If you’re looking to indulge in an Indian menu with a casual atmosphere, look no further than Little India. Located at 255 Queen Street West, Little India has been one of the city’s best Indian restaurants since 1995.
Sriharan Selvarasa, owner of family-run Little India, confirms that their delicious butter chicken ($11.95) is their most popular dish — which is easy to see looking around the restaurant, as the dish is placed on every other table.
This Queen Street space is adorned with Indian décor, featuring luscious red-orange paint and Indian art hung on the walls. The aroma of Indian cuisine hits you hard upon entering off the trendy street. The servers swerve in and out of the cramped little area. Even the dish ware has a South Asian feel — the butter chicken is served in copper bowls with little handles called handi, a nice traditional dish.
The chana masala ($7.99) dish is mild but very flavourful and perfect for those looking for something less spicy and vegetarian. Ordering accompanying naan bread is a must, as is a side of rice (enough for two) to soak up as much sauce as possible for all the dishes available.
During the evenings, the downstairs space of Little India is happily filled with customers, and if more space is needed, the upstairs can also accommodate hungry Torontonians. It's also available by reservation for a bit more privacy.
For more bang for your buck, Little India has an amazing lunch buffet that's ideal for those looking to sample as much as possible. The servers, always in classy attire, are often bustling around, checking on tables, and owner Selvarasa credits the family with the restaurant’s success.
“It’s not [just] about the food, it’s about the great customer service,”
The servers are knowledgeable and will always help with explanations or recommendations and ensure tables are well kept. With larger groups, it can be difficult to get everyone served at the same time, and if there is any downside to this cozy restaurant, that would be it.
Maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction is important to Selvarasa, who works at the restaurant with his family, among other staff.
“An Indian restaurant is hard to run,"
"It’s a lot of work, but we work really hard.”