Meet the owner

Harsh Chawla wants to throw some water —or perhaps wine—on what he feels is the erroneous assumption that beer is the best beverage to pair with Indian cuisine. “I am a firm believer of not having beer with Indian food,” says Harsh, sitting at the bar of his popular St. Clair West restaurant, Pukka. “Beer before Indian food, great. Beer after Indian food, awesome. But not with.”

One of Pukka’s specialties is pairing a diverse array of wines with its Indian dishes. “Typically Indian food is perceived as a heavy food that you cannot have wine with,” explains Harsh, “but what happens is Indian food is really complex…and beer bloats you.”

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    Miriam S
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    5 stars to this delicious restaurant and superb service staff.

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    Went to Pukka last night. I found them randomly. I haven't had Indian food for awhile so it was a pleasant surprise. The food was delicious! I'll definitely go back to try out the rest of the menu. Nice, small restaurant with friendly staff.

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    February 20, 2017

    Amazing food, this has been my second time and it was just as amazing as I remembered it.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 19, 2017

    Very, very good if you like Indian flavoured food. Will come again. Overall rating 4.0

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 18, 2017

    We really enjoyed Pukka. The food was delicious and the service was great. Also, Pukka makes the best Negroni I have ever had! Yum!

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 16, 2017

    Amazing romantic valentine's day dinner at our favourite restaurant! Had a great time!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 14, 2017

    Great service Great food Consistent Love this restaurant

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 14, 2017

    As always, a delicious dinner with exceptional service.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 9, 2017

    Great service and even better food! Will definitely be back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 6, 2017

    Been meaning to try Pukka for a long time. Went for winterlicious and we enjoyed ourselves. We will certainly come again.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 4, 2017

    winterlicious menu

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 4, 2017

    Food was delicious and the space was cozy. The server was not personable, and though she kept our water filled, she never asked if we needed anything and kept disappearing in a blur. I might come back for the food, but not for the service.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 2/5

    February 4, 2017

    My girlfriend specifically asked about the lamb, about how spicy it was. The response from the otherwise-very-nice waiter was: "not spicy at all". I understand that everyone has a different palate but the lamb was actually quite spicy, preventing my girlfriend from finishing her meal. It still was spicy with added yogurt once we heated up our take-out leftovers. I may want to visit again, but she won't.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 3/5

    February 3, 2017

    The service was helpful and friendly, and the food came out quickly, but we were never rushed. Each dish was outstanding! The coleslaw is a mysterious phenomenal dish! We are so lucky to have this gem in our neighborhood!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 3, 2017

    What a great discovery. Will definitely be back. Delicious food and attentive, friendly service.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 2, 2017

    Food was very good . Would recommed to my friends and family.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    January 30, 2017

    A delightful evening. Will be back!!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 30, 2017

    Outstanding!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 29, 2017

    Amazing flavors Server was extremely nice which, when you don't order liquor or wine, doesn't usually happen

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 29, 2017

    Amazing! We went for Winterlicious and were blown away. Will return soon :)

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 28, 2017

    one of the best winterlicious meals I have as it showcased some of the the restaurant's strong dishes rather than taking the easy way out as many restaurants that participate in winterlicious do. We have eaten here before so we know how good the food is and were happy that the quality was the same as usual

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    January 27, 2017

    Amazing service.. scrumptious food!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 24, 2017

    I love this restaurant. The food I'd outstanding and made with very fresh and flavourable ingredients. The service is excellent and friendly. They pay careful attention to details and have some very original and unique dishes, Nice decor and I appreciate that it is not too loud, so you can hear the people you are eating with.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 24, 2017

    Excellent food and a phenomenal selection of wines that work well with Indian food. Great service too!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 23, 2017

    Food was very good. It pushed the boundaries of stereotypical Indian food which I loved. The service was prompt, professional and courteous. The flavour of all the food we ate was good. The only dish I did not like as much was the steak vindaloo. Even though I was warned that it would be spicy (as vindaloo) is supposed to do. But the sauce was inedible because it was so spicy and all members of my party agreed. Perhaps I would suggest taming the sauce a little bit in order to make it more accessible to a wider palate. However, the steak itself was cooked a perfect medium as we asked and was perfectly tender and flavourful.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 23, 2017

    The best food and top-notch service. This is a higher-end restaurant where you truly get what you pay for. A real treat.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 22, 2017

    Service was outstanding. Food was very good. Only table remaining when making reservation was a high top. Chairs aren't comfortable for short women like myself and tables are too small to accommodate the several dishes we ordered, water dinner plates and nan. Very noisy.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 22, 2017

    Excellent service. Very knowledgable , excellent suggestions, Very friendly and attentive.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 21, 2017

    Excellent service, our waiter great Food incredible as always

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 20, 2017

    Always great service and great food.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 19, 2017

    Wonderful food and excellent wine suggestion. Highly recommended!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 18, 2017

    Excelllent vegetarian food and service

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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    Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

    Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

    Pukka offers a forward-thinking take on Indian cuisine. Featuring smart, zingy flavours, the menu is prepared by chefs hailing from different parts of India. Dishes take you on a journey through decadent tastes while maintaining a lightness that enchants the palate. On the Winterlicious menu you’ll find south Indian fried chicken with a chilli-tamarind glaze; lamb shank Xacuti with coconut, red chili and fennel seeds; and a chili chocolate torte.

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