Lahore Tikka House
Gerrard Street in Toronto is synonymous with all things South Asian. No mention of Gerrard India Bazaar is complete without the mention of Lahore Tikka House, an iconic restaurant and the main hub for people of all cultures to enjoy the taste of Pakistani cuisine. If you are a Toronto native, you have probably seen Lahore Tikka House in Toronto from its humble beginnings to the two-level restaurant it is today. Oh, and you also probably know of the rickshaw parked outside the restaurant and have most likely taken a picture or two with it in your lifetime.
Despite the busy nature of the restaurant, we were seated within a few minutes. The tables were family style with bright coloured sequined tablecloths with plastic covers on top. The servers wore traditional waistcoats decorated with gold embroidery and glasswork. There were murals, paintings, and Pakistani decorative pieces everywhere in the restaurant that gave it the ethnic touch.
Their food ordering system was quite interesting. They gave us a big paper menu and a small whiteboard with a marker. Customers are to write down their choices on the whiteboard, take it up to the counter, wait in line, hand it in and then get a number for the table. We were not sure if this was their idea of being quirky and different or some way of being more efficient? They had a huge army of staff so we are sure they are capable of taking orders. Their menu offers a wide variety of Pakistani dishes from Nihari, Haleem, Biryani and Kababs to fusion items such as Nutella Naan.
We ordered Butter Chicken with Butter Naan and the Rice Sizzler with two Beef Kababs and Chicken Tikka. As we looked at the orders being taken to the tables nearby, we noticed that the portion sizes were decent for the price. We found it cool that they had a server walk around with fresh roasted green chillies on a skewer, and offering them to customers at every table.
Lahore Tikka House is a renowned Pakistani restaurant in downtown Toronto. Most patrons visit the restaurant for the atmosphere and the ambiance.