My friend Pierre recently returned to Toronto after spending several months yogi’ing in Southern India. We were recently chatting about sussing out an authentic Indian feast together but wanted to ensure we were eating the regional variety that he was so familiar. After asking around it seemed as though Udupi Palace was the place to be.
Udupi Palace is located in the heart of Toronto’s Little India on Gerrard East. Most Canadians associate Indian cuisine with the flavours of the north: thick curries and wild biryani’s. Udupi Palace is a perfect spot to adventure through a less commonly offered Southern Indian inspired menu which is exclusively vegetarian.
Pierre and I started with the restaurants hor-doeuveres platter featuring a selection of their top rice and bean deep fried treats. We curiously dipped each item on our plate in wee pots of lentil broth, cold shredded coconut and sweet tamarind. Our fantastically crispy uthapam (a rice flour pancake) was dotted with sweet tomato and peas. We finished off our meal with a paneer masala dosa, an indian style crepe filled with cheese, perfectly spiced.
On my streetcar ride home I couldn’t help but smile. Dinner at Udupi Palace was a reminder of why I love Toronto so. Our multi-cultural metropolis is filled with endless culinary adventures. Save yourself a flight to Chennai and take a quick hop, skip and a jump to the cities very own Little India.
Assorted Palace Hor-Doeuveres
iddly, bhajia, bondha, medhu vada, chili pakora, onion pakora
Paneer Masala Dosa
Tomato and Pea Uthapam
#479 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.