I really like Indian food. Every time I eat it, it takes me back to college in Pittsburgh. The big Indian restaurant on campus, India Garden, had a half price menu after 11 PM. Two to three nights a week, groups of us would go and sample all the different curries while watching loud, colorful, Bollywood musicals on a big screen. I may never get to relive these memories in Busan, but with Namaste Indian Restaurant in Haeundae, I can come pretty close.
Everything about Namaste is good. The restaurant is beautifully laid out. I’ve never been to India and can’t comment on what an authentic Indian restaurant should look like, but Namaste reminds me of all the things I love in Indian restaurants back in the US. It has the wood furniture, multi-colored lamps, and the big screen playing Bollywood videos.
The service is excellent. The waiters speak perfect English and are always very helpful in choosing items. The menu is pretty big, with all the standard Indian dishes from home. The prices are about the same as the restaurants back home and on par with most of the cheaper non-Korean food in Busan. Most things are around 12,000 won.
The food has been great both times I’ve been there. The samosas and garlic naan are as good as I’ve had anywhere. I’ve stuck with spinach dishes, chicken saag and palak paneer, both times because they are reliable and what I always crave after a long time without Indian food. I still have to test my favorite Indian dish, Malai Kofta. It tends to be either great or terrible, depending on the restaurant, and will be the deciding factor as to whether Namaste is great or just really really good.
I’ve read nothing but great reviews of Namaste and they are all well deserved. If you’re craving Indian food and near Haeundae, I highly recommend paying a visit to one of the best restaurants in Busan.
Directions: Haeundae Subway exit five. Walk toward the beach. It’s across the street from Busan Aquarium. Go left around the Burger King, turn right into the small street by the Mini-Cooper dealership. Namaste is in the next building on the left, in the basement. There should be a sign set out front. I think they close at 11:00PM.
Website: http://namasterestaurant.co.kr/ (warning: when I tried to open the English page, google said the site had been hacked, so go at your own risk.)
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