2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#2 Indian Street Food Co.

Indian Street Food Co.

Lovers of Indian food will be over the moon here. The app that puts a big smile on my taste buds is chaat: Crispy puffed rice with pomegranate, potato, tamarind chutney, chickpeas and yogurt — sweet, hot, fabulous. Street inspired spicy chicken tikka is the fab, and serving it on buttery flaky paratha with mint chutney is inspired. Tamil kothu roti (from Sri Lanka) is equally jazzy — chopped paratha with raw cabbage, chiles, exotic sprouts, onions, coriander and lemon. Supercharged savour! Charcoal grilled prawns come in a sweet little tiffin box with crunchy noodles and mango slaw. Arvi tuk is a splendour of jumped up flavours: A base of crunchy fried taro topped with tamarind chutney, kachumber (Indian chopped salad), chile spiced yogurt and thin slices of watermelon radish. And no tipping here!


  • Indian Street Food Co.
  • 1701 Bayview Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-322-3270
  • www.indianstreetfoodco.com

  • Chef: Hemant Bhagwani
  • Sous Chef: Kamleshwar Prasad
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $60
  • Hours: Mon. to Thurs. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. to Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Brunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 30
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking and Green P
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