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Aug 17, 2007 05:30 AM

Good Indian In Paris?

We have just got back from very nice walk through Indian area North of Gare du Nord on our way to Canal St-Martin. We bought good samosas and snacks but now wonder whether anyone has explored the Indian restaurants and found the best ones? We've been told that contrary to popular opinion good ones do exist in Paris.

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  1. Would like to know too. There are good simple ones all over the place, and particularly in the 10th and the Passage Grady (?). The most renowned ones I found rather disapppointing, like Indra rue Saint Philippe du Roule, Yugaraj rue Dauphine. New Balal, in the 9th next to Chaussée d'Antin (rue Taitbout?) is a good compromise, but I have yet to find a Parisian Indian that is more than good comfort food. There's always the Eurostar...

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    1. re: souphie

      I agree for Yugaraj: very desappointing despite all the buzz.

      My indian restaurant of choice is called Gandhi ji's (12 Rue La Fayette 75009 Paris, France +33 1 45 23 21 52). If you're used to real indian food, mention it when you order otherwise they will serve extremely mild dishes as the french people are used to.

      1. re: souphie

        Oh come on, passage Brady is disgusting and dirty. Go to Ratn for high end, Dip on bd Saint Marcel for inexpensive and good

      2. My husband and I are great fans of Indian food, and for the most part we have found that the fare at Paris Indian restaurants (Pakistani, mostly, actually) is bland, with the same items on the menu. The most authentic ones that we have found are, as you note, near the Gare du Nord and in the Passage Brady. There is a good Indian market (Velan) in the Passage, and a very good restaurant just across from it, the Pondicherry. There are several restaurants in the Passage, but that is the best one in my experience. Unlike most Indian restaurants here in France, they serve food from southern Indian, not just Northern foods.

        1. I have heard that Madras Cafe in the 10th (180, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis) is good and authentic (read: spicy) but I have yet to check it out. Am going there this week however so will report back!

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          1. re: galaxygee

            galaxygee, did you get to Madras Cafe? We got take out yesterday and the food is spicy but apart from that rather run-of-the-mill. We had fairly good chicken masala, so-so sag paneer and curried vegetables (both, oddly with raisins and slivered almonds). The curried veg were chopped frozen veg but covered with pleasant spicy sauce. Also onion badgi which were orange coloured and soggy. 19 euros total. As Souphi writes, Eurostar still better option. Zagat lists a Paris Indian with high rating for food but very expensive.

          2. I lived in Paris for 6 months, several years ago. My local friend introduced me to a place called Vallee du Kashmir, on Rue Odessa, near the Gare Montparnasse. I am in love with this restaurant, and it may be the best Indian food I've had, including homemade and food in India itself. I highly recommend any of the lamb dishes, the meat is so tender it will melt in your mouth. Also, the daal is like none other, and the palak paneer is rich and flavorful. The restaurant is more impressive than it looks from the outside. Check it out!

            1. I discovered a great little restaurant in Little India (metro La Chapelle). I have written a little blurb about it in my blog. I love Indian and was very impressed! The name is Ganesha and the address is 14 rue Perdonnet 75010. NOTE: It is not the take-away Ganesha on the corner, but the restaurant a couple of doors down.