The Best Indian Restaurants in Toronto
The 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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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