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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    May 26, 2017

    Pukka is an excellent restaurant. Food was just perfect. Service was friendly and attentive. They made us feel welcome. Always a wonderful experience.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 24, 2017

    All was good. Each dish was delicious. The daal was wonderful. Chicken curry was a delight. Paneer was superb. Friendly and warm service. We had a lovely proseco to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. Pukka is the highlight of St. Clair West.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    May 24, 2017

    We loved it! Excellent and innovative menu.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 24, 2017

    awesome awesome awesome

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 22, 2017

    My Wife and I came for dinner for the first time and were very impressed and satisfied. Amazing Service, nice atmosphere and the food was next level! Thanks Pukka we'll be back.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 22, 2017

    Food was excellent. Our server was very attentive, but we were surprised about the lack of knowledge some common dietary restrictions.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 3/5

    May 20, 2017

    The most consistent restaurant I've been to in Toronto. I'm never let down by the quality of food and experience at Pukka.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 20, 2017

    Exceptional service and wonderful food . What more can you ask?

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 19, 2017

    Pukka is terrific. We love the food and the staff are top notch.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 18, 2017

    Food is off the charts. Had the butter chicken and braised beef with Parkoras to start. Incredible

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 17, 2017

    Excellent service, food, and atmosphere. Looking forward to returning soon.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 16, 2017

    One of the finest meals I've had in a long time! A unique spin on traditional Indian with rich flavorful sauces and perfectly cooked quality meats.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 9, 2017

    This was our 4th or 5 th visit to Pukka and as always the service was excellent and the food great. Every dish had just the right amount of spices so that you can still taste the food but also enjoy the rich flavour imparted by various combination of spices. Lamb lollipops and Fisherman's bowl are my favorites. Lamb was tender and juicy and the sauce in the fisherman's bowl is just perfect. The only disappointing dish so far on the menu was okra fries. They were greasy with little flavour. I think a more traditional way of preparing okra would be better. Overall, highly enjoyable meal in a restaurant that is clearly one of the best examples of Indian food in Toronto

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 8, 2017

    Great food and even better service. Enjoyed the night out. If you like Indian food this is the place to go for a nice night out.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 8, 2017

    Daniel gave us exceptional services and made recommendations ! This added immeasurably to the overall ambiance and experience. Will definitely be return in the near future!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 5, 2017

    Excellent food! Excellent service! Potions are huge and meant for sharing. We over ordered. Thanks for a great evening !

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 3, 2017

    Great

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 1, 2017

    Always excellent in all respects!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 30, 2017

    Fabulous in every way...4 stars for atmosphere simply because it was a tad too loud and difficult to hear one another's conversation.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 29, 2017

    Enjoyed the meal and will definitely return.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 27, 2017

    Last night I was happy to introduce a dear friend to Pukka which is one of my favourite restaurants. The food and service were excellent and the wine list interesting and varied. I only wish we had been a larger group to sample more of the wonderful range of options on the menu.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 25, 2017

    We love Pukka! Took our son here for some great Indian food on his 21st birthday. He was not disappointed. Our daughter is a vegetarian and she had lots of options. Service is always attentive as well. Prices keep clinbing though so be prepared. Drinks are good but also priced on the high side.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 25, 2017

    The food was excellent with one exception - fried okra had little taste and flavour. I think this is an example of trying to re-invent an old staple that did not work. On the other hand my seafood bowl (Fisherman's bowl) was superb with the sauce just right and the same can be said about lamb lollipops. Overall very pleasant experience with attentive service and excellent food.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 24, 2017

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    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 23, 2017

    Best Indian food in Toronto

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 24, 2017

    Pukka is consistently fabulous. A real happening place with incredible food and wine. We have been to Pukka with friends and/or family many times over many years. Thanks for being our 'go to' local! We'll be back!!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 22, 2017

    Atmosphere, service and food were outstanding. However, I was a bit disappointed with respect to the food portion of the starters and sides. The portions were a bit skimpy for the price point and considering you have to pay separately for the sides. E.g. Naan Otherwise I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 19, 2017

    Exciting new additions to menu including monkfish tikka. A wonderful restaurant where you always get the best Indian meals and attentive service

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 14, 2017

    Excellent food , warm decor and pleasant prompt service . Look forward to visit again , cheers 👏👏😊

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 10, 2017

    First time here and we all enjoyed it and will be returning. Service was friendly and helpful Food was yummy!! Only thing we didn't like was the chai masala tea. It was very bitter.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    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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