cuisine 

Jordan hotspot Curry Leaf Indian Cuisine may fly under the radar but makes a big noise when it comes to its take on traditional North Indian fare, always made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

What to try: Go for their signature veg biryani (HK$105) with fragrant basmati rice cooked in saffron and a blend of aromatic spices. For some heat, tuck into their fried chilli paneer (HK$88) with cottage cheese and secret house chilli sauce. Top it off with kulfi (HK$35), a traditional Indian ice cream, because why not, honestly.

Curry Leaf Indian Cuisine, 16-18 Mau Lam Street, Jordan; www.curry.hk

Shreengkhala Curry House

Having been a part of Hong Kong’s dining scene for over two decades, long-standing Shreengkhala Curry House has developed a cult following for their Himalayan and Indian fare. Owned by a Nepalese couple, the Yuen Long institution serves up an array of age-old family recipes and well-loved North Indian classics. 

What to try: Made with herbs and spices sourced from India, their signature beef brisket curry (HK$108) or lamb vindaloo (HK$118) are not to be missed. The proteins are melt-in-the-mouth tender and loaded with flavour. Elsewhere, the meat-free mutter paneer (HK$88) with cottage cheese and freshly puréed spinach is equally delicious.

Shreengkhala Curry House, 144 On Ning Road, Yuen Long, +852 2944 5566; www.facebook.com/shreengkhalacurryhouse

Images courtesy of respective restaurants, @imsunny_kim and @spamup.mylife.

Tulsi Indian Restaurant

Address   7 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, North Point