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Udupi Palace

Posted by Tim / Reviewed on July 18, 2008 / review policy

Udupi Palace UthapamFinding ourselves in Little India, a friend and I make a b-line for Udupi Palace, a South Indian vegetarian restaurant on the north side of Gerrard amidst a sea of sari shops.

Long hailed as one of the best spots in the neighbourhood, and a destination for the more adventurous vegetarian, Udupi Palace underwhelms with the decor but more than makes up for it with the kitchen.

The scene is basement cafeteria chic. Except maybe without the chic. Sprawling tables are mixed with screaming children out for a mid-week family meal. Waiters stand-by attentively offering quick, helpful service. All the while, Udupi's famous dosas emerge from the kitchen on huge trays, finding their way to almost every table in the joint.

While dosas are likely the favourite here (also evidenced by Udupi's upcoming spicy dosa eating contest - August 24th), we've come for the uthapam, large Indian style pancakes made with rice, lentils and a filling of your choice. There are seven types on the menu, and after conferring with our waiter, we settle on his recommendation (the onion and hot chili - $5.95).

Udupi Palace ThaliSince we've decided to share, we also order the more substantial South Indian Thali ($8.95 - see photo above), a large enough tray of white rice, vegetables, dal, rasam, sambhar and chapati. It arrives first and we easily devour the whole thing. The flavours are intense with a variety of spicy and sweet options.

Next comes the uthapam (see photo at top). It doesn't disappoint. The pancake is fresh and thick with delicate hints of onion and chile. It's not as spicy as we thought so we pour on the accompanying sambhar and chutney to take the flavour up a level.

Also on the menu are more than a dozen dosas, soups, curries, lassis and a range of appetizers. The full list of options can be viewed on their web site.
Udupi Palace

Discussion

14 Comments

mmmmmmmmmmmmm / July 18, 2008 at 10:48 am
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oh oh oh oh why have i not been to this place yet?!?! going this weekend! thanks for the great review and pics!
Rick / July 18, 2008 at 10:59 am
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We live right up the street from Udupi Palace and it's easily one of my favourite places to go in the area. The service is excellent, fast, friendly and very helpful. Most importantly all the food is fantastic.
AM / July 18, 2008 at 02:18 pm
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I eat there almost every week and have not been disappointed yet. I can smell the aroma. Mmmm, it's whetting my appetite. And I just finished eating lunch. Damn you for posting this!!
Vidya / July 18, 2008 at 02:35 pm
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This is my favourite restaurant in TO!
Dave and kyle / August 14, 2008 at 11:04 pm
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This is the best south Indian restaurant in this city. We frequently visit this place together with our boys and we just love it. The service and food are uncomparable. Great, very clean and delicious.
Jo / June 9, 2009 at 07:43 pm
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I decided to check out this place after reading about on here.

I was quite amused by the layout of the establishment. The decor, although nothing to rave about was quite entertaining.

The service was fast. The presentation was delightful. The food was hot damn incredible!!

I wasn't sure what to order as there were so many options and they all sounded so appetizing.

We first ordered some appetizers, onion pakoras and chili paneer which I shared with hubby. The former was soft and mildly fragrant. The latter was super spicy. A bit too hot to fully finish the plate, so I just picked out the paneer and ate it.

I ordered some kind of super-sized Dosa that was larger than the serving plate. It was so pretty and thin like a doily. Crispy and light and filled with potato and onion. It was superb and I devoured it all.

Hubby's Dosa was quite smaller and less grandiose than mine but he also agreed that the food at Udupi Palace was delicious!!

The sweet lemon soda drink that I had was so refreshing and soothed the heat from the chili paneer. Not sure what was in the drink but it was unlike any other kind of lemonade I've ever had.

I'm sure we will be going back because there are a dozen other delicious sounding options on the menu that I still would like to try out.
Kanti / August 25, 2009 at 03:18 pm
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This is the best dosa place I have ever been in Toronto. The service is good and so is the food. I especially like their paper masala dosa and the sambhar with it is incredible.
Lune / July 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm
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Great food, happy waiters - I'm a weekly repeater for last 5 yrs, and I don't get bored.
Cheryl / August 17, 2010 at 11:31 am
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Samosa Chaat + Paneer Tikka (served only on weekends) = absolute heaven
Aseem replying to a comment from Kanti / October 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm
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ditto!
nomad / December 20, 2011 at 11:33 am
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Udupi is one reason I regret not living in Toronto. Best dosas ever!
chittral / October 6, 2012 at 06:31 pm
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this place is not good for dosa's.
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Teresa B. / March 5, 2014 at 11:14 am
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I don't live in Toronto any more but I have to say that this is one of the places I miss the most. The dosas are heavenly.

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