14 great Indian restaurants in Montréal
Indian cuisine is one of the most complex in the world. Filled with heady spices and wonderful aromas, it varies from region to region and is equally delicious everywhere. Indian food never leaves anyone indifferent; people either love it or hate it. If you’re in the “love it” camp, below are some of our favourite Indian restaurants in Montréal.
Located on Crescent Street in the heart of downtown Montréal in a sumptuous décor inspired by the spice route, Restaurant Dévi serves succulent dishes straight out of their tandoor. Don’t forget to order the assorted breadbasket to accompany your meal.
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.
Located in trendy Plateau-Mont-Royal, Atma Restaurant is a fine dining establishment offering all your favourite Indian dishes as well as some house specialties in a modern and funky décor.
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.
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.
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.
Mayssam Samaha, blogger
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. 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.