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This stylish Indian eatery is a welcome switch from the traditional curry places in Kiev, which are claustrophobic dens, with heavy subcontinental knick-knacks cluttering a space enclosed from the outside by thick, often-musty curtains. In contrast, Nirvana is a Buddha Baresque tribute to Indian style, with tasteful still lifes, Sanskrit lettering on the walls, and cosy back rooms where patrons can recline on resplendent Asian diwans as in an Uzbek tea room. Like China White in London, the restaurant/lounge heralds a new fusion style that combines Indian elements with global lounge vibes to create a new aesthetic. With Hare Krishna look-alike DJs spinning Asian lounge on weekend nights, who’s complaining. Surprisingly, the food lives up to the décor, packing a nasty punch despite its minimalist trappings. Though the portions are small, the curries are rich and creamy, and yet not as heavy on the stomach as traditional kormas and vindaloos. The yellow lentil dal has a tarty tang, and, with some persuasion, the curries can be made spicy enough for the best of the chilli snobs. The nans are a bit stiff, but the potato-filled parathas are soft and chewy. The restaurant’s lighter Indian cuisine—not as doused in saturated fats like ghee--is also easier on the stomach and a heavy curry session there doesn’t make you feel like a heavy piece of lard later. You’ve still got plenty of energy for a night of clubbing after.