One of the most beautiful and interesting European cities to visit is Venice, Italy. It is literally a sanctuary floating on a lagoon and has remained virtually unchanged for over six centuries which adds to the fascinating character of this city. The allure and romantic charm of the city entices more tourists annually then there actual residents. Despite the fact that Venice has decayed somewhat over the centuries, it is still one of the most targeted tourist destinations in Europe.
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Many individuals visit Italy for the cuisine as well as the architecture, attractions, culture, history, and shopping. Interestingly enough, Venice is one of those cities that features a diverse assortment of dining venues. However, there are those critics that claim you do not get what you pay for at some of them. In other words, the quality isn’t always that good. However that is not something that has been said by the two restaurants we have listed here. If your preference is Indian, these two are must-visit dining venues.
Gourmindia – located in the Mestre area about a 10 or 15 minute drive from the center of Venice, Gourmindia features seating for up to 200 people so you can usually expect to encounter crowds whenever you dine here. This establishment provides its patrons with a dual benefit – the best of North Indian cuisine and a large vegetarian menu for those who are looking for Vegan-friendly entrées.
They also serve Jain cuisine (only by request) which is vegetarian in nature and is not made with garlic, onions, or any root vegetables. Although seafood is their primary specialty, there are other Amenities to be aware of including a beer and wine menu along with a non-smoking area, outdoor seating, and a take-out menu. Additionally, they accept three major credit cards – AMEX, Mastercard, and Visa.
Shri Ganesh – part of a worldwide chain of some of the finest Indian restaurants is Shri Ganesh. Being the only Indian restaurant in Venice, you are bound to encounter crowds just about anytime you dine there. To get there, you will want to ask directions to Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista. The restaurant’s atmosphere is totally reminiscent of what you would find in India other than the fact that there are no veiled dancers to entertain you will you dine.
As the cuisine is North Indian, you can expect most of the dishes to be curry and tandoori dishes. The tandoor is the type of oven that this particular style of food is cooked in, hence the name of the cuisine. If you haven’t experienced that much in the way of Indian cuisine, we recommend try one of the menus that accommodates a larger appetite. These separate menus offer up a little bit of everything to give you an overall idea of how delicious Indian food can be.
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