Until the start of Chinatown Dining Week, we’ll be featuring each of the 18 businesses who are participating in this year’s event, running January 13-23, 2022. All businesses are offering special deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.
First to be featured is returning restaurant Namaste India. We sat down with we sat down with Rajendra Singh of Namaste:
Tell us a bit more about the restaurant.
Not many people know that we serve Indian meals in Chinatown. We also cater to halal and vegetarian customers.
How long has the restaurant been open?
We opened the first Namaste India in the west end in 2015. This location opened in October 2017.
What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?
We serve Indian favourites. Our most popular dish is butter chicken, but [I would also recommend] chicken lababdar, cooked in an onion and bell pepper-based sauce.
What makes your restaurant special?
Our buffet [when in-person dining is permissible] is very popular – we offer nine hot dishes plus salad and dessert. We usually have a different fish and vegetarian special, too. Most of our buffet items are gluten-free, and we have vegan items as well.
We are one of just a few Indian restaurants that serve chicken malai tikka, a mild, creamy dish cooked in the tandoor oven. Our mango prawns sauteed in a mango sauce are also special.
Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?
I think people should know more about Chinatown – the area has a bad reputation.
Namaste India will be offering the following $10 and $18 specials during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for pick-up only:
$18 Special: Butter Chicken Combo with Butter Chicken, Naan and Rice
$10 Special: choice of Butter Chicken, or Chana Masala with Rice or Plain Naan, or Vegetable Korma with Rice or Plain Naan
Orders can be made via phone, website, or in-person
10023 107 Avenue
Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 11:30am-9.30pm, Sunday 12pm-9:30pm, closed Tuesdays