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November 22, 2010

Best Indian food in Ottawa

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 21:41

sophiep709 7 points8 points9 points 2 months ago[-]

My family usually goes to the Light of India on Bank. I can’t recall the prices, but it’s so good. They serve you free fresh papadums as an appetizer too!

Trauma 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago[+] (2 children)

Trauma 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago[-]

Came here to post light of India. Very reasonable prices, papadums are nice, and very fresh, lots of local ingredients. Never have had a bad experience there.

TheGenious [S] 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (1 child)

TheGenious [S] 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

Sounds like this is the place to go.

shawnpeps 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago[+] (0 children)

shawnpeps 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago[-]

Light of India is probably one of my favourites.

CheesySauce 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

CheesySauce 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago[-]

They always give me freebies when I order for takeout, which makes it feel like family. One time I asked if I could buy a beer to take home (I don’t drink beer often), and he had to say no. As I’m picking up my order he slips one in my bag and refuses a tip.

ak6204 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago[+] (1 child)

ak6204 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago[-]

I really love the East India Company on Somerset. My forehead is sweating joyfully just thinking about it.

http://www.eastindiaco.com/contact.htm

hydrocool 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

hydrocool 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Upvoted for East India Company. Especially since they cook me shrimp in butter chicken sauce if I ask 😀

friendly_titan 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

friendly_titan 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago[-]

Pearl of India on St-Joseph Blvd. in Orleans is delicious.

okcspecialist 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago[+] (1 child)

okcspecialist 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago[-]

I like Aahar best of all, and it’s not even expensive. Kind of like Nokham Thai but for Indian food. I have never had a better samosa.

sarahrah 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

sarahrah 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

Aahar is delicious. And the service is great.

johnefrancis 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (4 children)

johnefrancis 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

The Roses Cafe…Wellington…not sure if the one on Gladstone is still open…

Indian Express on Somerset west for desserts. Menu is limited, but what they have is great.

ak6204 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (3 children)

ak6204 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Roses closed on both Wellington and Gladstone. 😦

Dav_reece 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

Dav_reece 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

The Roses is now over in gatineau (Hull) on the strip behind Phase 4 government buildings

OGLothar 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (1 child)

OGLothar 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

Damn, that’s a shame. I used to live across the street from the Gladstone one. The owner – Subhod (ph, don’t know the spelling) taught me more about Indian Cooking than I could ever learn from a dozen cookbooks. I used to eat there, then go home and try to replicate what I’d had.

The last time I saw him was at the Bluesfest, he invited me into his food tent and served up Scotch in paper cups. 🙂

wildseason 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

wildseason 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

Subodh.

wildseason 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago[+] (8 children)

wildseason 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago[-]

I used to work at the Roses on Wellington, then at Diwali (what it morphed into). Damn, it was good before it all went to shit. Its sambar was to die for, and if you knew what to order you could have a cheap South Indian feast fit for a king. Almost literally. One of our chefs worked for the Kuwaiti embassy, and he had some crazy stories about those days.

If you don’t mind expanding “Indian” to include nearby countries, I would suggest Ceylonta on Somerset near Bank. It’s a Sri Lankan restaurant. Its dosai is so-so compared to what Roses used to make, but its thali plate is pretty decent for its cost.

noarchy 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

noarchy 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

I’m a regular at Ceylonta, and wanted to join you in giving it a thumbs-up. The food is great, and the staff are always helpful if you have questions. My significant other is vegan, and she’s always had great help in figuring out what she can eat on the menu, and at the buffet.

pinkrosetool 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

pinkrosetool 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Ceylonta is great for its lunch buffet aswell. And I think its about 12 bucks, so its not that expensive either!

StoneG 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (5 children)

StoneG 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

Ceylonta is actually a crappy place. First off, the bathrooms are dirty. Real dirty. Bathrooms usually match the kitchen. Second, it’s beside the meth clinic. There is always garbage everywhere and there are usually bums sleeping on the benches outside. The food is so-so… I’m not a picky eater, but there are only two or three things that I have liked from the buffet. I love Indian food, but this place is the pits.

wildseason 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (4 children)

wildseason 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Note: Restaurants with the dirtiest bathrooms sometimes have the greatest food. Just because the front staff can’t clean doesn’t mean the back staff can’t cook. Chefs aren’t responsible for the state of the lavatories (nor the neighbours’ conduct).

In addition, buffets are usually the shit of the shit — the leftovers from the night before or a mélange of cheap ingredients. If all you have eaten is the buffet, I don’t think you have enough knowledge to judge Ceylonta. It’s not fantastic when compared on a world scale, but I would not say it is “the pits,” especially when compared to the rest of Ottawa’s Indian-esque food options.

StoneG 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (3 children)

StoneG 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

I have enough knowledge to form an opinion, thanks for asking. It’s shit and I’ve been there enough times to not want to go back. Ever.

Nice try though, owner of Ceylonta.

wildseason 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (1 child)

wildseason 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

I never said it was a great restaurant. What I said of certain examples of food was “so-so” and “pretty decent for its cost.” Actually, quite similar to what you said:

The food is so-so

Now please tell me what you think is a good Indian/Sri Lankan restaurant in Ottawa, rather than snark about a place for which you obviously don’t care.

StoneG 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

StoneG 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

There’s a place on Somerset, close to Elgin. It might be the East India company, but I’m not 100% sure of the name. That place is really good for a buffet. The only thing I don’t like about it is that they charge extra for the Na’an bread. The tendori chicken is top notch there.

Also, there used to be a place in the Market Mall when it was still the Market Mall. It’s the building that the New RO is/was in. That place was the best. I used to go there as a kid. I don’t know if they relocated or simply closed.

johnefrancis 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago[+] (0 children)

johnefrancis 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago[-]

I’m also anti-Ceylonta. I didn’t find the food up to snuff, and the place was a dump.

Dav_reece 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (1 child)

Dav_reece 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

Havelis in the market has a lunch buffet to kill for

johnefrancis 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

johnefrancis 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

yes, how could I forget this. Haven’t been for a few years, but I remember the dishes were very well prepared, great naan, and particularly good lassi

wildseason 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

wildseason 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Here you go.

This site is fantastic for restaurant reviews in Ottawa.

TheGenious [S] 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

TheGenious [S] 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Damn… surprisingly this is NOT helpful at all ahaha. I guess I will just have to start trying them out one by one 😀

RunAwayPancake 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

RunAwayPancake 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Curries on Gloucester and O’Connor…behind Export Development Canada.

Very good……slightly on the pricey side but well worth it.

shawarman 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

shawarman 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Can we all just agree that there is a shit-tonne of good Indian food all over the city? Regional shout outs to Shaan Curry House on Merivale.

munroe 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (3 children)

munroe 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Ishina in the Bells Corners industrial district. It’s open for business only 2.5 hours a day. Stick with me here.

I’ve been here probably a dozen or more times for lunch(only time they’re open). The decor is non existent (it looks like an industrial sector building with tiles on the floor). There is no flash or pomp whatsoever.

The service however is top notch. I believe it’s family run, and every time I’ve been in there I’ve felt like I’m temporarily a member. Fresh hot naan on every table, more water in your cup as soon as it is empty.

It’s a buffet, but it’s only 10 dollars (you can order off the menu if you want). Also, the dishes available change every time you go. There’s usually only 6 or 7 to choose from, with one selected desert. This method is an incredible way to do business because it forces the consumer outside of their comfort zone. Sometimes butter chicken isn’t there to save you.

If you’re anywhere near the west end, I highly recommend it.

They also do take-out in their own labeled containers if that’s your fancy.

Bells Corners also hides away Sahara Dunes, one of the best Shawarma places in the city, but that’s for another post.

Prostar14 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

Prostar14 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Sometimes butter chicken isn’t there to save you.

But … I’ve always been there for Butter Chicken!
Seriously though, I’ve been there and it’s good, but limited, as reported above.

Sutibu 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (1 child)

Sutibu 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

I just went there for lunch because of your post. Great place. Highly recommend it.

munroe 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

munroe 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Awesome! I’m glad I wrote it up then. It’s in such a bizarre location, but I imagine it costs nothing to be in there.

onearmedscissor 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

onearmedscissor 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Passage to India at 544 Rideau St. is not bad for its price. The set lunch is the cheapest I’ve seen at $6.95. You get a bowl of soup, a plate of curry with a side of salad, and choice of rice or naan.

[deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

[deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Coconut Lagoon!

deepalmolive 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

deepalmolive 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Indian Clay Oven

The best Indian restaurant no one knows about.

mackinder 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

mackinder 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago[-]

If you’re rating them by food, not atmosphere or anything else I gotta go with; Rangoli in Orleans (Curry chicken/lamb, rice palau, great huge naan) Little India Cafe in Brittania (buffet style with unlimited naan)

mackinder 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

mackinder 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago[-]

Anjin30 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago[+] (0 children)

Anjin30 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago[-]

Indian Clay Oven on March road in Kanata.

ak6204 0 points1 point2 points 15 days ago[+] (0 children)

ak6204 0 points1 point2 points 15 days ago[-]

Kanata folks – we got takeout from Bombay Masala last week and we were just about weeping, it was so good.

March Rd across from Alcatel.

okcspecialist -2 points-1 points0 points 2 months ago[+] (0 children)

okcspecialist -2 points-1 points0 points 2 months ago[-]

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sarahsoda 6 points7 points8 points 19 days ago[+] (1 child)

sarahsoda 6 points7 points8 points 19 days ago[-]

Govinda’s. 212 Somerset E. It’s 5 bucks for students and it’s vegetarian (they follow Hare Krisha dietary rules).

If you are craving lunch, Shafali Express in the market building does Indian, and across the street is an Indian cafe.

For dinner, there is Shafali on Dalhousie. Pretty decent prices. Particularly, I like Mukut which is down Rideau at Wurtemburg (before the bridge to Vanier). I find the prices pretty good (about $11-13 entree for curries, vindaloos and biryanis) and it’s very flavourful.

Oh man, I’m craving some Indian food right now…

AndreiTarkovsky 0 points1 point2 points 17 days ago[+] (0 children)

AndreiTarkovsky 0 points1 point2 points 17 days ago[-]

Govinda’s is incredible! And the ambiance is great…you get to eat next to a darkened shrine with a giant statue of Krishna.

rosstronica 2 points3 points4 points 19 days ago[+] (2 children)

rosstronica 2 points3 points4 points 19 days ago[-]

East India Company at 210 Somerset St. West. That place is always bumpin’.

Cokonut 1 point2 points3 points 19 days ago[+] (0 children)

Cokonut 1 point2 points3 points 19 days ago[-]

Also recommended. Take the pedestrian bridge across campus and just walk there.

gradnauseum 0 points1 point2 points 18 days ago[+] (0 children)

gradnauseum 0 points1 point2 points 18 days ago[-]

East India Company’s good – further up Somerset there’s Ceylonta (closer to Bank st.), also very good.

 

 

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