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Thanjai: Where Indians Eat

Sunday, April 21, 2013

in  restaurantindianc.d.n.casual<$20

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The Pitch

After a few disappointments with our recent Indian outings, we decided to reach out to our fans for their favorite spots to sample the subcontinent's cuisine.  Among the suggestions was Thanjai, a South Indian restaurant in Côtes-des-Neiges with a very unusual menu.  You won't find any Tikka, Tandouri or other Northern and Anglo-Indian regulars here…

tagged  fan night

The Food

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Starter,  $2.99,  rating:  hit

"homemade South Indian spicy soup with tamarind & tomato juice flavoured with pepper & spices"

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Potato Bonda

Starter,  $2.50,  rating:  so-so

"two fried potato ball fritters served with coconut chutney"

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Sambar Vada

Starter,  $3.99,  rating:  miss

"two Medhu Vadas dipped in Sambar, garnished with chopped onions"

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Lassi (Salt)

Drink,  $2.99,  rating:  hit

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Chicken Masala Dosa

Main,  $8.99,  rating:  hit

"served with two chutneys & Sambar"

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Shrimp Biryani

Main,  $10.99,  rating:  hit

"cooked with aromatic basmati rice, shrimp & indian spices, served with onion yoghurt Raitha, gravy & boiled egg"

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Butter Chicken & Plain Rice

Main,  $12.98,  rating:  so-so

The Verdict

There are two things we liked about Thanjai: First, its prices ($25 per person tax and tip in? wow).  Second, the fact that the dining room was, with the exception of our table, filled with Indian families.  You know you're in good hands when the local community frequents a place for a Sunday dinner.  We will certainly be back for a closer look.

tagged  deserves a retry

Price per person:  $14.15


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