Do you want to discover unusual tastes that remind you of distant lands and different cultures? Then you can’t miss these 10 goodies from the Italian capital. They’re the best ethnic restaurants in Rome.
Krishna 13 (Indian cuisine)
A lovely Indian restaurant tastefully decorated. The first thing you notice entering inside Krishna 13 is the irresistible smell of spices, typical of Indian food. The low lights, wooden furniture, silk napkins and metal cups lend an air of luxury, but what really matters is the food.
Every dish is very tasty and it carries with it the geographical designation of a particular Indian region. It’s recommended to start with hot naan (the Indian piadina) accompanied by exotic sauces with mango and peppermint before ordering main courses. There are also vegetarian options on the menu. Reservation is highly recommended.
Via Foscolo 13, 00185 Rome RM
Sahara (African cuisine)
The Sahara restaurant is a colourful place, with the interior décor reflecting the styles of the African culture. Coming here for a dinner is a great idea to impress those you love and organize something out of the ordinary.
The owner and all the staff will welcome you in traditional clothes and will suggest the best dishes for your taste. The courses are served in one dish, the portions are abundant and the quality of the food is quite good. For those who are at their first experience, a mixed menu is recommended, to be sure to taste everything. You can choose to seat at the table or try a full immersion experience using a mesob, the traditional wicker table where you’ll eat with your hands.
Viale Ippocrate 43, 00161 Rome RM
La Cucaracha (Mexican cuisine)
¡Hola! La Cucaracha is the perfect restaurant for those who love authentic Mexican taste. Its abundant dishes, accompanied by cheerful Mariachi melodies, will make you discover this hot country.
The location, cared down to the last detail, is really cozy and the staff is very kind. We recommend trying Nachos with several sauces and self-made tacos, to which you can add everything you want. And don’t miss the typical cocktail, Margarita.
Via Mocenigo 10, 00192 Rome RM
El Patio (Spanish cuisine)
Entering inside El Patio, you can immediately feel the romantic mood of the restaurant. There are lights on the walls, big pane windows and a warm interior design.
It’s recommended to start the meal with a good glass of the red wine and tapas. Then, there’s no resisting to paella. Moreover, the tasty food is often accompanied by sensual shows of flamenco. The staff is courteous and professional and, near the restaurant, there’s a convenient free parking.
Via Casilina 1108, 00169 Rome RM
Thai J (Thai cuisine)
The Thai J is a little oasis of South-East Asian cuisine. The restaurant has a basic decoration, with spaced tables and that allows privacy. Everything is made more enjoyable by relaxing background music.
The food is light and well-balanced in flavours, yet with strong aromatics notes that are coherent and complement each other. The staff is ready to recommend the catch of the day, even for people with certain allergies.
You shouldn’t miss the exotic flavour of spicy rice served in a pineapple and the typical wok, of course.
Circonvallazione Trionfale 38, 00195 Rome RM
Ali Baba (The best Kebab in Rome)
Do you crave a good kebab? Then Ali Baba is the right place for you.
Besides the kebab, described by many as the best in Rome, there’s a counter of different fresh dishes, both meat and vegetables.
The restaurant is large and decorated in Turkish style. During the summer outdoor tables are set up. The service is fast and efficient, despite the highly-frequented place. The portions of the dishes are different, you can choose between small, medium, big and maxi size. It’s impossible to be disappointed!
Via Carroceto 96, 00178 Rome RM
Inka’s Grill (Peruvian cuisine)
A grill restaurant perfect for meeting Peruvian flavours. Maybe not everyone knows that Peruvian cuisine has the world’s large number of most typical dishes, exactly 491, a strong competition for Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine.
Fortunately, Inka’s Grill helps the choice of dishes with a menu full of photographs. The portions are generous and the taste is fantastic, always with the inebriating smell of coriander, papaya and cherimoya. The speciality of the house is fish, but you must try also skewers and the Inka chicken. It’s recommended the milk cake to finish your meal.
Via del Forte Boccea 100, 00167 Rome RM
Sushisen (Japanese cuisine)
A small pearl of Japanese food in the heart of Rome. Forget the usual “all you can eat”, the quality of Sushisen will make you discover the authentic Japanese flavours, balanced and exquisite at the same time.
Each dish is varied, updated and cared in every single detail. It’s not only good to taste, but also beautiful to see, an authentic treated artwork. In addition to traditional flavours, creativity is never missing thanks to the addition of surprising ingredients. Imagine bass and scallops’ sashimi with the addition of a light strawberry not or the sweet marzipan with melon and soft vodka covered with white chocolate flakes. Tasteful elegance is coming through loud and clear.
Via Giuseppe Giulietti 21A, 00154 Rome RM
Mahalo – South Pacific Fine Food (Hawaiian-Japanese cuisine)
This time we’re transported directly to the Hawaiian flavours that derive from the fusion of Japanese cuisine, very influential in every dish, with the Filipino and Korean ones.
Mahalo is a small local with great potential. The fish, often raw as in the Japanese tradition, is diligently coupled with tropical notes. The entire venue expresses a very frivolous, light and summer-ish atmosphere that perfectly reflects the tropical warm climate of the Hawaiian Islands. Upon arrival, a flower necklace is offered to all visitors, a colourful nod to the holiday-like atmosphere.
Our recommendation: let yourself be carried out by the surprising taste of coconut soup with shrimps and curry.
Via Flaminia 496, 00191 Rome RM
Kaiyue (Chinese cuisine)
When it comes to ethnic food, it’s impossible not talking about Chinese cuisine. Kaiyue is a high-class, elegant restaurant, with the large rooms guaranteeing maximum comfort and privacy. The dishes are extremely well-groomed and are ideal to please not only taste but also vision and smell. The presentation is impeccable.
We highly recommend ravioli and Pekinese pork. Noteworthy is also the chrysanthemum tea. The table service is quick, and the only downside is the limited choice of vegetarian dishes on the menu. The price in relation to the quality of raw materials and their scrupulous handing is correct. Absolutely to try!
Via Cairoli 33/A, 00185 Rome RM
Cover Photo: Mahalo