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  • Unique in Montreal - The only traditional South Indian Restaurant.
  • Quite different from traditional Indian food.
  • 80% vegetarian menu, also mostly Vegan.
  • Most dishes are Gluten-Free.
  • All our dishes are Halal.
  • Family style restaurant & Children's menu.
  • We are B.Y.O.W. (beer, wine).
  • Large private party room for meetings and events (cap. 80-100).

Thanjai Restaurant in Montreal makes 6 foot Dosa !

Opening Hours
Mon:11:30am-10pm *
Wed:11:30am-10pm *
Thu:11:30am-10pm *
Fri:11:30am-10:30pm *
Mon - Fri: 15:00 to 17:00 Closed.
THANJAI Restaurant
4759 Van Horne,
Montreal, H3W 1H8,
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South Indian cuisine is nowhere near as popular as North Indian food in Montreal simply because of shortage, but Kumaresan Muthukrishnan and his wife Geetha are determined to shed some light on the staples they grew up eating with their restaurant, Thanjai...Read more

Congratulations to Thanjai Restaurant!

TripAdvisor is delighted to award Thanjai Restaurant the 2015 Certificate of Excellence. This achievement is a direct result of your consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers.

Thanjai is an authentic South Indian Restaurant which serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian food with separate kitchen concept. We specialize in creating the true flavors of South Indian recipes that are familiar to all who grew up with these dishes.. We offer a rich blend of flavors, colours, seasoning, health values, aroma, tastes and the visual appeals of this unique cuisine. And.. we are alone in the area in offering you this taste experience.

Apart from South India's ** rich cultural past, it reminds us that these unique tastes are most savored by one and all and are always a treat for our taste buds. From its' humble inception, Thanjai has grown into the lavish success story that it has become today. Originally being a "take-out joint" and then adding 10 seats to "eat-in", it has now evolved into the present location and capacity of seating.

We had realized that our customers could not come with their family to taste our many delicacies served hot. We did not believe in resting our laurels, so we reinvented ourselves, found our current location where we offer unrivaled quality and taste many customers in a much larger venue.

We now have 70 seats capacity and an 80 to 100 seats hall facility for private parties, business meetings and receptions. We strive in bringing to our beloved customers the best authentic flavours of South Indian kitchens, without compromising quality, taste or health benefits.

We reaffirm to our many customers that we are committed in keeping the prices reasonable and affordable with high quality authentic food. We encourage your valuable feedback and continued support. Please provide us your feedback at our website,

** South Indian Cuisine is enjoyed in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu as well as in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). This cuisine is also quite popular in Singapore and in Malaysia......Read More

Notice to customers
To our beloved customers.

On behalf of Thanjai Restaurant I would like to express my thanks to one and all for your continued support. Due to the excellent review about our restaurant in the journal LA PRESSE, in the recent times we are overwhelmed with new customers that visit our restaurant to try and enjoy our cuisine. I would like to request our dear customers to make advance reservations to book the table, particularly during weekends. Our customers call us in advance well ahead of their visit to make sure that their seats are reserved. We are experiencing difficulties with walk in customers, who come in groups and had to wait for a while. Having said that, we try our best to accommodate them within a given time. We are not certainly overbooked than we could handle. In general, we review our bookings on a day to day basis and clearly let customers know that we are not taking reservations until seats are available. We also let the walk in customers know the approximate waiting time. We also consider families with kids and seniors. Once the seat is given, we would never take 15 minutes to give menu card and other services. Also, service is based on the sequence of the order and priorities are given to kids, elderly and pregnant ladies to serve first. We have experienced that customers call one hour before and wanted to book a seat on a busy weekend, which is not quite practical as the house is full. Also, our customers come in groups with families and friends to eat, talk and enjoy the ambiance. It is not polite and fair to ask them leave soon to give room for walk in customers. Even then, all our customers so far understand the situation and they voluntarily give room to others.

To walk in customers, they always think that seats are empty, but they are not given the seat. This is not true because we reserve the table for customers 15 minutes in advance. We do this because on several occasions customer turn in advance ahead of their reservation time, sometimes they call us and let us know that they are running late and wants to hold the place for sometime, which is understandable. Also, during this time, we are unable to take walk in customers because restaurant is already full and kitchen is busy in preparation. In spite of this situation, even if we give room to walk in customers, they had to rush through their dining and customers will not feel happy because they had to leave soon and are always under pressure to eat fast and cannot enjoy eating. As the kitchen is busy, it would take time to serve that particular table and by the time we serve them, customers who had advance reservation will present themselves and we had to answer them. This will generate arguments and confusion, which will spoil the ambiance for all.,

The other important thing I would like to share is that during busy hours we are unable to take any take out orders as it would block the kitchen. This is being clearly explained to all our customers by our staffs. Please register your suggestions, comments in the feedback form which is enclosed in the billing wallet that is given to all customers. Also, talk to our staffs, manager to express your personal opinion and we always listen to your concerns.

Thank you very much for your continuous support.

Thanjai Management

We now have 70 seats capacity and an 80 to 100 seats hall facility for private parties, business meetings and receptions - Contact us for more details.