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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

Hi, just wanted to add another to the list, good curry, expensive, central:

Restaurant Masala
Stauffacherstrasse 27
8004 Zürich
Phone:044/240 03 61

A 2 minute walk from the tram stop.
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IMHO there's no such thing as a good indian in Zürich. The best I've had was at Khan's. It was passable but not a patch on indian food available in England, and certainly not worth CHF 120 for two people. No indian meal is worth that much - I could go to a real restaurant and have real food for less than that.

Don't bother with the indians. Go for a decent pizza instead.
90% of the Indian restaurants in England are actually Pakistani restaurants. It is easier to find a restaurant specialising in genuine Southern or Northern Indian food in Switzerland than it is in England. The vast majority produce the same, identical, sauces (often out of an industrial sized tin). There are exceptions - the Bombay Brasserie in London, the Bengal Lancer in Edinburgh, a couple of the better ones in Brick lane.

I do think that 5 years ago you might have had more cause for complaint but now the only element of truth in your statement is the extortionate price - but don't forget that in most Indian restaurants in Switzerland each individual dish is prepared fresh and to order.

Go to the Tandoor in Oerlikon. Have the vege curry and then see if you can still make that statement.
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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

Or Bangladeshi.
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90% of the Indian restaurants in England are actually Pakistani restaurants.
Most Indian restaurants in UK are tailored for the English palate. Not many Indians spend their life eating CTM. If you really want authentic Indian food, then it can be found. But its not what most of the takeaways and restaurants are selling.
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It is easier to find a restaurant specialising in genuine Southern or Northern Indian food in Switzerland than it is in England.

I disagree. If it always newly produced (note absence of word fresh), it's because trade is slow, I have had some dire meals here. Brick Lane, bring your own beer, cheap and cheerful, fresh and simple is far preferable. Batch cooking of this kind of food is almost ubiquitous.
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...now the only element of truth in your statement is the extortionate price - but don't forget that in most Indian restaurants in Switzerland each individual dish is prepared fresh and to order.
I have done this several times and the vegetable experience both in the Tandoor and Kerala in Oerlikon has not been pleasurable.
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Go to the Tandoor in Oerlikon. Have the vege curry and then see if you can still make that statement.
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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

The India Club, The Strand http://www.timeout.com/london/restau...iews/6068.html

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90% of the Indian restaurants in England are actually Pakistani restaurants. It is easier to find a restaurant specialising in genuine Southern or Northern Indian food in Switzerland than it is in England. The vast majority produce the same, identical, sauces (often out of an industrial sized tin). There are exceptions - the Bombay Brasserie in London, the Bengal Lancer in Edinburgh, a couple of the better ones in Brick lane.

I do think that 5 years ago you might have had more cause for complaint but now the only element of truth in your statement is the extortionate price - but don't forget that in most Indian restaurants in Switzerland each individual dish is prepared fresh and to order.

Go to the Tandoor in Oerlikon. Have the vege curry and then see if you can still make that statement.
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Old 26.03.2008, 14:25
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[QUOTE=swissbob;194977]90% of the Indian restaurants in England are actually Pakistani restaurants.

Actually, to be pedantic most British Indian restaurants are Bangladeshi-owned.
Yes, most tailor their menus for British tastes, but so too do 'Indian' restaurants here - and the Swiss on the whole, like most other continental Europeans, are not used to spicy food. As a result, it is very bland (I think that's a polite description) and not a patch on what you'd get in a decent restaurant in the UK - such as the India Club!
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90% of the Indian restaurants in England are actually Pakistani restaurants.

Actually, to be pedantic most British Indian restaurants are Bangladeshi-owned.
Yes, most tailor their menus for British tastes, but so too do 'Indian' restaurants here - and the Swiss on the whole, like most other continental Europeans, are not used to spicy food. As a result, it is very bland (I think that's a polite description) and not a patch on what you'd get in a decent restaurant in the UK - such as the India Club!
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I see two posts that clearly point out the restaurants in UK tend to be Bangladeshi owned. Obviously some are Pakistani, with the huge influx of British citizens born there. Food is spicy or tailored but not bland.

Tandoor, King Kurry and Khan seem to have the more favorable reviews.
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Brick Lane, bring your own beer, cheap and cheerful, fresh and simple is far preferable. Batch cooking of this kind of food is almost ubiquitous.


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Bombay Brasserie, Cinnamon Club at the westminster library and to some extent Quilon I would define as french style indian resturants.

Brick Lane, well I dare you to name a place thats any good. Chillies is 'ok' as a stereotypical english indian.

Nearby is New Tayyab which is what I would probably say was the best Indian in London, there is also lahore kebab on umberston st (off commercial road).

Places like cafe spice namaste hold the middle round.

Plenty of rubbish like la porte des indes et al.

For genuine food switzerland is better than london.

(and to be more of a pedant, eastern pakistan was renamed bangladesh, so for many people Pakistani is what they were when they left for UK shores)
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90% of the Indian restaurants in England are actually Pakistani restaurants. It is easier to find a restaurant specialising in genuine Southern or Northern Indian food in Switzerland than it is in England. The vast majority produce the same, identical, sauces (often out of an industrial sized tin). There are exceptions - the Bombay Brasserie in London, the Bengal Lancer in Edinburgh, a couple of the better ones in Brick lane.

I do think that 5 years ago you might have had more cause for complaint but now the only element of truth in your statement is the extortionate price - but don't forget that in most Indian restaurants in Switzerland each individual dish is prepared fresh and to order.

Go to the Tandoor in Oerlikon. Have the vege curry and then see if you can still make that statement.
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It seems that there is quite a Bangladeshi/Pakistani community in the UK and that started the restaurant + takeaway thing there. I guess the big word is genuine.
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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

I know these two "high end" and a number of the Brick Lane and Drummond St (Euston) establishments. Very good.

I am not sure what you mean by:
"For genuine food switzerland is better than london."
Genuine what food ? The food I ate in India bore no resemblance to anything I have had in Europe in any case, and certainly not in Switzerland !

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Bombay Brasserie, Cinnamon Club at the westminster library
Brick Lane, well I dare you to name a place thats any good. Chillies is 'ok' as a stereotypical english indian.

Nearby is New Tayyab which is what I would probably say was the best Indian in London, there is also lahore kebab on umberston st (off commercial road).

Places like cafe spice namaste hold the middle round.

Plenty of rubbish like la porte des indes et al.

For genuine food switzerland is better than london.

(and to be more of a pedant, eastern pakistan was renamed bangladesh, so for many people Pakistani is what they were when they left for UK shores)
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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

What are you after dave? poppadom, onion baji, lamb rogan josh and a buttered nan?
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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

Simply an answer to the question would suffice, as long as it has lime pickle with it.

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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

well I posted a sri-lankan takeaway. The only sri-lankan place I know in london is on loampit hill in lewisham.

loampit hill (called everest or something) does have cream soda, its more spicy than muniandy villas, does a good 14inch onion dosa. however muniandy does better meat dishes and the vegie selection is better prepared.

(you can read that as - I think muniandy has a better chef)
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Bombay Brasserie, Cinnamon Club at the westminster library and to some extent Quilon I would define as french style indian resturants.

Brick Lane, well I dare you to name a place thats any good. Chillies is 'ok' as a stereotypical english indian.

Nearby is New Tayyab which is what I would probably say was the best Indian in London, there is also lahore kebab on umberston st (off commercial road).

Places like cafe spice namaste hold the middle round.

Plenty of rubbish like la porte des indes et al.

For genuine food switzerland is better than london.

(and to be more of a pedant, eastern pakistan was renamed bangladesh, so for many people Pakistani is what they were when they left for UK shores)

The borders of present-day Bangladesh were drawn up at Partition in 1947, before which of course Pakistan did not exist. Bangladesh is bordered almost entirely by India, and makes up with the Indian state of West Bengal the ethno-linguistic region of Bengal. I doubt that any Bangladeshi thinks of themselves as Pakistani.
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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

....and the lime pickle...?

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...just to get the thread back on topic (as most of us are not too concerned with the geo-political origins of the Bangladeshi-Punjabi-East-Pakistani-Indian restaurants in London :P).
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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

I think therein lies the problem, I have never really enjoyed a curry in Zürich so its Hobson's Choice really.

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...just to get the thread back on topic (as most of us are not too concerned with the geo-political origins of the Bangladeshi-Punjabi-East-Pakistani-Indian restaurants in London :P).
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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

Well, I can also recommend Nimmis at Josefstrasse 137 for cheap and good Sri Lankan curry. Their thosais (dosas) are good. Their kottus (roti or string hoppers) are very good. A meal will cost you CHF14.
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I think therein lies the problem, I have never really enjoyed a curry in Zürich so its Hobson's Choice really.

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Re: The best Indian curry in Zurich?

Reckon that maybe there should be a separate thread for indian restaurants in the UK?

I can move the posts ....
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