One of the best ways to introduce kids to a variety of foods and for them to learn about how other people in the world eat is to have them try ethnic foods. Many ethnic foods feature loads of healthy vegetables, lean proteins, and aromatic herbs and spices that kids will enjoy. Take your family on a culinary adventure around the world by having a meal at any of these ethnic restaurants in Fishers, Indiana.
Thai Kitchen Restaurant
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With flavors of ginger, lemon grass, and coconut milk, Thai food remains a favorite for those looking for flavorful ethnic food. When you visit Thai Kitchen Restaurant at 11021 Allisonville Road, you’ll experience authentic Thai cuisine from recipes handed down through several generations. The beautiful decor features striking statues like ones you might find in a Thailand temple and the colorful prints and wallpaper give the restaurant a tropical feel.
Settle into your seat and start your meal with appetizers such as Thai salad rolls, chicken satay with a peanut sauce and cucumber salad, or vegetable tempura. On a cool evening, warm up with a bowl of lemon grass or coconut milk soup topped with fresh cilantro and lime juice. For a refreshing start to your meal, order the green papaya salad served with a spicy Thai dressing.
Main meals include offerings like spicy stir-fried bamboo shoots with curry, meat and vegetables sauteed with ginger, and a variety of curries made with coconut milk, vegetables, and your choice of protein. Enjoy house specialties that include Choo Chee Shrimp, roasted duck curry, Pad Thai, mango curry, and orange chicken. Kids even have their own menu with meals like chicken fingers or vegetable fried rice. Enjoy lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m to 9:00 or 10:00 p.m., depending on the day of the week.
Enjoy Korean cuisine prepared by executive chef Julie Bang, who has 30 years of experience cooking Korean Seoul food, when you dine at Cafe Korea. The bright open seating space invites diners to linger over their food with friends and family. On a chilly Fishers evening, warm up with a bowl of oxtail soup, or cool down with a cup of soy milk noodle soup on a hot evening. Savor dishes like Bulgogo Dupbob with marinated beef, vegetables, noodles, and rice served in a traditional-style hot stone bowl.
Savor appetizers like Bin Dae Tuk, Korean pancakes with mung beans and pork, fresh tofu with a special sauce, or Japache — a sweet potato noodle and sauteed vegetable dish. When you want Korean grill, choose from beef short ribs, pork back ribs, beef brisket, chicken, or scallops grilled to perfection.
If your kids want something a little less exotic and more familiar, Cafe Korea offers dishes such as teriyaki chicken, grilled sea bass, or shrimp fried rice. Save room for dessert to enjoy mochi ice cream or Pot Teok, which is a red bean rice cake. Cafe Korea is open from 5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m, Monday through Sunday, and you can find them at 11003 Allisonville Road.
Jamaican Reggae Grill
Head over to Carmel to enjoy a taste of the Caribbean Islands at Jamaican Reggae Grill located at 622 S. Rangeline Road at Monon Square. From authentic jerk chicken to sauces with spicy scotch bonnet peppers, you can find just what you’re craving. Locals and native Jamaicans love the Jamaican patties. These savory patties are made with a flaky crust and filled with Jamaican-inspired seasonings with beef, chicken, or vegetables.
When you want a full meal, try the jerk chicken with rice, beans, vegetables, and fried plantains. The beef stew is served over kidney beans, rice, and sweet fried plantains. For something different, try the curried goat, which is a Jamaican favorite. You can enjoy Jamaican food Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
Egg Roll No. 1
When you’re looking for great Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese food, drive over to Indianapolis’s Egg Roll No. 1, located at 4540 S. Emerson Ave. The extensive and eclectic menu features foods that cover a wide range of Asian flavors.
Enjoy Thai dishes such as bean sprout Pad Thai or seafood in spicy Thai curry sauce. Head over to the Chinese menu and order egg foo young, Szechuan tofu, or sweet and sour pork.
Travel to Vietnam to taste wonton and egg noodle soup or beef Pho soup. Make sure and order a glass of sweet Thai iced tea or bubble tea made with chewy tapioca balls to complement your meal. Egg Roll No. 1 is open Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m and from 4:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday have the same hours, but with closing time at 10:00 p.m.
Al-Basha Restaurant & Grocery
Head over to11321 Village Square Lane to experience Mediterranean food from Al-Basha Restaurant & Grocery. The team at Al-Basha Restaurant & Grocery has been serving customers homemade gyros, falafels, hummus, and other Middle-Eastern-inspired meals since 2007. Choose appetizers such as baba ghanouj with homemade pita bread, hummus with your choice of shawarmas, or stuffed grape leaves. Enjoy a refreshing Greek salad or zesty tabbouli before moving on to your main meal.
Savor grilled lamb kabobs, a falafel dinner, chicken souvlaki with black peppers and olives in a garlic sauce, or grilled shrimp for dinner. Kids have their own menu with offerings such as a gyro sandwich or chicken nuggets. Try the sweet and spicy baklava and enjoy a cup of hot Arabic coffee with dessert. Al-Basha Restaurant & Grocery is open every day from 11:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
We hope you enjoy our list of the best places to find ethnic cuisines in Fishers. At Crème de la Crème of Fishers, Indiana, we believe that healthy food helps unite families and different cultures together to create strong bonds. Which restaurant and dish is your favorite? Which ones did your family find most enjoyable? If you have an ethnic restaurant not listed here, please let us know and we’ll add it.