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Thanjai South Indian Restaurant, Experience The Taste Of Home With Over 51 Choices Of Dosa On Our Menu.


About Us

Dosas, idlis, bondas, uttapams … while these words appeal to South Indians longing for a taste of home, they also arouse the curiosity of Montreal restaurant goers looking to discover new facets of Indian cuisine. Thanjai, Montreal’s first authentic South Indian restaurant, fulfills both these desires. It is comfortingly familiar to the Desi community who have made it their second home. Furthermore, it is the first to expose Montreal foodies to Indian gastronomy beyond the more ubiquitous cuisine of the North. Read More

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 as they grew up eating with their restaurant.


Certificate of Excellence

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.

The Making of 6-Feet Dosa!


“I had such a wonderful time! It was amazing to go to a resturant with such good food that was 90% gluten free. Having Celiac disease it’s very…”

-Emilie Bonhomme

“I had visited this place with a few colleagues from work. The food is great, pesonalised service and good ambience. They surely deserve 5 stars.”

-Sandeep Subramanian

“I love the food.its yummy especially chilly chicken and dosas.i went with my family.service was good.waiter was very friendly and helpful.”

-Gouthami Reddy

“I just wanted to let you know that I had sent an email a few months back complaining about some terrible service my family had had in your…”

– Jo Muise

From Our Blog




Montreal Gazette Rates Thanjai as One of the Top 12 Casual Restaurants

Kumaresan Muthukrishnan is on a mission to introduce South Indian cooking to a wider clientele. Thanjai’s kitchen offers dishes from the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, many of them hard to find in town.




Thanjai Restaurant Featured in “La Presse”

The dosas, made from rice flour and lentils and golden in ghee – clarified butter – which are served stuffed with vegetables, lentils or potatoes, coriander, etc.” – Marie-Claude Lorite from La Presse writes.




Thanjai Featured in Daily Hives Magazine!

Thanjai, well known for its truly authentic South Indian flavors, have been featured in Daily Hives as one of the 11 Indian restaurants to checkout in Montreal.


When we, at Thanjai, started our journey in 2011 as a humble 10 seat counter on Victoria Avenue, our aim was to introduce the healthy and vibrant flavors of South India to Montreal restaurant goers. Over these 5 years, we have successfully acquainted Montreal foodies with Indian gastronomy beyond the ubiquitous cuisine of the North while satisfying the palettes of the Desi community who have made the restaurant their second home.

Since we moved to our spacious Van Horne location in 2012, we have continued this journey, favoring the use of different spices over excessive oil and satisfying our customer's taste buds without compromising on their health. Be it the fluffy idlis, the fragrant Hyderabadi-style biriyani, the crispy Masala dosa or the tangy Chicken 65, our motto has been to get the best of the Southern Indian cuisine to our customers. We are also proud to be the only restaurant in all of North America to offer a 6-foot dosa - and it can be ordered anytime!

On our 5th year anniversary, we would like to thank and appreciate our customers whose encouragement and constructive criticism have kept us grounded and reach the position we are at today. We wish to achieve greater heights in the coming years with the your constant support and invite you to partake in the sumptuous South Indian feast with us!