It’s not too late to book a table at one of our fellow Amsterdam Mamas’ favourite Indian restaurants. Amrita Suri (re)shares recommendations for her favourite Indian fare in the city.

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, but there is still time to plan the perfect evening out with your significant other, friends or the whole jingbang. As someone who grew up in a big family with food at the centre of every celebration, a delicious, sumptuous meal spells l-o-v-e for me. That said, I recommend the following Indian cuisine restaurants which, in my opinion, will make fabulous dining options for anyone looking to make their Valentine’s day extra special.

  • The Indian Kitchen
    One of my all time favourites, this restaurant offers a huge selection of authentic Indian dishes, and an enviable wine/cocktail list. That’s not all, the interiors are intimate and perfect for a romantic meal with your beloved. Just be sure to make a reservation for your visit as the restaurant can get pretty busy.
  • India Poort
    Operating in two locations, India Poort aan de Amstel in Ouderkerk and India Poort Utrecht, this restaurant has it all. Located on the waterfront, this restaurant offers delicious Indian fare with a view of the water! They have a nice wine collection and offer cocktails too. The interiors are warm, cozy and will decidedly add to the feeling of love on Valentine’s Day. Take a romantic walk by the water after dinner to round off the day of love.
  • Atchaya
    Simple and home-like, this restaurant is perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day with family and friends. I like the ‘unembellished’, true flavours of South-Indian cuisine offered in an unassuming yet intimate ambience. I’m sure that a visit to Atchaya will make your tummy and your company very, very happy. Just a heads up that they do not serve alcohol.
  • Anjappar
    Located in central Amsterdam, Anjappar offers a delightful selection of Chettinad cuisine. There is a huge variety of delicacies to choose from and they offer a fair selection of beer and non-alcoholic drinks. A big plus is that you can take a romantic walk to Museumplein after dinner. Little tip: Try the chicken 65, though it’s not for the faint-hearted.
  • Mayur
    Another old-time favourite and fabulous Indian restaurant located in central Amsterdam, Mayur, offers authentic taste, intimate ambiance and a wide selection of drinks. Make sure to book yourself a table if you plan to have a cozy evening at Mayur on Valentine’s Day.

These are a few of my suggestions, from the wonderful (and extensive) selection of Indian restaurants that have popped up in and around Amsterdam in the past few years. A meal at one of these will make Valentine’s Day especially memorable, for you as well as your special other(s).  Life is short, so let’s make sure to celebrate love at every opportunity. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Amrita Suri

Amrita Suri, a regular contributor to our Sustainable Living Series, is a freelance writer with a passion for sustainable living, animal rights, and reading.