I have been enjoying Pushap for many, many years. I can't remember the first time I visited but it must be over 20 years ago. At first I discovered the West Island location. Once I discovered the location on Paré I was hooked.
For me Pushap is authentic India. Not the India of the grand hotels such as the Oberoi in New Delhi but the family restaurants that dot the countryside.
Before the expansion Pushap had only 4 or 5 tables. I usually ate there alone so the server would seat me at a table with an available place. I'd get to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine and dine with strangers. It was an total experience. Since the expansion there is enough seating so the inpromptu dining companions are a thing of the past but the food remains delicious and completely vegetarian.
I usually opt for the thali - a stainless steel serving dish with little compartments for each dish. There is rice and pickled cabbage along with either Chana Masala (chick peas in a piquant sauce) or Dahl (red lentils) along with the two vegetables of the day. The thali is usually enough to satisfy my hunger. If I want a little more then I start with samosas and pakoras, perhaps a mango lassi, and end with chai (spiced Indian tea) and sweets.
There is always a lineup for take out. I rarely visit without picking up a dozen samosas, some pakoras, or a pound of sweets.
On my recent 3 day visit to Montreal I ate there twice and bought 6 dozen samosas for family and friends. In my book that's the highest praise.
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