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.
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.
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.
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.
At the easterly edge of vibrant Little India, and just a couple of blocks removed from both hip Leslieville and Eastern Chinatown
Unbeatable value for portions that easily feed two. Prices are kept impossibly low for food of this standard.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- No fuss
- Chilling out