India is a super diverse country with many languages and religions, and Indian food reflects that diversity: each region has its own distinct cuisine.
Indian food is a takeout classic, but there's also something that needs to be said for going to a restaurant for a sit-down meal. Going with friends is really fun because you can order a ton of dishes and sample everything. Not to mention that Indian food is usually really affordable, making it a great place to go for all budgets.
The spicy, flavourful dishes of this cuisine can please anyone, and it's a great option for vegetarians and vegans.
Where: 225B Boul. Hymus, Pointe-Claire, QC.
What: Sahib is the gem of the West Island, and a tried-and-true favourite. Their dishes are arguably some of the most authentic in the city, and it is super packed on the weekend. They're one of the few places in Montreal that serve lamb samosas, and they are truly delicious.
Where: 1001 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal.
What: We've already written about Bombay Mahal in our 20 Restaurants under $20 list, but it deserves another mention. This Parc-Ex restaurant is truly one of the greats. They are renown for their chicken korma and their samosas, so make sure to give those a try!
Where: 1450 Rue Crescent, Montreal.
What: This restaurant, in the heart of downtown, is a hidden gem on the bustling, boisterous Crescent street. The chefs come directly from Delhi, where they occupied prestigious positions in restaurants over there. They are well-known for their butter chicken and lamb dishes. Psst: they have a super affordable lunch buffet.
Where: 2027 St-Laurent, Montreal.
What: This plateau favourite serves up authentic Punjab food that has been reinvented for the modern palate. The small restaurant is lively and usually quite crowded, so it would be wise to call ahead and make a reservation. Their Thali is a good way to try a lot of the dishes!
Where: 2077 Stanley Street, Montreal.
What: This restaurant is known all over Montreal, and its stellar reviews are a testament to Le Taj's excellent, authentic food. You can't go wrong with your order: from sag paneer to aloo gobi, everything is delicious. The restaurant's opulent, intimate atmosphere makes it a good place for a date.
Where: 4759 Van Horne, Montreal.
What: This restaurant in the Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood is a local favourite for South Indian cuisine. The extensive menu has items we rarely see on menus in Indian restaurants, like dosa and other lesser-known dishes. The super friendly staff is on hand to answer any questions you might have about the menu.
Where: 4777 Des Sources Pierrefonds, (take-out only) and 5195 Rue Paré, Montréal.
What: Pushap's samosas will be familiar to any McGill student. Pushap is the main (perhaps only) provider of 'mose for all of the hungry students on a budget on the McGill campus. They have both a sit-down restaurant and a take-out counter, which serve delicious, authentic food that goes far beyond samosas.
India Beau Village
Where: 752 Rue Jarry Ouest, Montreal.
What: India Beau Village is a Parc-Ex staple. Their menu is super affordable, and all of their dishes have a healthy amount of spice. They specialise in North Indian cuisine. A lot of people order dishes for take-out, so the ambience in the restaurant can be a little hectic. I highly recommend the vegetarian dishes!
Where: 920 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest, Montreal.
What: Punjab Palace is, as the name indicates, specialised in Punjabi cuisine. The dishes are multi-dimensional and super tasty. The dishes are affordable to begin with, and the restaurant is also BYOW, which helps you save even more.
Where: 1409 St-Marc Street Corner St. Catherine, Montreal.
What: Thali Cuisine Indienne is a Concordia student's favourite, well-known for its inexpensive thalis. A full meal, with rice, naan and papadum, will set you back $12 for a meat meal and $11 for a vegetarian one.
Where: 3459 Notre Dame West, Montreal.
What: The ambience of this Indian restaurant is creative and upbeat: it's a perfect place to eat in groups, as long as you make a reservation. They have a wide selection of dishes and very knowledgeable staff. Not to mention that they have an awesome ladies' night deal on Wednesday: if a table of two buys a $50+ bottle of wine, the meal is free!
Where: 3962 Boul. St-Laurent (Corner Duluth Street), Montreal.
What: This restaurant is one of the most highly-rated Indian restaurants in the city for a reason. Located on St. Laurent in the heart of the Plateau, it's a great place to kick-start your weekend. They have a great selection of vegetarian dishes, and helpful waiters who make great recommendations. You should definitely try the Tandoori shrimp!
Where: 230 rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal.
What: This restaurant is one of the few Indian restaurants in the Old Port. The upscale decor and attentive service makes it a great place for those looking for a more refined atmosphere. The restaurant is at a higher price point than most others on this list, but this is to be expected for an Old Port restaurant with great, fresh food.
Where: 409 Rue McGill, Montreal, Quebec.
What: This restaurant is a relatively new one, and it's gaining fast in popularity. The trendy restaurant has a great atmosphere and a unique decor. Make sure to pair your meal with one of their creative cocktails!
Honourable Mention: Le Super Qualité
Where: 1211 Belanger, Montreal.
What: Le Super Qualité is a great Indian restaurant well-loved by residents of Rosemont. It, unfortunately, suffered some water damage this Christmas but it should be reopening soon. Keep an eye out!