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Thanjai Restaurant

#194 of 4,692 Restaurants in Montreal
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4759 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1H8, Canada
+1 514-419-9696
Mon 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Bengaluru, India
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47 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanjai restaurant is tucked away in downtown Montreal and offers a good sampling of South Indian cuisine to a nostalgia driven Indian guy (as also the adventurous native!). What makes it even more interesting is the innovation made by the owner; the Pudi Rava Idly is delicious and soft like a lover's memory while the Chana Masala Dosa is a... More 

Thank Sachmach
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Thanjai Restaurant several times, we feel more excited each time we visit the restaurant just because of the fact that the varieties and its non-compromising taste delivered so far. Especially if there is any feedback given, we notice it is being immediately rectified and doing their best to provide a excellent customer experience on their visits.... More 

Thank Krishnamurthy D
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71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family was excited to try authentic Indian cuisine for the first time. The staff was accommodating; when we asked questions regarding the menu, she was very helpful. We ordered: Butter Chicken, Lamb Biryani, Tamarind Rice; Cheese Dosa and Mini Samosa for the kids. All are spicy and flavorful but we especially liked the butter chicken. My kids liked the... More 

Thank elinor m
Montreal, Canada
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Went to Thanjai with a friend who had been several times before and loved it. Their specialty is dosa - crisp, thin crepes filled with your choice of fillings. We went for a lamb masala and a vegetable. Appetizers were also good, deep- fried vegetables in a batter and lamb fritters a little more doughy than I had expected. Chutneys... More 

Thank Anthony C
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Food was very good. I had the chicken curry which was not oily like most India curries are. Everyone enjoyed their food. The ambience, however, disappointed us given the price. The ceiling had a huge plaster repair, and the whole place looks tired. There are some really bad tables at the back. The noise level is really high. I recommend... More 

Thank Robert R
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77 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

If your mainly vegetarian and love South Indian marquee dishes like Dosa, Vada, Bhajji, Idli, Poori, Pongal and other delicacies, this is the place to visit. Situated in the heart of Montreal with easy access, you can enjoy all the authentic South Indian dishes at a decent price. Service is little slow but enthusiastic. Hosts are mostly students from local... More 

Thank Priyamvada S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The food from Thanjai is delicious, but there's often issues with the service... Was there at 4pm on a Sunday: The first persons meal arrived quickly, but 40mins later the second meal was still missing. The kitchen was probably busy preparing the two 6foot dosa for the people at the next table, but that shouldn't be an excuse for a... More 

Thank Roderick S
Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Reasonably priced very good South Indian food in a casual environnement. The waiters were all very energetic, helpful and smiley. We had no reservation on a Saturday night but they accommodated us. Better reserve though as the place is packed. It is bring your own wine or beer. The food seemed authentic (disclaimer: I have never been in India but... More 

Thank Marc B
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Food is really good. order lamp Kothu roti, dosa and chicken carry. man oh man. yum yum. i'll recommend to anyone.

1 Thank Jegan T
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I've been here so many times with family and friends and will come back Clean place Courteous service with a smile Decent prices Almost no waiting time either if you are there for a takeout or you are seated at a table Wishes: should also include the North Indian naan (even though their dosas are really good) - this will... More 

1 Thank Alina A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$11
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4759 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1H8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal
  • Phone Number: +1 514-419-9696
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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