Best of Philly

Best Indian Restaurant

2017 BEST Indian


There’s more to Indian food than tandoori chicken and mango lassis, as you’ll discover at this strip-mall spot that highlights Southern Indian cuisine. It’s vegetarian, but with complex curries, lentil dal vada donuts and dosas, no one will miss the meat. Bring the kids—they’ll get a kick out of the paper dosas, which are, quite literally, twice as big as they are.

151 West Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA | 610-594-9250 | Website

2016 BEST Indian Restaurant

Chaat and Chai

1532 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

You know the city has changed when the best Indian food is coming out of a cheery, colorful place around the corner from the Melrose Diner. The menu’s not huge, but that’s just fine. The namesake chaats (Indian street snacks) and chais (Indian teas) make for a perfect, well, afternoon tea. For a more substantial… Read more »

2015 BEST Indian Restaurant


145 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA

While local Indian mini-chain Tiffin has locations in Bryn Mawr and Wynnewood, more than a few Main Liners prefer this stand-up BYO run by a former Tiffin chef — and we agree. In addition to killer curries and sinus-singeing vindaloos, the menu includes South Indian specialties like idli sambar (a frequent special) and dosa masala,… Read more »

2014 BEST Indian Restaurant

Kabob & Grill

107 East County Line Road, Ardmore, PA

Like many of the best ethnic restaurants, it doesn’t look like much from the outside and yet this newcomer has quickly become an area favorite. The highly spiced biryanis, vindaloos and curries will both clear your sinuses and please your palette, and you’ll find rare-in-Philly dosa, chaat and kadai. Read more »

2013 BEST Indian Restaurant

New Azaad

6443 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

It may not look like much (and really, it doesnt), but after several meals consumed both in the restaurant and on the go, weve tried nearly every item on the menu and can confidently report that no other traditional Indian restaurant in the region even comes close. From the goat and chicken curries to the… Read more »

2012 BEST Indian Restaurant


777 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

The best thing to happen to Philly Indian food since Tiffin-but for the hundredth time: Tashan is not Tiffin. The reference points range from Nagaland to the Andaman Islands in chef Sylva Senat’s deliciously compelling take on post-curry Indian cuisine. Read more »

2010 BEST Indian Restaurant

Saffron Indian Kitchen

145 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA

The layers of flavors at this Bala BYO take our Indian favorites up a notch, starting with the rice: Light, fluffy, and infused with the restaurant’s namesake spice, it’s the perfect starchy building block to a delicious meal. Don’t miss the saag paneer, in which the brilliantly spiced spinach what is that smoky note? shines… Read more »

2009 BEST New Indian Restaurant


619 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ

A couple of years ago, Tiffin raised the bar for Indian food in Philadelphia. Its longtime chef, Rakesh Ramola, has jumped ship and opened this astoundingly good BYO just five minutes over the bridge raising the bar even higher. The decor and service could both use work, but with such stellar plates coming from the… Read more »