Defining Indian-style dishes containing sauces, spices and even gravies, Curry is renowned comfort food that provides an extra special warmth once the temperatures drop.
Served as wet or dry, you’ll often find that curries inspired by Northern India feature flavours like garam masala and fenugreek while more southern takes integrate coconut milk or tamarind. For a Thai twist on the versatile feature, restaurant chefs may include green chillis, red chillies and lemongrass, as found in red, green and yellow curries, respectively.
No matter how hot or mild you take your curry, join chilly Canadians everywhere this week and warm up with Canada Takeout on Curry Day!
Not sure where to start? Here are 10 cross-country suggestions!
Indian Gate (St. John’s, NL)
Open since the ’90s, Indian Gate is an establishment many locals can’t imagine their neighbourhood being without.
Made from their staple tandoori oven, enjoy their signature beef, chicken or fish curries plus other tandoori selections including beef, seafood and vegetarian options.
286 Duckworth St, St John’s, NL, A1C 1H3
Taste of India (Charlottetown, PE)
A downtown destination chock full of aromatic fresh spices and fresh, exotic ingredients, Taste of India has a menu that is perfect for anyone’s introduction, or re-introduction, to a delicious curry.
Chicken, lamb, beef, prawn, fish, coconut prawn, mango veggie, bombay, mango vegan; it’s curry however you want it.
129 Kent Street, Charlottetown, PE, C1A1N4. @tasteofindiapei
Kitsune Food Co. (Halifax, NS)
A small Japanese location, Kitsune Food Co. is a two-person-run restaurant with big flavour offerings.
Their most popular dishes include their Kara-age chicken dish, maki sushi and their Japanese curry, complete with steamed rice, assorted vegetables, red wine, bay leaf and Japanese curry paste.
Add an appetizer like Edamame (boiled soy beans) or Goma-ae (sesame sauced boiled spinach).
5710 Young Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 1Z8. @kitsunehalifax
Photo Credit: Ashley R.
Thandi Restaurant (Saint John, NB)
A family-owned fine dining restaurant, Thandi specializes in flavour fusions inspired by eastern and western Asia.
The fan favourite? Their Butter Chicken Curry, made from boneless chicken and a creamy mild sweet curry sauce.
Other curry dishes include Rogan Josh, Banjara, Chicken Tikka Masala, Vegetarian, Dal Makhani and more.
33 Canterbury Street, Saint John, NB, E2L2C6. @thandisaintjohn
Madras Curry House (Montreal, QC)
Making South Indian cuisine their specialty, Madras Curry House prides itself on the use of hand-selected, mixed and roasted spices, all to which they credit the distinctive flavours that set them apart from the competition.
Try their range of curries from egg to vegetable, chicken to lamb, fish, shrimp to king fried fish.
Don’t forget to add some ice cream, sweet Indian treats or Kesari for dessert.
1242 Mackay Street, Montreal, QC, H3G 2H4.
Black Dog Tavern (Kingston, ON)
Formerly Chien Noir Bistro, Black Dog Tavern is CNB renovated and reinvented as a newer “eclectic, upscale pub grub” location; a more casual establishment than under its previous brand.
From the kitchen of the tavern, guests are invited to indulge in their Vadouvan Curry, comprised of coconut milk, house curry paste, green beans, potato, eggplant, chilies, crispy chickpeas, toasted cashews and basmati rice. MMmm!
69 Brock Street, Kingston, ON K7L 1R8. @blackdogtavernygk
Charisma of India (Winnipeg, MB)
Winnipeg loves its curry, and Charisma of India is no exception! An elegant, old-world style restaurant in the Wolseley neighbourhood, Charisma of India brings the city its specialty of East Indian cuisine, and we can’t stop looking at it.
Their curry selections include goat, potato shrimp, shrimp, fish and various ways of enjoying chicken from butter to mango to kadai to vindaloo.
83 Sherbrook St, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1C3. @charismaofindia
Spicy Time (Saskatoon, SK)
So many spicy dishes, so little time. At Spicy Time, you’ll never run out of meal options, especially with the help of their main and express menus!
Enjoy their beef, goat and lamb curries with mild, medium, hot or extra hot spice levels, depending on your craving.
Express lunch options currently include Butter Chicken, Beef Vindaloo, Chana Masala, Paneer Tikka Masala and Matar Paneer.
3401 8th Street E, Unit 5, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 0W5.
Moti Mahal (Calgary, AB)
Operating for over 20 years, Moti Mahal was not only voted Best Curry in Calgary, but it was also featured on Food Network’s Top 10 Popular Indian Restaurants in Canada.
Curry specialty dishes include Mixed Vegetable, Tikka Butter Masala, Kashmiri, Goa, Prawn Tarka, Shahi Jeera Chicken, Papaya Prawn and more.
1805 14 Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 3T1.
Photo Credit: @moonspear
Bombay Kitchen + Bar (Vancouver, BC)
The highest-rated restaurant in all of Vancouver, Bombay Kitchen + Bar is an absolute must-try on the Drive. They’re also currently offering a 10% discount for takeout orders in the encouragement of safe dining and enjoyment.
Try their popular Goat Curry, made with fresh tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, black cardamon, cumin seeds, turmeric, fresh-cut goat “and lots of love and care.”
1018 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W9. @bombaykitchenandbar