Now this afternoon was a magical experience. Food bloggers and media gathered in downtown Toronto to be whisked away to India to sample the food along with the culture. This event stands out in my mind because of how different it was from other events, being more of an adventure than a sit-down dinner. I learned so much while having fun. First we boarded this bus wrapped in Tandoori Flame signage. Then we took turns getting dressed in colourful patterned Sarees as we bumped along to the Mississauga restaurant. The intoxicating aromas of the street snacks of India started to fill the small space.
India is famous for readily available street food, it’s variety reflects the diversity of cultures in the country. Today we sampled Reshmi Chicken Tikka marinated in besan with yogurt and cheese creating a nice balance. Next Hara Bara Kebab, made of mostly spinach is richly flavoured with ginger, green chillies bound together by mashed chana dal, green peas and paneer. Our final treat was this tangy kebab called Dahi Ke Sholay. This was my favorite. Paneer is used to balance the curds and breadcrumbs binding it all together, coated in spicy masala the deep fried – delish!
Owner Shraey Gulati ‘s passion for food and his dedication for servicing his clients has created a richly unique south Asian dining experience. Tandoori flame offers guests endless options with 150 flavours and 11 food stations (and a few Canadian/American options) housed in a 10,000 sq/ft space. Traditional decor, authentic flavours and ancient art are displayed throughout the restaurant.
The goal of this spot is to provide an accessible, ultimate cultural experience. Not only for food lovers but for those who have never sampled authentic Indian cuisine.
Head chef Anil Lekhwar, born in India , expertly draws on culinary traditions from across the regions. “The menu allows our guests to taste many different flavours, from the mainstream Indian fare, such as traditional creamy butter-chicken, to more exotic flavours.”
Owner Shraey Gulati came to Canada out of university in search of new opportunities. Owned and operated several businesses until he finally took over Tandoori Flame, and just recently opened a second location in the GTA.
If you haven’t been here you’ve been missing something special.