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Anupriya Bedi Jul 23 2014

Which are some popular restaurants from India abroad?

Kanika Nevatia Jul 23 2014
3 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Looking for a taste of India abroad? Check out these restaurants from India abroad and indulge in those authentic flavours that you are craving for. Straight from India, all these food joints are sure to give you a feel of home, no matter where you are.


With franchises in New Zealand, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, Bikanervala is fast expanding its operations globally. If you love your chaat and are an avid lover of Indian street food, you just have to step into an outlet of Bikanervala abroad. From pav bhaji and choley bhature, to raj kachori, samosa and jalebi, you can indulge in all your favourite delicacies here. They also have a wide selection of Indian sweets that you can pack and take home.

Photo of Bikanervala (by Pete Ketcham)

Saravana Bhavan

Saravana Bhavan, the famous south Indian food chain today has 31 outlets in south India, 2 in the north and 12 abroad, that is, it has a whopping 46 outlets across the globe. Some of the countries where you’ll find a Sarvana Bhavan include Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore and several countries in the Middle East. While the south Indian thali is their speciality, their soft mini idlis and tasty rasam are also highly recommended.

Photo of Saravana Bhavan (by bittermelon)

Moti Mahal Delux

Expanding their market in the Middle East, Moti Mahal Delux now has outlets in Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia. They are also planning on opening outlets in Europe, Canada and United States very soon. Specializing in north Indian cuisine, the food as well as service that you will experience here is impeccable. Feast on your favourite tikkas or savour some dal makhani and naan. The tandoori chicken preparations bring the flavours of India right to your palate.

Photo of North Indian food (by Ewan-M)

Murugan Idli

If you happen to be in the beautiful Singapore and are in the mood for some melt-in-your-mouth idlis, then you must step into Murugan Idli, a south Indian food chain based out of Madurai, India. Though famous all over for its idlis, the vadas, dosas and sambhar here are also unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. Don’t forget to end your meal with filter coffee, which is absolutely divine.

Photo of Idli-Vada (by mynameisharsha)

Oh! Calcutta

Making it to top of list of the places to eat in Kolkata, Oh! Calcutta makes you embark on a culinary trail across Bengal on a plate. Order from their wide range of fish curries and tikkas or bite on some feather soft luchis, everything you have here is unforgettable. The ambience and service is fabulous as well, making it one of the best restaurants from India abroad.

Photo of Bengali Food (by Premshree Pillai)

The Great Kabab Factory

Incase you’re travelling to the city of Bangkok or Muscat and are craving a five star Indian meal, then do visit India’s very own The Great Kabab Factory, which is part of the Radisson Group of Hotels. Boasting of a recipe bank of over 450 kababs, the restaurant offers such a wide range of kebabs that you’ll have to go multiple times to go through their entire list. The restaurant serves not just non-vegetarian but a wide range of vegetarian kebabs as well. When abroad, a visit here is the best way to feel right at home.

Photo of Tandoori Chicken (by kspoddar)

Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR)

Right from the heart of Karnataka, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms have now made their way to the lanes of Dubai and Singapore. The ghee dosa here tastes so heavenly that you’ll never be able to eat dosa anywhere else again! Choose from a range of meals--from the grand thali to the mini tiffin, they have it all. If you’re not in the mood for the conventional idli dosa, try the mouthwatering bisi bele bhat, a tangy rice preparation. Don’t forget to end your meal with a serving of the sweet and fluffy kesar bhat.

Photo of Ghee Dosa (by Charles Haynes)

Cream Centre

Cream Centre has taken the taste of Maharashtra to the United Arab Emirates by launching an outlet in Dubai. From the Bombay double-decker sandwich to the street-style sev batata puri you will find everything here. The restaurant also houses a range of Mexican, Italian and Continental delicacies, with the sizzlers being their speciality. Don't forget to order a portion of The Bambaiya Ragda for a true treat.

Photo of Bambaiya Ragda (from the official website)

Cafe Coffee Day

Did you know there are two Cafe Coffee Day branches in the city of Vienna and also quite a few in the Czech Republic as well? So if you're on a trip to Austria and missing that ever so familiar flavour of Indian coffee, look for a Cafe Coffee Day outlet, glance at that menu you’re always used to seeing as you sip on a hearty cup of foamy latte. Don’t forget to tell your friends about what you saw!

Photo of Coffee (by the opoponax)

Punjab Grill

When Indians bring the experience of north Indian fine dining to you in a foreign land, there is no competing with them. Step in to Punjab Grill in Singapore and prepare to indulge on a culinary journey of a lifetime. With outlets soon to open in Dubai and Thailand as well, this restaurant is all set to make its mark globally. Feast on your favourite north Indian delicacies, from melt-in-your-mouth paneer tikka and hara bhara kebab, to the most divine non-vegetarian barbeque preparations--they have it all, five star style.

Photo of North Indian Food (by David Ramalho)

Now that you know about so many restaurants from India abroad, why waste time? Pick up the phone and let all your relatives and friends there know where they can go for the authentic flavours of India. If you can think of other Indian restaurants that have branches abroad, please add a comment.

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