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Our Favourite Indian Restaurants Across the North East 
Eat and Drink
November 2023
Reading time 5 Minutes

Spice up your life at one of the North East's best Indian restaurants

Here are a few of our favourites.
Dabbawal | My Delhi


69–75 High Bridge Street, Newcastle NE1 6BX
0191 232 5133
1 Brentwood Mews, Jesmond NE2 3DG
0191 281 3434

Street food pioneers of the North East, the team of chefs at both Dabbawal restaurants create authentic dishes with are true to the metropolitan roots of Mumbai’s dabbawalas. As well as large plates on the menu, the small plates such as samosa chaats, Punjabi chilli chicken tikka and Jaffrani salmon are perfect for sharing – or try Dabbawal’s bottomless brunch and have your pick of a starter, curry and side whilst sipping on free-flowing Prosecco.

The Valley Restaurants

Old Station House, Station Road, Corbridge NE45 5AY
01434 633434
The Old Station, Jesmond Three Sixty, Newcastle NE2 1DB
0191 281 6397
Cilantro, 19 Market Street, Hexham NE46 3NX
01434 601234

The Valley Restaurants in Corbridge and Jesmond serve authentic dishes from Bangladesh and the Indian subcontinent. Long-term favourites with locals for their delicious Indian cuisine and their varied menu featuring old favourites and new dishes, they even offer a special Passage to India, where you can jump aboard the train at Newcastle and enjoy a Raj-style escorted service to Corbridge. Your order from the a la carte menu is taken on the train and is ready on your arrival as you alight at Corbridge. Don’t miss sister restaurant Cilantro in Hexham, which serves innovative Indo-Latino tapas.

My Delhi

87A Clayton Street, Newcastle NE1 5PY
0191 230 2302
39 Borough Road, Sunderland SR1 1PL
0191 670 9816

After the success of their Newcastle venue (and the number of awards they’ve picked up, including being crowned the nation’s best street food restaurant) the team opened their second restaurant in Sunderland. Order street food plates, roadside curries and tandoori specials alongside refreshing cocktails – the Emperor’s Rose is our pick.

food at Haveli Haveli


3–5 Broadway, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9PW
01661 872727

With a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide, Haveli takes Indian food to a whole new level. The menu features a ‘curry house classics’ section, but you can also try authentic signature dishes
including Kashmiri rogan josh and Goan king prawns. Make sure you add a portion of Dal Makhani (24-hour-cooked black lentils) to your order too.

Khai Khai

29 Queen Street, Quayside NE1 3UG
0191 261 4277

Attracting attention from celebrities across the UK, it’s fair to say Khai Khai have made a name for themselves in the short time they have been open. Showcasing the roots of Indian culinary evolution – with dishes prepared over hot coals, stones, wood fires and age-old tandoor ovens – we love their heritage dishes such as butter chicken and rogan josh curries, as well as their smoke plates like Achari tiger prawns or lamb chops. A new addition to the menu includes breakfast dishes such as akuri toast and a Khai Khai take on the English breakfast.


44 Priestpopple, Hexham NE46 1PQ
01434 600333

This fine-dining Indian is a modern boutique restaurant; a stylish choice for dining in Hexham. Under the control of Chef Khaled Miah, the menu features both contemporary and classic options, using the best cuts of meat and the freshest ingredients. Their black garlic chicken with crushed black roasted garlic, tomatoes, cumin and cardomom is not to be missed.

For from Khai Khai and Dosa Kitchen Khai Khai | Dosa Kitchen


Forth Banks, Newcastle NE1 3SG
0191 261 9035

Sachins is still serving up some of the finest Punjabi cuisine around. Try their banquet for two, which allows you to try their Sachins tandoori starter (five tandoori dishes on a sizzling platter) as well as two mains, sides and poppadoms.

Dosa Kitchen

7 Osborne Road, Jesmond NE2 2AE

In the heart of Jesmond, step into this authentic south Indian soul-food kitchen where their menu has something for everyone – including vegan and naturally gluten-free food. Enjoy onion ragi pakoras, chicken and lamb curries and their staple dish of filled rice-flour pancakes, from which Dosa Kitchen takes its name.

Char Mausum

Station Road End, Stannington NE61 6DR
01670 789011

Discover delicious Indian food at this hot-spot near Morpeth. Try the tandoori lamb chops or classic mixed kebab for starter, followed by Goan fish curry, chicken tikka masala or classic rogan josh. There are plenty of sides, pickles and breads to nibble on too.

Indian Brasserie

40 Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7RQ

If you’re at the coast and fish and chips doesn’t take you’re fancy, head to Indian Brasserie where flavours come alive at the hands of the chefs. Start with the vegetable platter for two including an onion bhaji, vegetable samosa and vegetable pakora, followed by Rajasthani lamb chops, or one of the house specials – the chicken channa achar with roasted spices and special achar sauce is one of our favourites.

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Thali Tray

Bealim House, 17–25 Gallowgate, Newcastle NE1 4SG
0191 221 2266

Back with a bang and a new location, Thali Tray’s much-loved Indian street food restaurant returns, offering the same delicious food served in their classic trays. The menu changes regularly here and they also offer an Indian-style breakfast – think streaky bacon, eggs, sausages, aloo pakoras, Bombay beans, garlic and ginger mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, Kolkata ketchup and a buttered tandoori chapati.


9 Market Place, Barnard Castle DL12 8NF
01833 630575
2 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NB

This award-winning Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant has been serving authentic and vibrant dishes in Barnard Castle for the last 25 years. The chefs cook up the classics and at their Darlington restaurant you can also enjoy an Indian- and Bangladeshi-inspired brunch.

Lal Khazana

Deanmoor Road, West End, Shilbottle NE66 2YP
01665 575880

Tantalise your tastebuds with Lal Khazana’s Indian cuisine with a modern twist. Using both traditional styles of cooking and creative flair, expect the likes of tender Bengali chicken, chilli king prawns and lamb tikka shashlik on the tandoori menu, as well as seafood dishes and traditional biryani mains.

Raval Indian Brasserie

Church Street, Gateshead Quays NE8 2AT
0191 477 1700

Recently named Best Fine Dining Indian Restaurant Outside London at the Asian Curry Awards, Raval is a name you can trust. As well as making all our favourite chicken, beef, lamb and vegetarian curry dishes from scratch, the team offer a seven-course luxury tasting menu with the likes of Bombay lobster, Delhi chicken tikka and Goan salmon curry.

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