Ambiyan is serving Indian staples that span from northern dishes to coastal cuisine.
This is the restaurant's second location — the first opened in Unionville in 2009 — and you'll find it's slightly smaller and harder to find than the original.
Tucked away inside the enclosure of the Delisle Court plaza, the restaurant has the benefit of being both inside and outside at the same time, which should make the patio prime territory in the summer.
A separate menu of lunch specials in the daytime and a wine list, coupled with elegant mains at night, means Ambiyan can hover between casual or leaning toward the fancy side, if you're planning an evening rendezvous.
A vegan lentil soup ($9) has organic yellow lentils and a mix of harvest veggies.
Fish pakora served with a side of mint sauce and chutney is easy to crush.
An order of aloo tiki ($8) serves these popular potato cakes on a bed of mango salsa with a side of roasted red pepper sauce.
The menu has a wide range of favourites, with none more obligatory than the butter chicken ($18), a creamy dish that definitely holds its own against the plethora of competition in the city.
You can either order a side of basmati ($5) or go with some amazingly fragrant garlic naan ($4.50) made with garlic butter and coriander to go with your butter chicken. Or get both—there's no such thing as too many carbs.
Pasture-raised tandoori lamb chops ($17) from Alberta are super tender, and served with a smear of date and fig chutney.
Beef vindaloo, made with a tangy sauce originating from India's west coast, has some really nice heat to it ($19).
The coconut prawn curry is a pretty dish decorated with coconut pieces.
For dessert: a pistachio-sprinkled plate, including two delectable gulab jamun balls, served with kulfi (Indian ice cream), and a super soft ricotta-stuffed rasmalai.
With an extensive and versatile menu, Ambiyan is the kind of dependable neighbourhood Indian spot that's likely to make regulars out of St. Clair locals.