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15 Outstanding Picks for South Asian Cuisine in Austin

Best curries, dosas, and sweets

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There’s a strong case to be made for excellent Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Nepalese food in Austin. The number of South Asian restaurants and food trucks keeps growing in the city, with places offering curries, dosas, fried pakoras, and sweets.

In Austin, find great South Asian fare, from the excellent offerings of Asiana, veggie heaven and giant dosas at Swad, Tex-Mex takes from Nasha, punchy drinks at Bombay Bistro, to the hidden counter of Chicken Lollypop. This update includes Biryani & Co and East Side food truck Masala Medley.

For more regional fare from the continent, scope out Austin’s best bets for Southeast Asian food, Chinese, dim sum, Thai, Korean barbecue, and sushi, as well as a guide to the spiciest foods and restaurants found in the city.

Everything below is listed in an unranked order. Don't see a favorite South Asian restaurant on the map? Hit the comments or the tipline to make a case.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bombay Express

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13000 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 491-5055
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In far north Austin, Bombay Express serves up daily specials catering with both northern and southern regional fare, with many dosas. Opt for the weekday meal specials or weekend thalis, where diners can order two different curries with rice, dal, and salad.

2. Biryani & Co

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11150 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

The Indian rice dish is the star of the Arboretum restaurant, with biryanis filled with eggs, paneer, chicken, goat, shrimp, and more. Plus there are plentiful dosas, weekend-only steamed rice cakes, and tandoori

3. Bombay to Kathmandu Kitchen

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9616 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 490-6432
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Head to Bombay to Kathmandu for Indian and Nepalese cuisine, where there are momos, naan options, and other offerings. It’s also BYOB.

4. Swad Indian Restaurant

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9515 N Lamar Blvd, #156
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 997-7923

The Thali special at this vegetarian restaurant is the best way to try a little bit of everything. Swad is also home to the best dosas in town.

5. Saffron Indian & Nepalese Cuisine

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3616 Far West Blvd
Austin, TX 78731

Another take on Indian, Pakistani, and Nepalese food, Saffron’s menu includes the intriguing Darjeeling green tea creme brulee.

6. Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

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1601 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 322-5131
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The ambiance at Claypot is suitable for dates and romantic evenings, and the menu includes happy hour drink and food specials. On deck are curries, tandoori, naans, and vegetarian specials.

7. Chicken Lollypop

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1206 Chicon St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 909-9826
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The former Indian-Chinese fusion restaurant hidden in a back of a North Austin convenience store opened its very own food truck.

Chicken Lollypop’s chicken
Chicken Lollypop’s chicken
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8. Masala Medley

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1211 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

The east side Indian food truck offers up the usuals, from naans, rotis, biryanis, daal, and curries. It even scoops up mango custard and Indian sweets.

9. Nasha

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1614 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 350-2919
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Indian food with a Texan spin means spicy curries, keema quesadilla, and South Asian tacos. Plus, late night food is available on Friday and Saturday.

10. G'Raj Mahal Cafe

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73 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-2555
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This food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar restaurant serves the same great locally sourced food, including a long list of curries, vegan and vegetarian options, and even gluten-free choices.

11. Bombay Dhaba

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2000 South I-35
Austin, TX 78704
(737) 247-4323
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On South First, Bombay Dhaba dishes up tasty Indian food out of the trailer. Lunch specials come with whatever combination the staff decides works best. Get Indian sweets like the gulab jamun for dessert.

12. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5337
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The updated Whip In is inspired by London curry houses, which means curry bowls and Scotch eggs with chutney, plus burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

13. Bombay Bistro

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4200 S Lamar Blvd, Ste 300
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-7227
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House and weekend specials make it easier to try everything the Bombay Bistro has to give. Plus, there are unique drinks like the tamarind punch and mango michelada. There's a second location up on Research Boulevard.

14. Tarka Indian Kitchen

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5207 Brodie Ln, Ste 120
Sunset Valley, TX 78745
(512) 892-2008
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The same owners of Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine branched out with the fast-food version of Indian food with delicious lassis. There are three other locations too.

15. Asiana Indian Cuisine

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801 E William Cannon Dr, #205
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 445-3435
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The bare-bones restaurant serves up delicious and not-to-be-missed South and North Indian dishes, from massive dosas to curries. Lunch is served buffet-style, and dinner is a la carte.

1. Bombay Express

13000 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78753

In far north Austin, Bombay Express serves up daily specials catering with both northern and southern regional fare, with many dosas. Opt for the weekday meal specials or weekend thalis, where diners can order two different curries with rice, dal, and salad.

13000 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78753

2. Biryani & Co

11150 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

The Indian rice dish is the star of the Arboretum restaurant, with biryanis filled with eggs, paneer, chicken, goat, shrimp, and more. Plus there are plentiful dosas, weekend-only steamed rice cakes, and tandoori

11150 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

3. Bombay to Kathmandu Kitchen

9616 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

Head to Bombay to Kathmandu for Indian and Nepalese cuisine, where there are momos, naan options, and other offerings. It’s also BYOB.

9616 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

4. Swad Indian Restaurant

9515 N Lamar Blvd, #156, Austin, TX 78753

The Thali special at this vegetarian restaurant is the best way to try a little bit of everything. Swad is also home to the best dosas in town.

9515 N Lamar Blvd, #156
Austin, TX 78753

5. Saffron Indian & Nepalese Cuisine

3616 Far West Blvd, Austin, TX 78731

Another take on Indian, Pakistani, and Nepalese food, Saffron’s menu includes the intriguing Darjeeling green tea creme brulee.

3616 Far West Blvd
Austin, TX 78731

6. Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

1601 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78701

The ambiance at Claypot is suitable for dates and romantic evenings, and the menu includes happy hour drink and food specials. On deck are curries, tandoori, naans, and vegetarian specials.

1601 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78701

7. Chicken Lollypop

1206 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702
Chicken Lollypop’s chicken
Chicken Lollypop’s chicken
Houston B./Yelp

The former Indian-Chinese fusion restaurant hidden in a back of a North Austin convenience store opened its very own food truck.

1206 Chicon St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Masala Medley

1211 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The east side Indian food truck offers up the usuals, from naans, rotis, biryanis, daal, and curries. It even scoops up mango custard and Indian sweets.

1211 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Nasha

1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Indian food with a Texan spin means spicy curries, keema quesadilla, and South Asian tacos. Plus, late night food is available on Friday and Saturday.

1614 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. G'Raj Mahal Cafe

73 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

This food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar restaurant serves the same great locally sourced food, including a long list of curries, vegan and vegetarian options, and even gluten-free choices.

73 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Bombay Dhaba

2000 South I-35, Austin, TX 78704

On South First, Bombay Dhaba dishes up tasty Indian food out of the trailer. Lunch specials come with whatever combination the staff decides works best. Get Indian sweets like the gulab jamun for dessert.

2000 South I-35
Austin, TX 78704

12. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704

The updated Whip In is inspired by London curry houses, which means curry bowls and Scotch eggs with chutney, plus burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704

13. Bombay Bistro

4200 S Lamar Blvd, Ste 300, Austin, TX 78704

House and weekend specials make it easier to try everything the Bombay Bistro has to give. Plus, there are unique drinks like the tamarind punch and mango michelada. There's a second location up on Research Boulevard.

4200 S Lamar Blvd, Ste 300
Austin, TX 78704

14. Tarka Indian Kitchen

5207 Brodie Ln, Ste 120, Sunset Valley, TX 78745

The same owners of Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine branched out with the fast-food version of Indian food with delicious lassis. There are three other locations too.

5207 Brodie Ln, Ste 120
Sunset Valley, TX 78745

15. Asiana Indian Cuisine

801 E William Cannon Dr, #205, Austin, TX 78745

The bare-bones restaurant serves up delicious and not-to-be-missed South and North Indian dishes, from massive dosas to curries. Lunch is served buffet-style, and dinner is a la carte.

801 E William Cannon Dr, #205
Austin, TX 78745

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