Red Elephant Indian Restaurant - Athens

  • by XpatAthens
  • Friday, 01 May 2015
Red Elephant Indian Restaurant - Athens
Hailing from the UK, I took for granted the eclectic mix of culinary delights there.  I mean, in my father’s small West Country town of Tiverton, there are at least four Indian restuarants, a Thai restaurant and any any number of Chinese restaurants.  Surprisingly, I didn’t find that much choice in Athens – OK, there are the Indian restaurants near Thissio Metro station in the touristy area, but then I came across the Red Elephant near my local neighbourhood.

At a Glance
Cuisine: Indian
Address: 42 Larisis St, Panormou (on the blue line of the Metro)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-1am, Sat-Sun 2:30pm-1am. Kitchen closes at 00:00
Seats: 35
Dress Code: Smart-casual
Average Price: €12 – €15 (excluding drinks)
Payment Options: Cash
Take-away: Available (collection only)
Nearest Tube: Panormou
For reservations please call: 2106924421. Due to space limitations, they only accept reservations up to 4 people.

But what’s the food like?
I’ve been several times now – both as a take away and as a sit down meal with friends.  The place is pretty small, but interestingly it doesn’t feel crowded.  And you know, sometimes, in a small enclosed space the smell of cooking can permeate everything: your clothes, hair, etc…no, not here.

The menu is vast: Curries (obviously) with your choice of strength of spiciness.  Choose from chicken, lamb, beef or prawn. Samosas, onion bhaji’s and my favourite, Korma (yes yes, I know: my curry choices are not very exciting).  Plus a choice of rices such as mushroom basmati or vegetable pulao.

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