Located a bit outside the city center in District 6, Taj Mahal is one of, if not the best Indian restaurants in Budapest, specializing in north Indian fare. They serve food from pretty copper tureens, there are Indian art pieces on the walls, and, somewhat bizarrely, the Hungarian waitresses wear saris to fill the high-ceilinged room with Indian vibes.
The onion bhaji (€5), the pakora fritters stuffed with vegetables (€4), and the hara bhara kabab (€6), a "vegetarian kebab" snack made from spinach, peas, and potatoes will help you ease into the meal. The sizzling tandoori chicken (€9) is perfectly smokey with splotches of char, but best of all is the chicken korma (€11), boneless pieces of chicken swimming in a luscious, cashew-infused cream sauce. Taj Mahal is the only restaurant in Budapest that serves a masala dosa (€11)—a classic south-Indian rice-lentil pancake filled with curried potatoes, onion, and a side of lentil stew.