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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%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“dosas” (39 reviews)
“butter chicken” (13 reviews)
“lamb biryani” (5 reviews)
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4759 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1H8, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

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

Thank Darryl S
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

Thank Greg K
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

1  Thank Gabriella F
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

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

Thank Hoegaarden987
Reviewed February 28, 2018

if you are looking for cheap and healthy food i think this is the best place to visit. more than 50 varieties of dosas give you different taste everytime you visit. excellent service of staff. they always gives you best suggestion regarding your like of...More

Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

This is not that same restaurant that I used to like earlier. Some of their dishes seemed to be inauthentic & expensive(chicken biryani, naan etc..)..won’t recommend itMore

Thank shashikanth b
Kumaresan M, Owner at Thanjai Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Dear Customer, Thanks for your feedback. It was surprise to see your feedback as we have been improving our quality and getting appreciation from lot our customers. I remember that you were complaining about the Samosa. As you know, Thanjai is South Indian Restaurant and...More

Reviewed November 20, 2017

Great little restaurant featuring South Indian food. Friendly atmosphere, clean, and not too noisy. Don't forget to sample the idly and dosa.

Thank Pardo M
Reviewed November 19, 2017

Lovely to find this quality of indian food in Montréal! Great selection of dosas, south Mumbai dahl is awesome. The service is very nice. I am delighted, I go to India every year for work, it’s great to find good indian food right here.

Thank 01jb
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$11
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, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4759 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1H8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal
  • Phone Number: +1 514-419-9696
  • E-mail
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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