The Best Indian Restaurants in Toronto
The best Indian restaurants in Toronto are not ranked based on ambiance. Copper Chimney, for example, the number six spot on this list, indeed looks like it was plucked from another decade. And then there's Lahore Tikka House sitting at a venerable number two, which still uses plates and forks you can throw away at the end of your meal. Unless, I've totally got it wrong and it's this irreverent charm that makes them so appealing, these Indian restaurants offer something else to earn themselves such high esteem.
And that, of course, comes down to their food. The list of best Indian restaurants in Toronto is not specific to northern or southern cuisine, yet each spot in the ranking is known for authentic flavours, unique combinations, and interesting takes on traditional fare. So keep your eyes on your dish, and not the decor.
Here is the list of the best Indian restaurants in Toronto.
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Just west of Christie Pits on Bloor, Banjara has the total Indian food package. Great flavours, huge portions, prompt service, and great prices. Fair warning to those who like to shop around for a place to eat. The aroma when you walk in the door will make it impossible to leave. Fantastic garlic naan, but then again, most everything at Banjara can be called fantastic. More »
A Little India fixture that could technically be called Pakistani, now with a (relatively) new dining room. Lahore serves up some delicious kebabs, butter chicken, muttar paneer, and more, much of which is doused in a righteous layer of ghee. Though, I'm sure that's what makes it taste so good. Beware those of environmental mind. Lahore uses disposable plates and cutlery. More »
There's obviously something to Amaya's take on North Indian cuisine, since express versions of the restaurant keep cropping up around the city. With its newest spot in the Eaton Centre's Urban Eatery and one set to open soon on Ossington, Amaya serves some delicious curries (my personal favourite) and creative plates with seafood. Worth checking out is the The Bread Bar on Yonge which is the more casual cousin to the original (and pricier) location on Bayview. More »
The Junction surprisingly over-indexes in Indian cuisine, but Curry Twist stands out from the pack. Its popularity probably has as much to do with its great service as its authentic curries. Well, maybe that's not entirely true, but the Junction restaurant can be counted on for incredibly friendly, fast, service. The menu reflects Northern Indian cuisine and includes dishes such as goan fish curry, aloo gobhi, and haandi chicken. More »
The name has confused first time patrons for more than 15 years (it's always best to tell a never-been when you're referring to the restaurant, not the area), but the food is simply outstanding. The buffet lunch special is a favourite option for a filling Queen West lunch, though the butter chicken and tandoori chicken is undoubtedly the restaurant's specialty. More »
Near Avenue and Wilson, Copper Chimney debunks the myth that quality Indian food in Toronto proper must be found south of St. Clair. Prices are reasonable for the North York area and the menu offers lots of variety, especially for those who are partial to to the tandoor. Copper Chimney's garlic vegetable ball appetizer is among its more notable options. More »
Found in Koreatown, Maroli (which is also the name for a Gujarat town) specializes in dishes from the Malabar region and state of Kerala. Nevermind the orange walls. Here you'll want to pay attention to the signature dishes which include fish vattichathu, Malabar chicken, and beef syrian. Maroli also hosts an annual Malabar food festival. More »
Some of the best hoppers in Toronto can be found at this Sri Lankan restaurant in Scarborough. Be prepared for serious seasoning and heat in Hopper Hut's curries, lampries, and more, all of which are dolled out in very generous portions. Kottu roti from Hopper Hut is an area late-night favourite. More »