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This graceful spot is one of downtown's best-known Indian restaurants, and certainly one of its most elegant. The modern décor features pink and white tablecloths and beautiful wall hangings. The lunch buffet is a huge draw. The à la carte menu features appetizers like bhajis and samosas, and main courses run the gamut of Indian cuisine. Nawabi Korma is a mixture of lamb, beef or chicken in a yogurt-based sauce; vegetarian options include channa masala and a spicy chickpea dish. All main courses come with rice or naan bread.
Nestled in the heart of the bustling Latin Quarter, this popular Indian restaurant serves excellent if not stridently authentic cuisine. Decor is definitely an afterthought, but the well-prepared Indian standards and reasonable prices make a perfect preamble to a night out on Rue St-Denis. Onion and mushroom bhajis make a good appetizer, while the chicken tandoori is a spicy, tender wonder. A good selection of imported draft cools the palate.
If eating exotic and inexpensive food in a warm, pleasant and comfortable atmosphere is what you're after, this Afghan restaurant in the heart of the Plateau fits the bill on all counts. The décor is simple, if not sparse, but the food is excellent and reasonably priced. The main dishes include most of the Afghani specialties using lamb, including the renowned Kabuli Palaw stew. Service is refined and extremely prompt.
Nonya is an exotic culinary experience not to be missed. A true immersion in the delights of Indonesian cuisine, this hidden gem is run by two siblings born and raised in tropical Indonesia. The menu is an eclectic array of Indonesian delicacies such as laksa soup, rendang, ayampanggang and udang mangga. Take-out treats are also available during spring and summer for savory lunches on the go.
Pho Tay Ho is one of the more favored Asian restaurants in the city. Taking pride in their authentic Vietnamese food, this restaurant specializes in pho, a noodle soup that's quintessential to Vietnam. Here, patrons can devour many variants of the dish. Served in a massive bowl, the soup has a flavorful broth along with chunks of meat, seafood or chicken, veggies and noodles. You can top your pho with spring rolls, buns and many other interesting add ons.
As you step foot inside Salon Mogador, you are sure to be engulfed in aromas of exotic spices that form the basis of Moroccan food. The restaurant has a stunning interior; every corner of the place is decorated with African paraphernalia. Even the seating spaces are quintessentially Moroccan with colorful mosaics all over. Meaty dishes are favored the most here, of which the Tajine simply cannot be left out. Belly dancers sway to the tunes of African music on certain nights at Salon Mogador.
This large Indian restaurant does a booming lunchtime business, making reservations a must on Thursdays and Fridays. Lunch is strictly a buffet, which is reasonably priced and features dishes like Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Korma. The restaurant boasts more than 100 dishes on the buffet, featuring everything from basic salads to homemade specialties and traditional Indian desserts. There is also a vegetarian menu. For dinner, there is a choice between a buffet and regular menu. After six meals, the seventh is free.