Leela Indian Food Bar by Amaya opens this week in Toronto

Jan 17 2017, 3:54 am

Opening this week in The Junction where Avec Panache used to be, Leela is a new Indian restaurant from Hemant Bhagwani (Indian Street Food Co.) and the folks behind Amaya.

Described by Bhagwani as an Indian restaurant “with one foot in future and one in past” the new restaurant offers a “romantic fairy tale of desi khana,” that draws inspiration from all regions of India.

The menu is set to showcase tapas-style dishes, street foods and the flavours of the spice route interpreted with seasonal Ontario ingredients.

Look forward to a menu stocked with a range of curries, chaat, naan and more, including promising dishes like fried cauliflower chaat, paneer lasagne, and a naan bar offering flatbreads topped with things like smoked teekha chicken with spiced yogurt, ahi tuna with avocado, and masala kale with paneer.

Also central to the concept are two unique tasting menus featuring colonial Indian dishes presented over fresh banana leaves and meant to be shared at the table amongst two or more eaters.

Diners can choose between a dozen small plates from Chef Satyendra Singh for $29 per person, or sample the offerings including 15 dishes from Chef Sudhan Natarjan for $35 per person.

Leela Indian Food Bar

Address: 3108 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @leelabyamaya

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