The Know-hows of ordering Indian food at restaurants

Many people find it interesting to explore Indian food in Ottawa, but they don’t know where to begin. If you’re not familiar with the authentic Indian cuisines, an Indian restaurant menu can be overwhelming. 

The great thing about authentic north Indian cuisine is there is something that everyone will like — grilled ‘tandoori’ meats and kebabs that give a whole new meaning to the word “BBQ” and plenty of vegetarian dishes like creamy curries.  

Ordering doesn’t have to be intimidating if you know which Indian food to want to taste at the restaurant. That is what this article is all about.

If you’re going to an Indian restaurant for the first time, we recommend you order the following.



This appetizer is one of the most popular Indian foods, which is deep-fried pastries with spicy fillings. Typically these are triangle-shaped, which is a vegetarian starter (with potatoes, peas, and spices) and non-vegetarian dishes (with ground chicken or lamb, and spices), and is often accompanied by a tamarind chutney.

Naan (Indian bread)

Everybody who is Indian by heart loves naan. Seriously — if you like bread, you will love naan.

In this, the dough is smacked onto the inner wall of the tandoor oven. It takes only a few minutes to fluff up to dreamy flatbreads. It is very delicious when dipped into butter chicken sauce.

 At Mehfil Indian Cuisine, you can find prepared naan either as a part of the main course or as a starter; some even use naan to make homemade pizza.  


Always order raita. The starter Indian dish is a great coolant when you combine it with spicy hot dishes.

That is similar to that of tzatziki in Greek cuisine – a refreshing, cold complement to the main dishes. It is a must if you have a low tolerance for heat. 

Main Course

Some of the typical Indian main course dishes that are part of authentic north Indian cuisine include:


A mild curry for the unadventurous or a great dish worthy of Mughal emperors. Once that graced the banquet tables of the imperial Mughal court, rich with cream and nuts and heavily scented with expensive spice, this could be your beloved main course dish.

Chana Masala:

A perfect choice when coupled with either rice or Naan. That is for an amazing dining experience you relish binging on chickpeas cooked in a spicy ginger tomato sauce. 


One of the delicious savory rice dishes and we add the taste with marinated chicken, caramelized onions, and flavorful saffron rice. 

Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken with steamed basmati rice is basically ‘chicken and rice’. Every single cuisine in the world from Italian to French to Mexican to Chinese are different versions of ‘chicken and rice.’ You can manipulate the spice level of Indian dishes as hot, mild, or something in between. 

Indian drinks


The Indian name for tea is Chai. We make chai by adding some portion of water to milk, then add sugar as a sweetener and black tea together. 


A delicious yogurt drink traditionally made by reducing out yogurt with milk or water and then renewing it for more flavor. Lassi has various flavors due to the addition of many fruits to milk solution.


If you have been lately on vacation to India and at an Indian restaurant in India or elsewhere in the world, the menu organization look similar everywhere. 

To get the real taste of authentic Indian Food, you should go for the authentic Indian restaurant in the place you are in. Mehfil Indian Restaurant is the best Indian restaurant in Ottawa.

We let you pick up the freshly cooked food at the restaurant and also offer to take away food at your home. Plus, if you are hosting a party or planning an event, you may also contact us for Indian food catering service.