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Does anyone out there have any suggestions for a good Indian place in Montreal?

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  1. For authentic food like excellent masala dosas try Maison Indian Curry at 996 Jean Talon West near Blvd. L'Acadie or Bombay Mahal across the street.

    Indian friends of mine say the best food is at the Golden Curry on St-Laurent near Laurier. I have had a curry there so hot it made me cry. None of these have overwhelming ambiance but the food is great.

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    1. re: Plateaumaman

      I love Golden. I'm surprised to learn that your Indian friends consider it the best, but so much the better. For the uninitiated: always reserve, as it's a ridiculously narrow little place that seats perhaps 30 people in full sardine-can mode.

      Digits:

      Maison de Cari Golden
      514-270-2561
      5210 Saint-Laurent

      1. re: Mr F

        I went to Golden on a monday night, thinking that it would be quiet, but the place was full! I had the dinner special with butter chicken, a spinach dish, and a beef curry. Everything tasted super fresh. I liked the fact that the spinach was still very leafy and not mashed to the point that it looked gross. The beef was perfectly seasoned and tender. The butter chicken had just enough sweetness. Overall, very very tasty.

      2. re: Plateaumaman

        I second Maison Indian Curry. It was by far the best and most authentic of the places I visited. I wish I had known about Golden while I was there.

        1. re: Plateaumaman

          I second, maison indian curry is the best indian non only veggie food I ate!! yummy

          1. re: Plateaumaman

            I tried Maison Indian Curry for the first time yesterday evening and I came with high expectations. The service is great, the place is obviously popular as it got quite busy while I was there. The prices are also great. But I found the food very bland. I ordered chicken jalfrezi and asked if they made it with green chillies. My server said no. I asked if anything on the menu was made with chillies, and the answer was still no. I came all the way from Brossard for some authentic Indian cuisine after reading the reviews, only to find they don't cook with chillies. Instead they use more or less hot chili powder, depending on taste. I can do better at home and I'm not even indian. What a disappointment.

            1. re: Peppermill

              The heat content in fresh chiles varies, sometimes by a lot, even from the same case. If you're aiming for cooking consistency, it's best to use powders and pastes.

          2. Kuljit India in Ville St-Laurent
            Malhi Sweet in Parc-ex
            Bombay Mahal buffet on Crescent Street
            Bombay Choupati in the West Island

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            1. re: hungryann

              <<Kuljit India in Ville St-Laurent
              Malhi Sweet in Parc-ex
              Bombay Mahal buffet on Crescent Street
              Bombay Choupati in the West Island>>

              I went to Malhi Sweet in Parc X this Monday. It was a disappointment. It certainly wasn't the worst indian food I've had, but it didn't live up to the raves. I ordered a beef briyani, butter chicken, sag paneer, and aubergine curry. All the dishes came slightly over salted. The butter chicken was ok, the chicken pieces were tender but scant; the sauce rich, perhaps overly so, and yet somehow still lacking in flavour. The beef briyani was under spiced, with little to no cardamon, ginger, cloves or other spices present. It was basically beef fried rice jazzed up with cilantro and onions. The sag paneer had a bit of a bite, but the cheese cubes were "squeaky" and dry. The best dish was the aubergine curry; being nicely spiced, redolent with chili, garlic, tumeric, onions and topped off with cilantro. The nan bread I ordered was crunchy and hard by the end of the meal.

              I'm really surprised that my meal was so underwhelming. Malhi Sweet has garned good reviews in the media and by word of mouth. The restaurant has had clients such as Catherine Deneuve and Leelee Solibyaski praise it.

              Incidentally, I didn't see any sweets in sight. The restaurant is called "Malhi Sweet", yet I didn't see any mithai (indian sweets) anywhere.

              My favorite Indian restaurant is Curry House on Bishop. Ben, the owner, is a real nice guy - AND a good cook. When he's in the kitchen or supervising, the food is always good. I love his version of butter chicken. It's not as rich as other versions, it's even slightly sweet with the addition of sultanas and dried papaya, and it's absolutely delicious. I've taken two south east asian friends, one a pakastani, the other a sikh, and both loved the butter chicken at Curry House. In addition, their nan bread is one of the best in the city. Soft, tender, melt in your mouth good; it's just great for mopping up the gravy from the curries.

              Incidentally, both Bruce Willis and Sir Ben Kingsley have eaten at Curry House. The actors were in Montreal filming a movie and stopped in for a meal. Bruce really enjoyed the meal and told Ben, the owner, he would eat indian food more often but his wife (Demi Moore at the time) didn't like it. Ben Kingsley, half indian himself, and no stranger to good indian food said that Curry House had some of the best indian food he ever tasted. And no, I'm in no way affliated with the restaurant. I'm only repeating what Ben, the owner, told me during a late Saturday lunch I had several months back.

              BTW, has anyone ever been to a indian restaurant called, "Nuehevli" in parc x? I'm not sure if I spelled that right, but it translates into "New Castle" in English. I think this restaurant is now defunct, but a couple of years ago, I use to go there and order up a storm. The food was absolutely fabulous; every dish was delicious. The prices were very good too. Unfortunately, the owners sold the place, and the food was terrible thereafter.

              I use to go to Allo Inde on Stanley fairly often. I stopped going for a while, went back a year later and found the food to be subpar. Don't know if that was just an off night, but I wasn't impressed.

              1. re: Chai Latte

                Not surprised at your mediocre experience at Malhi, mine was very similar.

                I'm told that this place was one of the first Indian restos in the area. Either the quality was better back then or people just didn't have anything to compare it to. Maybe the celebrity visits are from that era.

            2. I had amazing Indian food last Thursday in the west Island at a resto called "Karma" on St. John's blvd.

              Was rather expensive but well worth it. Presentaion, decor and overall taste was great!

              Nice place to impress some people and introduce to Indian.

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              1. re: risuma

                I too have been to Karma and was equally impressed although for a much lesser cost and just as good taste, you can't go wrong with Bombay Choupati on Sources Blvd.

                1. re: LIONESS

                  I'll second Bombay Choupati! The food is excellent and the waitress (she might have been the owner) was so attentive and helpful when I went.

              2. I was very impressed with the restaurant called Masala on Wellington (corner of Peel and Wellington). I think it's only opened on Friday evening though (the other nights are booked for Indian cooking lessons).

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                1. re: Frenchie

                  Maybe it's improved lately but I had lunch at Masala about 6 months ago and it was very very boring. I know that Illyas can make good curry but this was toned down to the level of boiled brocoli and beyond-bland dahl soup. Maybe dinner is diffrent.

                2. My favorite restaurant is Sahib in the West Island, I love the setting, there's a section that resembles a British Style Pub and then they have an amazing dining room. The service is great too. I simply love the Chicken Tikka, Butter chicken and the Patiala. It's a must try.

                  1. I've heard really good things about Ganges on Sherbrooke st. West. Has anyone tried it?

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                    1. re: Simon Patrice

                      Been loyal to Ganages for many years. I have tried many others, nothing has come close yet, and frankly their prices are great. They have a cool 'menu for 2' for well under $40. The butter-chicken is one of a kind.
                      Funny story about Ganges - Years ago I was trying to explain to a date how they make Nan bread - the waiter overheard, yelled something into the kitchen, and then we saw a flurry of activity. The guys in the kitchen started clanging around and finally I saw one of them passing a mop... As it turns out, they cleaned up the kitchen in order to take myself and my date into the kitchen and demonstrate how they use the tandoori oven and made a Nan right infront of us.
                      One of those truly memorable experiences...

                      1. re: buzz_sapien

                        Ganges is consistently good, but my loyalty lies with Star of India II across the street and down a bit. They have been standouts since the 80s when they were Nataraj, then Taj Mahal, then Raj Mahal, and finally SOI. I may have missed a couple of incarnations along the way. The original Star of India on Ste. Catherine next to the Faubourg is still my all-time favourite in the city, and the food there has been mind blowing since the 1970s.
                        I've fallen out of love with Dev on Victoria, and haven't gone back after two very mediocre meals in a row.
                        Bombay Palace (the original one, also called Pique Assiete, a name which I always found a little rude:) ) used to be very good, but since moving to near the old Forum is now probably the worst Indian resto I've ever eaten at, save for that horrible buffet on Rene Levesque and Guy, which I was dragged to once. The one that advertises on TV all the time. Yech!

                        1. re: bomobob

                          Sorry, have to disagree with you about the original Star of India. It's highly ordinary. When I tried it, the food was oily and flavours were just not there. Even the "spicy" dishes weren't spicy. It was very disappointing, as far as Indian food goes.

                          1. re: cherylmtl

                            Wow, that's a surprise. It's the best Indian food I've eaten outside of India.

                            1. re: bomobob

                              Either I've hit it in really off nights, or we don't like the same kinds of Indian food. But it didn't even come close to anything I've had in India, or even near many of the so-so Montreal Indian restaurants.

                              1. re: cherylmtl

                                I'm sure we like the same kinds of Indian food....
                                It's a shame when there are inconsistencies like that in a restaurant.

                                1. re: bomobob

                                  What did you like at the Star of India restaurant? I'll try to see for myself soon((with you & cherymtl having totally different views on their food). Went by the place all the time, but never ate there.

                                  1. re: BLM

                                    Their sag shrimp is really nice, and I also love the phal beef, but it's too hot for many people. Lamb dopiaza is also delish.

                                    1. re: bomobob

                                      Went to Star of India a week ago, & tried their phal beef. Very good(sauce I found excellent, the beef could of been more tender but still good). Didn't find it too spicy(about the right spice level I prefer).

                                      According to what they say at the front of their take-out menu, they have "many more dishes, ask for details." What's good at Star of India, that's off the menu? What specific dishes can I order 'off the menu', at good Indian restaurants? I'm still in a learning phase for Indian food.

                          2. re: bomobob

                            That horrible buffet is the Buffet Maharaja.

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                            Buffet Maharaja
                            1481 Boul Rene-Levesque W, Montreal, QC H3G1T8, CA

                      2. EAST INDIAN COMPANY-corner of Cote des Neiges and Queen Mary. Eztensive, delicious buffet or innventive a la carte also available. Beautiful decor and good service. Best of all, v. reasonably priced.
                        RAMGOD

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                        1. re: RAMGOD

                          Sorry but East India Co offers a very run of the mill "office lunch out" buffet. Nothing to rave about. The table service was a little slow and one person in our group was given the wrong change at the cash. You can find tastier if you make the trip to Jean-Talon. I agree about the decor though, nice statues.

                        2. Bombay Mahal for the butter chicken and palak panneer and malagatany

                          Punjab Palace for the rest it really is one of the best
                          ( also this place actually has some "cachet")
                          it is cute and good crowd. you should reserve.
                          p.s. must have the chicken jalfrazi

                          Punjab Palace
                          514-495-4075
                          920, rue Jean-Talon Ouest,
                          Montréal, QC H3N 1S6

                          if your looking for pakistani
                          SANA on jarry ( near sweet malhi which is also very good indian)

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                          1. re: jennina

                            Another vote for Punjab Palace. The vegetarian menu is expansive and the prices are incredibly low and INCLUDE TAX!

                            1. re: jennina

                              The food was good at Punjab Palace, although spicier than usual Indian cuisine, but the service was horrendous. So bad that we had a miserable time. There was one waitress for an extremely busy restaurant, and every now and then, the owner, who moved like he was in an underwater Tai Chi class, would come to help out. We ordered an appetizer, which arrived with the regular meal, an hour after ordering our meal (it took 20 minutes to get a menu). The prices are dirt cheap, but I would not go back.

                              1. re: MangiaMuse

                                Similar experience at the West Island branch. See my post below from Aug. 2nd 2007.
                                BTW "who moved like he was in an underwater Tai Chi class": laugh out loud funny!! :D

                            2. I have to put my vote in for Punjab Palace. Dirt cheap & hearty! AND BYOW! But always crowded. We usually go without a reservation after 9pm and still wait a good 15 minutes.

                              Apparently many of the indian restos in that Jean-Talon/Acadie area are good.

                              Dev on Victoria Ave was also excellent but when I went last time after they moved next door...it was so so. But it could be an off day.

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                              1. re: kit

                                Dev is one my favorites for eating in because it's close by. For really good South Indian (Keralan) style food I prefer Jolee. You could eat in, but the place itself is really grimy and don't expect much in the way of service. I really prefer Jolee as take out only. It's also ridiculously cheep and they have different fried appetizer options every time I go. Between Dev and Jolee, it's like a one two punch here on Victoria.

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                                Restaurant Jolee
                                5495 Av Victoria, Montreal, QC H3W2P9, CA

                              2. East Indi co is an amazing buffet. iv lived in montreal for years now. other places so clearly cut corners in cooking its disgusting. this place is great, too many people in this city care only bout money when they go out, and to them i say stay home. dont bother hardworking induviduals who dedicate themselves to this industry, such as those at the east india co. Truly amazing place, worth trying.

                                1. Restaurant Ghandi on St. Paul Ouest in Old Montreal is one of my favorite places to eat in Montreal. The flavors are very well balanced, the atmosphere is great, and the service is very good. The only complaint I had on my last trip there (this past weekend) was the wine. The wine list started with Jacob's Creek Chardonnay ($6 at my local drug store) and the middle of the list had a Fetzer Chardonnay ($9 at my local drug store). There may have been some good wines on there that I'm not familar with, but seeing those on there did not impress me. I ordered a glass of sauvignon blanc that was OK but not great.

                                  I recommend reservations on the weekend, it is not a large restaurant and despite the streets being deserted, the restaurant was packed.

                                  1. I know these wines are not quite impressive but bear in mind that the first sells for about $13 and the second for nearly $16 here in Quebec.

                                    1. Ganges in NDG has definitely been my best experience in Indian food restaurants. The atmosphere is very nice, and so is the staff...as well as the food...delicious! Their tandori chicken is very tender as well as this chicken dish I had with almonds, unfortunately I don't remember the name. I had then heard about Punjab Palace, and unfortunately was qiute disapointed. The restaurant is a little dingy, and our waitress seemed a little annoyed at our question asking. I also found the chicken there a quite dry. I guess for a BYOB it was quite alright but I would definitely suggest to all of you diehard indian food fans to visit Ganges since it is a cut above these BYOB restaurants and it is worth the few extra bucks. It is on Sherbrooke in NDG.

                                      1. I am amazed that no one has mentioned 786 Halal in here. I know it is Pakistani and so not technically 'Indian', but it deserves mention. Their kormas and bbq dishes are among the best in the city and rival the best that Toronto's much larger Indian community has to offer.

                                        In fact if I wasn't looking for a good Indian resto on a recent visit to the t dot I never would have found 786 as the new Toronto franchise was highly praised on the Toronto chow board.

                                        and the best thing in these snowy cold winter months is that they deliver!

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                                        1. re: eatsies

                                          I have to second the praise for Halal. Their mustard greens are just about the tastiest thing I've ever had the pleasure to eat.

                                          1. re: eatsies

                                            786 Halal is my favourite Indian/Pakistani restaurant in the city. Avoid the gulub jaman though, it's icky. Stick to Pushap (Namur Metro) for the desserts!

                                            1. re: phedre

                                              Why not the pushap right nearby on Jean-Talon? Is the one near namur that much better?

                                              1. re: Moosemeat

                                                The pushap in Namur is not so good.Once I had a dinner there with my friends.We had heard about it a lot and wanted to give it a try.But sorry the food was really very bland and tasteless.I ordered for a combo.The tadka dal was very bland with little tadka,the mattar paneer was very watery with little spice and very bland,the baigan ka bharta din't taste like the one and was very oily. The bhaturey are served with mattar paneer here. I don't know how it goes well with the people here. The rice was OK and so the Masala Chai. I don't understand that why they put potatoes cut in cubes inside the Samosa.It changes the taste fully.The pakoras were good though.

                                                1. re: KUMAR KANNAN

                                                  That's the only way I've had samosas, with potatoes cut in roughly equal sized small chunks (not always equal sized cubes). What way are you used to?

                                                  I agree, Pushap is overrated.

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                                                  Pushap
                                                  1661 Av Dollard, Lasalle, QC H8N1T7, CA

                                                  1. re: Shattered

                                                    I love the Pushap on Jean Talon. Been eating there a lot lately. It's certainly not bland and tasteless.

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                                                    Pushap
                                                    1661 Av Dollard, Lasalle, QC H8N1T7, CA

                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                      In India the potato is mashed, mixed with onions and masala's and then this forms the stuffing for the samosas.

                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                        Back in India we have mashed potatoes with red onions,carrots and beans mixed together with spices and herbs inside the samosas... This way it tastes the best...

                                                2. re: eatsies

                                                  Bumping an old thread, but nice to have "meta posts".

                                                  Finally got a chance to try Halal 786. It was fantastic.

                                                  Chapatis were well made, fresh from the oven with the telltale tava smell. Yum. We tried the mustard greens. I was expecting the leaves to be intact, but they were pureed, baby food style. Very flavorful, complex and surprisingly filling (esp for a pureed vegetable dish). It was a tad bit on the saltier side, but since I oversalt my food it was no problem for me.

                                                  We also tried the Haleem, the Friday special. It was basically a slow cooked stew of wheat, lentils and meat, mashed (and perhaps beaten) to the consistency of a sticky mush. This is an interesting dish that is made in Anatolia, Middle East and Central Asia; most cultures associate it with some kind of celebratory situation (weddings, Ramadan, Fridays?). But wherever you eat it, they make it differently. Sometimes the grains are visible, sometimes it is sweet, sometimes the consistency is runny rather than sticky... This was one of the best I had. Byblos also makes it for breakfast (calls it Halym, and adds turkey), but theirs is more like a sweet hot breakfast cereal and is not as complex as Halal's.

                                                  Anyhoo. We scooped our Haleems up with our chapatis in two seconds. It was odd to have to pureed dishes on the table. If I were smarter (brain doesn't work properly when hungry) I would have ordered the greens with chickpeas to add some textural variation. But oh well, they both tasted good. The dessert was OK though. The rice pudding was creamy, but wasn't seasoned as well as other dishes. From other postings, it looks like desserts are not their forte anyway.

                                                  The lassis on the other hand were frothed and well balanced (neither too watered down, nor thick enough to be still considered as yogurt).

                                                  Our neighbors in the next table were eating the Lahori fish. It looked awesome, they looked happy. I know what I will be ordering next time.

                                                3. Yes, we have mentioned it, and it is excellent. Check here:
                                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34760...
                                                  I didn't know they had delivery! This is interesting. Within the ParkX area only I guess (I have friends who live there so it's not a problem).

                                                  1. (Sorry ... I meant on this particular thread.)

                                                    We live at Parc and St. Viateur and they deliver to us... I have the impression that they will go pretty far so its worth checking...

                                                    even more interesting perhaps is that the last time we sat down to eat there they were preparing a wedding banquet; huge cauldrons full of all sort of delicious things were being stacked up in the dinning area waiting to be hauled out! I would love to have been a guest at that wedding (and I am sure the couple will have a long and happy union).

                                                    1. Someone mentioned DEV, I used to be a regular there but we got turned off with the cleanliness of the place after they moved next door and I haven't been back in over 1 year. I'm now a regular at Taj Mahal on Sherbrooke and we'll try Etoile des' Indes, Maison du Curi on Bishop and Golden Curry (that's the narrow one, right) every now and then. I'm actually trying Karma tonight, not a big fan of these "trendy" restos but since the gf and I enjoy Indian we figured we'd give it a shot tonight. I'll let you know how it was, tomorrow.

                                                      1. I've had two meals at Indian restaurants while visiting Montreal in the last few months. The first, at Ganges in N.D.G., was probably the worst Indian food I've ever eaten - everything was sickeningly sweet, from the butter chicken to the mattar paneer. To top it off, the service was absolutely horrid.

                                                        A subsequent visit to Montreal found us driving around aimlessly on Christmas weekend, myself and my teenaged kids each wanting something different. Mom won out (this time!), and we ended up at Gandhi in Old Montreal. We had a lovely meal; the dishes were prepared with more finesse, by someone who understands the need to balance flavours. And the service was delightful.

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                                                        1. re: FlavoursGal

                                                          Funny, my take is the exact opposite. In my experience, Ganges has always been one of the better Montreal-style (i.e. derivative London-style Punjabi) Indian restaurants, with food that has a real home-cooked feel to it (sweetness, which I'm acutely sensitive to, has never been a problem). Ghandi, the twice I've eaten there, was thoroughly lackluster and way Westernized. Sadly, the cooking at neither can hold a candle to similar-style dishes I've made in my kitchen or eaten in restaurants in other cities, especially New York.

                                                          1. re: carswell

                                                            Strange...I found that there was no depth at all in the flavours of Ganges' dishes. They were one-dimensional, and lacking in spiciness.

                                                            While the dishes at Gandhi were not extremely spicy, there were elements of heat, a very subtle sweetness, and slight tangy elements that to me, anyway, indicate a more deft hand in the kitchen.

                                                            I do agree with you that neither of these restaurants' dishes can compete with the food I've eaten at Indian establishments in New York and London, England.

                                                            1. re: carswell

                                                              I too have had only good experiences at Ganges. As an NDG-er for over a decade, I've eaten there & had take out dozens of times - FG, perhaps you were there on an off night, because your experience sounds like nothing I've ever had to go through!

                                                              My favourite Ganges dishes include the delectable spicy tarka dal to the lovely aloo sag. Their samosas are also the best I've ever had anywhere - full of flavour and not a whiff of greasiness.

                                                              I used to work in Old Montreal near Gandhi (I think that's the one you mean) and admit I never tried it - I was always very put off by the fairly high (by Montreal standards) prices. Usually ended up at the sushi place on St-Paul instead, which was excellent and reasonably priced!

                                                            2. re: FlavoursGal

                                                              I was going to write a review but I think this one will do.

                                                              Horribly sweet food for no reason and terrible service.

                                                              There were a couple of friendly waiters but the guy who appears to be the head honcho was an absolute dick.

                                                              Way to many good Indian restaurants out there to bother with this one.

                                                              1. re: hhost.ca

                                                                Talking about Ganges or Ghandi? I'm not sure, from your response here.

                                                              2. re: FlavoursGal

                                                                Finally a woman who knows her Indian food. I went to Ganges and sent the food back as it was sickeningly sweet. Those guys do not know how to cook if it up and bit them in the ass.

                                                              3. So I made it to Karma last night, real nice place (again, ambience is not important to me) but the food was nothing special especially not for the price. The bill pretty much came to double (if not more) what you pay at any of these other (better) places. The ingredients were very fresh but the main dishes lacked some punch, the lamb for the price was not tender (not the best cut of lamb). All in all I enjoyed it but would not go back due to the price and the fact that you can get more taste for your buck at other Indian restos throughout the city as mentioned in here.

                                                                1. Bombay Mahal on JEan Talon wins hands down. Forget about Indian in London, Toronto, Vancouver, or any of the other places where Indian entrepreneurs have set up shop- Bombay Mahal compares to Indian in India... Some of their dishes are as spicy and flavorful as roadside Indian fare -doesn't get more authentic than that. They used to be the cheapest bet in town. Biggest problem at THAT time was the NO WINE situation - for me, anyways. Now, that minor inconvenience is history with their new BYOW resto... Used to see a lot more brown faces in there (i can say that, I'm brown) than the other kind... not anymore! The restaurant features a true masala of all complexions... testament ot the fact that the non-brown type prefer wine with their meal because Bombay Mahal is still as good as it always was!

                                                                  A close 2nd is the Goan-owned restaurant on the corner of Clark and Prince Arthur. The only Goan owned restaurant that I'm aware of in Montreal which therefore makes for the most authentic vindaloo dishes... Most restaurants feature North Indian dishes, a handful will dish out South-Indian fare, and the amazingly rich portuguese culinary spirits of Goa get their representation with the Vindaloo section on a menu... Hardly enough praise for all the other incredibly exotic dishes that come from this country. I guess, Goans aren't into the business of selling food- they prefer eating, drinking, and making merry with the clientele!!!!!

                                                                  A quick spurt on the fire hydrant before I run off to conduct some Goan cooking classes which accounts for all spelling and grammatical mistakes, if any?!!

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                                                                  1. re: mangoetc

                                                                    Goan? I know the owner is Bangladeshi (or at least the owner from a couple of years ago was. That space used to be my dep and his wife made the best samosas...ahhh). Did he bring in a Goan cook? Or has it changed hands? I'd love to have more deets.

                                                                  2. Allo Inde
                                                                    1437A, rue Crescent

                                                                    This is a failry new Indian place that has come through with another memorable meal for my second visit.
                                                                    Ali the manager remembered me from my last visit and knew I was not that familiar with a lot of Indian food, so, Ali guided and explained to me what he would have prepared for me and my guest.
                                                                    Service was excellent, and the staff is friendly and attentive.
                                                                    Highly recommend.

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                                                                    1. re: Infomaniac

                                                                      Are these guys on Crescent the same guys at Allo Inde on Stanley? (which is also pretty good BTW)

                                                                      1. re: chilipepper

                                                                        I'm not sure and will ask the next month when I'm in town again.

                                                                        1. re: chilipepper

                                                                          Yes they are, take it from their ex-hostess! I think the hilarity that is Ali and Team Hello India has to be experienced first hand to be believed-trust me on this one and try it! ;)

                                                                          1. re: priotoma

                                                                            You know them better than I do, but there was something about Ali that i enjoyed. Funny thing is, he remembered me and my friend, and said he remembered what we ordered last time we were there, but when the food came it seemed totally different from what we ordered the last time we were there. It was all very good but just seemed different.
                                                                            Can I ask you a question?
                                                                            Ali gave us a little dessert item. It was like a sticky orange colored pretzel, with a liquid inside. It was very good, but I don't know what it was called. Do you?

                                                                            1. re: Infomaniac

                                                                              You are probably refering to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalebi

                                                                              1. re: stationearth

                                                                                YES....that's it...thank you.

                                                                              2. re: Infomaniac

                                                                                They'd changed the dessert from that when I was there; now they serve "gulap jamun" which is a round, soft, spongy and very sweet dessert in a syrupy sauce. It's actually a type of cheese, according to Ali!

                                                                                1. re: priotoma

                                                                                  Thanks....Sounds interesting.
                                                                                  I should be in town next month and will certainly give it a try.

                                                                                  1. re: priotoma

                                                                                    FYI: it is not a type of cheese. It is rather a fried dough ball but it does contain milk in the dough. What you are referring to is ras malai.

                                                                                    1. re: hungryann

                                                                                      Well Ali told me it was cheese, what an eejit! I didn't think it was, but hardly thought myself an authority on the subject so just nodded and agreed. Apparently he has left Hello India! It'll never be the same

                                                                                      1. re: priotoma

                                                                                        I just saw your post mentioning Ali left. I was up for the Jazz Festival and didn't see him and thought he had the night off. I'd be interested if he resurfaces anywhere good.

                                                                          2. This may be apostasy but during my recent trip to la ville natale a friend took me to the Maharaj on René Levesque between Guy and McKay. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. We gorged ourselves on the $10 AYCE buffet and the quality was at worst good. Plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections.

                                                                            FWIW I've lived in Toronto for the last couple of decades and there is a sizeable Indian population here compared to Montréal, and consequently many food options. For $10 and AYCE the Maharaj is good value IMO.

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                                                                            1. re: mrbozo

                                                                              First business: East Indian Company has closed. I don't know if they have reopened elsewhere.

                                                                              Second: It has been mentioned by someone else: Bombay Choupati on Sources in the West Island is well worth the trek (As someone who lives downtown). Really great dosa (the fire dosa is extremely spicy but delicious). If you don't like spice, stick to the masala dosa. The butter chicken is fantastic. I also love the fruit chat, a really unique appetizer consisting of deep=fried puffy shells, yogurt, tomatoes, cilantro and a tamarind sauce. I've never seen anything like it in Montreal.

                                                                              1. re: moh

                                                                                To my knowledge it's the only indian restaurant that serves any chaat in Mtl. I wonder why that is? Chaat is very popular in Indian restos in the US (especially NYC and SF). I was recently at Bombay Choupati and sampled some of their chaat; all were very good except for the pani puri which was subpar to my previous experiences in the SF Bay area. I am hoping Indian restauranteurs in Mtl will smarten up and start offering these delicious indian snacks.

                                                                              2. re: mrbozo

                                                                                I can't say that I'm sad it burned down a few weeks ago; this was the worst Indian food I've ever experienced. It was not worth the $10, I went through that much $ in spent t.p.

                                                                              3. I have to strongly recommend Dev on Victoria near Van Horne. Everything is made fresh to order, and some of their more unique dishes are worth the trip alone - specifically the Fish Pakora (spicy little fish nuggets) and Spinach and Keema Naan (round, flat, flakey bread with a layer of spicy spinach or spicy kefta-like lamb in the middle).

                                                                                Dev also has a whole selection of chaats, the Indian equivalent of Tapas. I particularly recommend the Chaat Papri, which has crispy noodles, yoghourt and homemade tamarind sauce.

                                                                                The decor is a little .. idiosyncratic .. but it's a family-run establishment with very reasonable prices.

                                                                                One more thing : when you're there, make sure you ask for a Chili Pakora, which they don't always offer. It's a giant green chili pepper, fairly mild, stuffed with homemade cheese, battered and deep-fried. It's not health food, but damn.

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                                                                                1. re: CowboyMike

                                                                                  Dev has good food, but just about the worst service I've ever encountered (really slow and unattentive ). I once tried to order a really different and interesting looking dish there, (I think it was a cornbread spinach combo of some kind) and was basically told it was off limits to me because I'm not Indian. (The server was apparently worried I wouldn't like it.) When I insisted on ordering the dish I was then told that they were out of cornbread. To this day I still don't know what the real reason was for my not being able to order the dish, either way I was unimpressed. Add to that the cafeteria-like ambiance, and Dev falls off my list of "must go to" Indian places in montreal.

                                                                                  Now that I've got my rant out of the way I will admit that quality of food is really good for the price, and that I've been back several times since the incident described above, and while the service hasn't improved, the food remains worth the inconvenience. Barely.

                                                                                  1. re: CowboyMike

                                                                                    You have piqued my interest..there is chaat in Mtl !?! Do you remember other chaat items, like pani puri, bhel puri or chole batura? Also does anyone have info on the indian restaurant a few doors next to Dev? I can't remember its latest name (Bombay something?) but for a brief while it was called Greenlands.
                                                                                    Lastly, there was very good Indian place in Lasalle that closed down a few years ago; it was called Shan E Lasalle. Very good home cooked food. Does anyone know if the owners opened up another place somewhere?

                                                                                    1. re: hungryann

                                                                                      In fact I know more than a couple of places serving chat. My most recent experience has been Bombay Choupati in West Island. There are a few restaurants around that area which have chaat too.

                                                                                      Chaat is also available at Pushap (near Metro du Parc) and the restaurant opposite it ( I forget it's name). Bombay Mahal in the same area also has some chaat dishes.

                                                                                      By chaat I am referring to bhel puri, pani puri (less common), chole tikki, papri chaat, sev dahi batata puri, samosa chaat, chole bhatura etc. To be honest most of the chaat is not as chat pata (not sure of an exact translation, maybe sour and spicy, zing, piquant) as I would like. But the restaurants do make an effort if you request. Not perfect but gets me through the pangs of Indian food that I miss.

                                                                                      A few of these restaurants also have South Indian preparations like dosa, idli and it's variations.

                                                                                      Dev is one place I've yet to try out. As to the spinach cornbread meal referred to in the above post, it is traditionally called "makke ki roti aur sarso ka saag" (literally roti (bread) made of corn and mustard). Those among you in the know will see that it is mustard greens and not spinach. But I guess spinach is a close substitute. And there is usually a dollop of butter to go with it. It is a favourite in the North Indian state of Punjab.

                                                                                      1. re: stationearth

                                                                                        I have tried the chaat at Bombay Choupati; the pani puri were disappointing (the puris tasted a bit stale). I never thought of trying Pushap on Jean-Talon. I always go to the one on Pare and IIRC there is no chaat there. Are you refering to MAISON INDIAN CURRY across the street from Pushap? I will check them out next time I am in the neighborhood. Also IIRC the selection of chaat at Bombay Mahal is very limited. I have never seen the chole batura anywhere in MTL indian restos. Anyway, I will try out Dev in the near future also.

                                                                                      2. re: hungryann

                                                                                        Greenlands is a Sri Lankan place, but I'm not sure if it's still there. There are a couple of Tamil / Sri Lankan places on that stretch of Victoria.

                                                                                    2. Made it to Karma this weekend. It's mainly Punjabi cuisine. My husband liked his lamb, but my butter chicken was too tomatoey. Prices were higher than what I am used to paying for Indian food (5$ for a bowl of rice!) but then the decor is expensive (quite reminiscent of Maiko on Sources, actually).

                                                                                      What annoyed me most was the inexperienced service by waitresses in their uniform of low cut, short dresses. Our waitress leaned across the table, affording me a great view of her cleavage, to hand me my dish in my hands rather than serving it on my plate from behind me, put our champagne glasses on our left, and waved the bottle asking: "Does anyone want more wine?"

                                                                                      I'll stick to the family restos.

                                                                                      1. any word on Mysore? (4216 St.Laurent)

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                                                                                        1. re: LemonLauren

                                                                                          Mysore is great. A bit too expensive, but the food is outstanding.

                                                                                        2. Any with experiences at a Indian Pub Restaurant in the West Island named Sahib Indian Pub? Wonder if it's any good. They were showcased in the Montreal Gazette food section 2-3 years ago.

                                                                                          Edit: I see now that 'Eat Right' above has made some positive comments on Sahib.

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                                                                                          1. re: BLM

                                                                                            I went to Sahib for a buffet lunch yesterday and I just loved it. I didn't want to try the butter chicken b/c that colors my whole appreciation of a restaurant, but it was very good, very tender (as opposed to the beef curry which was a bit dry). My bill was $8.45, I couldn't believe it. When the meal is that inexpensive, I tend to be very relaxed about the service whereas I am usually horribly picky. For example, the waitress asked me to hand her my glass of water so she could fill it, my friend and I were cracking up.

                                                                                          2. Yes Sahib is a great place especially when you consider that people spend as much on rushed junk food meals as on this great food in a relaxed setting. For 10$, a buffet
                                                                                            will satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters. It is always good everytime we go and its a 5 minute drive for us.

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                                                                                            1. re: JFK1

                                                                                              Where is this (Sahib Indian Pub) please? address or cross streets will do, thanks!

                                                                                              1. re: morebubbles

                                                                                                Sahib is on Hymus, just west of St. John's Blvd, in Pte Claire.

                                                                                                http://canada411.yellowpages.ca/busin...

                                                                                                1. re: cuisine_miche

                                                                                                  Been to Sahib's Sunday buffet as part of a birthday party.

                                                                                                  Very neat place, efficient staff. But taste wise, I am disappointed.

                                                                                                  The buffet has lentil soup, chili chicken, fish pakora and samosa for appetizer.
                                                                                                  Butter chicken, Lamb curry, Chicken korma, Chana and Kadi were the main dishes. I think there is another veg curry - may be aloo gobi.
                                                                                                  Rice and Nan.
                                                                                                  Black jamoons and Kheer.
                                                                                                  water melon slices.

                                                                                                  Did not liked the looks of chili chicken; so didnt try
                                                                                                  Fish pakora was very good.
                                                                                                  All the dishes seem to lack salt so tasted very bland to my palette. I could not even feel the spices(masala) in the curries..
                                                                                                  Nans were sad... not warm; and more over they look over burnt..

                                                                                                  Just filled up the belly with Fish pakoras. Fish tasted fresh.. good ones!

                                                                                              2. re: JFK1

                                                                                                Good to know I have often wondered. By the way, does anyone have any feedback on the other indian places on Sources?
                                                                                                About a month ago, we went to the newly opened Punjab Palace (since we have enjoyed our meals at the one on Jean-Talon although their service is slow). The West island one was really a disappointment. The service was equally slow (took over 1 hour to get our food and we were the only table) but also very inexperienced (the waitress who was an Indian girl of about 18-20 y.o.) told us : "Thank God, you know what to order b/c I don`t know what most of the menu items are" and then made other inappropriate comments to our group. The food was average to good. We had a dosa which was greasy, the salad bar which was underwhelming (canned beans, corn, onion, & tomato slices and some stale poori), butter chicken (average), naan (good) and the non-veg (dahl really good, lamb curry excellent, butter chicken ok) and vegetarian thali (very good). Overall, I would not return. I have better memories of their other location.

                                                                                              3. I personally love Pushap (several locations, I go to the one by Namur) but it's all-vegetarian.

                                                                                                1. On the West Island I like Kawality on Sources, purely for the food, there is no ambiance, and their sweets are to die for.

                                                                                                  Non veg thalie for $6.99 and I'm stuffed when I leave.

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                                                                                                  1. re: harmony1969

                                                                                                    Thanks for the Kwality recommendation. Checked it out today, it's great. The thalies are definitely the way to go. Excellent, all of it, the veg. dishes (one with peas and paneer in a cardamom & cinammon sauce was amazing for instance), excellent rice with toasted cumin in it--the butter chicken was the best! Generous portions too, with plenty of fresh naan bread placed separately in a basket to accompany your meal. The mango lassie was better than others I've tasted. Prices were reasonable as well. Very satisfied, thank you!
                                                                                                    I would go to Bombay Choupati for the dosas, but to Kwality for the other food. I did have a chana samosa at Kwality which was very good (it's not avail. at BC). btw, there was a line up for take out food.
                                                                                                    Kwality, 4771 Boul. des Sources (514)421-3522, open 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week

                                                                                                  2. Anyone have an opinion of the Taj Mahal (I think that's what it's called) on Sherbrooke near Claremont? Where the old MacDoherty's used to be (years and years ago)?

                                                                                                    1. I still lament the passing of Shan E, the tiny little Indian restaurant in a strip mall in LaSalle. The service was always so friendly, and the food so good!

                                                                                                      1. I went to Devi on Crescent last weekend and was a bit disappointed. I had read the glowing reviews in Montrealfood, Voir and The Gazette, and was expecting more. Decor-wise, it's lovely, but I didn't find the food had the complex flavours of my favourite resto, namely, Bombay Choupati. I keep comparing it to every Indian restaurant I go to and the others always come up comparatively short. The naan was very uneven; some parts were charred and crispy and others were thick and doughy. I don't think the chicken was cooked in a tandoor. We shared a butter chicken and it was absolutely bland and boring. I couldn't even finish it and usually I inhale the sauce. We were there on a Saturday night and the restaurant was very quiet; I'm not sure the location is working for them. The Crescent crowd is not really a good fit for walk-ins. Also, I feel they are trying to compromise to skew to that crowd and it's not really working. Eg, beers on offer: Molson Ex, Molson Canadian (!), Bud, Bud Lite, Labatt Blue. Imported: Heineken and Corona. Microbrew: Rickards Red (!). Rickards is a microbrew? No British beers or anything approaching thoughfulness on the beer list.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Venusia

                                                                                                          Joshua Karpati reviewed Devi in yesterday's Hour paper. Certainly less than glowing review of the restaurant(pretty much everything was a disaster, except for their naan bread & basmati rice). He got some of the facts on the Devi restaurant wrong. Yes, the flagship NYC Devi closed several months ago. But they reopened in latter part of October. Devi didn't re-opened in Montreal(Devi in Montreal opened around 6 months ago, when Devi NYC was still open in its first incarnation).

                                                                                                        2. Has anybody tried Mumbai on Notre Dame O? My sis-in-law eats there frequently and also orders take-home.

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                                                                                                          1. re: minisma

                                                                                                            I've tried it a couple of times, and found it average. There's nothing wrong with it, but nothing in particular to recommend it either. I haven't eaten there in over a year, so things may have gotten better or worse for all I know. Not too far away (on Center a block or so east of Charlevoix) there's a really good mom & pop Indian place. The name escapes me at the moment, sorry.

                                                                                                            1. re: minisma

                                                                                                              I live right near there, so I eat there fairly often. I really like it. It's never very crowded, so the staff take good care of you, and the food is always good. It's a solid place to go, and not too far from the AMC, so it's nice before a movie (and then you can walk up the hill and burn off your butter chicken). But it's probably not the most exciting or innovative Indian food in Montreal, so if that's what you want, the Chowhounders probably know their business. But I think it's worthy.

                                                                                                            2. Just wanted to save someone a trip - just to let you all know that Bombay Choupati is closed 'for holidays' from 23 Nov. 07 to 18 Jan.08. I was so craving their great dosas too!

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                                                                                                              1. re: morebubbles

                                                                                                                Arghh, a day too late! Yes we made the trip for nothing. I'm counting the days. We went down the street to Punjab Palace for the lunch buffet. It was acceptable. The butter chicken sauce was excellent, rich and creamy and not too sweet (although we went late, and there was not much chicken left! No problem for me, i actually prefer just the sauce.). The lamb curry was the standout dish for me, savoury, powerfully spiced yet balanced, with tender chunks of lamb. The muttar paneer was also very good, although the paneer was crumbled into smaller pieces, and I like big chunks of it. I was a little disappointed by the vegetable dishes (vegetable curry, spinach and eggplant) as I thought they were a bit heavy handed and a bit too sweet ( and I usually like sweet in my curries). The naan was over- buttered, but tasty. The fried puri when fresh is fabulous (wait until they restock the pan! then cover it in the butter chicken sauce....) Rice was disappointing. The salad/chat bar was good, with some interesting items that I had not seem before and quite enjoyed, in particular something that resembled fresh mung beans? I didn't try the tandoori chicken it looked quite dry (confirmed by my partner). Overall, an acceptable experience given the price ($30 for 3 people) but a bit of a letdown when you are expecting a masala dosa from Bombay Choupati. Fly time, fly....

                                                                                                                1. re: moh

                                                                                                                  Maison Indian Curry on Jean-Talon also has excellent dosas, although a tad greasier, but they will definitely satisfy your craving.

                                                                                                                  1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                    Thanks, I hope they'll tide me over!

                                                                                                                  2. re: moh

                                                                                                                    Last night, we unexpectedly found ourselves with a babysitter and so of course could not go to any of the foodie restaurants on my list on such short notice (although we tried). Indian is always a good fallback plan, and since Bombay Choupati was closed we decided to try Punjab Palace. Hadn't realised it was going to be a BYOB buffet. For 10.95$ per person I can hardly complain about the meal; it was okay but not great. There was also hardly any chicken in the butter chicken sauce, and we were there early and there was only one other table. Not sure I would go back, for an evening meal I found the place lacking in atmosphere and for lunchtime I prefer Sahib's buffet.

                                                                                                                    I hope the Bombay Choupati folks are enjoying their vacation Miss those chaats! And that naan!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Venusia

                                                                                                                      Hmm, I thought they were out of chicken because we got there late for the lunch buffet.... Must be a chronic thing. Anyhow I can honestly say from the few pieces of chicken i did snag is that the sauce is the best part.

                                                                                                                      Indeed, punjab palace is acceptable for the price, but it is no comparison to Bombay Choupati: 38 more days! Now the big question is are they open on January 18 or are they closed until the 19th?

                                                                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                                                                        I am also wondering that! Does anyone know if they are they open this Friday?

                                                                                                                2. Here's a photo of those great dosas taken on my last visit (forgot to attach to my previous msg.) I'll have to make do with this until they re-open!

                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                  1. re: morebubbles

                                                                                                                    Mmmmmm, mango lassi!

                                                                                                                  2. Check out Karma in the West Island. The decor is just stunning. Food is really good.

                                                                                                                    1. Anyone been to Mysore recently? How is it? Some friends want to get together there, but I haven't been in years.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: bomobob

                                                                                                                        We passed by Mysore last evening, freezing and hungry, trying to find a place that would accommodate us without reservation. The place was literally deserted, with an only waiter waiting for a miracle. We thought that was really odd, considering that three other places we called were all booked; so decided to pass and and have some quick snacks at Reservoir instead. I am curious about that place, but honestly didn't have the guts to try anything when it was ridiculously empty; relates to certain phobias of freshness and etc. Please report if you ever go.

                                                                                                                        1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                          Howdy!

                                                                                                                          You don't need to worry about freshness there, most of their business is lunch and delivery, and it is a good business.

                                                                                                                          1. re: zekesgallery

                                                                                                                            After getting the courage we tried Mysore for delivery last night. I must say I wasn't impressed. Nothing was "bad", but nothing was memorable as well.

                                                                                                                            Must trek to Parc Ext... must do it... must not be afraid of snow...

                                                                                                                            1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                              Howdy!

                                                                                                                              Glad to hear that you didn't get botulism :-) They are nice friendly folk, although it might sound like hindsight, I never would would think of them as serving memorable meals. Nice solid, reasonable and in weather like tonight's Very Convenient.

                                                                                                                              1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                                I was there last night with two friends (they chose the resto), and I feel exactly the same way. It tasted fine, but that's not enough to make me run back. Completely unmemorable. Nothing stood out, nothing had particularly delicious flavour. In fact, most the the dishes tasted quite similar, but shouldn't have.
                                                                                                                                What really surprised me was that they actually charged us for the papadums we had with our beer! It's like the Chinese restaurants in Europe that charge you for tea. I mean, come on...

                                                                                                                                1. re: bomobob

                                                                                                                                  check out delhi bombay on jean talon and l'acadie try thier paneer manchuria chicken 65 and chilli chicken.

                                                                                                                            2. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                              I have been to both of the Mysore's (the one on St-Laurent and the one in Brossard on the south shore) and, although they are owned by the same owners, they are not the same at all. The one on the South Shore is much better. There is nothing particularly wrong with the one on St-Laurent (like many other posters mentioned), but it is less friendly, less inviting, less warm and the food is less tasty than the one in Brossard. Don't know why!

                                                                                                                              1. re: onethird

                                                                                                                                What you recommend from the Mysore Brossard location? Do they deliver around the area?

                                                                                                                                1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                  Apparently, they do. I have never used the delivery service because I am out of zone but I often order for pick-up.

                                                                                                                          2. For dining out we usually go to the standards listed above, golden curry, bombay mahal, pushaps, and recommend them all, however we've been desperate to find good Indian delivery in the plateau area (oh Golden Curry, why don't you break down and deliver). Took a risk last night and derailed from the usual mediocre options and got vegetrarian combo for 2 from Lumiere de L'Inde on St. Laurent. A bit greasier than necessary and fairly mild (though I am sure they would adjust this), the vegetables were fresh, the servings plentiful, and the food was delicious. This stands as the best Indian delivery I have found so far (other suggestions anyone?). http://www.lumieredelinde.com/

                                                                                                                            1. By far the best Indian food in Montreal is Bombay Choupati in DDO. It's located in a strip mall on the corner of Sources and Gouin. It's a tiny restaurant and all the food is made to order, from scratch (even the yogurt) by a married couple. The butter chicken, goat vindaloo and masala dosa are especially delicious. It's currently closed until late January as the owners are in India on their annual holiday. My family is in withdrawal.
                                                                                                                              P.S. Withnail & I is my ultimate favourite movie - I've seen it 18 times.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: londonbound

                                                                                                                                Londonbound, welcome to the board - you will find many, many fans of Bombay Choupati here. You are not the only one in withdrawal!

                                                                                                                              2. There was a buffet corner of queen mary and cdn, can`t remember the name. 12 years ago when they opened if you had a student ID it was something like 5 or $6 at lunch. Does it still exist

                                                                                                                                By the way, I agree buffet butter chicken usually is nuggets of tasteless hormone fed chicken breast. I go for the sauce.

                                                                                                                                SUGGESTION: forget the chicken in the butter chicken sauce. Take tandoori chicken and put butter chicken sauce on top. Usually the buffet tandoori chicken is so salty that the sauce helps a bit. The bbq flavor goes well with butter chicken.

                                                                                                                                Nobody commenting on Taj (?) near sherbrooker and stanley i think. Mediocre buffet and super salted everything - you should drink litres water after this to prevent injury. THe salmon was particularly hard to eat.

                                                                                                                                I would agree sahib is ok buffet, the usual stuff with some finess. Quite small however and cramped between the bar and cash register, should have its own spot really.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: marcrobert

                                                                                                                                  I think the one at the corner of Queen Mary and Cote des Neiges finally closed, thankfully. We went there once years ago, and it was no better that the big one on Rene Levesque at Guy, which isn't saying much. Everything tasted pretty much the same.
                                                                                                                                  The only really good buffet closed a long time ago. Nataraj, across from the Faubourg. They had the most sublime eggplant bhartha ever.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: marcrobert

                                                                                                                                    «Nobody commenting on Taj (?) near sherbrooker and stanley i think. Mediocre buffet and super salted everything - you should drink litres water after this to prevent injury. THe salmon was particularly hard to eat.»

                                                                                                                                    Just noticed that the Gazoop's fine dining critic (the same one who awarded the Chinese crown to L'Orchidée de Chine a few years back) says "Best Indian food in Montreal? EASY, LE TAJ."
                                                                                                                                    http://twitter.com/lesleychestrman/st...

                                                                                                                                    Guess that settles it!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                      Ah, the Gazette restaurant section...better than the funny pages when a good laugh is needed.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                        I can do you one better, some Indian site that lists the best restos in the world for this cuisine (apparently updated annually) selected the Taj as one of the top 7 best Indian restos in Canada!

                                                                                                                                        http://www.recipedelights.com/restaur...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: reelection

                                                                                                                                          That is odd...Canada, China and Costa Rica?!?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                            Yeah they rank the restos in every country, so that particular page covers the C's!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: reelection

                                                                                                                                              Oops missed that, don't I look silly!

                                                                                                                                    2. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Dad's Bagels on Sherbrooke W. It's more of a hole-in-the-wall takeout counter style (I think they'll reheat food for you if you ask) place with a few tiny tables stuck in the front window, but I loooove the food there. Those who like a lot of spice might not like it though, a lot of their dishes are on the mild side, which suits me fine cause I can't eat spicy things. I especially love the butter chicken and the red chicken legs they have in the display counter (don't remember what they're called, been a while since I've gone there). And the prices are really good. They have a cold prepared food display counter on the left, a row of fridges on the right with more curries, stews, soups, and everything else in jars to go, and a bakery counter at the back, where they get their name from. I haven't tried their bagels yet though. Mmmmm I have to go back there soon!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Chocolatesa

                                                                                                                                        Dad's is certainly handy and pretty good quality for pre-made takeout. Some of the dishes have a kick [chili chicken, Punjabi dal] for those of us who like it spicy. (The rice is terribly expensive, only to be bought in case of extreme emergency.)

                                                                                                                                        The frozen soup is not very good.

                                                                                                                                        The bagels are passable if, and only if, you get them hot out of the oven. Since they don't keep the oven going around the clock (as far as I've seen), that means you shouldn't buy the bagels during the night shift.

                                                                                                                                        The rest of the breads are OK, nothing more. The nan is the best of the lot, cheese bagel is pretty good too. Haven't tried the pastries, which look pretty uninteresting.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chocolatesa

                                                                                                                                          I love Dad's too. The chili chicken, spinach paneer and pakora curry are my favourites.

                                                                                                                                          Pick up a few pakora(s?) at the counter - they're a little spicy and delicious to munch on as you're traveling home.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Chocolatesa

                                                                                                                                            Dad's Bagels were rated third in the city after St. Viateur and Fairmount, according to a Gazette poll. I can attest to that. Well worth going back for.

                                                                                                                                          2. Another vote for Bombay Choupati on Sources at Gouin. Definitely worth the trip.

                                                                                                                                            I just wanted to note that it's not open in January because the owners go back to India for a month.

                                                                                                                                            1. finally made it out to bombay choupati this evening, and loved it. service was fantastic, even though she works the whole room alone- I'm not sure I'd like to be there when it's full, though... food-wise, shared a gorgeous masala dosa, crisp and greaseless, and 2 of their dinner combos, a curry chicken & a goat vindaloo, both ordered 'spicy'. everything was lovely, the spice level exactly what I wanted, a little sweat formed on our brows, without overwhelming the food's flavours. the plate is a perfect portion as well, both dinners served with a buttery-crisp hot naan, a vegetable curry, and basmati with a few vegetables in it.

                                                                                                                                              I was surprised to learn that the restaurant has been there for 17 years. what took me so long?

                                                                                                                                              1. You have to try Pushap @ Pare & Mountainsights. It is a little family run place in the same place for about 30 years . They have the best eggplant I have ever had . The gulamjam and barfi are really good,. and It is also really cheap . It is noy fancy but it is among the best south asian food I have ever had. They only take cash.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: EASTENDCURRY

                                                                                                                                                  I second that! I really really love Pushaps on Pare....the flavours are so intense! Please ask for mango pickle and raita on the side to mix with the leftover rice at the end of the meal to cool your mouth off ...also the desserts are tasty too.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: humbert

                                                                                                                                                    I have never gone back to Pushap at Paré & Mountain Sights after a highly unpleasant episode involving moving critters next to my food. It is certainly cheap though.

                                                                                                                                                2. Can't believe no one has mentioned Moti Mehal. See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/576287

                                                                                                                                                  1. I was very loyal to Punjab Palace until I tried Mirchi. It opened a couple months ago on d'Youville in Old Montreal. Unlike Punjab, you can't bring your own wine and it's not dirt cheap but the prices are not unreasonable and the food is simply delicious It’s the first Indian restaurant that doesn't give me a "spice hangover”. The tandoori chicken was the best I ever had.. The atmosphere is simple, nothing tacky, a great place to have an intimate dinner or a group get-together.
                                                                                                                                                    I have tried so many Indian restaurants in Montreal and Mirchi is by far the best, hands down.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mrs in montreal

                                                                                                                                                      Wow, at those prices ($5 for an order of samosas?) I hope it's the best Indian food in the world, never mind Montreal...

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                        Went to Golden Curry House (5210 St. Laurent) with a friend on St. Jean Baptiste Day and have to say it was very good. We each ordered na'an bread (so good), lamb briyani which came with vegetables, rice and lamb cubes, and butter chicken. Service was prompt as our glasses were continuously filled with water. Would definitely recommend as it seems authentic, although it is quite a small restaurant (more like a long hallway). Price was reasonable with everything coming to $30 (not including tip).

                                                                                                                                                        Also tried out Thali (1409 rue St. Marc) where my friend and I both ordered the non-vegeterian thali combination platter. Pretty cheap as it only costs $8 per person. The na'an bread was very fresh but the meat was a bit too cold for my liking, not to mention they are stingy on the amount of meat they give you.
                                                                                                                                                        Good place to go if you want something decent to eat over fast food but would recommend Golden Curry House over this one.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                          Try it and you too will see that it is now the best in Montreal. The decor and service are also tops....very worth it. Until Mirchi came around, was resigned to the fact that I would have to eat my Indian food in less than stellar surroundings.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: coalex

                                                                                                                                                            Have you been to Moti Mehal on Jean-Talon & L'Acadie? Its decor is a cut above the other places in Little India and I don't have to pay downtown prices for samosas. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                              We had the samosas at Devi today, the skins were even thinner than the already excellent ones at Moti Mehal. Also no historical greasy flavor of meals enjoyed by others before me. Almost as good as my first perfect samosas that as a child I bought wrapped in grease stained paper to eat in the cinema that played only Bruce Lee movies endlessly, somewhere in darkest Africa. Back to the Devi reality, I guess I spent too much money considering all I remember is the samosa.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                            tried Mirchi recently, and thought it was a good find and not as expensive as all that. More expensive than l'acadie and jean talon, of course, but well within mid-range. A big meal for four, with one drink each, appetizers and four or five dishes came out to 140$ including tax. Dal soup was three bucks. I've paid as much for fine indian food in plenty of places, and the quality here was undoubtedly superior. Plus the atmosphere was lovely and serene, service attentive. It was worth the money.

                                                                                                                                                        2. Living in Montreal for 1 year...today got a chance to visit Jolee on Cote St-catherine...
                                                                                                                                                          Must say great dosas, idlies..all south Indian food exactly as it is made in India....that too very cheap...

                                                                                                                                                          Although I love North Indian food...but here no authentic place for that...

                                                                                                                                                          1. I love Punjab Palace, and I've heard very good things about Ganges in NDG, but I can't believe no one has mentioned Kashmir on St Paul E (right before Place Jacques-Cartier).

                                                                                                                                                            The service is impeccable, the food is ridiculous and the prices are well worth it. If you look at the execution of simple dishes, like the butter chicken, you'll see exactly how good it can be. I've never had such a complex-tasting butter chicken in my life and I'm Indian.

                                                                                                                                                            The chaat is also to die for, as is the matter paneer and the anything vindaloo.

                                                                                                                                                            It's a clear winner in the Indian food department (and no, I am in no way affiliated with the restaurant, nor do I know anyone who works there).

                                                                                                                                                            P.S. They also do takeout.
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.restaurantkashmir.com/

                                                                                                                                                            1. I had that old standby, butter chicken from Marahraja as take away brought to me by a friend. It wasn't bad...but it was nothing to remember. The papadums were ok.

                                                                                                                                                              1. We tried Dev yesterday in a everything's-closed-on-New-Year's-where-shall-we-go fit, just like another mentioned a year or two earlier somewhere in this long thread. The restaurant appeared attractive from within a snow storm but indoors its decor was a little sparse as mentioned by another. Still, the food was pretty good considering the price.

                                                                                                                                                                We had two veg thalis, one with saag paneer the other with aloo gobi. The gobi was very strange, sort of encrusted with potatoes rather than the more usual chunks and I had to swap my saag for it (a pup was dissatisfied but I found it good-enough if strange). I was a little disappointed that the thalis included only a single vegetable dish; I'm used to thalis having a couple or more small spoonsful of different vegetables and I wanted to try the bangen. Oddest of all was that the thalis arrived with no raita. I had to ask for some. I was looking for our waiter, a rather desultory young gentleman who looked and acted for all the world as if he wished he were out somewhere else, anywhere else, partying in the New Year. But I couldn't find him when the no-raita crisis emerged; his mother instead seemed to be watching the tables at that moment. She seemed -- I don't know, embarrassed? pleased about the request? chagrined? -- hard to say, but she came back right away with some pretty good raita and proceeded to be very attentive to us at our table. So ... I agree with another reviewer that the service was troublesome, only we made it change somehow in mid-stride. The dal on the thali was delicious if scant.

                                                                                                                                                                Others in our party had the chicken Jalfrazi and the tandoori chicken. I am not familiar with the Jalfrazi dish but what we were served tasted delicious to me. That is, the sauce was. The chicken itself was so-so but I rarely like meat anyway so my judgment in this quarter is suspect. While I imagine the food was not gourmet fare compared with superb Indian restaurants, it was more enjoyable than most Indian restaurants I've been to (elsewhere). Usually I stay away from them preferring my own remedial Indian cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                Oddly, most pleasing was the interactions with the lady who was I believe an owner. We switched our order of thalis to include lassi and desert as we'd already ordered the lassis anyway (!). My younguns had spotted the kulfis and were hankering after them even though they weren't a selectable desert option. But when the lady heard their desire she gave them big smiles and told them to go ahead and take a kulfi each -- "it's New Years". She was so gracious about it all that this really erased any feelings of annoyance about any of the meal (rice was not served with one dish as it should have been, etc). To top it off, when I went to pay her, she crossed out the space for a tip. I've never known anyone to do that in a restaurant. Did she do that because she was the owner and tipping wasn't 'necessary' as it might be for a hired waiter? Did she do it because it was New Years? Because she felt the bill was high enough? Had she included it already in the bill? (I didn't really even look at her accounting). I was too reluctant to ask, just paid as she'd requested and left it at that. Everyone seemed happy enough with the exchange -- we took home a pound of sweets as well. So dunno... I would recommend the restaurant if you're in the neighborhood and wanting a not-too-expensive meal, but it's probably not worth traveling across town for. BTW, the chicken legs were very tasty as well. The carrot halwa was really tasty -- I love that stuff!!! It was better than the gulab jamun but the white sweet whose name I *always* forget (not rasmalai; it's dry) was also very good - way above average.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. Mirchi on Youville. Ambiance is very nice, food is fabulous.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Hi, I'm a new Chowhound. My family although originally of British decent lived for five generations in India. I was one of the last to be born there. I grew in the U.K. learning how to cook at an early age from both my mother and father who are both excellent curry cooks. As a family we traveled extensively throughout India and Pakistan and have many original and hybrid curry recipes in our repetoire.

                                                                                                                                                                    I am intrigued by many of the comments and reviews on the various Indian restaurants in Montreal. I have eaten at most of them and although many of them that have already been mentioned are very good, I always search for that authentic taste to satisfy my palette. I like it hot and spicy and Vindaloo is one of my favorites and specialties to make.

                                                                                                                                                                    In my humble opinion from an original taste and value perspective I like the Bombay Mahal, corner of Jean Talon and L'Acadie, Bombay Choupati , corner of Sources and Gouin in the West Island, and Shahi Palace located in the strip mall on Sources road next door to Kwality mentioned earlier.

                                                                                                                                                                    Alright I admit the places above are not the best decorated, roomy or for that matter clean and service sometimes suffers, but when you see people, especially natives, who are all excellent cooks in their own right eating at these places, you know the food is savory, spicy and very good. All have unique and tasty menu items and as a warning most dishes are traditionally very spicy, so if you want a blander more North American taste choose elsewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                    BTW, Indian food in general is Vegitarian, Northen Indian cuisine (Punjabi) use various meats in their dishes but a lot of the dishes we sometimes refer to as Indian food are actually Pakistani since they are made with Beef, Lamb, Mutton, Chicken and Fish. Goa was once a part of Pakistan but now is part of India so Vindaloo's originated from the Pakistani Goan community of Portuguese origin.

                                                                                                                                                                    Ok I'm hungy now, I think I will whip up a quick Kheema curry, some Dhal an serve it with some Basmati rice with some Raita and Papadums on the side

                                                                                                                                                                    Bon Appetit!.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Curry Cook

                                                                                                                                                                      Nice post. I frequent Bombay Mahal, it is my favorite indian restaurant in Montreal. What dishes do you recommend there? My favorites are the Lamb Vindaloo, chicken tikka masala and chicken jalfrezi.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Curry Cook

                                                                                                                                                                        Hello and welcome, Curry Cook. I'm sure a lot of people will be looking forward to your posts, not only on our local board but also Home Cooking and perhaps other topical boards.

                                                                                                                                                                        I live near Jean-Talon Market so also walking distance from the South Asian strip on Jean-Talon West and other places in Parc-Extension. A post on ingredients, etc would be a great topic - there are already posts on that area on this board.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Curry Cook

                                                                                                                                                                          " Goa was once a part of Pakistan but now is part of India so Vindaloo's originated from the Pakistani Goan community of Portuguese origin."

                                                                                                                                                                          That would be a surprise if not a shock to historians to know that Goa was a part of pakistan. Even an elementary google would set a novice straight :)

                                                                                                                                                                          Indian food is too diverse to be just vegetarian. Bengali as well as Maharastrian cooking has strong emphasis on fish. While most of south india is known for its veg. dishes, chettinad cuisine is non-vegetarian.
                                                                                                                                                                          The Hyderabadi and Avadhi cusines have a lot of emphasis on meat too.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. In my opinion, nothing better than Kuljit. Husband and wife team. Butter chicken and beef korma use 35 % cream. Excellent pricingm- butter chicken cca 10 in copper plate - rice cca 2. located in st laurent, highly recommended. closed on tuesdays. have been going there for couple of years, regular clientele, still undiscovered by masses.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. We really enjoyed Gandhi this past weekend on St Paul. We were mulling over whether to stop there when another couple came out and gave this review, "The appetizer was not to our liking but the entrees were great" (unfortunately we didn't ask which app they had).

                                                                                                                                                                            We were pleased that we gave it a try. The dishes did have more sweetness than we are used to but that didn't make them unpleasant. We thought the naan was the best we've ever had. We were with Indian food newbies(and since we didn't know the quality of the place) we stuck with basics: chicken korma, chicken tikka masala, shrimp sagwala

                                                                                                                                                                            The prices seemed about what we would pay in Philly, so we weren't upset by them. Service was quite attentive. Not sure if it was "westernized" since we've never (yet) been to India and have only US examples to compare with

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                                                                                                                                                                            230, St-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 1Z9, CA

                                                                                                                                                                            1. I visited KASHMIR RESTAURANT IN OLD MONTREADL over the 4th of July weekend and having experienced authentic Indian food I would call my experience at Kashmir restaurant to be Horrible

                                                                                                                                                                              The ambience is sleazy and for the taste of food you are much better off buying frozen Indian food from a grocery store.

                                                                                                                                                                              The food was extremely bad and to top it all the service was horrible.

                                                                                                                                                                              Eating at such joints I feel there should be some authority to govern the price of food To quality of restaurnat. If there was this restaurant would shut down the next day.
                                                                                                                                                                              SAVE YOUR MONEY AND EAT SOMEWHERE ELSE.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: skforce

                                                                                                                                                                                Which Indian restaurants in Montreal you consider authentic & very good?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Is there anything on the higher end scale that would compete with the likes of Tamarind in NYC? I ate at their Tribeca restaurant last weekend and it was probably the most enjoyable Indian dining experience I've ever had. Does Montreal have anything similar?

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Mahli Sweets all the way!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Finally made it out to Bombay Choupati to see what the hype was about. Food was tasty but portions were surprisingly small compared to elsewhere. Both for entrees and main dishes which had comparatively little meat in them. Tried some of what was recommended here: masala dosa, butter chicken (nice and creamy), goat vindaloo (good, tad spicy but not enough heat for a vindaloo), a few entrees. Service was above average as the server lady was very sweet but apart from that I don't see much reason to trek out to the West Island when Parc-Ex gives you more options, more food and for less. Having tried at least a dozen offerings in the city, I do feel the quality of the food in that area is good enough to not need to venture out to other neighborhoods.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I also find the location of Bombay Choupati to be very inconvenient, since you have to drive all the way up to the northern end of Sources to reach it (after getting off the 40). I did like the luxury of the parking lot in front, though! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: reelection

                                                                                                                                                                                    My exact words.. Bombay Coupati is way tooo pricy with way tooo low quantity. Taste is good though..

                                                                                                                                                                                    I also was not impressed with their masala dosa. That is not true south indian masala dosa. I would rate Jolee's better.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jake_ryan

                                                                                                                                                                                      Another good West Island Indian/Pakistani resto is Chef Akbar on Pierrefonds Blvd just west of St Jean. I agree, the portions at Bombay Choupati are a touch smaller. Next time you can grab Gouin by taking the 13 North via the 40 for one exit, it's a touch quicker but I agree if you live in the heart of the city I don't think the trek is really worth it. Although it is cleaner than most Indian restaurants on Jean Talon which has always been an issue for me same goes for Jolee.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ios94

                                                                                                                                                                                        Malhi Sweets: Neat place. Want to try Thali first to get a taste of the chef. Asked for Non-Veg Thali and Punjabi Lassi.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Punjabi Lassi is served in copper glass - Nice touch there. But the buttermilk used is not fresh. It has sour taste. So, first impression is not good.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Thali was priced at 9$. It has naan, Lamb curry, Chick Pea curry and salad and Curd. The waiter should have mentioned that the Thali has curd when I order Lassi. Strike two. Another bad impression.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Curd is sour again. No wonder as I already knew it from tasting Lassi.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Lamb curry was good but the meat is dry. Masala was good but dry meat put me off.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Both the curres were piping hot.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Naan became hard within a minute...

                                                                                                                                                                                        Verdict: Not impressed. Felt it to be pricy.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jake_ryan

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just an FYI, Curd is meant to be sour...and Lassi , which is made from Curd, water, salt or sugar, is also a little sour.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Though sour is the wrong term....it's the same tang you get with fresh yogurt that is opened continues to curdle.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Finally, curd = yogurt

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Recently tried a resto not often discussed here called India's Oven (how the language police haven't gotten to them, I don't know). Jean Talon O corner Durocher. Both veg and non-veg thalis are $8 at lunch. Non-veg comes with curry chicken but he will substitute for butter chicken if you ask nicely. It's a worthwhile substitution since the curry chicken is ok but the butter chicken is nice and creamy with a touch more garlic than other places. Good naan served hot and the rest of the thali was fine. Server gentleman was very polite.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Would like to hear if anyone has ordered non-thali options and how they were...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The former Yagel Bagel at 6579 Somreled (514-489-5250) is now offering a full menu of Indian food to eat in or take out under the name Express Indien. They've only been at it a week, and the sign still says Yagel Bagel out front, but after trying it for take out on Friday I would choose it again over any other Indian place in the NDG.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The naan was fresh and chewy, the papadums tasty and crispy, and the curries tasted more of fresh vegetables and were not as greasy as at Taste of India on Monkland or Ganges on Sherbrooke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PogoPoutine

                                                                                                                                                                                        I was just wondering how this place was. How does it compare to Dad's takeout?

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Weekend indian food binge:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Dev on victoria Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Tried twice. On Thursday and Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                                                        On Thursday-Lunch ordered Aloo Tikki and Non-Veg Thali... Aloo Tikki gave mixed feelings.. I liked the spices and its presentation but the tikki (the potato patty) felt cold while having bites.. Seems it is frozen and they did not heat up properly. Its a shame because it is truely authentic..

                                                                                                                                                                                        Non-Veg thali has chick peas, Mutton curry, Rice and Nan. and Salad. It is good. Nan is fresh and warm and curries are hot. Liked everything. But I thought the mutton curry felt bit bitter.. I thought may be they overused one of the spices and it caused..

                                                                                                                                                                                        Overall, felt it is VFM.

                                                                                                                                                                                        So based on this experience, we tried it again on Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Aloo Tikki
                                                                                                                                                                                        Chat Papri
                                                                                                                                                                                        Fish Pakora
                                                                                                                                                                                        Butter Chicken and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Aloo Paratha - 2

                                                                                                                                                                                        Aloo tikki this time is disaster. The tikki was cold - it is confirmed. They use frozen patties. I would not have bothered it had they heat it up properly. But they did not do it and it ruined the whole experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Chat Papri is just okay.. I asked them to be mild - may be thats why it failed to wow me.. Might give it another try..

                                                                                                                                                                                        Fish pakora - looks like they used Salmon. Nice crunchy outside texture and fish tasted fresh BUT, I am not sure if it is oil or the batter - The coating tasted bitter.. I am not sure what it is.. Even the salad that was served with this dish was bitter - the lettuce leaves that is.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Butter chicken was good but not many chicken pieces..

                                                                                                                                                                                        Aloo parathas were good. Hot, tasty potato filling and I liked them with the butter chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Overall, I liked it.. the restaurent was clean and not pricy and good portions. I will pay them another visit.. But both times they dont have the "corn bread with saag". He said only his mom or his dad knows how to does it.. and both were not there when we visited.

                                                                                                                                                                                        On Sunday, happened to goto Fariview mall. Saw this new one in the food court - Tandoori express.. Ordered Chicken Biriyani. One word. Hated it. That is not how one cooks Biriyani.. Dont try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        They have curry combos.. curries look good.. where you can choose curries and they serve them with rice. May be I might try that combo next time..

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jake_ryan

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sarah Musgrave recently reviewed an Indian restaurant on Queen Mary Rd called Malaysia Palace that she thought was spot on.

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.masala-palace.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: blondee_47

                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to be a regular at DEV going back 8 years when they were still next door to their smaller location. Continued going when they moved to their current location. Great curry dishes, their Vindaloo was amazing even though it wasn't as spicy as it should be (although that suits me fine). You mention it was clean, I haven't been in a few years so maybe they are worth another chance. I know I harp about the cleanliness of some restaurants particularly the Indian ones but once again as tasty as the food was we stopped going because of what we observed as unsanitary. I do remember the last time I tried them a couple of years ago that something was off compared to what we were used to from a taste perspective. I just wish these restaurants were cleaner. As for "Tandoori" in the food courts, you are not missing much with the rest of their menu, it's edible I guess for food court food but don't expect miracles. If you are stuck in one of these horrible food courts and need to have something it may be better than some of the other options but that's not saying much. I've tried their curries a few times giving them the benefit of the doubt but the taste is not what I'm used to.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: blondee_47

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the pointer.. Looks quite good.. Will give a try this weekend..

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: jake_ryan

                                                                                                                                                                                              Pass on Tandoori express's curries. My DH once ordered one and it was watered down and flavorless.

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Finally got to Maison Indian Curry on Jean Talon last weekend. Very good meal.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Baingan Bhartha was excellent, as was the Chicken Jalfrazi. Got their non-vegetatian Thali which is a good bargain, the Butter Chicken was much better than some others I've had in Montreal. The Pulao was an excellent mild compliment to our dishes. Wasn't wild for the Masala Dosa, which I've read others rave about. I think I'm just not a huge fan of them in general.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Waited about 30 minutes for a table at 8 on Saturday night, so no complaints there. Service was good, not great but for 2 servers to keep the room turning it was not at issue. The price is beyond reasonable . A definite recommend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ShawnO

                                                                                                                                                                                                Their butter chicken rocks!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Kwality in the West Island is amazing. Enjoy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: knicho

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Could you elaborate? What is good there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Everything I have had here was selicious. However, I haven't tried many things since I love what I get so much!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My boyfriend and I usually get 2 rice (best rice I have ever had, so so good), 2 naan, and a butter chicken (OMG). All for 20$. We sometimes replace the butter chicken with shahi paneer which is also amazing. My boyfriend usually gets some samosas to go when we go here and he loves them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    They sell lots of sweets here also which I have not tried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would suggest getting takeout rather than coming to eat there. I have heard it takes quite awhile because they cook it fresh when you order it. So call ahead and pick it up later!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    4771 Boul Des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y3C6, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: knicho

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, I have wondered about that place for eons!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The sweets are amazing also. Very good deal for the price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: harmony1969

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like their sweets a lot. I'd say they're as good as Pushap if not better for some. I've wanted to try the food for a while, but I don't get out there very often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1661 Av Dollard, Lasalle, QC H8N1T7, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Has anyone ever tried Tandoori Bellevue in Baie D'Urfe? I've heard mixed reviews about their Indian food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tandoori Bellevue Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                  67 Rue Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, QC H9X1L5, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: knicho

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I went last night to try it, and I really enjoyed my meal. The onion bahji and the naan were the best • very very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Was scheduled to meet a friend for lunch at the West Island Bombay Palace on Sources today, however after reading the negative reviews here on Chowhound about the place, I began to have trepidations about heading there. Turns out the Sources location is closed temporarily. No reason given, just a hand written sign scrawled in sharpie taped to the door saying they are closed for a short period.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Had a great meel last night at Masala Palace on Queen Mary. Service was spot on and the food was fresh. Highlights included their butter chicken, mushroom basmanti and their sauces in general. Definately will be back. Adding it to my Indian go-to's in Montreal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      5504 Ch Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC H3X1V6, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: coalex

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guess I didn't order right because everything tasted rather bland to me and their so-called "hot dishes" were not spicy at all. the curry was tasteless. everything was indeed fresh though. just not much flavor. the naan was delicious but nothing was otherwise memorable. I ordered delivery btw, but that shouldn't make any difference. fresh and quality ingredients but lacking flavor and overall, a disappointing meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I loved the appetizers but the mains were boring. If I ever go I will order off the beaten path, i.e avoid typical norther indian fare. The lamb dhansak and eegplant/shrimp karhai sounded good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Curry & naan is soooo good. I love their butter chicken but everything I have had there has been excellent. I will be trying IBV next week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love Curry & Naan. I try to drop by on a weekly basis!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. For Indian delivery, I've relied on Allo Inde since it's alright, close to where I am, and delivery is free. I used to order one of their two vegetarian combos available and called them a few weeks ago to order the same combo, but this time I got lamb korma with my meal in addition to other totally different dishes; they had changed their combos and no longer offer any vegetarian combos. So the next time I ordered from them, I asked if they can substitute the one meat dish for a vegetarian dish in their combo but they refused. I mean, wouldn't it be cheaper for them to, I dunno, throw in channa masala instead of lamb korma? I don't like lamb and was quite irked by the inflexibility of the restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So the next time I ordered Indian delivery I ordered Etoile des Indes but I had to call their location on their south shore so, unsurprisingly, their food was not that hot by the time it got to me downtown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone know of a good place for Indian delivery for the downtown/Plateau area? Mysore delivers but I'd rather pay less for something of similar quality.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. High class indian restaurants:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Le Taj on stanley (amazing food)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Atma on st laurent (amazing ambience)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: VikPham

                                                                                                                                                                                                              @ VikPham - can you elaborate on Atma for us? I've heard mixed reviews but hear they know how to spice things up which would suite me quite nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Auguste Gusteau

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The atmosphere at Atma was very nice and warm. I was with a large group so we had the second floor to ourselves where we sat on nice comfy cushions. I can't elaborate too much on the food since we had a fixed menu (butter chicken, naan bread, samosas..etc). I thought the food was satisfactory compared to Le Taj. However, the decor and the feel of the place is out of this world. It puts you in a great mood. I know Le Taj recently underwent renovations but I haven't been there since. If I had to pick between LeTaj and Atma, I would go with Le Taj since the food was better. However, it may be a little pricier.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                GOOD LUCK!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. This is my favorite in the city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Malhi Sweets Indian Cuisine
                                                                                                                                                                                                              880 Jarry Ouest
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Montreal, H3N 1G9
                                                                                                                                                                                                              (514) 273-0407

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              880 Rue Jarry W, Montreal, QC H3N1G9, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I love the food at Punjab Palace. Plus you bring your own beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                There's one thing I'd like to share about Golden curry House on St-Laurent. After eating there twice, I don't think I'm going to give them another try. Everything is too sweet! They ruin perfect nans by adding too much sugar. They were hot out of the tandoor with great texture... but super sweet. Same goes for the butter chicken which was even sweeter than my mango lassi. Even the lamb dansak was sweet. What's the deal???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone else had the same experience?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Eating this order

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I totally agree about Golden Curry House. The curries are sickeningly sweet and that's why I haven't been back in years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Punjab palace had a fire and is closed down. I passed last night and it had a sign SINISTRE. Wonder when that happened?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also I noticed at the old location of Delhi Bombay, which is now a salon called Dees, there is once again an indian restaurant: Buffet Delhi Bombay! I don't get it...they first opened up about 4-5 years ago and closed a year later. Then they tried again and closed down again. Now they open Curry& Naan which is great but they are also attempting another incarnation of Delhi Bombay??!!!??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. My all time favorite Indian restaurant is Ganges in NDG Sherbrooke Street awesome food and great staff!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dumpling101

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mmmm...yes, I always enjoy Ganges as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was wondering if anyone has any comments about Curry House downtown. I tried to read thu the threads and couldn't find anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tah1234

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Don't know if anyone replied to you, but Curry House downtwn is newly owned since Ben retired. Not as good by any reports. Ben can be found helping (not cooking) at Ganges on Sherbrooke in NDG. Good food if u choose carefully

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I tried a relatively new place on Queen Mary that was written up by the Gazette in 2010: Masala Palace. The owner used to run Agra and another indian resto on St Catherine E near Papineau. He looked more Bangladesi than Indian and I don't think it was Hindi he was speaking with the staff. This place is an indian restaurant that is more refined than the usual joints with dim lighting, soft music, tablecloths and understated decor. The menu is overwhelming...every type of curry is represented even phal! My dining companion chose the BB menu for 2 people: papdum, onion bhaji, samosa, butter chicken, beef bhoona, saag aloo, rice, naan and gulab jamun for desert.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have to say they have the freshest and best tasting papadums ever! They are clearly made in house, no greasiness and very crispy. I would gladly give up potato chips and munch on these instead! The onion bhaji were also freshly fried and crisp; they had a wonderful chickpea flavour probably from use of gram in the batter.The samosas were lovely as well with a very bright vegetable filling. Things went sour with the mains; the butter chicken was the sweet version with almonds that I despise, the saag aloo was bland (undersalted) and there was an unpleasant spice that I could not put my finger on. The best of the 3 was the beef which could be described as tender cubes of meat in a saucy gravy with onions and peppers. Therice was also excellent although I did not care for the bright red(?) fried onions used as a topping. The naan was excellent as well but went to waste since there was very little curry sauce worth dipping into. The gulab jamun were standard but overpowered by the dry/somewhat stale coconut flakes sprinled on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So overall, the appetizers were unparallelled but the mains flopped. I may go again if I'm in the area to try the lamb dhansak and the shrimp/eggplant karhai since I suspect this place isn't strong on the typical northern indian fare.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good work, hungryann. Thanks for the report.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. chef guru in the plateau on saint-laurent between rachel and duluth is pretty solid. It isn't very pungent but isn't as bland as maharaja, a nice compromise for sheltered eaters. The veggie thali is good value, but odesnt include naan. The samosas's flavor's is ok but the texture is a little limp. Indian tilapia fish and chips has spices in the batter but I don't knwo you don't really taste the pungency much. And the curry poutine is quite awesome. I think the guy uses these frozen fries. Single fried, crispy and salty. I'm not exactly sure what kind of cheese it was but it was melted and stringy. The curry sauce kinda had this gravy-tomato feel to it but it definitely wasn't just some flavoreed gravy. What was really nice was the liberal amount of cilantro on top of the whole thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Prices are pretty decent for this area, probably isn't the best indian food you can get in MOntreal but it's solid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. What's the best option for delivery to St Henri?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've ordered from a place on Stanley once I think, or somewhere downtown central, and also a resto in Old Montreal and both were decent however I cannot even remember the names.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm swamped with work and craving a good Indian meal tonight and don't want to venture out. What are the absolute best options for delivery in the South West? Not necessarily relegated to restos in the Verdun or downtown areas either but anywhere that will drive out here! I'm on St-Ambroise a few blocks South of Atwater.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just convinced Masala Palace to come out here! :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Can't believe how reasonably priced their menu is... under $50 for two people:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          veg bhaji
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dal tadka
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          saag paneer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          garlic naan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chicken pakora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          shrimp bhuna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chicken vindaloo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          veg pulao rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coconut burfi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Will report back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I've noticed a few posts about an indian restaurant called Curry and Naan. Where is it? Sounds yummy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: knicho

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On Jean-Talon West, where many of the Indian restaurants are located(corner east of L'Acadie). 989 Jean-Talon West to be exact.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: knicho

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's a new place across Bombay Mahal in a basement unit called "Delhi Bombay" (on the same block as Moti Mehal). I had samosas and the Butter Chicken thali, and I enjoyed them quite a bit. In fact, while I was eating I couldn't help but notice it tasted like curries I've tasted elsewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Then, as I went to pay, I realized why. There was a chef in the kitchen that I've have seen at both Curry and Naan and Bombay Mahal before, and so he brought the flavours over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll be going back. The prices are quite low (think Curry and Naan prices), and the value is there. I recommend you guys check it out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I saw Bombay Mahal on Jean-Talon recommended for their dosas in this and a few other threads, so I tried it tonight. Unfortunately it wasn't very good. The dosa was thin and crispy, but also very greasy and the filling was kind of bland with no curry leaves in it. The sambar was also watery and bland. The bright spot was the chutney which was spicy with red chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was very hungry so I ate most of it but I like Indian Curry House's dosas much better (they are also at least a dollar cheaper).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. anyone ever been to bienvenue en inde on st. denis and gilford? i got awesome samosas and vegetable bhaji there. the waitstaff are really friendly and the restaurant is cozy and well decorated. its reasonably priced too so ill definitely be going back soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I lived in India most of my life and moved to Montreal for university 11 years ago. The Indian food scene was bleak here. I remember the downtown Provigo didn't even have coriander or naan. And restaurants were the usual buffet or a la carte run by 1st generation immigrants who had nothing to do with food back in India. Basically it sucked. then last year some really good one sprouted... notably India Gate(sources) and my favourite.. Tandoor Grille on Sources blvd opposite Adonis market. This guy's mutton Biryani is nothing short of fantastic... I admit it is more Pakistani than Indian...but for me in Montreal this is as authentic as it gets. Service is awful but it's a bring your own wine so we usually take our time downing a couple of dark beers (think Kilkenny or anything amber goes well with Indian food). They NEVER get the order right so speak slowly when placing order to increase accuracy . Their butter chicken is bar none the best in town. I have eaten recently at Bukhara grill in Delhi (arguably one of the best North Indian restaurants in the world)... and Tandoor Grille's butter chicken is close. By the way Montrealers... the one way to know you are getting a real butter chicken is that it should NEVER have dark meat. Like NEVER.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Their Makhani is good too. As is the Seek Kabab and nan (they have a real tandoor oven back there...which cannot be said of any of the restaurants listed here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They ask you if you want spicy... trust me... unless you are 100 % Desi ask for mild (it will still have a kick cause the cook does what he wants).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you want Canadian style Indian food... go elsewhere.. no sugar/maple in the dishes here... this place is only for the authentic experience (however long that lasts).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Decor is clean and nice by the way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: franknagpf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you have any recent experiences with other Indian restaurants in the city? Have you tried places in Park-ex for instance? Where specifically, and what are your criticisms?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are so many In park Ex now... I tried maybe half a dozen on refferals. I went to Malhi's with a (Canadian) date I was trying to initiate to Indian food at the time it was pretty good... boy what a disaster...she almost ran out of there when a guy came out of the toilet with a bucket of cooking oil....lol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I ate at a place on Jarry just a couple of blocks east from Malhi just across from the Indian Market (can't miss it) small, on the corner with a blue sign.... really good samosas made from scratch and a a great thali for around 8 bucks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      IMO India curry house (jean talon) makes an OK Dosa in MTL which does not say a lot about the situation here with south Indian food (Dosa, Idly,Vadai, Sambhar etc..). It's sad really cause it's such an ancient and varied cuisine. Their Sambhar (mustard/lentil based sauce) is pretty good though (I order a hot instant coffee with that .... so good .. body sends endorphines all over).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What are you one about? There are tons of restaurants in Montreal with real tandoors, and they were there eleven years ago, too. The chef at Malhi Sweets is particulariy skilled at the tandoor. Have you ever eaten in Parc-Ex?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Isn't Jean talon /Acadie park extension ? if yes i thought the 3 mentioned above ARE in Park Extension, if not, my apologies,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Malhi Sweets ? Seriously ? A real clay tandoor with coal ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know what us real Indians love to do ? we love to mix sweet and salt and spicy... so next time you go for Indian food try adding a little maple syrup... makes it taste so exotic, unless you are going to Malhi Sweets...that place is so good it's like I was back in the streets of Mumbai (smells, decor and all)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well I'm a little confused by your posts. You said that authentic Indian restos add no sugar or maple but then said that "real Indians" love to do just that. You also first said that Malhi Sweets was just "pretty good" but then raved about it and made it sound better than Tandoor et Grille!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway I am intrigued by your posts all the same... please keep reviewing Indian joints here :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you are looking for something radically different in Indian, try Thanjai on Van Horne corner victoria.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pretty much 95 % of Indian food we eat in N.America and Europe for that matter is North Indian Food, mostly of Mughlai or persian influence.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With 12 languages and 30 something dialects, you can imagine that there is more to Indian cuisine than the usual butter chickens and dhal makhanis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Most North Indian food is also a Punjabi/gujarati take on indian cuisine (largest diaspora in canada).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            South Indian food can be quite good. My 2 favourites are Tamilian and Kerala style cuisine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanjai is of the Tamilian variety. Although they do have a butter chicken, I recommend the Pongal rice, Ravai masala dosai (rice pancake with potatoes) and their chicken biryani is also good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Most of it is spicy so be warned.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But it definitely is something different and Unique in Montreal, Can be a tasty experience, or at the very least a mild culture shock, albeit a tame one since most of of their food is vegetarian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, if you are looking for North Indian and don't care about the atmosphere, Sana on Jarry (and corner querbes I think...just in front of india beau village)..it has been my favourite hole in the wall for the last 6 months. Their boneless chicken sizzler tikka boti (not to be confused with the sizzler malai chicken) and their lamb biryani is mind blowing. As is their saag (spinach) with lamb. They also have the beef Nihari (slow cooked beef in a stew of tomatoes and spices)...it's a bit of an artery clogger but the way the meat just melts in your mouth all the while the flavour just lingers in your nostrils... they must use tellicherry white pepper cause it's a special kind of fiery. I could keep going about their food but the down side to this place is that there is no booze and it's not a BYOB. I wouldn't take a date there, at least not if romance is planned after the meal. The ambiance is well... eat and go. if you bring kids, their mango lassi and kulfi ice cream is pretty good as are their naans. By the way, it's very reasonable, I usually rack up $25 for 2 and we eat very well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Funny, frank, I also just posted about Thanjai! (scroll down to the bottom of this thread).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've bought (and liked) food at Sana, but as we definitely wanted some wine or beer, and a quieter ambiance, I took it takeaway and got it back home in Little Italy in a very few minutes, cycling diagonally through Jarry Park. Getting a bit cold for that run this time of year

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmmm, I've given up on Sana. My last few visits, the food was uneven and our fave the butter chicken was watery with stringy meat. I was willing to put up with surly service because the food used to be fantastic but now I haven't bothered going back in close to a year because of the drop in quality. Someone had reported here that the cook/chef had left. Is that true?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That is sad. I liked it last year, haven't been back. To be frank, it is so much easy for us (as a group of friends) to get to the other South Asian byow places on Jean-Talon. Lazy, I know, but I'm not about to stamp my foot and say others have to go out of their way. I'm a deficient hound!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went to Tandoor et Grille last night and loved it. Ordered a chef special balti (shrimp and chicken), lamb saag, chicken tikka masala, basmati, onion naan, veggie pakoras, and chaat samosa. Everything was fresh, tasty, and delicious, the only complaint I have was actually the rice, which was a bit greasy and could have been jazzed-up a little- was completely plain white rice. Unfortunately service was slow at the end, they had a rush at around 8:15, and not enough servers to accommodate it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All in all, I'd go back in a heartbeat and make sure to go early. There were many Indian/Pakistani families in the restaurant eating, always a good sign! BYOB was a superb plus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: franknagpf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HELLO! WE ARE COMING IN MONTREAL NEXT WEEK. WE ARE PEOPLE FROM SAGUENAY REGION (NO IINDIAN RESTAURANT HERE) THAT LOVE REAL, AUTHENTIC INDIAN FOOD. AND DESPITE WE TRIED MANY OF THEM WE ARE NOT QUITE SATISFIED YET. WE WONDER IF YOU COULD HELP US TO FIND A GOOD ONE FOR NEXT WEEK. YOUR COMMENT WOULD HAD HELP US BUT IT WAS IN 2011... MY HUSBAND HAD A SIKH FRIEND FOR YEARS THAT COOK HOME MADE DISHES: SO GOOD AND SO HOT! SO OUR MOST ACCUSTOM TASTE IS PUNJABE CUISINE. BUT WE ENJOY A LOT A VERY HOTTY VINDALOO OR A VERY TASTY MADRAS.. MY HUSBAND LOVE THE HEAT OF THAT FOOD. AND IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN MONTREAL, A REAL "DOBLE EXTRA HOT" THANKS. AND IT WAS NICE TO READ YOU KNOWLAGEABLE COMMENT. EXCUSE-ME FOR MY POOR ENGLISH. WE DON'T PRACTICE OFTEN IN OUR PLACE. KATIA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: katkala

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi katkala, I'd suggest that you start a new post for your request, as this one is very old and very long. Also please turn the caps-lock off, it makes it very hard to read what you're saying. :-) Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Was bummed when I was in Montreal last week only to find Maison India Curry closed for renovations (they're doing the whole building). Luckily, Curry and Naan was right across the street. We were a bit cramped but were seated promptly. The meal was very delicious. Butter Chicken was great (although I still am biased towards Maison Indian Curry), The Shrimp Bryani was excellent (not dried out shrimp) as was the Channa Masala. Good Naan. Didn't love the onion bahji but liked it. Service was courteous and they handled the busy room fine. A definite recommend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I'll qualify my opinion by starting with these background facts: We are on our first trip to Montreal, two non-French speaking Americans. However, we have eaten and enjoyed Indian food from the UK to NYC to, oddly enough, a hole-in-the-wall place in a Midwestern college town that we consider our favorite. I am not typically someone who cares about high-touch, particularly attentive service as long as the food is good (see "hole-in-the-wall" Midwestern eating).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We went to Restaurant Gandhi since we were hoping to stay within walking distance of our downtown hotel (we had been eating primarily in the Plateau/Mile End area for the three previous days of our trip). We showed up at about 6pm, and the restaurant was 3/4 empty. An abrupt waiter asked us if we had a reservation; we did not. He told us they were completely booked until 8:30pm. Having checked Open Table earlier and seeing that we could make a reservation at any 15 minute increment between 6pm and 8pm, this seemed highly improbable. We trekked back to the hotel, made an Open Table reservation, and trekked back. Reservation complete, we were seated. Other people came in after us, and were given tables without reservations. What gives?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We saw our "waiter" once- when he showed up abruptly about 3 minutes after we sat and demanded our order. Someone else dropped off our bottle of sparkling water. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. During about 20 minutes, we saw no food except appetizers leave the kitchen. Then, food started coming out about one table at a time. They literally seemed to be cooking one table at a time. We finally got our food (45 minutes later?) and I would say that it was just fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My husband had chicken tikka masala, which was an ample portion of chicken on rice, accompanied by a fresh salad lightly dressed and a plain naan. He liked it, though the chicken was somewhat dry. I had my go-to vegetarian dish, channa masala. I prefer that dish with ample sauce, and found it very dry. Also, it did not come with rice; I had to order that separately when the dinner was brought to the table. Maybe I shouldn't have expected it to come with rice, but my assumption was that it would. I had a tasty, fresh, soft garlic naan as well. We were completely parched when our food was dropped off, but no one seemed to notice our empty bottle of water or our dry glass perched hopefully on the edge of the table. No one stopped at our table to ask how our meal was, though there was an army of waiters all walking busily around the restaurant without seeming to actually talk to any customers (food still seemed to be coming out one table at a time even after we got ours).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our bill came to about $50, which we quickly paid in cash and left. There was so little interaction with anyone from the waitstaff, we probably could have gotten up and left without paying and no one would have noticed since we were basically invisible (I would never do that, obviously, but it seemed like we could have!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All in all, the food was fine, but the service was terrible even by my pretty lax standards for service. Maybe this was an off night, as some of the other reviews on here describe service as "impeccable," but that was definitely not our experience. I suppose if I could offer anyone else advice, I would recommend a reservation if you decide to go here, and to go before you're really hungry, as it will be a wait for the food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Just a heads up. Curry and Naan changed owners and is now called Chand Palace. I don't know if they kept the old chefs but judging from the food I ordered recently, I think they got new cooks. Portions appear smaller, and everything tasted saltier IMO. Too bad, I really liked that place, I guess it's back to Bombay Mahal for me. If anyone wants their new menu I can upload it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. It's tough navigating the sea of low-key Indian spots around town. I like Punjab Palace on Jean-Talon near Acadie (diagonally across from Bombay Mahal) - it's spacious, BYOW, and the food is consistently fresh and flavourful. The lamb dishes I've had have always been spot on. However, the service is abysmally slow. Usually only one waiter for the whole place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nochainsplease

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is also a South Indian restaurant in Côte-des-neiges, near Plamondon métro, that is also BYOW and highly rated, Thanjai: http://www.thanjairestaurant.com/#con...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is a very good choice for vegetarians, though there are also non-vegetarian dishes available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds promixing, lagatta. Will check it out!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nochains, franknagpf has a much longer and more detailed recent post - he posted just a few minutes from my post on Thanjai. You will also find other posts about that South Asian, vegetarian-friendly byow on this board; you can do a board search.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Sarah Musgrave has a detailed review of Flavours of India, Punjabi food, byow, at the location of the former Moti Mehal:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Based on Sarah's review, it's safe to say Flavours of India is a brand new restaurant, not just a name change of the former Moti Mehal. The food now is Punjabi focused.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just tried Flavours of India; it was great. Tasty north Indian food for ridiculously low prices in an accordingly simple setting. Festive yellow walls. Ample seating (the place is massive). Pleasant service (one sweet young girl serving the entire place). Will definitely go again; sooner than I care to admit.