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Thanjai Restaurant

4759 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1H8, Canada
+1 514-419-9696
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“masala dosa” (15 reviews)
“fish patties” (2 reviews)
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Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4759 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1H8, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Be prepared that this is a very noisy resto, and that the IGA very close by does NOT have good offerings in their cooler (at least not on a Saturday eve). I have family from South India, and have visited Southern India 2x. Normally I...More

Thank LaurieMcL59
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Good place for south Indian vegetarian dishes especially dosas. Bad non-vegetarian dishes. Chilly chicken has more that chicken in chilly gravy you know.

Thank Jerry R
Reviewed 31 July 2017

This is by far the best Indian restaurant in Montreal. I've been to a lot of them but none with this level of quality and price.Their dosa's are delicious especially the chicken dosa. If you decide to come eat here, make absolutely sure you get...More

Thank Sonny C
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Nice prompt service, friendly staff and absolutely incomparable south indian food in the island. Will visit again and again and again.

Thank Mukund R
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Thanjai restaurant is tucked away in downtown Montreal and offers a good sampling of South Indian cuisine to a nostalgia driven Indian guy (as also the adventurous native!). What makes it even more interesting is the innovation made by the owner; the Pudi Rava Idly...More

Thank Sachmach
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We have been to Thanjai Restaurant several times, we feel more excited each time we visit the restaurant just because of the fact that the varieties and its non-compromising taste delivered so far. Especially if there is any feedback given, we notice it is being...More

Thank Krishnamurthy D
Reviewed 27 April 2017

My family was excited to try authentic Indian cuisine for the first time. The staff was accommodating; when we asked questions regarding the menu, she was very helpful. We ordered: Butter Chicken, Lamb Biryani, Tamarind Rice; Cheese Dosa and Mini Samosa for the kids. All...More

Thank elinor m
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Went to Thanjai with a friend who had been several times before and loved it. Their specialty is dosa - crisp, thin crepes filled with your choice of fillings. We went for a lamb masala and a vegetable. Appetizers were also good, deep- fried vegetables...More

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Food was very good. I had the chicken curry which was not oily like most India curries are. Everyone enjoyed their food. The ambience, however, disappointed us given the price. The ceiling had a huge plaster repair, and the whole place looks tired. There are...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 11 April 2017

If your mainly vegetarian and love South Indian marquee dishes like Dosa, Vada, Bhajji, Idli, Poori, Pongal and other delicacies, this is the place to visit. Situated in the heart of Montreal with easy access, you can enjoy all the authentic South Indian dishes at...More

Thank Priyamvada S
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$12
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4759 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1H8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal
  • Phone Number: +1 514-419-9696
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Authentic South Indian cuisine is nowhere near as popular as North Indian food in Montreal simply because of shortage, but Kumaresan Muthukrishnan and his wife Geetha are determined to shed some light on the staples as they grew up eating with their restaurant.
Dosas, idlis, bondas, uttapams … while these words appeal to South Indians longing for a taste of home, they also arouse the curiosity of Montreal restaurant goers looking to discover new facets of Indian cuisine.

Thanjai, Montreal’s first authentic South Indian restaurant, fulfills both these desires. It is comfortingly familiar to the Desi community who have made it their second home. Furthermore, it is the first to expose Montreal foodies to Indian gastronomy beyond the more ubiquitous cuisine of the North.
Hailing from the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Thanjai’s dishes offer Montrealers the opportunity to sample the healthy, vibrant flavours of South India. Favouring the use of different spices over excessive oil, South Indian cuisine satisfies taste buds while minding waistlines!

Today a resounding success, Thanjai has a come a long way from its humble beginnings as a 10-seat counter on Victoria Avenue. Since 2012, its more spacious location on Van Horne Avenue has introduced even more people to such delicacies as the tangy Chicken 65, the crispy Masala Dosa, the fluffy idli and the fragrant Hyderabadi-style biryani. It is also the one and only restaurant in North America to offer a 6-foot dosa – and it can be ordered anytime!

With enough seats to accommodate 70 and an 80-100 capacity private hall, Thanjai invites you to partake in this sumptuous South Indian feast!

Our Features:

Bring your own wine and beer (BYOW) - Catering - Coupons & Deals - Groups Welcome - Kids Friendly - Private Functions - Reception Services - Reservations Recommended - Take-Out Food - Wireless Internet (WiFi).
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