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The Best Indian Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 9, 2015

best Indian restaurants TorontoThe best Indian restaurants in Toronto aren't dedicated to cuisines from one region, but draw on culinary traditions from across the entire subcontinent. Whether you're hankering for rich curries and spongey naan from the North, or thali set lunches and dosa from the South, traditional foods or dishes with a contemporary twist, it can all be had in Toronto - if you just know where to look.

Here are the best Indian restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best Indian buffet in Toronto
The best butter chicken in Toronto
The best dosa in Toronto
The best samosa in Toronto
The best roti in Toronto

Banjara

Banjara

While there's a location up at Yonge and Eg, it's the location next to Christie Pits that earns all the acclaim. Prepare to queue for tables at peak hours - the place is perpetually packed, the kitchen furiously slinging delicious fresh naan from the tandoori ovens, and dishing out creamy butter chicken ($12), and intensely spicy vindaloo goat ($12). More »

Pukka

Pukka

Your local pub is no longer the best option for imbibing along with a warm curry. This restaurant on St. Clair pairs bold Indian flavours with a wine list curated by top Toronto sommelier Peter Boyd. Standout dishes include the spinach stuffed paneer ($18.70) and vibrant chaat ($9.90) featuring a fine mix of vegetables, sprouts, rice crisps, pomegranate, mango, chutneys and yoghurt. More »

Little India

Little India

Found on Queen West among a vibrant cluster of restaurants, Little India offers one of the best buffet lunches in the city. At dinner, begin with airy papadam accompanied by sweet and tangy pickled carrots, then move on to house specialties such as rogan josh lamb ($13.50), and, my personal fave, the eggplant bharta ($10.50). More »

Curry Twist

Curry Twist

This curry house in the Junction specializes in Northern Indian and Moghlai dishes. Highlights on the menu include succulent lamb madras ($15), and a coriander-spiked butter paneer ($11), a worthwhile vegetarian rendition of the ever popular chicken dish. More »

The Host

The Host

Complex curries and grilled meats still sizzling from the clay oven emerge from the kitchen at this Yorkville restaurant. Standouts on the menu include street foods like bhalla chaat papri ($7), a vibrant mix of potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt, tamarind chutney over crispy wafers. More »

Amaya The Indian Room

Amaya The Indian Room

The pride and joy of the Amaya chain of restaurants offers contemporary twists on traditional dishes. Find whole tandoori chicken dinners ($20) on the menu, along with snack foods like a crunchy aloo tikki chaat ($5.65) and quinoa crusted onion rings with tamarind chutney ($7.65) More »

The Copper Chimney

The Copper Chimney

This North York restaurant offers a robust selection of vegetarian, meat and seafood selections. Highlights include the palak kofta (spinach and paneer dumplings, $11) plus the variety of tender lamb dishes like lamb pasanda ($13) in cashew saffron sauce. More »

Udupi Palace

Udupi Palace

Specializing in South Indian vegetarian cuisine, this spot on Gerrard has long been hailed as one of the best restaurants in the neighbourhood. Expect to find over a dozen types of dosa ($5.65-$10), a varied array of chaats ($5.25), and uthapam with chutney ($5.85-$6.75). More »

The Tiffin Box

The Tiffin Box

The South Indian takeout joint on Bathurst north of Bloor is home to hearty fare offered at impressive value. Thali combos ($9-$10) offer a sampling of curried meats, spiced vegetables and chutneys with fluffy basmati rice. The dosas here are also worth ordering - just $6 will get you papery thin crepes filled with gently spiced potato masala. More »

Discussion

45 Comments

Dinesafe / February 9, 2015 at 11:07 am
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Amaya, seriously?!
TRIMURTI / February 9, 2015 at 11:16 am
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TRIMURTI ON QUEEN
meatballs / February 9, 2015 at 11:24 am
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No sign of Karma Sutra on Bayview, or Rashnaa no Wellesley - but Amaya is on this list?
Samosas / February 9, 2015 at 11:49 am
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Triumurti!!! Best samosas, daal makhani, and chicken madras in the city.
Stu / February 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Some odd choices here, to my mind. But, I wish they hadn't overlooked Marigold. On its best nights it is as good as it gets in Toronto. Awkward location, though. On Mt Pleasant north of Davisville. http://www.marigoldbistro.ca
links / February 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm
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two things:

1) I voted for Jaipure Grill on this survey but it didn't make the top 9 :( It's miles and miles better than Curry Twist! Spending a few $ more does make a big difference on quality and taste of the food, cleanliness and decor.

2) Amaya - before more people comment on it, the one everyone voted on is not the Amaya delivery/take out side of their business. It's their flagship with a different menu, atmosphere etc.
cathie / February 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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Copper Chimney has a long history of Dinesafe infractions and at one point was shut down. So, no thanks.
leo / February 9, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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Savera on St Clair should have definitely been included. Banjara...pshhhh.

http://www.saveraindiancuisine.ca/
Joe Mac / February 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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For a Brit who's used to the Indian food we get back home, Toronto's a living nightmare. Butter chicken is not a can of tomato soup with spices, sorry.
KSS / February 9, 2015 at 01:02 pm
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@Joe Mac, I agree. When I went to the UK, my relatives had ordered Chicken Tikka Masala from simple takeaway. I was hesitant to try it based on the Indian restaurant food I had here in Canada. But when I tried it, it was much better anything I had here.



JJ / February 9, 2015 at 01:18 pm
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Pukka is absolutely excellent.
moi / February 9, 2015 at 01:29 pm
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so lucky to live so close to Pukka and Banjara. Two world class delicious restos!!!!
Moi / February 9, 2015 at 01:30 pm
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whoops....and Savera is fantastic too!!!!
Tulse / February 9, 2015 at 01:31 pm
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Jaipur Grill gets another vote from me -- its food is fantastic, although the ambiance is in dire need of a refresh. Trimurti is also excellent, as is Babur. Of those actually mentioned in the article, Pukka is my favourite, and I had an absolutely terrible meal at Banjara.
Rick / February 9, 2015 at 01:57 pm
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I went to Pukka last night and while it was good, I would not rank it in the top 10.

SAVERA should be number one. That is the best indian restaurant I've been to in the city.
meatballs replying to a comment from Joe Mac / February 9, 2015 at 02:15 pm
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You might not believe me, but the President's Choice Madras Cooking Sauce tastes very much like what my local Indian of choice in the UK served up.
Erella / February 9, 2015 at 02:18 pm
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Dhaba on King is hands down, the very best Indian Restaurant in the city. The care they take is unparalleled, even when they do the buffet thing. Go in the evening though and have their lamb curry. Unlike anything else, anywhere.
Yuri / February 9, 2015 at 03:59 pm
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Too many of the places in these lists are regular visitors on the dinesafe lists you publish every Tuesday.
That's quite a joke, even if those restaurants are popular.
Ashu / February 9, 2015 at 04:30 pm
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Love AMAYA - great food, good ambiance with some amazing choices on the menu
jameson / February 9, 2015 at 04:51 pm
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Banjara is a great cheap eat - Definitely not the best indian place I've ever been too

Curry Twist is great
vani replying to a comment from Dinesafe / February 9, 2015 at 05:06 pm
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Agreed, Amaya has been mediocre for a while now.
Guest / February 9, 2015 at 05:11 pm
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I must really be missing something with Banjara as I've had 3 bad meals there. The Tiffin Box looks interesting though as does Curry Twist.
emily / February 9, 2015 at 07:42 pm
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agreed w/the brits, no good indian food in toronto :(
rabia / February 9, 2015 at 09:14 pm
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Disappointed to see that Regency on gerrad st. still isn't on here.
gl replying to a comment from Joe Mac / February 9, 2015 at 09:32 pm
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try moving here after living for 17 years in India.
fello / February 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm
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Curry Twist - it was surely the name, and trek to the junction, that had dissuaded for ages from trying it out. All said, a very adept chef running that tiny little kitchen. Definitely deserves to be in the top ten for Toronto.

And yes, when they suggest Amaya, i'm sure they don't mean the lunch/takeout location(s).
vishk / February 9, 2015 at 10:50 pm
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HOW IS INDIAN RICE FACTORY NOT IN HERE

That place is an institution!
ID / February 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm
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Veda in Yorkville is pretty good.
Gotoindianplace / February 10, 2015 at 03:14 am
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I agree with rabia. Regency Restaurant on Gerard St E is my family's go to Indian place. I love it and have tried other places on this list like 'little India' and Regency is way better.
JC / February 10, 2015 at 08:19 am
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Not clear on the Amaya hate in the comments, while I haven't eaten at that specific resto, we order from their bread bar outlet at yonge and Lawrence and it's consistently wonderful. For the interested, they recently changed their name to Indian Bread Bar, the food is the same, but perhaps breaking off from the mothership?
ps / February 10, 2015 at 10:26 am
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Banjara is plain terrible.
Roncesvalles village has a great new restaurant called 'Sutra'. Awesome food....true Indian flavor. Also do free deliveries if you are close by.
I am north Indian and this is the best reasonably priced India food I have had in Toronto.
'Host' is great too for heavy pockets.
Tulse replying to a comment from vishk / February 10, 2015 at 10:59 am
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"HOW IS INDIAN RICE FACTORY NOT IN HERE"

Um, because it's been closed since 2013?
missedthebus / February 10, 2015 at 11:26 am
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I live around the corner from Banjara, but I go to Trimurti for Indian food.
iftekhar / February 10, 2015 at 01:06 pm
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Well, I ordered from little india . their food doesn't taste as good as you are describing here. moreover, it felt like they sent old food even though it was big order . So i wouldnt consider little india in top 20 even!!!! and amaya is shit yo . . But one restaurant i would highly recommend which is closed to ryerson " Curry Kitchen" the best indian food i have eaten so far
David Z / February 10, 2015 at 01:32 pm
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I live in the Indian Bazaar (Gerrard & Coxwell)and can't believe that all of all the places to choose from Udupi Palace is the only one to be recognized? It's not even that good compared to Gautama or Lahore Tikka House.
Tulse / February 10, 2015 at 02:02 pm
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"all of all the places to choose from Udupi Palace is the only one to be recognized"

What do you expect from BlogWestOfYonge.com?
Ve1 / February 10, 2015 at 04:25 pm
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Why is the "Queens Arms and Maharani Pub" on The Queensway missing from this list? They have the most amazing fish pakoras and butter chicken. I guess the hipsters dont venture this far west.
Guest replying to a comment from Ve1 / February 12, 2015 at 03:18 pm
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Is that place still around? On yelp, the latest review says that it closed down.
Sarah / February 14, 2015 at 09:52 am
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One more vote for Dhaba on King. love their samosas and the view. beef vindaloo is the best I've ever had.
Sheila / February 16, 2015 at 07:47 pm
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PS---re Sutra restaurant-I suggest you encourage your friends to try this restaurant.This location has bad ''Karma''---3 restaurant has gone under in the past few years at this locale.The owners should have someone do a native smudging to rid the bad spirits!
R. / February 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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North Of Bombay in the Junction - ****BEST**** Chicken Tikka Masala in Toronto. If that is your thing this is a *must* try. Their pakoras are superb, as well.
PIT6 (Punjabi in the 6) / February 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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Pukka in my opinion, is the best place to get Indian food in the city (although, it will destroy your wallet - not cheap).

Of course now, any sensible Indian will just go to home (Brampton) to get real stuff.
Niranjan / February 24, 2015 at 05:17 pm
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Dont have the Kathi Roll Express on the list ,when you talk about Modern Indian Food,they are hands down.
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