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“One of the best Indian restaurant in Paris ”
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Desi Road
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Ranked #2,808 of 19,123 Restaurants in Paris
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Neighbourhood: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Description: Modern indian restaurant, with creative and inspired cooking.
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Nice and plain decor
Good service
Very fresh and high level quality of products
I love This elegant restaurant so different to cheap and folkloric Indian restaurants you can find in Paris...
Indian and sophisticated food...
A little bit expensive...

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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

I just loved this place .. the ambience was really classy and I loved their interiors also. The waitress was attentive and warm it matters when you are in a foreign country. And the food was just unbelievable. Bring an Indian I loved the food here. It wasn't really your typical Indian food. It was modernised but in a very nice way. It didn't mess up with the taste of the food infact it was one of the best Indian food I ever had. If you are in Paris do visit this place. You will love it especially if you are a foreigner who can't handle typical Indian spices this place is for you. And also Indians even you will love this place. Must visit

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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Up until Desi road and MG road opened, there were only two kinds of indian restaurants in Paris: the generic tandoori, "curry house" type offering slight variations on a theme of papadums and kir, Kiri (I mean cheese) naans, chicken tikka pieces surrounded by baroque carrot sculptures, dusty pichwai paintings, sickeningly oily butter chicken, random semi-classical background music and those ominous carved wood panels. And then, the handful of south indian canteens near Porte de la Chapelle, authentic in the same way that a bar PMU is authentically french.

Desi Road broke this mold on so many different levels that it is almost infuriating: why did it take so long for such a place to open?

The decor is modern and eclectic, with marble-topped tables in the style of irani cafés, bright and welcoming Gond art, and the odd piece of antique furniture. Less kitsch, more air and more light: nothing to distract you from the food and the conversation with your guests. The staff is extremely friendly and makes you feel welcome. The atmosphere is upscale but still somewhat casual, which contributes to making Desi Road a very versatile place where you can bring friends or family, a client or a date, or even Indian guests missing the flavours from home while still looking for an unfamiliar experience.

Desi Road's crown jewel is their thali, a complete meal including a meat curry (lamb, prawn, chicken, or alternatively, another vegetarian dish), a vegetable curry, daal, raita, and kheer, served with rice, a naan, a piece of paneer tikka, and vegetable salad.

All the variants of the chicken dish (for example: south-style green curry, butter chicken...) I have tried have been delicious. While many indian restaurants attempt to hide the bad quality of their chicken with an excess of spices, butter or oil; there is nothing ugly to hide here as the quality of the meat itself is top notch. This quality shows even more strikingly in the chicken breasts with almonds, or the tandoori chicken tikka - both available à la carte - perfectly marinated and melting. The vegetable curry du jour is good, sometimes excellent, and only on rare occasions so-so. The chef seems to be at his best when he offers simple punjabi fare (an aloo matar that isn't drowned in gravy, a super creamy rajma masala) - always flavourful and well presented. The dal is creamy and complements the other dishes well. The raita recipe changes each day, some variations have a richer taste than others but they always brings a touch of freshness. It would seem that the chef seeks a compromise in terms of spiciness, the food is on the mild-er side of the hotness spectrum, but never betrays the original recipe. The naans are fresh and soft - even though only plain ones come with the thali. I would suggest trying the "naan of the day" (my favorites: green onions, rosemary, sesame seeds). The kheer is another home classic they do extremely well.

I am quite puzzled by reviewers complaining about the small size of the servings. There is just enough food in a thali to satiate an adult - people with a larger appetite might order some naans or maybe share an extra dish. Most of the "petits plats" on the menu actually work best shared between several guests, to add an extra flavour to their thali. Overall the food feels light, healthy and fresh - this is not the kind of meal that will leave you drowsy or bloated on your way back to your office or hotel.

If I allow myself to comment on the consistency of the quality of the food (or in the variations in recipes), it is simply that I have eaten at this restaurant more than a dozen times, with not a single bad experience (unusual delay in getting served, incident with the waiters, unsavoury food) to report. Comparing a meal at Desi Road's with the many other experiences I have had of indian food is a difficult task: it reminds me of some modern indian restaurants in london (not as creative), of five star hotels in India (not as many options, and a different attitude to service), or a home-cooked family meal in India (with wayyy better ingredients). That is what could be the biggest issue with Desi Road: the parisians might not find it typical enough, while indian visitors might be bewildered by the juxtaposition between of chic and the homely. To all people who are used to navigating this kind of contrasts and culture clashes, Desi Road is a place like no other.

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1  Thank OG104
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a restaurant for Western tourists who have never eaten real Indian food. We ordered a thali and it was a real rip-off: 1 piece of nan bread + 1 tiny serving of rice + 1 tiny portion of meat + 1 tiny vegetable serving + 1 tiny serving of dal + 1 tiny portion of sweet yoghurt masquerading as raita + 1 tiny portion of dessert. And guess how much we ended up paying? 28 bloody euros. If you want authentic Indian vegetarian food in Paris, go to Saravana Bhavan. Its a no frills place, but you dont get ripped off like this "fancy" place.

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2  Thank Dilip S
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Selma2500, Responsable relations clients at Desi Road, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hello & thanks a lot for taking time to leave us your comments, we offer a different experience from the Indian restaurants of la Chapelle, farm range chicken, good quality & locally sourced products, in a nice looking high end address. We have a wide vegetarian offer, we would be happy to assist you next time & explain our specials, best, Stephanie

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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

The food was outstanding. No problem with service at all. Staff was friendly and food was delivered quickly. I do agree with some posts that it is is expensive and portions are on the smaller side but we left full so we can't really complain.

All the dishes we tried were flavorful and delicious.

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Selma2500, Responsable relations clients at Desi Road, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hello & thanks a lot for your kind comments, we are very pleased to hear that is was delicious & I will share this with our team, looking forward to see you again, Stephanie

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