Toronto's Little India may not be large, but this small neighbourhood that stretches along Gerrard Street East, is home to one of the best markets for South Asian goods and restaurants for Desi cuisine in North America. The colourful saris and Bollywood music are certainly enticing but it's the rich, spicy aromas from many restaurants there that tempt visitors to linger. We explore the top 5 restaurants in Toronto's Little India.
Bombay Chowpatty offers a clever alternative to Little India' buffet-style restaurants. This casual fast-food-style restaurant is also a video store, selling Bollywood DVDs, which provides background soundtrack for diners. Bombay Burgers, a pan-fried potato patty topped with chickpeas, onions, tomatoes and chutneys, showcase the creativity in presenting Indian street-food favourites. All dishes are vegetarian and the restaurant is open late, making it a great spot for satisfying midnight cravings.
Lahore Tikka House is arguably the most popular hang-out on Gerard Street, known equally for its Pakistani cuisine as for its welcoming atmosphere. When the restaurant first opened in 1996, meals were served in a cluster of trailers. Over the years, the restaurant has become a gathering place for Toronto's South Asian community. Seating is offered in a dining room furnished with street-style decor and under a tent in summers. The restaurant is popular for its sizzling kababs, cooked in a charcoal-fuelled clay oven and its house-made almond kulfi ice cream./p>
Gautama offers a wide selection of Indian dishes in an elegant upscale environment. The interior features warm woods, crisp white linens and large windows overlooking the bustling streets of Little India. The restaurant is also home to one of the few outdoor patios in the neighbourhood, where diners can sip Kingfisher beers all summer long. The moist Chicken Tandoori marinated in homemade spices is the most popular offer, always eagerly scooped up by diners the moment a fresh plate hits the buffet.
Opened in 1976,MotiMahal claims to be the oldest Indian restaurant in the city and it's certainly a long-time Little India favourite. The restaurant's interior features no-frills fast-food-style decor, but the affordable prices and tasty dishes ensure a large and loyal customer base. In a neighbourhood packed with Indian restaurant choices, MotiMahal is consistently one of the busiest spots in the area. Channa Bhatura is a speciality with two pieces of deep-fried bread served with potatoes and chick peas. It also offers a selection of desserts, such as gulab jamun.
New Haandi 2000 is known for its affordable lunch and dinner buffets and great selection of a la carte items. Opened in 1997, the restaurant has served several former Toronto mayors as well as a number of Bollywood actors. The buffet features a rotating selection of seven vegetarian and five non-vegetarian dishes, along with desserts, sides and crisp salads. From the a la carte menu, opt for the butter chicken boneless Tandoori chicken cooked in a tomato, butter and cream gravy, served alongside the restaurant's fresh, house-made naan.