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The Best Indian Buffet in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 14, 2013

Indian Buffet TorontoThe best Indian buffets in Toronto offer a chance to eat your way through the varied flavours and regional specialties of this diverse subcontinent. From pakoras and papadums, curries and tandooris, the best buffets have it all. And all for a reasonable price. Yup, ACYE Indian food is a chance to eat yourself into pure unadulterated ghee..er, glee.

Here are the restaurants with the best Indian buffet in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Indian Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Indian Restaurants in Mississauga
The Best Dosa in Toronto
The Best Butter Chicken in Toronto
The Best Samosa in Toronto
The Best Roti in Toronto

Top photo by JP Sebastien in the blogTO Flickr pool

Banjara (Eglinton)

Banjara (Eglinton)

I’ve never had a Banjara dish I didn’t like. Their butter chicken, palak paneer and chana masala are among my personal faves citywide, and, in addition to super tasty naan, they do poori and parathas too. Head to their Eglinton East location to fill up on their $10 lunch buffet. Holy that’s cheap! More »

Little India

Little India

This Queen West restaurant has a solid reputation for their daily lunch buffet ($10.95) starting just before noon and until half past three. Standouts here include the tandoori and curries. Service is on point too. The buffet line is replenished frequently and they’re prompt on the water refills (important when you’re mowing down on vindaloo). More »

Brar Sweets

Brar Sweets

Boasting locations in Etobicoke, Mississauga and Brampton, this AYCE Indian buffet started as a take-out snack bar and sweet shop but expanded to win over regular for their extensive array of fresh salads, pickles and rich curries along with food stations that specialize in dosas, hot and sour chatpatas and jain (vegetarian) foods. Weekday lunch is $13.99 (and 16.99 on weekends), while dinner is $16.99 Mon-Thurs and $19.99 on weekends. More »

Aroma Fine Indian Cuisine

Aroma Fine Indian Cuisine

This King West eatery does a lunchtime buffet for $12 that accommodates vegetarians and carnivores alike. Select from a full spread featuring shuruvat (appetizers), sizzling tandoori grilled meats, rich saucy curries, fresh salads and fruits plus desserts. More »

Trimurti

Trimurti

Situated just doors down from Little India (number two above), this restaurant doesn’t just take on the overflow but offers a buffet well stocked with all the standards (pakoras, curries, tandoori) that is excellent in its own right. The price for the lunchtime buffet is on par with the neighbouring competition at $11.95. More »

The Indian Hut

The Indian Hut

Located on Church, this vibrant Indian mainstay offers its buffet at lunch for $13 and dinner for $18. The AYCE feast showcases an impressive assortment of vegetarian and meat dishes like tender Lamb Rogan Josh and spice-infused Biryanis. More »

India's Taste

India's Taste

With two locations (one in Markham and one in Brampton) this North Indian restaurant boasts ample seating and a sprawling selection of curries, paneers, grilled specialties and vegetarian options. Not to mention they specialize in sweets like sticky Gulab Jamun and Rasgulla balls. Lunch buffet is $9.99 on weekdays and $11.99 on weekends. More »

Agra Fine Indian

Agra Fine Indian

Now boasting a location near King and Spadina, Agra has quickly won over Fashion District office workers with its lunch buffet serving solid standards such as toasty pillowy naan bread, tandoori, curries and vegetarian mattar paneer, channa and aloo korma. The lunch buffet is available 7 days a week for $12. There's also a Sunday dinner buffet for $15. More »

Anjappar Chettinad

Anjappar Chettinad

Specializing in South Indian cuisine, this chain boasts multiple locations world-wide. In the GTA, outposts in Brampton, Mississauga and Scarborough offer a varied selection of seafood, meat, vegetarian and rice dishes, not to mention dosas (South Indian street food). Some locations even do breakfast on the weekends. Prices range from $9.99 for lunch to $13.99 for dinner. More »

Siddhartha Pure Vegetarian

Siddhartha Pure Vegetarian

The latest Siddhartha location to grace Little India offers s meatless buffet at lunch for $11 and at dinner for $14. The hot table highlights an eclectic spread of South and North Indian delicacies including curries, paneers and biryani rice dishes. Definitely a good bet for those who don't need a butter chicken fix. More »

Kama

Kama

This King West restaurant offers lunch and dinner buffets featuring the full range of clay oven cooked breads, meats and curries. Prices fall between $14 to $21 depending on the day of the week and the time of day. Kama also does build your own take-out box from the buffet that is an excellent on-the-go option for under $13. More »

Discussion

57 Comments

Erella / August 14, 2013 at 02:03 pm
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By far the very best indian buffet is Dhaba on King st near John street. The others don't even come anywhere close. The salad bar alone is way worth the cost and this is one of the few that is available on weekends too.
yup / August 14, 2013 at 02:09 pm
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Regency Restaurant in Little India.
Good luck finding a pekora anywhere better outside of Mumbai.

You yahoos at BlogTo even have a write up about it.
http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/regency
Adrock / August 14, 2013 at 02:14 pm
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I'm also surprised Dhaba isn't on the list, but I'd say Aroma is better anyways.
TheReason / August 14, 2013 at 02:24 pm
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The reason Dhaba isn't on the list is because it's a restaurant the is frequently being inspected by DineSafe. Multiple minor and significant infractions.
gr1 / August 14, 2013 at 02:41 pm
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mother india spits in your general direction.
Mike B / August 14, 2013 at 03:07 pm
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The Host on Prince Arthur should be on this list in my opinion. Great buffet!
EastEndErin / August 14, 2013 at 03:07 pm
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yeahhhh Brars!!!

Worth the drive...the only bad thing is the argument about who has to drive home afterwards - major food coma.
Mike / August 14, 2013 at 03:45 pm
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Surprised Dhaba didn't make the list. I always order from them from justeat.ca
if you order from just eat / August 14, 2013 at 04:01 pm
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that's a tell tale sign not to eat there.
Krissy / August 14, 2013 at 04:12 pm
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Kama is awful, not sure how it could make it on this list.
gl / August 14, 2013 at 04:28 pm
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Kinda glad my go to place isn't on this list...it's busy enough as it is
Rick replying to a comment from gl / August 14, 2013 at 05:36 pm
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You Mean Ghandi's?
Ghandis on Queen / August 14, 2013 at 05:46 pm
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Ghandi's on Queen W. is probably the best for buttered chicken in the city... Go there if you haven't had a chance.

They're now open on the weekends! Yes, they're that good, they used to be CLOSED on the weekend. :)
Howdy / August 14, 2013 at 06:24 pm
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Little India should be #1. I always get my money's worth, and every dish is tasty. From what I can see, diners eat everything up, so the food is made fresh every day.
Kev / August 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm
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Yes Ghandi's is great.
AJ / August 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm
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It would be awesome if you guys can do a "The best Chinese Buffet in Toronto"!
Mel / August 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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And I eagerly await "the best places to buy toothpicks in Toronto."
Chris / August 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm
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If Kama was frequently inspected by DineSafe, it would not be on this list.
Molly / August 15, 2013 at 08:29 am
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Is India's Place the place in Markham with purple walls? My aunt took me there a month ago, the rice ball dessert thing was delicious. There was so many different curries, I remember making borders on my plate with the rice so that I could have a first taste of each sample before they get mixed up.

The air conditioning is turned to subarctic though, so bring a jacket.
Molly replying to a comment from Molly / August 15, 2013 at 08:35 am
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Typo, I meant to say "India's Taste", #7
Haha / August 15, 2013 at 04:57 pm
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This goes to show that these lists are about what is popular and not what's good. Having been to 7 of these places the only one that is above ok is Brar (which is awesome), the Host (Markham, not Mississauga) and Tandoori Flame in Brampton (more for selection than for how good the food actually is but worth going). I've seen many supposedly good Indian places rated online turn out to be terrible. If you want to know where to get good Indian food, get an Indian person to recommend you a place.
Laura replying to a comment from Erella / August 15, 2013 at 05:21 pm
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Have tried most on your list. Can't believe Dhaba was not on top. Great, great buffet usually, I think, over 60 items. Salads often change. Wonderful lunch buffet with many choices for those who don't want Indian. Our go-to place
Gene replying to a comment from Haha / August 15, 2013 at 06:18 pm
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That would require Liora aka Robyn, to actually go there.
Amanda / August 16, 2013 at 11:19 am
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you guys are missing The Indian Kitchen in Thornhill! Yum. http://bit.ly/13Fi0zl
Dhalsim / August 16, 2013 at 01:08 pm
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Tandoori flame!
kim / August 27, 2013 at 07:23 pm
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Little India restaurant is fabulous their butter chicken & pakora are superb....
James Mullan / August 28, 2013 at 08:26 am
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I can't understand how on earth Banjara made it on to this list at all, never mind how it got to the top. Being in Y/Eg yesterday on other business, I went there, and was greeted by soggy pappadoms (left overnight?) greasy chili fish, wet egg fried rice, no madrases, not to mention vindaloos, merely the barest hint of spice in the other dishes.
The server was barely able to pull a "pint" (16oz) of Cheetah, overpriced at nearly $7.
I'm sure glad I did not go out of my way to go to this undistinguished restaurant, and certainly won't make that mistake again. Avoid
Sanjay / August 31, 2013 at 08:01 pm
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You guys missed a really good one located near Markham and Steels. It used to be a grocery but now they have a buffet.

I couldn't find a website for the restornat but heres a link to the grocery store.
http://engha.com/listing/new-spiceland-supermarket.html

I believe the restaurant is called Spice land Restaurant.
Johnny TD / September 3, 2013 at 11:02 am
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Sanjay it's best in TORONTO you jackass! NOT best in Markham!
ravi / September 4, 2013 at 01:55 am
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another place i often go to is butter chicken factory. their butter chicken is like OMFG! like ive had butter chicken from dhaba, aroma, banjara and all but this one is just fabulous! its at parliament and wellesley and they just started a buffet and its amazing. thats my go-to place. they opened i think a couple years back and theyre always full!
sanjay / September 16, 2013 at 09:35 pm
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definitely. agreed
abc / September 20, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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None of them are good
abc / September 20, 2013 at 06:53 pm
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pizza is the best
Party Buffet / October 10, 2013 at 10:39 am
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I love the Littel Indian, butter chicken it taste soo good can really taste it through my tongue.
desi / March 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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i stopped frequenting the restaurants after realizing that homemade desi food is the most delicious. It helps having desi friends from other provinces so we can share recipes. This way I can enjoy the food I love but with a healthy twist, i.e., quinoa rather than rice. My suggestion: make friends with desi people.
Rennie / October 19, 2014 at 07:13 pm
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None in little Indoa?! Surpised!
Patti Pokorchak / October 19, 2014 at 07:23 pm
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The Spice Hut in the Islington & Albion area is amazing! Really lives up to it's name. And a bargain at $10 for the meat vs. $8 for the veggie option of the buffet. Not huge but more than enough. Under new management, the place has been spruced up and is quite nice.
A / October 19, 2014 at 07:40 pm
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I would take Kama off that list, and add The Host.

Every time I've been to Kama the food has been sub-par, and one time I found a hair on my napkin. Yuck!
sherry / October 19, 2014 at 08:37 pm
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poonham delight at main and danforth
Bhaisaab / October 19, 2014 at 08:41 pm
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Little india should be number 1 no doubt about it
ik replying to a comment from Ghandis on Queen / October 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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Uh, just fyi, Ghandi actually used to be open on the weekends, but is now CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays. I live across the street/cry about it every weekend when I forget (again).
Varun / October 20, 2014 at 02:09 am
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How come Tandoori Flame is not in the list. Its one of the biggest in North America
winter overcoat synthetic / November 8, 2014 at 06:14 pm
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Outstanding post but I was wondering if you could write
a litte more on this topic? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a
little bit more. Bless you!
Bonnie / November 11, 2014 at 07:43 pm
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Chef of India is actually south of St. Clair on Yonge Street, your map shows it north of St. Clair.
anja / November 11, 2014 at 07:49 pm
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Chef of India at Yonge and St Clair closed about two weeks ago. :(
It was the best.
Jason Fonceca / November 11, 2014 at 09:10 pm
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100% Spice Village deserves to make this list.

And even if this list is final... any fans of Indian cuisine are *powerfully* recommended to pay them a visit.

The chef really cares about his creations, the owner is friendly, and it's by far the best Indian resto in the village, uber-conveniently located opposite Wellesley Station.
sherry / November 11, 2014 at 09:21 pm
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pooham deligth on the danforth has a great buffet. made fresh everyday and the price isvery reasonable
Adriana / November 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm
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I really like Banjara, I used to go almost every Friday when I was working there. The food is really good, I loved the Naan. The best thing is it's really cheap if you compare with the quality of the food.
Moi / November 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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Chef of India on Eglinton is delicious - and clean and bright. Another great (Indian) buffet is Kathmandu. Both restaurants have fresh food with high turnover - which is what you want in a buffet.

Kama has flavourless food!
Frances / November 12, 2014 at 05:23 am
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You missed the very best one of all; my friend's kitchen!
Em / November 12, 2014 at 06:54 am
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Regency on Gerrard. I want their chef to cater my life. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be that woman's butter chicken!
matt / November 12, 2014 at 11:48 am
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Trimurti had atrociously terrible customer service, the food was ok but it doesnt make up for the ahole server
Vinaya / November 15, 2014 at 05:56 pm
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The Host
Localindianeater / November 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm
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Banjara recently raised their price to $10.99. Still a good deal but you should correct
IndianGuy / November 20, 2014 at 08:59 pm
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The Host in Markham #1a. Been going almost 10 years.
Trimurti downtown #1b. Been going 15+.
The rest you can arrange whatever way you like...
Savannah / November 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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My vote is for Regency in Little India! my grandfather and I have tried about 40 Indian restaurants over the years and I haven't gone anywhere else since discovering Regency about 5 years ago
Kobi replying to a comment from James Mullan / November 25, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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I Agree, I've been to both Banjara and Chef of India on Eglinton East with a few people and Banjara is down right garbage. Food was crap, half of it wasn't even authentic Indian food, and what was left wasn't worth the $10.

Chef of India on the other hand is a regular for my and my colleges at work. Food tastes the best at noon, and we go there in large groups on a weekly basis and haven't been dissapointed once.

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