#54 Pukka


A pale grey bistro that personifies nouvelle Indian. No longer does Toronto have to tolerate greasy overlooked curries; Pukka modernizes the cuisine of the subcontinent. Gunpowder prawns are big fat shrimp rolled in garam masala for heat and barely cooked, sitting on a warm salad of mung beans and carrots with piquant pineapple salsa on top. Eggplant tartare has been smoked in the tandoori oven and cleverly spiced. Wow! Light, delicate, full of traditional Indian flavour but newly wrought. They update palak paneer updates by pan-frying greens (usually a mix of kale, rapini and swiss chard) with small cubes of paneer (fresh cheese) and also of sweet gilded onion, with shards of young ginger on top. This is what nouvelle Indian should be.

  • Pukka
  • 778 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-342-1906
  • www.pukka.ca/

  • Chef: Cornel D’Silva, Kirti Singh, Dinesh Butola
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $80
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun 5 p.m. to late
  • Reservations:
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 23
  • BYOB?:
  • Corkage fee:
  • Private party area: Can rent out entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Green P nearby
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