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A guide to Indian restaurants in Vienna

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The Curry Map

List:

Map:

1st district
  India Gate**
  Indien Village*
  Koh-i-noor
  Nirvana*
  Om*
  Tandoor Plus*
2nd district
  Thali*
  Zum Inder*
3rd district
  Delhi Delights**
  Indus*
  Sreeja*
4th disctrict
  Curry Up
  Demi-Tass
  Taste of India
5th disctrict
  Colombo Hoppers*
  Nam Nam Deli**
6th district
  Indian Pavilion
  Mc. Curry**
  Mirchi*
  Nam Nam*
  Rani
7th district
  Bombay
  Jyoti
  Namaste*
  Natraj*
  Prosi Food Magic*
  Zum Moghulhof*
8th district
  Curry-Insel
  Mahal*
  Samrat
9th district
  Heilige Kuh
  Jaipur Palace
  Tulsi
  Wiener Deewan
  Wiener Village
16th/17th district
  Arjuna**
  Restaurant Heuberg
18th/19th district
  Goa
  Tandoor*
21st/22nd district
  Monsoon
  Haveli**

*) No rating
**) Not tested yet.
   
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The best of the pack...

Beware: the following list is highly subjective! These restaurants serve curries as I like them and provide an atmosphere that I like. I do not take any responsibility that you will like the place and/or the food. Try them at your own risk.

Restaurant Why? Caveat Price category
Demi-Tass Excellent food, exotic and mouthwatering chef's creations, impressive interior, professional service. Expensive. Reservation is recommended. Expensive
Curry-Insel Excellent food, very friendly service. A bit trendy; Reservation is recommended. Inexpensive
Heilige Kuh Great food, excellent service, decent prices. - Moderate
Indian Pavilion Excellent food. A stall on the Naschmarkt market, closed in the evening, lack of seats around noon, very small portions. Inexpensive

Really hot

I like hot curries, but only in the following restaurants have I ever been served a really hot curry when I ordered one - spiciest first:
Mirchi | Heilige Kuh | Curry-Insel | Bombay

In all other restaurants the dishes marked as "hot" on the menu and ordered "really very hot, please" were served mild or only moderately spicy.


Indian restaurant basics - the Vienna situation

A number of things you should know before entering an Indian restaurant in Vienna:

  • With only a few exceptions, dishes are generally not as hot and spicy as in the United Kingdom or other countries with a larger Indian population. In fact, if you are not insisting that you want your meal really spicy, in most restaurants you will barely ever taste a trace of chili or black pepper.

  • Typically, the hot dishes are the Madras and the Vindaloo. If you want mild food, stay clear of them. Don't ask the waiter how hot it is; this will result in a mild dish. Generally it is safe to order "sehr scharf" (very hot) if you're used to hot food; a Viennese "extremely hot" is slightly milder than a British "medium hot".

  • Unlike the general custom in Austria, most Indian restaurants will charge for the cover (about €1, more or less). In some restaurants you'll get a free poppadom or mango vodka for it. Check the menu to see if a cover charge applies.

  • In Austria, it's customary to round up the bill so that the waiter gets roughly a 10% tip even though service charges are usually included in the price. Not giving a tip or giving only copper coins is considered an insult, so do this only if you were very unhappy with your meal.

  • Many restaurants offer set lunches or lunch buffet at greatly reduced prices. I find that the quality of the buffet lunch is usually not as good as the à la carte food, while the set lunches are often okay. Still, you'll recognize good Indian restaurants by the number of patrons they can attract in the evening, when prices are high.

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