Spice it up with delicious Indian food in Victoria

When you're craving the incredible spices, fresh ingredients and heat of Indian food, Victoria has an solid selection to choose from. This list will help you navigate the choices and get you started on your spicy adventure.

Sizzling Tandoor Restaurant

1
637 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 1M7

With an emphasis on natural foods that are prepared fresh daily and cooked in the traditional clay oven that is its namesake, Tandoor is an award-winning restaurant for Indian cuisine. The beautiful Indian artwork in the modern-style dining room is a feast for your eyes. The focus is on authentic northern Indian foods, with barbecue and curry dishes that are sure to impress. Their daily lunch buffet features a dozen or more dishes, including vegetarian selections and fresh naan bread that's delivered right to your table as required.

Turmeric Indian Cuisine

2
103-777 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC V9B 2X4

Authentic Indian decor, a full lunch buffet seven days a week and beer on tap -- what more could you ask for? Turmeric is one of those places that gets everything right. Although the buffet is not as extensive as some, the dishes are impeccable, there's a good selection of vegetarian items, and the naan bread is piping hot and fresh. If you have a more sensitive palate, you can order your food mild. It won't have the heat, but it will still have all the flavour!

The Spice Jammer

3
852 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1H8

This little gem is slightly off the beaten path but well worth it. The food is spicy, and it is jammin'. A husband-and-wife duo puts a unique spin on Indian cuisine by fusing it with South African flavours in this traditionally decorated restaurant. The result is incredibly fragrant and spicy meals that you are not likely to find elsewhere. If you don't want your food that hot, just notify your server of your desired heat level and they'll cook your food to suit.

Fish Hook

4
805 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1H6

If you want fresh, sustainable seafood combined with allergy-friendly, healthy ingredients and Indian flavours, look no further than Fishhook. Although at first you might shake your head and think you didn't read that right, rest assured you did. Beautiful fish curries, including mixed local seafood, fish and seafood kebabs with masala and basmati rice, and biryani with pilau and wild seafood, are just some of the delicacies you'll want to try. Stainless steel, real wood planks and dramatic photography create an atmosphere as unique as the flavours.

Saaz Restaurant & Lounge

5
103-535 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 2Z6

The attractive decor and tantalizing aromas will win you over before you ever take a bite in this restaurant and lounge. The authentic and traditional cooking methods of southern Indian cuisine will push you over the top. Saaz is often touted as the premier Indian restaurant of Victoria, and it is easy to see why once you enjoy a meal here. Be sure to try the rava dosa, a crêpe from south India that's not available anywhere else on the island.

The Mint

6
B-1414 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2G1

The Mint was founded by three friends with widely varying cultural backgrounds who shared a love of excellent food. In a style truly their own, they have melded contemporary cuisine with traditional dishes from their own heritages, and the results are spectacular. While it is not a strictly Indian eatery, dishes such as butter chicken, pakora and lamb curry are so flavourful you'll forget they offer other cuisines on the menu. The lounge-style atmosphere and a wide array of specialty cocktails offer an excellent finish to a great meal.

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