The best Indian restaurants in Sofia you must try

Best Indian restaurants in Sofia

My first Indian cuisine experience was in Paris. I entered in an Indian restaurant by a total accident. To be fair I didn’t enjoy my meal so much. It was ok, but nothing more.

After a few years I decided to give the Indian cuisine a second chance to charm me. It didn’t fail this time and I was in love. No matter which one of the list of the best Indian restaurants in Sofia you choose, you will have a delicious Indian experience.

Kohinoor

The Kohinoor restaurant is located in the center of Sofia, near the National Palace of Culture (NDK). It has summer and winter gardens. The restaurant is named after one of the largest diamonds in the world, Koh-i-Noor, which means Mountain of Light.

Address: 7 Knyaz Boris I Str., Sofia
Opening hours:
From Monday to Friday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 05:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

This is what I tried:

Chicken Tikka – chicken marinated in masala spices and yogurt and cooked in a traditional tandoori oven.

Chicken Tikka
Chicken Tikka

Navratan Korma – vegetables in creamy sauce with cashew and raisins.

Pilau Rice – basmati rice with traditional Indian spices, garnished with fried onions and cashew nuts.

Cheese Naan – a traditional flat Indian bread baked in tandoori oven, stuffed with Bulgarian cheese. This place offers one of my favourite Indian breads in Sofia. I love it so much because of the filling.

Navratan Korma, Pilau Rice and Cheese Naan
Navratan Korma, Pilau Rice and Cheese Naan

Saffron

Saffron is a typical Indian restaurant, located outside the city center. The restaurant has two medium sized halls. One of them is beautifully decorated in authentic Indian style, but the other looks quite ordinary with only few Indian decorations.

The music isn’t intrusive and it sounds like Indian pop. If the original Indian cuisine is too spicy for you, you can order each meal from the menu in a milder version.

Address: 42B Block Studentski Grad, Sofia
Opening hours:
Monday: 07:00 PM – 11:00 PM
From Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

My choices from the menu were:

Salad Makai Chat Masala – sweet corn mix with fresh vegetable sprinkle with Chat Masala.

Salad Makai Chat Masala
Salad Makai Chat Masala

Tandoori chicken – traditional north Indian tandoori chicken with spices.

Tandoori chicken
Tandoori chicken

Vegetable Pulao – rice with vegetables mixed with Indian spices.

Baigan bharta – eggplant roasted in tandoor and then cooked in tomato onion sauce finish with garam masala.

Baigan Bharta and Vegetable Pulao
Baigan Bharta and Vegetable Pulao

Malai Naan – an Indian bread stuffed with a combination of Bulgarian white cheese and green peppers.

Malai Naan
Malai Naan
View of Saffron restaurant
View of Saffron restaurant

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal restaurant is situated in the center of Sofia. It is close to St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and the Bulgarian Parliament. The restaurant is on 3 floors with medium sized halls in Indian interior.

The soft Indian chill out playing in the background contributes to the authentic atmosphere. Taj Mahal restaurant is a great choice for a romantic dinner.

Address: 11 “11th of August” Street, Sofia
Opening hours:
Monday: 06:00 PM – 11:30 PM
From Tuesday to Sunday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM

As this was my first visit to an Indian restaurant in Sofia, I had hard time to decide what to order exactly. Finally I decided to go with:

Salad Tarakala – fresh cucumbers, pepper and onion flavoured with scents of East.

Salad Tarakala
Salad Tarakala

Lemon Tikka – marinated chicken fillet in yoghurt with real lemon gently cooked in tandoori oven.

Mushroom Pulao – basmati rice with bits of mushrooms and forest herbs.

Lemon Tikka, Mushroom Pulao, Chicken Tikka Masala and Methi Aloo
Lemon Tikka, Mushroom Pulao, Chicken Tikka Masala and Methi Aloo

Parsley Naan –  flat bread, flavoured with parsley, baked in tandoor with melted butter.

Parsley Naan
Parsley Naan

Chicken Tikka Masala – bits of chicken fillet, marinated in a paste of cashew, white pepper, processed cheese, cardamom and cream.

Methi Aloo – sautéed potatoes in combination with exotic herb “methi”.

Methi Aloo and Chicken Tikka Masala
Methi Aloo and Chicken Tikka Masala

Gurkha

Here you can try meals from North-Indian and Nepali regions.

Address: 56 Tsvetna Gradina Str., Sofia
Opening hours: Every day 12:00 PM – 00:00

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Do you like Indian food? Have you tried any of the best Indian restaurants in Sofia?

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I'm a travel blogger based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Travelling has always been my passion and I love to discover new places and cultures. I want to show you how easy it is to organize your vacation all by yourself.

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