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The Best Indian Restaurants in Mississauga

Posted by Guest Contributor / May 16, 2012

Indian Restaurants MississaugaThe best Indian restaurants in Mississauga uphold the delicious and versatile aspects of that can be found from the bustling streets of Delhi to the overcrowded hawker stands in Mumbai. Here, each Indian restaurant has a distinct aura about it (trust me, I'm Indian) and suburban Indian cuisine, while not as easily accessible as Toronto's Gerrard Street, represents the Indian diaspora that stretches throughout the city.

Here is my list of the best Indian restaurants in Mississauga.

See also:

The best Chinese restaurants in Mississauga
The best Indian restaurants in Toronto
The best Indian buffet in Toronto
The best dosa in Toronto

Writing by Kunal Gulati. Top photo by Ardenstreet on Flickr. Additional photos by Morris Lum.

Avani

Avani

In Sanskrit, Avani means earth, and located on the outskirts of Heartland Center, Avani's cuisine traverses the globe to create an aura of authenticity. Mood, lighting, and décor, combined with the restaurant's overall upscale atmosphere, make Avani a rather expensive choice in Mississauga. You can expect a long wait on the weekends, but don't forget to try the mutton chops and chicken tikka masala with garlic naan. More »

Nirvana

Nirvana

As advertised, Nirvana is just that for the Indian food connoisseur. Nirvana preceded Avani as Mississauga's first high-end joint for Indian food lovers, but is almost equal in quality. The level of spiciness can be accommodated for those with weak stomachs, and the delicious aromas and flavours of creamy butter chicken and rogan josh will be remembered for week after your meal. All in all, Nirvana is a place for the modern Indian gourmand. More »

Manchurian Madurai

Manchurian Madurai

Having taken over the former location of a "Captain's Choice" seafood restaurant, Manchurian Madurai offers modern Hakka and Indian fusion cuisine, and is conveniently located next to Diamonds (a local strip club). The décor retains some signs of the restaurant's past ownership; you can embark on a delicious journey inside the Madurai vessel while trying the lamb korma or kadahi chicken with clay oven roti. The staff is extremely friendly and eating Indian food in a pirate boat is one of the most unique experiences ever. More »

Bombay Bhel

Bombay Bhel

Bhel is a popular Indian snack that originated in Bombay (Mumbai), and its namesake restaurant has two locations in Mississauga. Bombay Bhel is one of the first Indian restaurants that I explored when I moved here, and you can expect excellent service, killer seekh kabobs, and tandoori chicken. For those in a rush, grab some mouth-freshening Saunf as a side order to their efficient take-out service. More »

Saravanaa Bhavan

Saravanaa Bhavan

This vegetarian restaurant offers everything from rice-based to flour-based dishes from southern India, and be sure to try the Mini-Tiffin, which includes a little bit of everything or the lunch buffet special for the best value. Don't expect an elegant atmosphere, but rather enjoy the good service from its humble owners. As a bonus, you can even hire a private Dosa chef to prepare a meal in your backyard. More »

Udupi Madras Café

Udupi Madras Café

Udupi knows dosa. Found close to Square One, Udupi offers a spacious dining room, free underground parking, and chefs who demonstrate versatility in South Indian cuisine. Portions are quite generous, especially if you end up there later in the evening. The owners also operate Manchurian Madurai. More »

Brar Sweets

Brar Sweets

Once upon a time, this stand-alone restaurant featured take-out snacks and Indian sweets. With the success of the original spot, Brar has since opened 3 new locations as a full-fledged restaurant. Now, Brar Sweets serves appetizers and dinner, and last I checked, they were still fully vegetarian and the least greasy of all Brar locations. More »

Discussion

52 Comments

Bloory / May 16, 2012 at 09:33 am
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They all look like office buildings.
RealTalk / May 16, 2012 at 09:56 am
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Avani is by far the best!! Their dessert is to die for.
Blog Missaussaga / May 16, 2012 at 09:57 am
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Good thing this is Blog TO and this post is entirely relevant
Erin / May 16, 2012 at 09:59 am
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Oh man, I had no idea BlogTO was writing about stuff in Mississauga! You missed THE BEST Indian restaurant, I must say. It's in Streetsville and it's called NAWAB. Your life will change after eating there. Seriously.
striker replying to a comment from Bloory / May 16, 2012 at 10:10 am
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Mississauga is a beautiful place.

I look forward to the aggregates to do with Brampton and Georgetown next. Halton is totally the GTA you know.
Iyaz A replying to a comment from Blog Missaussaga / May 16, 2012 at 10:22 am
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Some of us appreciate BlogTO writing about the GTA every now and then. Thanks for these great suggestions. Bombay Bhel is my favourite
Haris / May 16, 2012 at 10:34 am
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You obviously dont know what GOOD INDIAN CUISINE is. You want to try good indian cuisine in mississauga, try BBQ Tonite on 35 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, Its a family run restaurant. We drive from Toronto for take out from that place.
Downtown Hipster / May 16, 2012 at 10:58 am
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Why the stuff about Mississauga? The downtown cyclist/barista/general arts degree holding/arrogant snob hipsters like me don't like!
Chicken Little replying to a comment from Blog Missaussaga / May 16, 2012 at 11:14 am
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Oh noes, they are writing about someplace I might have to travel 15 minutes extra to get somewhere. They might write about a world west of Kipling. The article doesn't match the website name.

My head is exploding!
couldn't agree more replying to a comment from rek / May 16, 2012 at 11:44 am
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If this was a blog about the areas around Toronto then fine, But it isn't. It is about Toronto. Not the GTA. Someone can start that blog and I will totally read it for info about the GTA, however when i want stuff in Toronto I don't want to see stuff about Markham, and Richmond Hill and Mississauga. I mean are we going to see stuff in Brampton next?
Iyaz A replying to a comment from couldn't agree more / May 16, 2012 at 11:58 am
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I sure hope so, I have family in Brampton and visit there often. Who knew there's life in the Greater Toronto Area outside of the downtown core?!
pro bono / May 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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Lets just rename the site to BlogGTA. Once that happens, all the whiny hipsters can self-implode one by one, and we won't need to see their cry-baby comments on this site anymore.
EarthJuice replying to a comment from Iyaz A / May 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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There is no life outside the downtown core. That is an Old Wive's tale perpetuated by people like you.
Splunky McSplunksauce / May 16, 2012 at 01:19 pm
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Rawr rawr rawr, mississauga no TO...rawr rawr rawr
oph / May 16, 2012 at 01:21 pm
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The Host?

The funny thing is that native Torontonians often do venture out to the burbs to go eat or shop. It's just the entitled trust-fund hipster from Dundalk that usually stays confined to the neighbourhood where their apartment is located. There's whole other world out there folks, I suggest you try it, same way the hipsters in San Fran and New York venture out to Oakland and Northern Jersey respectively. It's totes trendy!!!
Ben / May 16, 2012 at 03:21 pm
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Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, who cares? Cities do not stop at their municipal boundaries, to think otherwise is outdated and provincial.

Also, Brar Sweets rules.
HULKFORD / May 16, 2012 at 03:57 pm
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STUPID STUCK UP PEOPLE FROM DOWNTOWN, NEED TO BE SMASHED. MISSISSAUGA INDIAN FOOD IS GOOD!
rek replying to a comment from couldn't agree more / May 16, 2012 at 04:36 pm
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I can't wait for "The Best Bike Shop in Newmarket"
Amy / May 16, 2012 at 07:37 pm
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I would happily travel outside of my King-Bloor/Yonge-Dufferin bubble for incredible food. It's refreshing to read an article like this on BlogTO.
Omar replying to a comment from oph / May 16, 2012 at 07:38 pm
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I am very amused that you are comparing mississauga to oakland. I think ppl from both places would be offended. Having been to both, they are *nothing* alike. I can picture an oakland hipster magically transplanted to mississauga fleeing in horror within a day. Ditto for hazel in oakland.
blogshawa! / May 17, 2012 at 02:01 am
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oh! places i can't get to using the toronto transit commission...this makes sense. just do a chinese buffet list for the burbs' so you can put mandarin on it already. this blog's slow suicide is painful to watch.
milo / May 17, 2012 at 08:12 am
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Maybe you should do an article about the best place to eat a burger in some other middle of no where place like Barrie?

That will make as much sense as this.
strega replying to a comment from blogshawa! / May 17, 2012 at 08:22 am
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Please don't insult Tim on his own turf.
theZube / May 17, 2012 at 08:27 am
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In order to be more accurate, and to steal confused readers from that *other* blog, I say this site be renamed Torontoish.
Rob K. / May 17, 2012 at 09:00 am
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All these whiners are a classic example of reading the book by it's cover. They look at the name and think "HEY! Mississauga isn't TO wah wah wah blah blah blah..". After you put your pacifiers back in, check out the description of BlogTO: "A daily weblog about Toronto music, film, arts, people, places and other happenings. Includes a collection of links to other blogs, Toronto-area information....". Enough said?
Rob K. replying to a comment from blogshawa! / May 17, 2012 at 09:31 am
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Having to take transportation other than TTC? OMGAWDZ!! FREAKOUT!! What? Does your leash not reach that far? I mean how can you even read this blog while being so close-minded? Or has that Metropass in your wallet created a deadly force-field outside of the TTC boundaries that I don't know about?
Emily / May 17, 2012 at 07:06 pm
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I would actually love to see the best Indian restaurants in Brampton because it would probably be well worth the voyage.

TO credentials: raised Yonge-Bloor/Annex/Junction. Is that enough to make the trolls happy? At least I hope they are trolls because it would make me sad to think so many people derive a sense of identity from an address.
Martina / May 17, 2012 at 09:42 pm
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I commute to Mississauga/Brampton for work everyday and have for 6 years. Yes, the Indian food can be good, as the predominant population in Brampton is South Asian. However, the cities themselves, I couldn't say the same about. Sprawling massive streets, shopping only in malls, strip mall type restaurants and if you want to have drink with friends you can basically chose between Moxy's, Boston Pizza etc.
Kate / May 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm
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Mississauga is a great place, but it's a separate city- why is this on BlogTO? Why not spend time making lists about what's actually in Toronto?
J*town replying to a comment from Kate / May 23, 2012 at 08:00 am
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Because they've already covered a lot of ground. Recall some people mocking blogTO about exhausting the creation of the existing 'the best of' list. You sound as if they're doing an injustice, and you're wording is coming across as if people here in Toronto only walk within 5 minutes from their house. Does it 'really hurt' to have some info about our neighbours next door?
HipsterTipster / June 23, 2012 at 01:14 am
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I might just venture out to missisauga because it will be totally ironic. Just imagine, me, a 50 pound, non-soap using, Queen West dwelling, tattooed neck freak in the middle of all soccer-moms and ethnic suburbanities eating indian food? Hi.La.Ri.Ous!! But since i'm lazy, I'll just sit in this barista and post on BlogTO to stop talking about GTA.
Anthony replying to a comment from Downtown Hipster / July 9, 2012 at 03:50 pm
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People in the GTA find these useful; Many of us live in the GTA and work/play in Toronto.
Stop complain about BlogTO featuring GTA restaurants.
Don't click if you don't care.


SAUGAPLAYA / August 11, 2012 at 08:30 pm
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You guys are all retards! Like seriously??? You DT Core fags stay in your 500sqft bubbles while I live like a king in my 5000sqft house on the waterfront. Obviously you guys are all loners with no family or friends cuz no way you can entertain or host a party while living in a 200sqft condo.
mellisa / September 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm
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I went to udipi madras, food was very delicious will recommend to go.
Adam / September 4, 2012 at 03:33 am
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Thanks:) Cool topic, write more often! You manage with it perfctly:D

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COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm
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Good thing this is Blog TO and this post is entirely relevant
Harshad Mahadik replying to a comment from Erin / October 19, 2012 at 01:49 pm
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Have to fully agree with Erin. Best indian food I've had so far...
Prince Rana / December 2, 2012 at 03:27 pm
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I love the food at Narula's. It is a small place with the best food in town. Since it is close to my work it is my daily lunch spot.
archie / January 12, 2013 at 05:16 pm
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I vouch for Udupi Madras Café ... southern spicy food..
sweetie pie / January 21, 2013 at 05:26 pm
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i love avani
sweetie pie / January 21, 2013 at 05:26 pm
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i love avani
baba replying to a comment from sweetie pie / April 5, 2013 at 09:56 am
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where is AVANI?
baba replying to a comment from baba / April 5, 2013 at 09:57 am
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Where is Bomaby Chaat and Dosa?
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i know my / November 17, 2013 at 09:13 pm
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Where is the Shish Mahal?! That place has been around for something like 20 years and has the best Indian food by far that I've tried in Mississauga. Avani is good too, but Shish Mahal is better.
mojojojo / November 24, 2013 at 03:26 pm
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YES, avani! It's a bit newer than others but definitely better quality. GREAT quality and really beautiful interior and exterior. Honestly, everything I've tried on their menu is either amazing or at least pretty good. It's located in a plaza at Mavis & Matheson. Make sure you don't go on a crowded day, as you'll only get frustrated. Not bad price for the quality. (Cheaper than Nirvana, more than Manchurian Maduri)

I would switch Manchurian Maduri with Nirvana for second place.

Manchurian Maduri: REALLY good price, awesome quality of ingredients, best service, awesome decoration, only con is that it's so unknown! Seriously, it needs more recognition. Their sea food is actually good! ALSO, their staff is so awesome they can make you stuff that's not even on their menu :D

Nirvana: hit & miss items, pricey, but a place you would take to impress non-indian folks. Try their hare-bare kebab, they're $2 a piece but so good! Fairly good service as well, but it does add an automatic 15% gratuity for 5+ people.


South Indian food really should have it's own category. Udipi is good, but a newer place that's better imo is Guru Lukshmi. It's on the edge of Brampton & Mississauga and it's always packed because of its awesome quality and decoration!

Also, even though it's in Brampton, a good south Indian place is Sankalp. Really cool interior that's like a cabin in the woods, and they have a great variety of food. Also somewhat unknown.

About the others on this list, the one time I went to Sarvanaa Bahavan was horrible. Cold food, terrible interior & weird atmosphere. And Barar is just horrible to go to now. You only go there for the buffet, and that has become so bad compared o even 2 years ago.
rahul s / April 15, 2014 at 08:29 pm
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if you are at Mississauga... n if u have tried Avani, Tandoori Flames, etc.. try Absolut Desi.. you will realise what u r missing... its impossible to try everything at one go... so do visit atleat twice or thrice.. and if you get tired by it... try the ultimate Dosa's of different varities.. u wont regret.. i have been so regular to Absolut.. trust and it was yesterday i tried their Kheema Dosa and Butter chicken Dosa... omg... i hve no words for it... a honest comment from the hotel management student...
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