Sarah and I have often retreated down memory lane and returned to places from our Paris past. Two years ago,our group had been searching for a popular Indian restaurant and after some Googling, found good reviews for Pooja. Upon arriving for dinner one evening, Pooja was closed so we compromised and went across the street to Jardin de l’Inde. That’s where this love story began.
Things you should know about Jardin de l’Inde:
- Located in “India Town” smack dab in the one of Paris’ finest ghettos.
After getting off at Chateau d’Eau on the metro, you’ll pass by a series of weave shops, run-down groceries and an eclectic mix of people who look like they’re up to no good. Then you’ll arrive at Passage Brady – a narrow, covered walking street filled with Indian restaurants. When I say filled, I mean you literally pass by six or seven other Indian restaurants before arriving to Jardin de l’Inde. So why this one over the others, you may ask? Well for starters, it’s BYOB…
In the “old” days, we’d gather a big group around the restaurant’s patio table and pop bottle after bottle of wine for hours. We were disappointed to find the patio under renovation this time around, but still had a wonderful (and nostalgic) dinner inside.
Before eating, we swung by a wine shop around the corner, grabbed some bottles and plopped inside for dinner. While songs like “Jai Ho” and “My Heart Will Go On” played in the background (no, I’m not kidding), we feasted on vegetable samosas and garlic cheese naan. The cheese oozing out of the naan looked and tasted suspiciously like cream cheese, which is nowhere to be found in Paris. Needless to say, it was delicious. Between the three of us we chose Chicken Tikka Masala and Vegetable Curry as our plats.
Everyone knows that the secret to finding the best ethnic food in a big city is to eat at inconspicuous places. Jardin de l’Inde is proof that deliciousness exists in the dark corners of Paris in the lively and lit-up Passage Brady. Any place with a friendly staff that supports binge wine drinking and delivers traditional Indian fare is a great place to me!
Jardin de l’Inde, 92 Passage Brady, Paris (10th)