Khushi in Prenzlauer Berg is on of the few places to go to get yourself honest, Indian curry. Quality ingredients, friendly service, serious spice and the best way to serve Old Munk rum make Khushi one of my favourite Indian restaurants in Berlin.
First important thing to clarify is that we’re talking about the Indian restaurant Khushi on Kollwitzstraße and not Kuchi the Sushi restaurant on Auguststraße. It actually happened more than once that friends went to the wrong restaurant and in order to prevent mishaps it’s important to be aware of the existence of both restaurants.
Although there is an abundance of Indian restaurants in the city most of them serve an astonishingly blend and westernized version of Indian food
Berlin boasts a very international food scene and you can eat your way through a vast amount of cuisines in a pretty genuine way. Sadly enough this is not the case for Indian food, although there is an abundance of Indian restaurants in the city most of them serve an astonishingly blend and westernized version of Indian food. I love my curries though, so I’ve tried a lot of Indian restaurants in Berlin and many of them were outright terrible. What especially bothers me is the total lack of spice, how can you not make an Indian curry spicy? Then one day I was voicing my concerns with some new friends which turned out to be fellow curry souls and they took me to Khushi.
It’s located on Kollwitzstraße right up from Senefelder Platz, in an area which is more known for expensive and rather unexciting eateries. Khushi really also doesn’t look anything special or even unusually genuine, it has the same look as any other Indian restaurant in Berlin: The venue is huge, colorful and filled with statues other accessories from the Indian culture. You sit on two floors and usually they will bring you upstairs except in the summer where you can sit at the spacious outside area.
The green chili sauce you get even before your first beer packs some serious spice
The menu is extensive featuring all the important north and south Indian dishes you’re used to plus a couple of Khushi specialities, which shows more ambition than the regular Indian chef in town. And already when you sit down and get your Papadam bread along with some sauces you will notice that this isn’t a regular Berlin Indian eatery. The green chili sauce you get even before your first beer packs some serious spice and is bloody delicious! It’s the kind of hot sauce I just want to steal and hide in a bag. But I usually resist and order my favorite set of curries with my friends. If you’re into sharing this is the by far best way of eating at Khushi. A table full of curries, naans, bathuras and cold beers. The curries are pretty much exactly like they should be: Thick, slow-cooked with a depth in flavours, spices and relatively good quality meat. Because a Vindaloo should not taste like a Rhogan Josh and the Vindaloo should also be significantly more spicy. The portions are massive and are slightly spicy in their original version, but if you’re feeling bold you can always ask to get it extra spicy. The service is always very friendly and if you’re lucky the owner himself will swing by the table to check on you.
It’s that notch better than all the other places I’ve been to
Khushi is one my favorite Indian restaurant in Berlin because it comes much closer to a real curry than most other places. It’s that notch better than all the other places I’ve been to. It’s not out of this world good and the answer to all curry cravings though, so don’t have too high expectations, simply go here when you feel like a spicy curry and a cold beer with some good friends. And if you’re really lucky the boss might bring a round of heated Old Munk rum after your dinner, it’s a fantastic way to drink this rum and the way the waiter will heat and light your glass on fire is always a great experience.