From naan to curry, and everything in between, the chilis and tumeric are always spicy at Seattle’s best Indian food restaurants. Here are some great places to try:

622 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102

Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s Capitol Hill restaurant brings a new style of dining to the Northwest. The “thali,” is a platter served to each guest holding a 10 small plates, enough for two and perfect for sharing. Poppy’s menu borrows the idea of the thali to present the chef’s style of northwest cooking and Indian flare. The menu highlights seasonal ingredients, fresh herbs, and spices. Desserts are worth savoring, and happy hour “naanwiches” and eggplant fries sprinkled with just the right amount of coarse salt.

Travelers Tea Company
501 E. Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122

A cozy spot in the back of the Travelers Tea Company shop (which is worth browsing) sits an authentic Indian style cuisine café, with a few Chef Allen originals. Weekends feature the extremely popular “thali” dinners, so arrive hungry if you expect to tackle one of these alone. The tea bar serves delicious authentic masala chai. With lots of vegan and vegeteranian options, and conveniently located near the Paramount Theatre and the Broadway district, it’s a great spot to hit before a night out.

Chutneys Queen Anne
519 1st Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Just minutes away from Seattle Center, The Opera House, and Key Arena, in the heart of downtown Seattle sits the newly renovated Chutneys Queen Anne. Now offering several completely vegan menu as well as a traditional Indian menu, Chutney’s is proud to be able to make any of their many dishes to your specifications. Chutneys is also amongst the very few restaurants in the state to make “egg-less” Naans. Ask about their local delivery service, for an authentic Indian meal delivered to your doorstep.

Taste of India
5517 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Given Citysearch and AOL awards for their cuisine, Taste of India is a popular place for University of Washington students. The food is authentic, and they nail all the basic dishes that make Indian food so delicious. The coconut curries, masalas, and samosas are all spot on and worth ordering. There’s a good variety of vegetarian dishes, as well as meats and fish that are fresh from the tandoor. With a full catering service for your party or event, the little “house” restaurant in the U District is one to visit.

ROTI Cuisine of India
530 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

A cozy little restaurant on Queen Anne, not only will the owner and his wife greet you, but you’ll be surrounded by Indian art work and statues of Hindi gods and goddesses as you nosh on their handmade naan, soups, salads, seafood specialties, chicken and lamb curries and 13 vegetarian entrees. Open for lunch and dinner, ROTI grinds fresh spices every morning so you are guaranteed the freshest, most pungent curry and chili spice. The cuisine is primarily from northern India, which is well-known for its use of turmeric, yogurt and mustards.


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