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Feb 12, 2008 07:04 PM

Favourites in Little India (a.k.a southern parc-ex)

I'm looking for any places between Acadie and Parc metros. This stretch is so packed with restaurants that it's hard to keep track, and I'm sure there are great places that I've missed simply because I already have a full roster of favourites.

My personal must go to places are:

Halal 786

What is missing form this list? I must know!

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  1. Momoi? Connais pas. Please elucidate.

    Assuming you aren't banning western European cuisines, the doner (gyros) at Village Grec is worth a special trip.

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    1. re: carswell

      Momoi (395 Beaumont) is a great Sri Lankan bakery / snack bar. They have great stuffed roti, desserts, and various snacks. Once in a while they seem to serve a curry, or kottu roti. You can find many of their products at Indian / Sri Lankan / Pakistani grocery stores, but as with all baked goods you're better off to get them fresh at the source. I knew I was hooked the first time I had their coconut-raisin naan for breakfast.

      The atmosphere is non existent, however the owner is super friendly and as a take out place it kicks serious butt.

      P.S. I wouldn't dream of banning cuisines, Western European or otherwise.

    2. Bombay Mahal - amazing Southern Indian specialties including masala dosa. Some friends and I recently took a visiting scholar from Southern India here to see what she thought and she was very impressed with the dosas in particular. Other faves of mine include channa samosa (chickpea & tamarind-curry smothered samosas) and a creamy spinach chicken. Plus, it's a BYOB.

      It can get maddeningly busy during peak hours and service can slow accordingly, so the earlier you go, the better, or go during non-peak hours.

      1001, rue Jean-Talon Ouest - (514) 273-3331

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      1. re: kpzoo

        I've had their thali plate (veg) for lunch, I wasn't blown away, but I wasn't dissapointed. Maybe I'll take a second look with dosas in mind.

        1. re: Moosemeat

          Yeah, I'd forget the thalis and instead go for the Southern specialties that you don't find at too many other Indian restos in the city - that's what they do best.

        2. re: kpzoo

          Their dosas are good, as are their masala samosas.

        3. indian curry house shahi paneer is excellent. channa samosas are also really good. recently, due to popularity, the wait has become exceedingly long, and the service has gone downhill a bit too, not enough wait staff! great food though.

          1. A second vote for Maison indian Curry and Bombay mahal. The channa battura at MIC is phenomenal. I also tried Delhi Bombay (previous Hermes) that has opened a short while ago and it had a very good thali with a great lamb curry; the butter chicken was also good though less creamy than others. Mango lassis were excellent. Other "unusual" items on the menu were lemon rice, curd rice and chicken 65, that I plan to sample in the near future. A little further down, on Jarry and Wiseman is Malhi Sweet which is also very good and Tabaq (pakistani) on jean-talon east of Park. I don`t know if anyone has tried India Beau Village (2 locations;one on Park near Beaumont and the other on Jarry) and the recently opened India`s oven on JT near Durocher. I would appreciate any feedback on these. There are other places also which I never got around to trying (Ideale, Zam Zam, Kareem and Shalimar to name a few) since they look a bit iffy from the outside so if anyone has good/bad experiences to report , they are welcome as well. The worst in my opinion is Punjab Palace because of the extremely slow service and so-so food.
            Is Afrodiziac indian?

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            1. re: hungryann

              Afrodiziac is Ghanaian! It is on my shortlist of places to try, as i haven't had Ghanaian cuisine since I was there 14 years ago! Groundnut stew and fufu, here I come!

              1. re: hungryann

                Yet another vote for Maison Indian Curry. The food is astonishingly good and plentiful and reasonably priced.

                1. re: hungryann

                  Afrodiziac is definitely a place that "looks a bit iffy" on the outside, but serves up great food. You can read my review here:
                  It looks like Dehli Bombay will be the next place I'll try. Chicken 65 and curd rice are both southern Indian dishes ( Tamil I think.), which makes me hopeful that we're starting to see some regional diversity from the indian restos in town. (Now if someone would just open a Goan resto...) Thanks for reminding me about Tabaq, I've been meaning to check that place out forever.

                  1. re: hungryann

                    Sadly, I never made it back to Delhi Bombay and last week when I passed by it was closed for good :(
                    What a shame...

                    1. re: hungryann

                      Tabaq seems to have changed owners and regions, no longer Pakistani - Sri Lankan and South Indian. Same phone number.

                      I haven't tried India's Oven yet; I went past there (when shopping for spices, nuts etc at the big grocery at the corner of Jean-Talon and de l'Épée - you know, the one that used to be a Greek supermarket (Delta) before Loblaws arrived) to pick up a business card/menu.

                      India's oven is also a byow (or beer) - the owners are Punjabi. Fairly standard menu except for a few specialities (goat curry) and, as their name indicates, several homemade breads, as well as Tandoori dishes from the oven. Inexpensive. They told me it was closed Wednesdays now, although the sign and flyer still say 7 days a week. Unlike Punjab Palace, spotlessly clean inside, and pleasant if simple décor. Very close to Parc métro station as well as to both 92 and 93 buses, and to 80 bus north-south.
                      454, Jean-Talon West. 514.509.8678 / 514.772.5767

                      1. re: lagatta

                        DO TRY INDIA'S OVEN!!! It's great, and I don't think the word's gotten out yet...Their thalis are amazing and taste super-fresh. The owner is really sweet and generous and the atmosphere is clean and pleasant. I still love Maison India Curry, but India's Oven is a great alternative. India Beau Village is also surprisingly good, but the atmosphere is a bit lacking...the space is enormous and you feel a little as though you have been invited to a poorly attended banquet/event.

                        1. re: chililala

                          There is another location of India Beau Village on Jarry (the original one) and that one is a true hole-in-the-wall. Too big or too choose!

                          1. re: hungryann

                            I love love the little India Beau Village on Jarry. It might be my favourite..although I really can't choose...

                    2. Definitely worth a visit. It's great comfort food:

                      880 rue Jarry Ouest (cross street: Wiseman, a couple blocks east of Boulevard de L’Acadie), (514) 273-0407,