Located on Crescent Street in the heart of downtown Montréal in a sumptuous décor inspired by the spice route, Chez Dévi serves succulent dishes straight out of their tandoor. Don’t forget to order the assorted breadbasket to accompany your meal.
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India Rosa’s decor sets the tone for this Plateau restaurant that combines traditional flavours with a modern twist. The menu is made up of sharing plates (or “bites” for Happy Hour) and deliciously colourful cocktails.
Le Super Qualité
Le Super Qualité is a colourful Rosemont eatery serving Indian street food and regional specialties. Its thalis feature a different region every week and its creative cocktails are a great addition to the experience.
Star of India
Downtown Montréal’s Star of India serves what is possibly the best butter chicken and naan bread in town in a friendly atmosphere with great service.
Restaurant Bombay Mahal
A favourite among locals, Restaurant Bombay Mahal offers a great span of Indian cuisine from north to south. Located in multicultural Park Extension, its menu is extensive and the prices reasonable. It is vegetarian-friendly and BYOW.
Maison de Cari Golden
Blink and you might miss this tiny spot on busy Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Maison de Cari Golden is a well-hidden gem that offers fantastic food in an unpretentious setting. Try the tandoori specialties or the biryanis.
Hidden on Jarry Street, a little out of the way, is one of the best Indian restaurants in Montréal. Restaurant Malhi's Punjabi cuisine is authentic, delicious, affordable and served in an unpretentious yet welcoming dining room.
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Guru – Bistro Indien
A modern bistro offering a Punjabi-style cuisine, Guru is also famous for its fusion dishes that combine East Indian flavours with Montréal classics, resulting in original creations such as the butter chicken poutine or the tandoori chicken club sandwich served on its homemade naan bread.
Please note that their dining room has not reopened yet.
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Gandhi is an elegant restaurant located on cobblestoned Saint-Paul Street in charming Old Montréal. The scent of warm spices and the lure of Indian music is enough to send you on a virtual voyage to India via some of the delicious dishes and the great variety of homemade breads.
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Restaurant Sandhu offers Italian and Indian cuisines in its Papineau Avenue location. Its specialties include butter chicken, lamb Madras and an extensive wine list in a bright décor with friendly service.
Pushap has been a favourite go-to spot among food lovers looking for a wallet-friendly vegetarian feast. Pushap is famous for its generous thalis as well as its large selection of Indian desserts.
Le Taj has been serving Montréal’s Indian food lovers since 1985. Located downtown, critically acclaimed Le Taj serves a delicious and fresh lunchtime buffet with a wide variety of dishes including tandoor specialties as well as an à la carte dinner menu.
Rasoï’s tapas-style menu combines inspiration from international cuisines with definitive Indian roots and bold flavours. High quality ingredients and an extensive cocktail menu add to the unique ambiance of this Saint-Henri restaurant.
Family-run Dosa Pointe specializes in South Indian cuisine and, more specifically, the dosa, a thin and large crepe usually rolled around a curried potato or paneer (fresh cheese) filling and dipped in chutney.
For something a little different and more contemporary, Old Montréal's Le 409 feels like a cross between a colourful Bollywood movie, a Havana street corner and a sleek London lounge. The menu lists beautifully presented classics as well as fusion dishes (including butter chicken poutine!) and great signature cocktails.
Maison Indian Curry
Northern and southern Indian specialties are on the menu at Maison Indian Curry, which means you can indulge in a variety of dosas, tandoori dishes, biryanis, and rich curries.
The cuisine of southern India is featured at Thanjai. Rice is the main staple as it is grown throughout the region, as are some of the cuisine’s warm spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. Popular South Indian dishes on Thanjai’s menu include dosas, idli (savourty rice cakes) and vada (savourty fritters), as well as some spicy curries.
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.