Can’t afford a plane ticket? Take a trip around the world through your palate. Read our list to discover the best international cuisine in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Step into paradise when you visit this authentic Indian restaurant. The exotic dishes are made with lamb, chicken, shrimp, fish and more. Try the Shrimp Jalfrazee, a stew with mixed vegetables, or the Lamb Biryani, a meal served with saffron flavored basmati rice. There are also numerous vegetarian dishes on the menu, including Baigan Bharta, Kadai Paneer, and Dal Tadka, which is charbroiled eggplant, cooked cheese, and yellow lentils, respectively. Indian Paradise is bold, flavorful, and delicious. The restaurant features a wine bar, and also caters personal and work events. Be on the lookout for a kids’ menu, various naan breads, and champagne brunch on the weekends.
15111 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 483 9284
Feijoada | ©João Guilherme de Carvalho/Flickr
Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen
Restaurant, Brazilian, $$$
Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen
Carvalho’s is a family-owned and -operated restaurant that serves incredible Brazilian cuisine to the fine people of Scottsdale. Dine on authentic dishes including plates such as Feijoada, a Brazilian meat dish, or Bobo de Camarão, a large shrimp and pepper dinner. Pair your meal with a delicious fine wine, or sip on a strong Brazilian coffee after dessert, like Brigadeiros, or chocolate truffles with sprinkles. Carvalho’s hosts live music for a few hours each Saturday night, so the place is oozing with ambiance during your meal. It’s a great place to come for date night, or even happy hour during the week. The staff is fantastic, and everyone there treats you like family. It’s a very warm and welcoming atmosphere.
23623 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 563 1562
Kabab Koobideh with Persian Rice | ©su-lin/Flickr
Restaurant, Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Peruvian, $$$
Dine in the lap of luxury when you visit Scottsdale’s Persian Room. The fine dining restaurant serves a variety of traditional Persian lunches, dinners and desserts. Start out with an appetizer, such as hummus and sautéed eggplant. Or, choose dolmeh, which is grape leaves stuffed with rice and spices. Follow up with a soup or salad, or dive right into the entrees. Large plates include dishes prepared with chicken, fresh seafood, beef, and lamb. There are also vegetarian dishes, pastas and stews, and a kids’ menu. Keep an eye out for desserts like baklava and Persian ice cream; the Turkish coffee is fantastic as well. The Persian Room features a banquet room that is a popular venue to host special events such as birthday parties or wedding celebrations. They also cater and offer party packages.
17040 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 614 1414
Cheese Naan | ©Luca Nebuloni/Flickr
Bar, Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Al Hamra brings together authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine and presents it to the people of Scottsdale. Named after a Spanish palace, the fine dining establishment treats each customer like a king or queen. You can opt for a variety of curries, as well as biryanis, tandoori dishes, and naan. Striving to satisfy every individual’s needs, the restaurant also serves organic, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Order your meal to go or enjoy the elegant atmosphere that Al Hamra offers. There is live music frequently throughout the week, as well as full-service bar, televisions, and free wifi. Sign up for their online newsletter to receive free coupon, and be sure to make a reservation when you dine in.
8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 538 9200
Tandoori Chicken Wings | ©[puamelia]/Flickr
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Asian, $$$
Named the ‘Best Indian Restaurant of 2014’ by Phoenix New Times, Tandoori Times is phenomenal in every way. First and foremost, their food is authentic and delicious. Dine on tandoori wraps and breads, sample one of the numerous curries, or taste one of their flavorful entrees. The restaurant comes equipped with a full-service bar, which services innovative and original cocktails, as well as fine wines, premium liquor, champagne, and other sparkling libations. Look out for their ‘boostaholic’ menu, which features cocktails prepared with various energy drinks. Finally, Tandoori Times creates stellar ambiance, particularly on the weekends when they host live belly dancing performances. Watch the dancers shimmy and shake to the rhythmic sounds of India.
Tandoori Times, 8140 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 794 1404