9 delicious Indian restaurants in Portland

Nov 20 2019, 6:00 am

Finding authentic Indian restaurants can be challenging. The prospect of being faced with generic, vaguely orange-colored curries and soggy samosas is so unsettling that we’ve taken it upon ourselves to curate a list of Indian restaurants in PDX that understand just how diverse, rich, and explosive Indian cuisine can be.

Here are nine restaurants in the city that know Indian food inside out.

Maruti Indian Restaurant

 

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The creative lovechild of Falguni Khanna and Rudra Parmar, Maruti offers a delectable selection of Indian classics like Biryani, Samosa Chole, and Kichadi, a soothing Ayurvedic concoction of lentils, rice, ginger, and coconut.

Address: 1925 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland

Phone number: 503-236-0714

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Gandhi Indian Restaurant

 

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Gandhi Indian Restaurant is inspired by the authentic flavors of Punjab in Northern India. We recommend the potato pakoras and spicy tandoori chicken, all washed down with a tall glass of iced chai.

Address: 710 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland

Phone number: 503-219-9224

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Swagat Indian Cuisine

 

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While most people think of North Indian food when they think of Indian cuisine, Swagat offers a delicious selection of South Indian food, a lesser-known cuisine from the South Asian continent. The rava dosa, a delicious savory crepe made from cream of wheat and rice flour, and idli sambhar, rice dumplings soaked in a spicy lentil stew, are a couple of standouts on the menu.

Address: 2074 NW Lovejoy Street, Portland

Phone number: 503-227-4300

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Bollywood Theater PDX

 

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Street food galore! Bollywood Theatre has an incredible selection of dishes inspired from the street of India, including Bhel Puri, a tangy snack made from puffed rice, spices, potatoes, onions, peanuts, and cilantro, as well as Kathi Rolls, Parantha rolls stuffed with pickled onions, meat, egg, cheese, and chutney.

Address: 2039 NE Alberta Street, Portland

Phone number: 971-200-4711

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Chennai Masala

 

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You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Indian Chinese food, and Chennai Masala offers a selection of Indo-Chinese cuisine. The Indian-inspired Shrimp Fried Rice, Chilli Paneer, and Cauliflower Manchurian are simply addictive.

Address: 2088 NE Stucki Avenue, Hillsboro

Phone number: 503-531-9500

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Tiffin Asha

 

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Tiffin Asha is one of the few places in Portland that offers authentic South Indian cuisine, the kind that’s actually made by South Indian mothers for their children and the kind the writer remembers eating as a child. We’re talking medu Vadas, fried idli wedges with gun powder, appams, and even uttapams!

Address: 1670 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland

Phone number: 503-936-7663

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Desi PDX

 

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Desi PDX has a whole lot of soul, and a whole lot of desi. Owned by fiercely passionate owner and chef Deepak Saxena, Desi PDX features “local fare with Indian flair.” Tandoori tempeh curry, cardamom chai chicken, and fenugreek marinated shrimp are some highlights of the menu.

Address: 4233 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland

Phone number: 503-862-3374

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The Sudra

 

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The Sudra is a vegan restaurant that doesn’t hold back one bit. Their vegan bowls have a cult following. Try their lentil kofta bowl, lentil fried meatballs with roasted cauliflower, kale, onions in a house-made tikka sauce. You won’t regret it.

Address: 28 NE 28th Avenue, Portland

Phone number: 971-302-6002

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Bombay Chaat House

 

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Bombay Chaat House is a no-nonsense Indian food truck. They serve up piping hot, authentic Indian food that’s bursting with flavor. Their tandoori flatbreads are handmade in a tandoori clay oven and are unlike anything else you’ll put in your mouth.

Address: 804 SW 12th Avenue, Portland

Phone number: 503-241-7944

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