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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    We came here for our 2 year wedding anniversary - we were blown away!! Atmosphere is beautiful and the food is beyond incredible. Service was prompt and so friendly. The pakora and paneer are a must!

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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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    July 21, 2018

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Food was fantastic. Our server was super sweet however the service was kinda slow. But I forgot about all of that when the food came! Superb!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 19, 2018

    Never disappoints.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 16, 2018

    Had a great time and the service was terrific.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 15, 2018

    The most delicious food ever! Service is always excellent.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 15, 2018

    We were given a recommendation to go to this restaurant and went on the same day. Terrific food, lovely service and oh-so-pleasant atmosphere :)

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 15, 2018

    Vegetarian/pescatarian options were not as great as in the past. Chaat was super sour and pickerel was bland. Request to bring back Chicken 65 and Veggie Pakoras!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 14, 2018

    Excellent service and delicious food as always!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 14, 2018

    Beautiful little restaurant with great atmosphere. Only thing that could have been better on this visit was the service. It wasn’t bad but we initially got one appetizer which we didn’t order (the waitress apologized as she misheard the order with all the noise). This was quickly corrected and we got the right one delivered and got to keep the wrong one, but it wasn’t that good so we didn’t eat it anyway. Then one wrong dessert was brought but that one we ended up eating because it was actually very tasty (a mouse like dessert) and we didn’t bother mentioning this. Overall the dinner itself was super tasty. We had the summerlicious menu and tried the calamari, pukka chaat, butter chicken and pickerel. Definitely recommend for the food and I’d bet most nights the service is pretty great and we just got unlucky with all the noise and the little errors.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 12, 2018

    A fantastic flavorful meal with competent, yet unobtrusive, service!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 12, 2018

    My husband said this was the best Indian meal he's had outside of India

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 8, 2018

    Butter chicken tastes bit too sweet, not like the original Indian food, but overall is ok

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 7, 2018

    Amazing food and venue!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 7, 2018

    Perfect, as always.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 4, 2018

    The stuffed paneer curry is the best curry you will ever eat !! It’s rich and so creamy. Garlic naan is the perfect combo melts in your mouth. And to top it all off the pomogranet mojito was so refreshing for summer . Definitely recommend !

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 4, 2018

    Repeat visits and the food always great. Subtle and distinct flavours, crispy yet tender butter naan, children's favourite butter chicken, rich and sumptuous with a bit if kick. Efficient service. They don't publish this but all their meat is quality hormone free, some from the great butcher down the street Roast Fine Foods.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 1, 2018

    We have been to Pukka on several occasions and have never been disappointed by either the service or food. Once again, our experience was top notch. We were greeted in the usual friendly manner, had great servers and everything we ordered was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Pukka is always worth the drive from the City of Vaughan!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 30, 2018

    Never disappointed at Pukka. Food is fab. Service great. Look forward to our next occasion there

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 28, 2018

    Wonderful meal!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 26, 2018

    Perfect birthday dinner!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 18, 2018

    Best Indian food in Toronto always look forward to visiting Pukka and it never disappoints. Look forward to the next time we visit.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 17, 2018

    Great restaurant with a very nice room which opens onto the sidewalk patio. Wine list was good and the food was delicious. Highly recommend the Dal and the Paneer.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 17, 2018

    For me it is like coming home and it all started with Hello Liloo when I called. Before I could even utter a word. Wow! Now that is what I call service with a capital S. thank you once again.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 14, 2018

    Delicious food and unusually large portions, most dishes could easily serve 3-4 people. Of note was the lamb and the beef short rib both cooked to perfection with rich flavoursome sources. The beans with caramalized onions and coconut were devine. Would return.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 3/5

    June 10, 2018

    Great dinner, fantastic flavours;

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 10, 2018

    It was pretty good and the food was amazing.. kind of like an Indian & western Fusion...

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 10, 2018

    Delicious!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 10, 2018

    Excellent food. Attentive Service. Lovely place to spend an evening with friends.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 10, 2018

    The food is out of this world and the wine is amazing. I’m always surprised when what I order literally hits every possible expectation! Such a divine experience.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 7, 2018

    Best Indian restaurant ever!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 8, 2018

    Excellent food and charming service - they went above and beyond to ensure we had a delightful time. We look forward to coming back frequently.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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