Food Reviews

Satisfy your Gastronomic Desires at Ottawa’s East India Company

By Neha Kulshrestha  

Ottawa – the capital city did not disappoint us in terms of scenic beauty or magnificent architectural views and neither for food. We had some satisfying and flavorful meals in the downtown. After a tiring and satisfying day in Ottawa, it was time to satisfy our gastronomic desires. We were craving for Indian food since we didn’t have it for 4 days of the trip. Our search narrowed down to ‘East India Company’. The name sounded interesting, and we thought to try it. Walking our way down the blocks, we entered to a place full of beautiful Indian artwork and aromatic food.

Royal entrance to the restaurant

East India Company is a family owned upscale Indian restaurant serving two locations in Ottawa for over 30 years.

The restaurant serves lunch and dinner buffets daily that includes a wide-spread of salad, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and dessert. The fascinating part of the buffet was the variety of chutneys and pickles.

The salad bar included plain yogurt, raita, fresh garden salad variety, potato and peas salad, chickpeas salad, poppadum to name a few.

 

There were quite a few vegetarian options unlike other places – mini samosas, mushroom masala, navratan korma, dal, Punjabi kadhi, spinach paneer, okra.

For non-veg lovers, there was – tandoori chicken, butter chicken, lamb, beef curry, mussels curry. Tawa chicken, getting simmered over a huge griddle seemed popular choice. The curries could be enjoyed with white rice or biryani.

 

Lined around the griddle were ample variety of pickles, chutneys, ghee/ oil tempering for extra flavors. Apart from the common ones (mint chutney, tamarind chutney, mango chutney, coconut chutney, mango pickle) were that caught our interest. To name a few – cucumber chutney, radish in vinegar, ginger pickle. We tried quite a lot of them and found them delicious. I could see non-Indians getting fascinated with this immense variety and trying out many varieties.

 

We sat outside in patio to savor our food. The food was flavorful and non-spicy. We were happy to see our kids enjoying the non-spicy meal.

After indulging in the hearty meal was time for yummy desserts. Under the wall lined with elegant pieces of Indian deities, were the sweet treats. Hard not to get tempted by Moong dal halwa, kheer, jalebi, mango mousse, cookies and gulab jamun. We loved the gulab jamun and especially the luscious moong dal halwa.

The restaurant seemed very popular as it was packed and people even didn’t mind waiting for their turn. The service was fast and good. We could see people sitting and relishing their food.

For kids, do remember your age as the buffet prices for them are Age + $0.95. Just curious, will the expecting moms be paying $0.95??  Just kidding…

The only drawback was that bread like Naan was not included in the buffet and you had to order them separately.

We have talked a lot about food, but I cannot leave without mentioning about the beautiful ethnic artwork and decor of the restaurant. It adds to the charm of the place.

 

 

 What you spend (in Canadian Dollars)

Adult buffet – $23.95

Kids buffet – age +$0.95

Loaves of bread and Beverages extra.

Tips:

1.The place is very popular, so go little early to avoid waiting especially on weekends.

2.The loaves of bread are not included in the buffet and need to order separately.

Address

210 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J4, Canada

Website :

http://www.eastindiaco.com/

P.S. All opinions are my own and anecdotes are straight from my heart. I make or share recommendations genuinely based on my personal experience and to enhance the travel experience for my readers.

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Aditya
    September 26, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Wow this place looks great. Well it is something I would barely visit but my friends would love this place. But every food sounds like tasty.

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      September 26, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Yes a great experience with flavorful food and elaborate spread. I am sure if you visit it with your friends you would also enjoy.
      Thanks for appreciating.

  • Reply
    Claire (@clairebeary94)
    September 26, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Ooo what a nice restaurant! I love trying out new restaurants, and I’ve been eating more Indian food lately – so far I like them!

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      September 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Glad you like Indian food. There is so much variety to it, hopefully you get to eat more of it.

  • Reply
    Melanie May
    September 26, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Being vegetarian I love Indian food as there is a lot of vegetarian dishes. I usually seek out an Indian restaurant when I go travelling but I don’t think I have been in one as fancy as this one! It looks mega. And I love an buffet although my waistline doesn’t. If I ever make it to Ottawa I’ll have to check this place out.

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      September 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Oh yes you find lot of vegetarian options. Infact the buffet spread also had a lot of veg options as compared to other places that i have dined.
      Yes besides great food they had great artwork also, which added to the whole experience.
      Sure do try it whenever you visit Ottawa

  • Reply
    beyoubestrong24
    September 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    This was a well written review with a lot of info! Great pics too.

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      September 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks for the appreciation. Glad you liked it.

  • Reply
    Our Family World
    September 27, 2017 at 1:18 am

    I would love to try this restaurant. It is quite a distance from my place but if I am ever in the area, I would make sure I get to dine in there. The food looks fantastic!

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      September 27, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Wow that sounds great. I think they have another restaurant in Nepean, not sure if that’s close for you.
      Yes you must try whenever you are around.

  • Reply
    alisonrost
    September 27, 2017 at 2:38 am

    We have a neighbor who is from India and she makes the best food. I especially love her curries and homemade samosas. It’s the funniest thing though. She hates the smell of cooking in the house, so she makes everything in the garage. x

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      September 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      ha ha ..that’s hilarious. Indian food have strong aroma that stays for a while. You can know if you have cooked something.
      Yes i also love samosas, infact this restaurant had some flavorful mini samosas which my kids also ate as were non spicy. 🙂
      Glad you like Indian food. 🙂

  • Reply
    Blair Villanueva
    September 27, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Indian foods are on eof the best, I like the spices that they use and the aroma are always superb. The taste are also interesting makes me eat more.

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      September 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Yes that’s true. 🙂 Its really flavorful and wide in terms of variety. You know the food there was so tempting, that we overate. 😉

  • Reply
    Scotch & Stilettos
    September 27, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I wish I could find a restaurant like this in Vancouver! Great curry (not butter chicken) is something that I miss greatly from The UK! This restaurant sounds delicious and that food looks just like all the curry I miss from back home. Yummy!

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      September 27, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Oh i am sure there would be some good Indian restaurant in Vancouver. Yes this restaurant had some good curry and non spicy. Glad u liked it and enjoy the Indian food.

  • Reply
    Maggie Lamarre
    September 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I will add this to my someday places to eat when I visit…The fact that is popular means that they are doing something right to keep their customers coming back.
    TFS

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      October 1, 2017 at 2:10 am

      Sure you should, you will enjoy. Yes looks like they are working on everything to give a good experience.

  • Reply
    beccajtalbot
    September 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    The food here looks epic! I love Indian food – in fact I’m mid-way through writing a blog about Indian food actually! x

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      October 1, 2017 at 2:06 am

      That’s good to hear that you love Indian food. WOw! that sounds interesting, a blog on Indian food. Are you going to share your experience with Indian food or in general. I would love to read that blog. All the best.

      Safarnama @ http://www.travelwithanjali.com

  • Reply
    Aditi
    September 30, 2017 at 12:50 am

    This looks like a very nice Indian restaurant with so much goodness to offer. I like that their meals weren’t spicy and your kids enjoyed it that way. Like their entrance a lot. 🙂

    • Reply
      Neha Kulshrestha
      October 1, 2017 at 2:04 am

      Yes we all enjoyed the place and the food. Thanks.

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