Variety, they say, is the spice of life, but Calgary’s lively Indian restaurants have plenty of both variety and spice. Here, four of the city’s finest.
Tiffin Curry and Roti House: Tin-Pot Takeout
A sunny, no-frills Indian restaurant with East African influences, Tiffin pairs curries with rice and signature rotis ($7.95 to $12.95). The restaurant offers take-out in its namesake tiffins, reusable tin-pots loaded with curries and butter chicken (from $18). Delivery is available on weekdays. 188 28th Street S.E. Calgary, 403-273-2420.
While Namskar has upscale frills, it offers grand portions and decent prices. Its enormous menu ranges from Fish Balti ($17.99) to Chicken Manchurian ($15.99), and its selection of Indian breads ($2.49 to $6.99) is equally vast: Choose from smooth, layered butter naan, minty, spicy pudhina prantha or the sweet, nutty Peshawari naan. 202 16th Avenue N.E., 403-230-4447.
Clay Oven: Top Tandoori
This Punjabi restaurant’s tiny northwest strip-mall location belies its fantastic food and loyal clientele. Sate your craving for tandoori chicken ($11.95) here, which is expertly roasted in Clay Oven’s, uh, clay oven, and served with a bowl of mouth-watering butter chicken sauce. 349 –3132 26th Street N.E., 403-250-2161.
Southern Spice: Do the Dosa
Vast and grandly appointed with a historic Indian mural, Southern Spice specializes in South Indian cuisine, notably the dosa ($6.95 to $8.95), a thin rice crêpe with fillings like marsala potatoes or prawns. 102 – 4655 54th Avenue N.E., 403-285-2255.
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