Spiced up, packed with flavor, big portions, colorful and just all-round brilliant food. We’re of course talking about the delicious cuisine of India. Below you’ll find our pick of Cairo’s best Indian restaurants serving everything from classic curries and Moghul food to modern interpretations of pan-Indian cuisine. Do you agree with the choices? Let us know in the comments box below.
Raj is located at the Fairmont Heliopolis and continually proves to be one of the best in the business. The service is extremely efficient and you can watch the chef work his magic in the open kitchen. The waiting staff is friendly and knowledgeable too. The Indian chef will regularly come out to greet the guests and make sure everything is up to standard whilst taking feedback. The food is very enjoyable as nothing was too spicy. The dishes are the most balanced out of all the Indian restaurants in Cairo. The Zafrani Chicken, garlic naan bread and variety of rice dishes are very tasty indeed. And thankfully, nothing is too oily. Overall, Raj is a brilliant restaurant with the ability to please Indians and Egyptians alike.
Where: Heliopolis (Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel)
Contact: +20222677730, website
By definition, Manipuri is a form of Indian dance. But Cairo will come to know it as one of the best places to enjoy Indian food. And who knows, you might end up dancing after your meal because, yes, it’s that good! Manipuri replaces the iconic Buddha Bar at the Sofitel, so you still get those massive ceiling to floor windows offering a stellar view of the Nile. The decor is beautiful with red and orange hues running through. The lighting creates a luxurious atmosphere. The food is packed with Indian flavors, and the staff will make a note of how spicy you like it. From start to finish, the food is magnificent. Egyptians love butter chicken, and Manipuri makes one hell of a butter chicken dish. Rice or naan, both are cooked very well and will go nicely with all the curries. The chicken tikka from the tandoor is out of this world. Manipuri is one of the newest Indian restaurants in Cairo but it’s hit the ground running. Excellent food, subtle decor, and top notch service.
Where: Zamalek (Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah)
Contact: +20227373737, website
The Moghul Room
A 5 star Indian restaurant in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza? Oh yes, please! The Moghul Room is set in the renowned Mena House Hotel, famous for accommodating presidents, kings and emperors throughout history. Also known for its enviable location and view of the Pyramids. The restaurant is tucked away in a corner of the beautiful old palace wing of the hotel and has a setting to match. The Moghul Room’s decor is perfectly suitable with lots of nice Indian touches here and there. The curries are superb with the lamb falling right off the bone. Everything from the naan, to the rice, to the papadum are fantastic. All in all, The Moghul Room is an exquisite Indian restaurant by the pyramids. Indians that frequent The Moghul Room often describe it as the best Indian restaurant outside of India. Now that’s something.
Where: Giza (Mena House Hotel)
Contact: +20233773222, website