Best Indian Restaurants in Calgary

Craving kati rolls or paneer tikka? These Indian restaurants won’t disappoint.

A family-style meal of chopped okra, papaya prawn curry, saffron rice, barbecued boneless chicken tenderloin and naan at Moti Mahal. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Winner – Calcutta Cricket Club

Part of Thank You Hospitality, Calcutta Cricket Club showcases the rich flavours of Indian cuisine through its modern menu of small plates, curries, kati rolls and more. Be sure to check out the drink menu featuring a range of cocktails (we love the crushable gin and tonic), wine and local craft beer as well.

340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com, @calcuttacricket

 

2nd – Cinnamon Indian Cuisine & Bar

Located in the Beltline, Cinnamon Indian Cuisine & Bar is the place to go for vegetable pakoras, butter chicken, ghee roast lamb and other authentic Indian dishes. If you just can’t decide what to order, the Maharaja and Maharani platters offer a little bit of everything. A special takeaway menu featuring both vegetarian and non-vegetarian combo boxes is also available for lunch from Tuesday to Friday.

1207 11 Ave. S.W., 403-290-1777, cinnamoncalgary.ca, @cinnamonyyc

 

3rd – Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal’s extensive menu is split into seven types of specialty dishes, along with appetizers, seven kinds of bread, rice and more. The wide range of mouthwatering dishes includes tandoori prawns, vindaloo, chili chicken and lamb masala. Vegetarians have plenty of options here too thanks to the section of vegetable specialties.

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

 

4th – Rajdoot

A Mission neighbourhood staple for decades, Rajdoot uses high quality, fresh ingredients that pack tons of flavour. In the spacious dining room, tuck into dishes like Rajdoot’s house specialty, a chicken tikka dish featuring butter chicken sauce, mango slices, brandy and wine. The drink menu is largely focused around wine and cocktails, with several kinds of margaritas and martinis in particular.

2424 4 St. S.W., 403-245-0181, rajdoot.ca, @rajdootrestaurant

 

5th – Clay Oven

Enjoy a night of delicious East Indian cuisine served in Clay Oven’s colourful, modern space in northeast Calgary. Dishes like tandoori prawn, seekh kebabs and paneer tikka are all cooked in an open clay oven here. Check back for when the lunch and dinner buffets are available again.

1, 3131 27 St. N.E., 403-250-2161, clayovenindianrestaurant.ca, @clayovencalgary

 

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This article appears in the March 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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