Best Indian/Pakistani Restaurants in Calgary

Each year, we ask our readers to vote for their favourite restaurants in Calgary. Here are their favourite restaurants for Indian and Pakistani cuisine in the city.

Cinnamon Indian Cuisine & Bar. Photo courtesy of Cinnamon Indian Cuisine & Bar.

 

Winner

Cinnamon Indian Cuisine & Bar

Cinnamon Indian Cuisine & Bar offers not just one, but two locations where you can fill up on tasty Indian cuisine. Whether you dine at the Beltline or Vista Heights restaurant, expect a delicious spread of vegetable pakoras, ghee roast lamb, chole masala, cinnamon chicken and more.

1207 11 Ave. S.W., 403-290-1777; and 3022 23 St. N.E., 403-454-3640; cinnamoncalgary.ca, @cinnamonyyc

 

Runners-up

Calcutta Cricket Club

Dine on delicious kati rolls, chili chicken and dal makhani inside Calcutta Cricket Club’s decadent and colourful dining room designed by local artist Maya Gohill. If you can’t decide what to order, the restaurant’s three-course tasting menu promises a memorable evening for your table.

1213 1 St. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com, @calcuttacricket

 

Masala Bhavan South Indian Cuisine

With its extensive menu and welcoming atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Masala Bhavan’s South Indian cuisine has earned a devoted following since the restaurant opened in 2015. From starters like the tandoori chicken and fish pakoda to mains like the Kerala prawn masala, a full menu of flavourful dishes await.

4604 37 St. S.W., 403-460-4535 and 403-667-6932, masalabhavan.com, @masalabhavan

 

Moti Mahal

Specializing in East Indian cuisine, this Bankview restaurant offers a wide variety of must-try dishes across its menu of tandoori, chicken, seafood, paneer, lamb, lentil and vegetable specialties. Be sure to save room for dessert, where you can choose from tempting options like gulab jamun or ras malai.

1805 14 St. S.W., 403-228-9990, @motimahal

 

The Curryer

What started as a beloved local food truck has turned into a popular brick-and-mortar dining destination in the Beltline. The Curryer’s menu of traditional yet modern Pakistani cuisine includes several curries, kababs, chaat, samosas and naanwiches filled with beef, chicken, paneer or fish. Consider pairing your meal with one of the specialty drinks like a Rooh Afza soda or pistachio almond shake.

550 11 Ave. S.W., 403-493-3374, thecurryer.ca, @the.curryer

 

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This article appears in the March 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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