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4 stars 72 reviews

Little India Cafe

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66 Wylie Ave
Ottawa, ON  K2B 6M4

(613) 828-2696

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4 star rating
July 11, 2015

Perfect Meals.Chicken tikka masala is to die for.The naan is also amazing.Can be busy so call in advance for take out.Get the lase as well! Definitely money well spent.Will recommend anytime.

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4 star rating
June 15, 2015

Hands down the best Indian buffet for its food quality.

The selection is small but it covers the bases. Usually a couple chicken options, a red meat and a few vegetarian selections.

The make the best nan in town and they deliver it fresh to your table. You'll be back for the bread alone :-)

If you go for lunch try and get there before 12 noon. It's a small place and fills up fast, especially... more

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4 star rating
May 09, 2015

Have been sitting and still waiting for almost 45 mins but still no sign of food.
Just got to know it will still take some time...how long God knows.

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4 star rating
April 11, 2015

Great good and fast service. If you are going to a movie at the theatre (the old Colosseum) across the street, it is a good combination. The nan bread may well be the best in the city. The only minus point is that if you are on a special diet, the food is on the salty side.

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4 star rating
March 25, 2015

Best Indian in Ottawa hands down. Everything is of great quality.

The lunch buffet is not big but it has a little bit of the main dishes (butter chicken, chicken tandoori, beef, aloo gobi, chana, mushrooms, eggplants, onion bhajis, samosas, salad and desserts) and is more than satisfying. They serves fresh naan at each table! All for $12. Arrive early to get a table as it fills up fast.
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4 star rating
February 25, 2015

mmmmmmmm, the best .
come early for the buffet or you won't get a seat !

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4 star rating
Didn't like it at all
August 18, 2014

Since the food I had last time around was so good I decided to eat here on my next trip to Ottawa. This time I was shocked. The food was tasteless even the usual salt was missing. It was bland food served with a lot of soda in it which left me with a weird aftertaste that was so unhealthy.... more

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4 star rating
Excellent from start to finish. Eat here
August 15, 2014

Wend here on the recommendation of a friend, for a quick supper on the way home. A small restaurant, in a strip mall, with limited parking, with small tables, with excellent food. Tables sat 2 or 4 people, but are easy to push together. Service was prompt.
Food was excellent and authentic. Not an overly-large menu, which means they do... more

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4 star rating
Unacceptably small dinner portions for what your charged
August 05, 2014

Took the family (wife and two kids) for a Sunday dinner and we ordered Beef Vindloo, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala and some rice.
The food is fantastic, no complaints there.
I am not exagerting to tell you the chicken between both dishes added up to about one chicken breast. I couldn't beileve how stingy they were. We had to... more

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4 star rating
Average at all levels
July 15, 2014

After reading so many good reviews, we tried out their lunch buffet on a Tuesday afternoon. Located in a small strip mall with little parking. Very cramped seating and almost full when we arrived around 12:30 pm. We were seated at a table close to the cash and buffet so we had a continuous line of people standing beside us... more

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4 star rating
Great Buffet Value
July 15, 2014

Very good lunch buffet at an affordable rate and great food ! Small cozy setting.There is a good selection of items to add to your dish.

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4 star rating
Great Food, Terrible Service
July 05, 2014

I must say, their food is very good especially their naan & butter chicken. Their service is generally terrible. Waiting much longer promised for takeout and on a busy night expect to be there for 2-3 hours for a meal.

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4 star rating
First honest review of this place
June 14, 2014

We went to this cafe in Ottawa near the river but 7+ km outside of the downtown, because of the great reviews.
It is in a pretty ugly part of town, and the place is small and cramped. Kids on staff were nice, but hardly pros.
We had kebab for apps and chicken bhuna for main plus aloo gobi. Also... more

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4 star rating
not special
June 06, 2014

We are fans of Indian food and had not eaten here for some time. Unfortunately our lunch buffet was uneven. Samosa and the nan were good, other meat and sauces seemed much too similar but the service was fine. It does fill up quickly as there are few tables so it pays to get there early for lunch.

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4 star rating
Great Indian food
May 28, 2014

It is a very small place that gets crowded too fast mainly because of the awesome Indian food they cook. Each gravy was different from the rest like how it is supposed to be. The bread (Naan) is so good that it steals the thunder from the rest of the dishes. The food is authentic Indian with the right amount... more

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4 star rating
My New Favorite
April 19, 2014

After my last disappointing experience out on the town for Indian food, I had been waiting for the opportunity to take our double date friends out to a place that *I* chose. I got the recommendation from a friend who really knows her stuff, cooks Indian food in her own home, and...she's Indian. I told her about my experience at... more

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4 star rating
April 17, 2014

Small and family run. Everything on the menu is incredibly tasty, best naan in town.
Worth the trip if it's not your hood.

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4 star rating
A Little Restaurent with the best taste in town
April 14, 2014

The Little India Cafe is a very small Restaurent with only 9 table but the food served there is the best in town. The Chef/Owner Ram Chander is also a great host and tries his best to come out and ask how is the service? He cook the best butter chicken which I've ever tasted. The blend of spices and... more

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4 star rating
February 15, 2014

Don't eat here because if you do it's one less table that I can eat at in the best Indian restaurant in Ottawa. Food is fantastic. Service is not always great as I think they hire family more then experienced servers. The place is small and I'm sure they could double in size since every time we're there I see people turned away due to no tables. There's always takeout.

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4 star rating
A pubic hair in my naan...YUCK !...NEVER AGAIN
November 02, 2013

A pubic hair in my naan YUCK (Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
NEVER AGIN.
Just visited this past Friday November 1st and after few bites, I found a pubic hair in my naan.
REALLY... that's a non existing hygienic standarts.
The owner just said "Oh... That never happened before". Still, I had to pay full price for the buffet.
NEVER AGAIN... that's disgusting...no even... more

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4 star rating
The best Indian food in Ottawa
October 30, 2013

My husband and I are huge fans of Indian food and as such have tried many Indian restaurants in the Ottawa area.This place is really tiny, usually overcrowded no matter what day of the week you go. Because of this,we usually order our food to take home.We have been eating here for years and the food is so consistently delicious..... more

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4 star rating
Yum
October 13, 2013

this small cafe only has 9 tables, but boy is the food tasty! there are so many spices, and the quality of food is excellent. Staff very polite and helpful with every need. there are no reservations so get there early as it gets very busy by 7pm. we will be going back! You must enjoy spicy food though.... more

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4 star rating
No Debit, Really good food
October 11, 2013

Very small! We were drawn in recently by the smells wafting down to the road. It was almost empty when we arrived. By the time we left it was full and had a line.
Great food, good service. The veggie curry platter is a really good deal for how much you get. My butter chicken was DELICIOUS. Just the right... more

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4 star rating
don't tell
October 09, 2013

The secret is out, too many of us in Ottawa now know how good this place is. So if you are planning to phone in your order for take out, be prepared to wait. It's worth every minute of anticipation!

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4 star rating
September 03, 2013

This is our standard Indian take-out spot in Ottawa. The saag chicken is excellent, and the chicken tikka masala is pretty good too. The portions are sufficient to have your dinner and save some for lunch the next day, and the prices are reasonable. The decor and ambience are so-so, but the family that runs it is kind and welcoming. Give it a shot.

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4 star rating
July 04, 2013

read some great reviews on the food.....and bad reviews on service and decided to pull out the critic hat and try it out.

it's a tiny little restaurant down across from the movie theater on carling - we came friday night for dinner with no reservation, the place was half full and we were seated immediately and given menu's, 15 seconds later, drink orders and water was given - we ordered and... more

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4 star rating
June 21, 2013

Small place. 26 seats. Come early. Slow service. Really good food, though. I had the lamb curry. Excellent.

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4 star rating
Best Indian food in Ottawa
June 07, 2013

We've eaten here and had take-out many times...even though it's not that close to Kanta!
The cafe is small and only seats 20+ people. So sometimes there can be quite a wait for a table. But that just speaks to how good it is.
We often order take-out which works better for us because we're a large family and getting... more

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4 star rating
Little gem for Indian food in Ottawa
May 28, 2013

We were on our way to another restaurant in city but our taxi driver who incidentally hailed from Goa, suggested us this restaurant. On entering this restaurant, we were bit disappointed as it turned out to be a small restaurant. We thought we were taken for a ride by cab driver ( may be he had some deal with restaurant).... more

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4 star rating
Excellent
May 27, 2013

Must try! The place is small but worth the wait. Order for pickup if you don't like to wait. The food is awesome. Don't be afraid to try anything on the menu. My favorite Indian restaurant in Ottawa.

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4 star rating
Best indian food I've ever had
May 20, 2013

We ordered the butter chicken, chicken briyani and garlic naan.
It was the best butter chicken I've ever tasted. The blend of spices and the perfect level of sweet/spicy (we ordered medium heat). It was amazing, something I could eat every day. The garlic naan added to the already amazing taste. Dipped in the butter chicken sauce, thinking about it... more

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4 star rating
Best Indian in Ottawa West
May 19, 2013

Fantastic food. The dine-in experience is wanting; it's a tiny little hole in the wall with spare decor and erratic service, but the food makes it worth the trip. We do take-out a lot to avoid the impossibility of finding a table.
Pretty much everything is good; the Northern specialties are not as hot as some might like but they... more

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4 star rating
Very tasty Indian food
May 03, 2013

The place is small and the atmosphere a bit tacky, but the food and service were very good. Really nice chicken tandoori and lamb curry.

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4 star rating
Great
March 27, 2013

Great Indian restaurant, lunch buffet is really good! Dinner and Takeout is better but the buffet value is hard to beat! The owner/chef is great, really cares about his food and customers and it shows! Naan bread is amazing!

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4 star rating
Consistently great food
February 24, 2013

Visited this restaurant recently after many years and the food was still wonderful. Came with a group of work colleagues. Very tiny so you must come early to get a spot. People were lined up at the door, waiting to get in - always a good sign!! Enjoy the buffet and you won't need to worry too much about service,... more

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4 star rating
Small venue but excellent food
January 27, 2013

Although this place is small and cannot seat very many people, the food here is excellent. They do have a lunch buffet and could improve their rating with a larger restaurant and a dinner buffet as well. Nonetheless, this place is worth the visit and the price is reasonable.

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4 star rating
January 13, 2013

Five starts when it comes to Indian in Ottawa. Pretty tough to beat. Don't expect much ambiance if you are dining in, there is a constant flow of people in and out picking up take out and judging by the 1.5l bottles of house wine on the shelf any wine you order by the glass will likely be off ( beer is better with Indian anyway )
Strongly recommend, worth the drive to pick up!

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4 star rating
The very best authentic Indian food
December 11, 2012

This is a quaint little cafe with wonderful staff, Little India is purely an awesome representation of what Indian is all about! The amazing selection, and consistent delicious quality is unmatched anywhere in Canada. The food is layed out buffet style, the Nan is made fresh and brought to your table. If you love Indian, or if you want to... more

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4 star rating
Quite a find
November 10, 2012

Tiny little cafe which did a wonderful buffet for lunch. We were taken there so have no idea if they do dinner. Get there early it was full by midday and queuing! Excellent value and service. We loved it .

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4 star rating
October 23, 2012

The service was terribly slow, however, the food quality really filled up that service gap! I'd definitely visit it again despite the slow service! :)

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4 star rating
Best Little Spot in town
October 01, 2012

Great food, reasonable prices, I had the traditional dishes and all were perfectly spiced and served in record time. The decor lacks , but the food more then makes up the difference... PLus PLus

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4 star rating
Best indian food in Ottawa
August 27, 2012

Excellent food! Every single time I have dined at this restaurant over the years, the food has been outstanding. Especially the warm naan's when they're straight out of the oven! Yum yum.....
The curries are all pretty good....the paneer bhuna in particular is amazing.
The place is a hole in the wall which makes it frustrating when you show up... more

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4 star rating
Best Indian in town
August 23, 2012

My husband works with a lot of people from India/Pakistan so he asked a number of them where the best Indian restaurant was-9 out of 10 recommended this place so off we went. We were impressed.
Very small restaurant so there is often a wait out the door but it is worth the wait. Decor is decent-cloth tablecloths and napkins.... more

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4 star rating
Best Indian food in Ottawa
August 04, 2012

This restaurant serves the best Indian food I've ever had in Ottawa. We've been there several times and were never disappointed. Will definitely go back one of these days.

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4 star rating
Flavor to die for
July 25, 2012

This place is tiny and you can expect a line up for the lunch buffet, but it is worth the wait. Chutney's and pickles packed with flavor, butter chicken, tandoori chicken, curried chick peas, mushroom paneer, curried beef, samosa and jasmine rice are but a few of the dishes served. It all comes out in small batches and fresh, fresh,... more

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4 star rating
Great food, service a little slow
July 19, 2012

The food here is excellent - it always is. If you're not sure what to order, the staff can help you decide, though if it's the woman, she seems a little shy...
The prices are great, the menu is great, the atmosphere is just your typical little place in a strip mall, and the service can sometimes be quite slow.... more

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4 star rating
delicious as always
July 11, 2012

I'm adding some pics this time. We still go to Little India Cafe regularly with the coworkers. Everybody who I bring here becomes a repeat customer. It's our favourite. $13.50 after tax for lunch buffet.

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4 star rating
Always crowded for a reason
May 28, 2012

Make a reservation if you want to tate the delicious food of Little India. This is a very small place which is always crowded for a good reason : the food and the excellent service. The restaurant is just across the cinema so why not enjoy it before the movie ^

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4 star rating
Very good ans unpretentious
May 18, 2012

Nice little place filled with locals east indians people. Unpretentious, very good price, very good food and unpredictable indian food. No ambiance but this is one would expect i guess from a local indian restaurant. The best indian restaurant in the national capital region. One caviat is that the service is ultra slow and you need to reserve (there are... more

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4 star rating
Worst service ever
May 04, 2012

We went to this restaurant on 05-04-2012. There was nothing much left in the buffet and they did not even bothered filling it back. When we asked for some water , it took them 20 mins to get water. Finally when we complained about the food , the owner says " it's ok , we cannot satisfy everyone" , I... more

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4 star rating
Fantastic Indian food
March 28, 2012

Small dining room, so get there early. Buffet is always good, and menu items are amazing.

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4 star rating
Yummy Spicy Delicious North Indian Food
January 05, 2012

My boyfriend and I have dined at this little cosy, family run restaurant several times. The food is always good. We love spicy food and would always request for at least medium for spiciness. On weekends, the restaurant can be packed. So be prepared to wait for a table.
We ordered take-out for New Year's Eve party. We called in... more

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4 star rating
Fantastic food...be prepared to wait
November 16, 2011

Four of us went to this little restaurant located in a strip mall just off Carling Avenue in the West End. Always a good sign to see a restaurant busy when others close by quite clearly are not.
Managed to get a table quite quickly ( 7.30pm), lucky really as lots of people arrived soon after and either waited or... more

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4 star rating
November 07, 2011

This little hole-in-the-wall is THE BEST Indian food in Ottawa. I'm serious. Go, you'll see.....the naan is to die for!

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4 star rating
Authentic flavours
October 21, 2011

We went for the lunch buffet after a recommendation from a friend and we were not to be disappointed. The variety was huge and the flavours were authentic and definitely not toned down. The naan was also great as was the service. Highly recommended!!

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4 star rating
Weekday brunch can't be beat
September 29, 2011

I come for lunch here all the time with my work buddies. The food is awesome & the price is very good. The cafe is small & not fancy. But if you are just looking for GREAT Indian food... This is the place!

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4 star rating
August 24, 2011

The first time I came here I realized they have some of the worst sit in service in town. However I have to say the meal was fantastic. They are tied for the best Indian food in Ottawa with Coconut Lagoon. Yes I know they are different types of Indian cuisine but I'm always torn on which one to go to.

Here's the thing about those 2 places, their lunch buffet quality is almost if not just as... more

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4 star rating
June 18, 2011

One of the best indian restaurants in the Ottawa area. Good prices and great food - everything we tried was really good. So much better than many of the other higher priced indian restaurants around here.

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4 star rating
Still my favourite Indian restaurant in Ottawa area
June 16, 2011

My coworkers and I went back again since we all love the butter chicken. We go every couple of months for the lunch buffet ($13 including tax). I over ate, as usual: galub jamun, onion bhaji, tandoori chicken, garlic naan bread, salad, pakoras, samosas, eggplant, vegetable korma, etc. Great flavours and I know which ones are spicy and should be... more

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4 star rating
June 02, 2011

The food here is good overall. However a tad bit sweet for my tounge. Naan is the best here soft and served hot. Butter chicken was good (gravy was a bit sweet though) . I felt the good things are the veggie dishes - potato peppers dish was nice, veg korma was excellent. Didn't try the desserts though

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4 star rating
May 07, 2011

My favorite take out place. Fresh and tasty food made to order so expect to wait a little. They could easily expand but choose not to to make it more controlable

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4 star rating
Great Food
March 03, 2011

We get take out from Little India regularly. The food is fantastic and we have not been able to find any other place in Ottawa which can compare. Sometimes the service is a bit slow, but the food is worth the wait.

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4 star rating
The best Indian restaurant in Ottawa
October 15, 2010

Really amazing, best among all the Indian restaurants in city. Place is small and crowd, but worth waiting !! yummy food and good service. Nice place for the people who would like to have real Indian spicy and tasty food... I would say 5/5 rating... Bombay Masala or other restaurants are no where near to this place... amazing

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4 star rating
After reading reviews on another site about this place being one of the better places for Indian I gave it a try. I was
June 17, 2010

After reading reviews on another site about this place being one of the better places for Indian I gave it a try. I was not disappointed. Started with a Kingfisher beer which I could do without but their selection of beers is not the greatest. Others in the party order rye and ginger ale but they had no more rye... more

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4 star rating
January 19, 2010

Been many times for lunch. The food is very tasty. Fresh hot naan brought to the table is a nice touch.

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4 star rating
I've tried many Indian restaurants in Ottawa - this is the best, handsdown
September 24, 2009

I live in Ottawa, and had to give a shout out to my favourite Indian restaurant. This place amazing North Indian cuisine that will turn even the most strident "I don't like curry" people into curry lovers. I've brought many friends here who never thought they would like indian food, and they went away loving it. At the same time,... more

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4 star rating
Great Indian in a small room
August 17, 2009

Very small restaurant, but the food and service is excellent. One of the best Indian meals I'vre had in a long time.

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4 star rating
Very small place - amazing food. Favourite thing is the malai kofta. Great for take out
December 03, 2008

Very small place - amazing food. Favourite thing is the malai kofta. Great for take out.

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4 star rating
I've had the lunch buffet several times and it's always been very good and at a very reasonable price. Went for dinner
April 03, 2008

I've had the lunch buffet several times and it's always been very good and at a very reasonable price. Went for dinner recently and was surprised they don't offer the buffet in the evenings. Ordered off the menu and the food was just as good as the lunch buffet but the portion sizes were quite small and the prices seemed... more

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4 star rating
January 24, 2004

Pretty Good Food. Fresh baked Bread-Naan are delightful. Even at Buffet the Nann's comes to your table straight from the oven, you don't have to eat cold nann's off the buffet table.

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4 star rating
April 29, 2003

Have never eaten in the restaurant, but have been getting take-outs about once a month for several years. We have not found better Indian food anywhere, and it is just as good warmed up the next night. For $70 we get more food than three of us can eat for two meals.

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4 star rating
January 09, 2003

Great food and great value. Well worth trying.

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English
August 22, 2013

Little India Cafe offers these services: restaurant, cafe terrace.

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April 08, 2011

Crammed between a bunch of junky stores in a strip mall, this family-run business exudes a pleasant atmosphere thanks to an incredibly polite and personable staff. A favorite destination among the city's East Indian community, Little India Cafe specializes in curry and tandoori dishes prepared in a tandoori oven that bakes up flavorful chicken and naan bread. A highly recommended cheap and... more

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