When visiting Santa Cruz, you want to experience all the area has to offer and visiting the 5 best Indian restaurants in Santa Cruz is a great way to do that. Indian food has a unique blend of flavors including such spices as onion, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin, clove and cardamom. This cuisine has a unique and nutty flavor that no other food can compete with, so finding the best of the best in the area is the only way to really appreciate the flavors of India. Try one or all of these restaurants the next time your visiting Santa Cruz.
- Ambrosia India Bistro. Ambrosia India Bistro is located at 207 Sea Ridge Road, Aptos, CA; Tel. 831.685.0610. This bistro is located in a newly transformed landmark at the edge of Seacliff State Park. You will be greeted by sounds and smells that your mouth will be watering to have a taste of. The flavors range from curry and tandoori specialties, to biryani and naan that you wont soon forget. Try the tandoori sampler platter for $10.95 to give everyone at the table a flavor explosion in their mouth, followed up with the Kashmiri lamb curry for only $14.95.
- Pearl of the Ocean. Pearl of the Ocean is located at 736 Water St., Santa Cruz CA; Tel. 831.457.2350. If you are not a fan of eating meat, and enjoy your vegitarian dishes but want it with Indian flavors, this is the place to visit. They are known for their spicy vegetarian dishes that will promise to please even the pickiest meat eater. If lamb or even chicken is what you crave, they have that too. This is a small, but very intimate dining experience that everyone should try once. If visiting try the Sri Lankan style noodle dish for only $18.00 and ask the waiters expertise in pairing it with the perfect drink or wine.
- Asian Rose Cafe. Asian Rose Cafe is located at 514 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4506. This food caters to the healthy, geese free vegetarian in us all. It has a spicy blend of original Indian food that is always big enough to share. Try their salad rolls with nuts for only $14.00, and bring a friend. Their portions are sure to impress even your hungriest friend.
- Kyber Pass. Kyber Pass is located at 810 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95606. This place will not bring out the health nut, but it will have your stomached begging for another bite. This place has some of the best food around, but don't look for fancy table cloths and stuffy waiters. This place spends their focus on the food, and we thank them for it. Try their Chicken Tikka Masala for only around $12.00 and for a flavor your tongue will thank you for, try the goat cheese naan. They don't have any unique fancy meals, but their basic, Indian fare has flavors no other can compete with.