Taj Mahal prides itself on providing “the real Indian taste” in Budapest in an authentic environment. What the latter means is a rich, partially Indian décor (a Gustav Klimt reprint somehow made its way through), Bollywood music, images of India on a flat screen TV, and quintessentially Indian serving trays. The service staff of Hungarian women wearing sarees is perhaps more absurd than authentic.
The menu at Taj Mahal has individual sections dedicated to tandoori, chicken, fish, lamb, vegetarian, bread, and South Indian food, with a total of 134 food options on the menu. This would normally be a red flag that the chef is overextending, but in Taj Mahal’s case this isn’t true for the majority of dishes. The hara bhara kabab (a vegetarian snack made with spinach, potatoes and stuffed with cheese) and the tandoori roti are soft and delicious, the tandoori lamb tikka tender, but the flavors don’t come together in the chicken masala curry. Two notes of caution: 1) the kitchen here is perhaps more generous with the use of chiles than at other Indian restaurants in Budapest, and 2) the prices are on the higher end compared to other (Indian) restaurants in Budapest.