Though Park Ex is home to a concentration of top Indian restaurants, there are gems throughout our fine city. And at each spot, there’s a signature dish that keeps foodies trekking crosstown again and again. Here, Indian dishes worth a drive.
India Beau Village makes chana samosa, aka Indian poutine: one roughly broken vegetarian samosa, doused in chick pea curry and topped with dabs of mint raita, plain yogurt and chopped red onion. $3.50. 752 Jarry St. W., 514-272-5847.
Bombay Choupati, Pierrefonds’s strip-mall outpost, specializes in dosas, a Southern Indian burrito, with thin rice pancakes, not tortillas. The masala dosa is filled with a spicy potato and onion mash, while the fire dosa cranks it up with hot peppers and green chilis. From $4.95. 5011 Sources Blvd., 514-421-3130.
Etoile des Indes’s beef Bangalore phal will surprise those of you who thought vindaloo was the height of Indian heat, and will leave you red, sweaty and vaguely euphoric. $8.95. 1806 St. Catherine St. W., 514-932-8330; 5860 Sherbrooke St. W., 514-484-9252.
Bombay Mahal’s menu is pan-Indian, even venturing into Pakistani territory, and although this dish is available at every Indian joint under the sun, their butter chicken may be the city’s best. $9. 1001 Jean Talon St. W., 514-273-3331.
Dev is somewhat under the radar and off the beaten path, but as its largely Indian clientele will tell you, dishes like chicken jalfrazi (“dry fry”) – a Desi stir-fry with onion, garlic, ginger, green peppers, tomatoes and spices – make it worth the trip. $8.49. 5987 Victoria Ave., 514-733-5353.
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