Located in the heart of Little India, Bar-Be-Que Hut features a mixture of reasonably priced Indian and Pakistani dishes as lamb bara kebab, channa massala, palak paneer, daal, curried eggplant, chicken tikka, tandoori, pakoras and samosas. On the beverage menu, Bar-Be-Que offers the Indian yogurt milkshake Mango Lassi and Kingfisher Beer. For those looking for entertainment, the inside of the restaurant features a television that plays popular Bollywood films and musicals.
Home of the first charcoal tandoori oven in Toronto (the original clay baker), Bar-Be-Que Hut is a well-known Little India spot. Tabla at your Table
A spot frequented by families and casual diners alike, Bar-Be-Que Hut spices up your spread with live tabla music every Friday night and a street-side patio (smoking allowed) for those sultry summer nights. If you’re craving a quieter evening with the same spicy kick, you can also do delivery and take-out. This eatery is a savoury addition to the city’s multicultural landscape.
Not Just Curry Make no mistake; though curry is often thought of as the most distinctively Indian spice, there are many other deep-spice aromas offered up here to tickle your taste buds and broaden your flavour horizons, including mixtures of coriander, fennel, cardamom, saffron and ginger. Alongside your usual Indian fare, from basmati rice to vindaloo, Bar-Be-Que Hut house favourites include the lamb bara kabab and the chicken bara kabab, as well as vegetable and chickpea fritters called pakoras. Many vegetarian items are also available, for those so inclined. Dishes range from moderately mild to scorching hot and are often garnished with smatterings of grounds nuts, creams and other spices, so diners should be specific about their preferences when ordering. With so much to choose from, the reasonably priced weekend buffet is a good bet, at least for your first time out, in order to receive an adequate array of the fusion that is Bar-Be-Que Hut.
Takeout is popular at this Little India hole in the wall, a small, dark room decorated with a tank of koi. House specials include the usual biryani, tikka masala and tandoori chicken. The menu also features a variety of seafood options, such as fried fish masala, shrimp tikka, fish masala curry and surf ‘n’ turf (a tandoori platter of seafood, chicken, lamb and beef). Live music Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. Mains $7.95–$13.95.