Best Modern Indian Cuisine, 2017: The appetizers here are spot-on—try the curry potato aloo tikki. The list of naan is nearly infinite, and the vegetarian courses please meat eaters, too. The marinated and slow-cooked tandoor dishes—chicken, shrimp and salmon—leave us wanting more. Add biryani (prepared basmati rice) for a real treat.
Best Lamb Korma 2015: Stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, this rich, flavorful, long-simmered curry is complex and fragrant thanks to its tender lamb-loin base, which is combined with onions and tomatoes in a coconut-milky cashew sauce. Order plenty of naan, as this hearty stew is great for dipping.
Best Indian, 2014: It’s all about high-quality flavor at this casual BYOB, where the distinctive aromas of cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, curry, cayenne and coriander swell from steaming copper bowls packed with authentic dishes. Start with the vegetable samosas before moving on to the luscious tandoori chicken. Select from 12 kinds of charcoal-fired naan bread, and savor sips of a tangy traditional lassi.
From 2013: Oh, how jealous we’ve been of Philadelphians and their plethora of delicious Indian options. But there is cause for hope. The past year has been an exciting one, with local additions Tiffin, Ekta and Saffron Indian Kitchen offering authentic cuisine that can compete with almost anything in Center City. Ekta isn’t your typical all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. The stream of piping-hot dishes coming out of the kitchen is continuous, so you know the food is always fresh. Easily some of the best Indian food around—and, at just $9.99, it’s a steal.