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This quaint Indian eatery in Little Italy sees droves of crowds every week, all flocking here for a helping of their famous Butter Chicken. Besides Butter Chicken, Haldi (meaning turmeric in Hindi) also serves other incredible spice-infused curries such as the Lamb Curry and the regional special, Dhansaak. Order Naan, or flatbread with a dollop of butter to scoop up the flavorful curries. Portions are generous, so order accordingly. The Mango Lassi (sweetened and flavored yogurt drink) is the perfect way to bookend a fiery Indian meal. Haldi's decor deserves a mention as well, with its brightly painted backdrop and cozy outdoor patio.
Housed in a strip mall location in Vanier, Golden India serves an incredible buffet spread in casual, family-friendly environs. Expect staples such as kebabs, samosas and pakoras, as well as regional gems such as Saag Paneer, Tarkha Daal and Kashmiri Pulao. The à la carte menu features a host of dishes with the spice quotient toned down for milder palates, while those who can handle the spice enjoy it with thorough fervor. Impeccable service is a constant, with an attentive and friendly waitstaff.
Embark on gastronomic journey through the vibrant cuisine of South India at the Coconut Lagoon, where authentic recipes hand down from generation to generation come to life. A true reflection of the spirited culture, this restaurant has the most delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes hands down. As the lingering aromatic treat welcomes you to the restaurant, the prompt and courteous staff complete unmatched hospitality unique to India. An oasis for the Indian community of Ottawa, Coconut Lagoon is now a favorite among locals of the city.
Host India on Montreal Road is one of the most definitive spots in the city to grab authentic Indian food. Set in a relaxed ambiance with ample seating space, this restaurant serves an impressive spread of Indian dishes from various regions. Their Sunday dinner buffet is somewhat of a phenomenon, and is wildly popular for its versatile options and reasonable prices. When ordering à la carte, Host India accommodates requests of those with milder palates. Those who enjoy the feisty personality of this cuisine can begin with the spice-infused Fish Koliwada, followed by a hot serving of delectable Butter Chicken and buttered Naan (Indian flatbread) to mop it up with. A side order of Raita or vegetable yogurt is recommended to balance the spiciness. Finish off with a creamy dessert of Ras Malai or Gulab Jamun.
Crammed between a bunch of junky stores in a strip mall, this family-run business exudes a pleasant atmosphere thanks to an incredibly polite and personable staff. A favorite destination among the city's East Indian community, Little India Cafe specializes in curry and tandoori dishes prepared in a tandoori oven that bakes up flavorful chicken and naan bread. A highly recommended cheap and satisfying meal is the massala dosa, which comes with soup and chutney.