Udupi Palace

Price guide: Budget

1460 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4L 2A3

Price guide: Budget

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#9 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Chilling out, No fuss

Expert review of Udupi Palace

Mecca for vegetarians and lovers of fiery South-Indian cuisine

This Toronto outpost of the Udupi Palace chain keeps locals, famiies and foodies from the farthest reaches of the city coming back for its delectable South-Indian and North-Indian vegetarian specialties, mammoth portions and casual but welcoming atmosphere.

Food and drink: 

Dosas, Uthappams (a rice and lentil pancake) chaats (an eclectic Indian snack-mix plate) and Thalis rule the roost, with homemade Sambhar chutney and Rasam (a traditional, spicy soup said to be a cure-all) served alongside to complement and augment taste and spice factors. Must try Idlies (a spongy steamed rice and lentil patty) offer a unique taste, but more conventional paneers and pakoras also make an appearance.

Recommended dishes: 

Thalis offer a staggering and delicious selection of daily curries, daal, rasam, rice, chapati and dessert and are more than enough for two to share. Impressive, massive paper masala dosas arrive impossibly thin and filled with a tantalizing filling of spiced potatoes and onions, and are a feast for the eye and palate. Delicious mango and banana lassis and Indian spiced tea and coffee complete the meal.

Ambience: 

Frequently packed with Indian families and hipster locals and foodies alike, noise levels in this cavernous semi-basement room can often be overwhelming. The large room and animated conversations lend a communal vibe, however. Very informal atmosphere and decor is kept modest and minimal.

Service: 

Bustling, friendly servers in matching uniforms are prompt and no nonsense. Leftovers, (which are always plentiful), are happiy cleared away and packed up for takeout, and substitutions and exceptions are gladly accommodated.

Location: 

At the easterly edge of vibrant Little India, and just a couple of blocks removed from both hip Leslieville and Eastern Chinatown

Price advice: 

Unbeatable value for portions that easily feed two. Prices are kept impossibly low for food of this standard.

More information on Udupi Palace:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
Indian, Vegetarian
Address:
1460 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4L 2A3
Telephone:
+1 416 405 8189
Website:
http://www.udupipalace.ca
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon 12pm-10pm, Tue,Sun 12pm-10pm; Wed-Thu 12pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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