We all hanker over a decent curry every so often, and luckily, South Beach delivers. Here, we’ve put together a list of some of the best Indian restaurants in and around South Beach. They’re in no particular order, with all of them guaranteed to spice up your day.
Bombay Grill Miami
A classic among locals, Bombay Grill Miami is easily among the best established Indian restaurants anywhere in Miami. It’s one of the crown jewels of the South Beach culinary scene, with an amazing variety of Indian staples on offer. They’re particularly good with vegetarian and Jain food. The only one gripe to have is with that music they put on, which can be a little loud. Having said that, the service is second to none, and the décor is as tasteful as the food on your plate.
The recently relocated Bombay Darbar is yet another Miami classic. The new location is much larger than the old place, meaning it’s much easier to get a seat. Their prices are extremely reasonable given the quality, with some of the most popular dishes including their vegetarian biryani and fantastic chicken vindaloo. Be warned though: many of their dishes are pretty spicy. If you’re not up for some serious sweating, then be sure to confirm with the waiter when you order. They’re always happy to tone down the spice when asked; likewise, they’re even happier to turn up the heat on request. Of course, be careful what you wish for!
Ayesha Saffron Indian Restaurant
Saffron has a pretty broad menu of Indian favorites, for good prices. It’s not quite the same level of amazing quality you might expect from Bombay Grill or Darbar, but it’ll hit the spot. Their tandoori is particularly good, and justifies a visit on its own.
Raja’s Indian Cuisine
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but Raja’s really packs a punch. It prides itself on home-style southern Indian cuisine, and it sure does deliver. Those samosas are steaming parcels of joy, and their mango lassi is second to none. However, Raja’s really comes into its own at lunchtime, when it brings out an array of ridiculously well priced specials. Seriously, this is the place to be if you want a solid Indian lunch.
Taste Buds of India
Slightly further afield, Taste Buds of India is a bit of a haul from South Beach. Having said that, no discussion of Miami’s Indian foodie scene would be complete without at least mentioning this local favorite. Everyone loves Taste Buds of India. Admittedly, it’s a chain with a buffet, which may put some people off. However, once you get in, you’ll realize what you’d been missing. This place has great service, better food and some good deals. The buffet is actually genuinely good, making this place perfect for anyone with a big appetite.
Zaika Indian Restaurant
Not far from Taste Buds of India, you’ll find Zaika. Much like Raja’s, Zaika specializes in single, no nonsense favorites. It’s pretty cheap, and service is quick. Sometimes the portions can be on the small size though.