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Any worthy INDIAN restaurants in Laval?

StellasDad Jan 1, 2010 12:26 PM

Man... I sure miss Masala Mantram on Cartier.

However, the craving for quality indian food doesn't go away... ever. Please feel free to post comments/opinions on quality indian eatery in Laval area.

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    J1836 Jan 1, 2010 01:52 PM

    Laval and Indian food is like Westmount and poutine

    Just drive to little India - it's 10-12 minutes away in good conditions (~Jean talon and L'Acadie).

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    1. re: J1836
      lagatta Jan 1, 2010 02:48 PM

      If you live near any of the Laval métro stations (perhaps Cartier?) it takes not much longer by public transport. I have work meetings in Laval now near Montmorency and I'm there in a few minutes from Jean-Talon. Take the blue line east to Parc or Acadie depending on which station your chosen resto is closer to (then you don't have to worry about .05 if you are going to a BYOW).

      J1836, obviously it depends on where in Laval Stella's Dad lives, but if near Cartier métro it is extremely close. The métro extension has made a huge difference both ways.

      There is a train too, but the hours are limited.

    2. hungryann Jan 1, 2010 02:56 PM

      I guess you are not a fan of the Tandoori Xpress that replaced it. The only other Indian restaurant in laval i have noticed yet not tried is called Dawat (or Daata) and is situated on a strip mall on Curé Labelle about 1-2 km further west from the Adonis. if you do try it , let me know what you think of it.

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      1. re: hungryann
        StellasDad Jan 1, 2010 03:02 PM

        Hi Hungryann!

        No... not fond of the Tandoori Xpress that replaced it. I tried replacing the craving with greek cuisine, but its not working very well... lol. Love greek food but not the same as indian as spices are very different.

        There's no listing for restaurant named Dawat in our area... only in Ontario and I ain't talking about the street.. hehe

        Lagatta: I live in Duvernay area about 2 minutes from Tandoori Xpress. I do own a car. I wouldn't mind driving to DDO to get take-out, but the drive back to Laval with that aroma in the car is an accident waiting to happen.. lol.

        1. re: StellasDad
          hungryann Jan 1, 2010 03:23 PM

          I canèt find the listing either, i am probably getting the name wrong. When i drive by again, I'll take note and report back.

        2. re: hungryann
          J1836 Jan 2, 2010 08:36 AM

          Restaurant Daata ... I've seen it, but I must admit, I kinda fear it.

          It's Halal - Pakistani and Indian food.

          You can get an excellent street view of it, where you can zoom in to see their window promotion (on the side, not front): 5.99 , you get 1 sandiwich pita, 1 fry, 1 salad and a drink.

          It's just north of St.Martin shopping plaza, across from Chez Lien and La Belle Province.


          1. re: J1836
            kpzoo Jan 2, 2010 08:41 AM

            Hmm. A pita sandwich and fries... must admit that doesn't sound very Indian to me, but what do I know. ;-)

            1. re: kpzoo
              hungryann Jan 2, 2010 09:27 AM

              Kpzoo, maybe they do sandwiches on naan bread like Shahi Palace; maybe not 100% authentic but mighty delicious (at least the ones at SP).

            2. re: J1836
              hungryann Jan 2, 2010 09:25 AM

              Yes, that's the one.

              1. re: hungryann
                humbert Jan 2, 2010 10:58 AM

                Daata....I have been and I don't think any Chow will appreciate it. I wish I could recommend Indian in Laval....but I can't. Nothing can replace Pushaps for me.

                1. re: humbert
                  hungryann Jan 2, 2010 11:07 AM

                  Any details you want to share...

                  1. re: hungryann
                    humbert Jan 3, 2010 03:50 AM

                    I had a chicken wrap with naan bread and it wasn't spectacularly flavorful, the marinated pickled veggies were interesting enough but lacked a real wow factor....it was like an ultra fast food version of an Indian restaurant. I would have to go back again to say if it has changed.

                    Restaurant Daata
                    1253 Boul Cure-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V2V9, CA

                  2. re: humbert
                    J1836 Jan 2, 2010 04:17 PM

                    I could not see there being enough of a demand in Laval for the authentic but simple type of Indian restaurants that our found on the island.

                    I could see an upscale trendy Indian fusion concept working in Laval's "Complexe Centropolis" though; if it does not yet exist.

              2. re: hungryann
                reelection Jan 3, 2010 11:30 AM

                I've been to Tandoori Xpress and it can't hold a candle to the Parc-Ex Indian restaurants. It serves its purpose of providing Indian food to Duvernay residents (almost entirely French Canadians and Italians, there are virtually no South Asians in this area) who may not know any better, or who just can't be bothered to travel for it.

                I ordered some delivery from there once (they got the order wrong), and was very disappointed. All I remember was that the naan was on the stiff side and almost inpalatable. Relatively pricey too. Not recommended! There are a bunch of restos on Jean Talon between l'Acadie and Wiseman.. go there, take your pick, pay less, and enjoy.

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