When it comes to Indian food, I've got high standards. For a start, I come from the UK, the country whose national dish is chicken tikka. I'm a well seasoned traveller on the Indian sub continent and even when I nip back to London, a trip to the Brick Lane curry houses is usually on the cards. So what's a gal to do when she craves Sag Aloo in Paris, where Indian food isn't the foreign fare of choice and when it is they put Laughing Cow cheese in their naan bread? Go to La Chapelle in North Eastern Paris, that's what. This area, not far from Gare du Nord, is Paris' Indian quarter and is lined with Indian restaurants, grocers and sari shops. The centre of this hub is the rue Cail, where my long time favourite Indian restaurant on the street, and by default, in the whole of Paris, can be found: Krishna Bhavan. It's a small and unassuming joint, decorated with kitsch hindi statuettes and packed with all kinds of people delighted to be getting their curry fix on. The restaurant is entirely vegetarian and my dish of choice is the Thali, a huge platter with a little bit of everything in it - dahl, aloo ghobi, aubergines, popadoms and even rice pudding. I would also recommend the delicious mango lassi but you'd have to be rolled out of the place if you ate a meal and drank one of those too. To top it all off, the menu is extremely purse friendly with a main course coming in at about 5 euros. Next time you crave a proper authentic Indian in Paris, you know where to go.
24 rue Cail, 75010 Paris
Open every day 11am - 11pm