Toronto‘s Little India may not be large, but it is home to one of the greatest markets for South Asian goods on the continent. We explore the top 10 Indian restaurants in Toronto’s Little India.
Opened in 1976, MotiMahal claims to be the oldest Indian restaurant in the city and it’s certainly a long-time Little India favorite. The restaurant’s interior features no-frills fast-food-style decor. The affordable prices and tasty dishes ensure a large and loyal customer base. In a neighborhood packed with Indian restaurant choices, MotiMahal is consistently one of the busiest spots in the area. Channa Bhatura is the restaurant’s speciality – two pieces of deep-fried bread served with potatoes and fresh chick peas. The menu also offers an excellent selection of desserts, such as the gulab jamun sweet treat.
Regency Restaurant offers budget-friendly buffets featuring Indian staples. The buffet features fresh, carefully prepared dishes such as tandoori chicken and goat curry, along with diverse vegetarian options ranging from saag paneer to veggie pakoras. The buffet also includes a small salad bar and desserts like kheer, gulab jamun and ice cream. Most of the dishes are quite mild, making this restaurant a great option for those who enjoy their food flavorful but not overly spicy. Regency Restaurant’s interior is simple, clean, spacious and able to accommodate the large crowds that typically arrive during the dinner-time rush.
The sister restaurant of Gautama, Siddhartha Pure Vegetarian serves Northern and Southern Indian dishes both a la carte and buffet-style. As the restaurant’s name suggests, the menu items are exclusively vegetarian, including numerous vegan options that servers are happy to highlight for diners. Go for the paneer tikka masala – cheese cubes baked with green and red peppers marinated in garlic and spicy Indian gravy. Or, choose the malai kofta, which consists of balls of homemade cheese and khoya that have been deep fried and cooked in a special gravy of Indian spices.
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