This award-winning Indian spot is a Kittery point of pride.

By Catherine Smart

Locals have long known that this restaurant serves some of the region’s best Indian food. In fact, back in 2014, Travel + Leisure magazine named Tulsi one of the top Indian eateries in the country. Chef Rajesh Mandekar, a Mumbai native, puts dishes from across India on the menu. Dig into rich Northern curries like Chicken Korma with cashew cream, cardamom, and fennel, or Tandoori Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices. Channa Masala, a Punjabi tomato- and ginger-spiked chickpea dish, packs a ton of flavor, while the Pork Vindaloo, a hot and tangy Goan recipe with Portuguese influence, surprises with malt vinegar, mustard oil, and plenty of garlic. Soak it all up with fresh baked breads like whole-wheat Roti and perennial favorite Garlic Naan. The food skews spicy, so icy local brews from Tributary Brewing Company and Woodland Farms Brewery are a must.


20 Walker St, Kittery, ME

  • Must Have

Channa Masala

The sleeper favorite. This dish of humble chickpeas spiked with tomato, ginger, and tons of spices threatens to outshine some very delicious meaty dishes on the menu.

  • Insider Tip

Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. is Thali time. Drink specials and platters of small bites get you in the door for an early dinner.

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