The Best Indian Restaurants in the Raval, Barcelona

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31 March 2017

Famous for being one of the most multi-cultural neighborhoods in Barcelona, El Raval is a great place to head if you’re hungry for authentic Indian cuisine. From spicy curries to oven baked delicacies, there will be plenty to satisfy your appetite in these popular Indian eateries.

Maharaja

Restaurant, Indian, Pakistani, $$$
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A flavoursome chicken curry © Charles Haynes
A flavoursome chicken curry | © Charles Haynes / Flickr

Located on the Rambla del Raval, Maharaja is an authentic Indian restaurant serving a wide selection of traditional dishes which they are happy to cater to particular requirements whenever possible, including jain vegetarianism. They have both indoor seating in their spacious dining area and outdoor seating on the lively Rambla del Raval. The décor is classic but understated and makes for a comfortable dining experience which can easily be catered to groups.

Moti Mahal

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Moti Mahal, Barcelona
Moti Mahal, Barcelona | © Oh-Barcelona.com

This authentic restaurant prides itself on serving quality dishes prepared according to recipes which have been handed down from generation to generation and reflect the finest flavors of India. Moti Mahal has an extensive menu of dishes including tandoori specialties prepared in their genuine tandoori oven, as well as a large selection of vegetarian dishes including a choice of dals. The restaurant is used to catering to groups and can cater for everything from Hindu weddings to film shoots.

Tandoori Nights Barcelona

Restaurant, Indian, Halal, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
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This is a casual, no fuss no frills Indian restaurant located on a corner of El Raval and popular with a younger crowd. Despite what its name might suggest, Tandoori Nights does not specialize in tandoori cooking but rather offers a simple menu of Indian staples, including meat curries, shish kebabs and lassis. There is a cosy outdoor terrace which is popular day and night, while the service is friendly and laid-back.

Bombay Spicy

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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London curry on sale at the Boqueria market
London curry on sale at the Boqueria market | © Luisa Asiul

Located just a minute away from Las Ramblas, Bombay Spicy is a friendly Indian restaurant which serves a variety of traditional dishes for all palates. Don’t be put off by the name if you’re not a fan of fiery spice – the chefs are used to adapting the flavor of their dishes to clients’ needs and you can choose just how hot you would like your meal. There are both meat-based and vegetarian curries and other specialties to choose from as well as a sharing menu for two people.

Bollywood

Restaurant, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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If you’re a fan of Bollywood cinema then get yourself down to this Indian eatery on a Friday or Saturday night for an evening of Bollywood-inspired entertainment with live performers. The menu includes a selection of classic Indian dishes, including a wide choice of vegetarian dishes, meat and seafood curries as well as naan breads and other appetizers. While the dishes at Bollywood Restaurant may not quite be gourmet, what the food is lacking the restaurant makes up for in atmosphere and décor.

Shalimar

Restaurant, Pakistani
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This cozy, unassuming Pakistani restaurant is a true hidden gem eatery in El Raval and a favorite among locals – both Spanish and Pakistani. The service at Shalimar is generally quite fast and the waiters are generally always happy to find room to squeeze you in even when they’re busy. The dishes are well-priced and relatively cheap compared to some of the more up-market Indian restaurants in the area. This is a popular restaurant in both evenings and at lunchtime when it usually fills up with workers stopping for a filling home-cooked meal.

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