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Thanjai Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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MENUS DEGUSTATION / TASTING‏
Pour 1 15.00
Pour 2 28.00
Soupe Rasam
Pour 1 15.00
Pour 2 28.00
Onion Bhaji
Pour 1 15.00
Pour 2 28.00
Potato Bonda
Pour 1 15.00
Pour 2 28.00
Masala Dosa
Pour 1 15.00
Pour 2 28.00
Cafe
Coffee
Pour 1 15.00
Pour 2 28.00
The
Tea
Pour 1 16.00
Pour 2 22.00
Soupe Aux Lentilles
Pour 1 16.00
Pour 2 22.00
Dal Soup
Pour 1 16.00
Pour 2 22.00
Onion Bhaji
Pour 1 16.00
Pour 2 22.00
Potato Bonda
LES SOUPES / SOUPS
3.00
Soupe Rasam / Rasam Soup
A tangy‏ spicy tomato soup spiked w/ red chillies, curry leaves & tamarind
3.50
Soupe Aux Lentiles / Dal Soup
A mildly flavored lentil soup garnished w/ coriander leaves
SALADES / SALADS‏
3.00
Salade Verte / Green Salad
Mixed greens w/ a house dressing
HORS-D'OEVRES / APPETIZERS
3.00
Oignons Bhaji / Onion Bhaji (X2)
Delicious onion‏ fritters in a lightly seasoned chickpea batter served w/ tamarind sauce
3.00
Chilly Bhaji (X2)
Whole fresh green chillies fried in chickpea batter, served w/ chutney
3.00
Pommes De Terre Bonda / Potato Bonda (X2)
Everybody's favorite spiced potato ball fried in chickpea batter, served w/ chutney
3.00
Samosa (X2)
A triangular pastry stuffed w/ potatoes & peas & fried. Served w/ tamarind or mint sauce
3.00
Medhu / Masala Vada (X2)
Crispy fried lentil doughnuts w/ onions, green chillies & curry leaves served w/ chutney
4.50
Sambar Vada / Rasam Vada / Curd Vada
Medhu vadas soaked in our sambar or rasam or spiced yoghurt
3.00
Rouleau De Legumes Assortis / Assorted Vegetable Rolls (X2)
Mixed vegetable‏ rolls crumbed & deep fried, served w/ tamarind sauce
2.50
Galettes De Legumes / Vegetable Patties (X2)
Spiced vegetables stuffed in a thin pastry & fried, served w/ tamarind sauce
8.50
Assiette / Platter (6 Morceaux/6 Pieces)
Choice of‏ vegetarian appetizers
3.50
Rouleau Agneau Ou Poulet / Mutton or Chicken Rolls (X2)
Rolls w/ curried mutton or chicken, crumbed & fried, served w/ sauce
IDLY‏
5.00
Assiette de Idly / Idly Plate ( x3 )
Three light‏ & fluffy steamed rice & lentil cakes, an indian comfort food served w/ sambar & chutneys
5.00
Drizzled w/ ghee +0.75
Dollar Idly / Dollar Idly // Dollar Ghee Idly ( x15 )
Mini idlis served w/ sambar & chutney / drizzled w/ ghee... 0.75 extra
5.00
Sambar Idly ou Rasam Idly / Sambar Idly or Rasam Idly
Two idlis soaked in sambar or rasam
6.00
Podi Idly / Podi Idly
Three idlis bathed in spicy podi oil, served w/ sambar & chutney.
7.00
Chilli Idly
Chunks of fresh idlis sauteed w/ onions, chillies & peppers prepared in an indo-chinese style. Please request medium, spicy or extra hot.
UTTAPAM
A thick soft version of the dosa, comforting like a savoury pancake w/ a few variations. Served w/ sambar & chutneys.
5.00
Uttapam Nature / Plain Uttapam
Thick round mild pancake
5.50
Oignon Uttapam / Onion Uttapam
Thick round pancake sprinkled w/ caramelized onions
7.00
Uttapam Avec Fromage / Cheese Uttapam
Thick round pancake sprinkled w/ cheese
7.00
Uttapam Avec Tomate / Tomato Uttapam
Thick round pancake w/ tomato
7.50
Uttapam Avec Oignon Et Piments Verts Piquante / Onion Hot Chilli Uttapam
Thick round pancake sprinkled w/ red onions & sliced hot chillies
7.00
Uttapam Masala
Thick round pancake w/ mildly spiced potato Masala
7.00
Uttapam Légumes / Vegetable Uttapam
Thick round pancake cooked w/ vegetables (green peas & carrots)
HAKKA DAKSHIN STYLE‏
Indo-Chinese fusion style
6.00
Choufleur Manchurian / Cauliflower Manchurian
Cauliflower florets batter fried Indo-Chinese style
9.00
Poulet ou Poisson au Chilli / Chilli Chicken or Fish
Chicken w/‏ bone or boneless or fish sauteed w/ onions, chillies & red & green peppers. Please request medium, spicy or extra hot.
9.00
Dosa Printemps Spécial / Special Spring Dosa
Dosa stuffed w/ cabbage, green onions, peppers & hakka sauce
9.50
Dosa Paneer Printemps / Paneer Spring Dosa
Similar to the Special Spring Dosa w/ a bed of paneer (home-made cheese) added
DOSA
Our speciality 'the famous dosa' is an incredibly thin crepe created w/ a batter of fermented crushed rice & lentils. Traditionally they are served crispy thin either plain or stuffed w/ masala (spiced potatoes). In moving w/ the times, we are now proud to present you w/ a selection of over 50 varieties of dosas to satisfy all your taste. All our dosas are served w/ sambar & chutneys. Enjoy
6.50
5.50
Masala Dosa / Sadha Dosa (Dosa Nature) (Plain Dosa)
Stuffed w/ spiced potato blend, made of fermented lentil & rice batter cooked to golden perfection
6.50
Papier Dosa / Paper Dosa
Incredibly large thin crispy crepe
7.50
Papier Masala Dosa / Paper Masala Dosa
Large thin paper crispy crepe stuffed w/ potato Masala
6.50
Ghee Roti Dosa / Ghee Roast Dosa
Plain dosa, cooked to golden perfection brushed w/ ghee
7.50
Ghee Masala Dosa
Stuffed w/ spiced potato blend & brushed w/ ghee
8.50
Papier Ghee Masala Dosa / Ghee Paper Masala Dosa
Large thin paper crispy crepe stuffed w/ spiced potato masala & ghee
7.50
Mysore Sadha Dosa
Cooked to golden perfection spread w/ our house special Mysore chutney
8.50
Mysore Masala Dosa
Mysore sada dosa w/ potato masala
7.50
Fromage Dosa / Cheese Dosa
Sprinkled w/ cheese
SPECIALITE ET SIGNATURE DOSA / SPECIALITY & SIGNATURE DOSA‏
9.00
Chilli Paneer Masala Dosa
Thin crispy crepe stuffed w/ potato masala & Indian homemade cheese blended w/ chilli & spices
9.00
Palak Paneer Dosa
Dosa prepared w/ a spread of mildly seasoned spinach, herbs & topped w/ homemade cheese
9.00
Phav Bhaji Dosa (Style Mumbai) / Street Style
Well known & loved pav bhaji dosa w/ vegetables spread over a thin crispy crepe
8.50
Dosa Drapeau Indien / Indian Flag Dosa
Three dosas, podi sosa (saffron), plain dosa (white), coriander (green), combination gives tricolor like Indian flag
8.50
Kanchipuram Kara Dosa
Stuffed w/ extremely spicy rare chillies, bell pepper, cabbage, herbs & spices
8.50
Chettinad Masala Dosa (Style Thanjai)
With unique‏ chettinad gravy made up of black pepper, rare kashmir chillies, herbs & spices
8.50
Mirch Masala Dosa (Mangalorean) / Mangalore Mirch Masala Dosa
A spread of 12 different herbs & spices mixed w/ rare red mangalore chillies
8.50
Coriandre Masala Dosa / Coriander Masala Dosa (Style Thanjai)
Masala dosa w/ traditional coriander chutney made w/ farm fresh cilantro, chillies & herbs
8.50
Hyderabadi Gongura Dosa (Style Andhra)
With a‏ rare spread of andhra gongura chutney
8.50
Channa Masala Dosa
Dosa stuffed w/ delicious chickpeas channa masala filling
RAVA DOSA
Paper thin crisp crepe made w/ a mix of wheat semolina & rice flour w/ aromatic herbs & spices. Served w/ chutney & sambar
9.00
Oignon Rava Masala Dosa / Onion Rava Masala Dosa
Special thin crispy wheat crepe stuffed w/ potato masala & onions
9.00
Chilli Rava Masala Dosa
Special thin crispy wheat crepe stuffed w/ potato masala, onions & spicy green chillies
8.00
Oignon Rava Dosa / Onion Rava Dosa
Thin crispy crepe tossed w/ indian red onions
7.50
Rava Dosa Nature / Plain Rava Dosa
Paper thin & crispy crepe made w/ semolina
About
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
PRICE RANGE
US$8 - US$11
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Indian, Asian
FEATURES
Delivery, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved the food....An absolute delight to have so many varieties of Dosas in Ottawa! We ordered Mirch Masala Dosa, Plain Dosa and Idlis.....Couldn't have enough.....Ordered another round of Mirch Masala Dosa!...Will definitely go again!!!!I want to try their Chicken 65!

Date of visit: February 2019
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ThanjaiRestaurant, Owner at Thanjai Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for your feedback and appreciate it. I remember you...

Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

Best chai I ever had and I drink them daily. I endulge in Indian food multiple times a week, and highly recommend this place for both North and South Indian cuisine. The restaurant itself has almost no WOW factor, but that’s because all efforts go...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Liz K
ThanjaiRestaurant, Owner at Thanjai Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2018

Thank you for your review and confident on our food.

Reviewed September 9, 2018

Being a visitor to Montreal, heard great things about Thanjai and was not disappointed even once in the last 3 trips to this well maintained restaurant! They are still serving authentic indian food with great attention to details and deliciouness . Be it their Dosa...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank RameshS795
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

The food is no doubt tasty but the service needs to improve tremendously. I visited this place after 4 years and was disappointed with the delay in getting my food order for a family of 6. 2 people got the idli first so the rest...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Sapna K
Reviewed July 9, 2018

A great place to try if you like Indian food.The food is so tasty and very nicely presented.We were 7 people with a reservation and our table was waiting for us even though we were late due to the traffic.There are people waiting in line...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank dancomontreal
Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

I went with two friends, who had loved this place quite a lot. For the record, they wondered if the chef had changed because the food was just good, NOT excellent as they are used to. I personally liked my buttered chicken and Naan bread....More

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank 649darryls
Reviewed April 28, 2018

Had supper at Thanjai for the first time with my friend; We waited a bit to get in, we had no reservation, but it was worth it. We had dosa with potato and idly to start, both delicious. I had the vegie biryani, yummy! Yes...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank greg64k
Reviewed April 26, 2018

Unfortunately I don't like Indian food so my review is biased. But we went there for someones birthday. The service was very slow I found. It took a very very long time to get our food. About 1 hour. The food, EVERYTHING, was SO SPICY!!!...More

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank ruberchikken
Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

Was pleasantly surprised during visit to thanjai - inspite of being in Montreal this place serves authentic South Indian food . It is easy to reach by the metro, the service is also prompt and friendly, the menu has variety and the food good. Recommended

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Prasanto
Reviewed April 1, 2018

Located close to the Plamondon metro station, Thanjai is a casual restaurant serving south Indian food. We started off with the vegetarian appetizers and the chilly bhaji (fried green chillies), and then went on to the fish curry and the vegetable kurma. The dishes were...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Inayat O
November 15, 2018|
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Response from dancomontreal | Reviewed this property |
Hello,only street parking,but there should be plenty of spots,it is a busy street.
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October 29, 2015|
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Response from Kumaresan M | Property representative |
Yes. We are using Halal Meet. Thanks.
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