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“Great Indian Food”

Light Of India Restaurant
Ranked #335 of 2,738 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: The Glebe / Dow's Lake
Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews
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“Great Indian Food”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

I first got introduced to this place by a friend so said that the place was pretty good and man did it live up to that expectation. Great friendly service and delicious food. Its a smaller restaurant and its always packed and busy! The menu is varied and there are too many dishes to choose from but my friends and I like getting different dishes to share together. We usually end up with Lamb or Chicken Biryani (this rice dish is one of the better ones I've had!), Naan, and a plethora of curries - the bhoona is our fav! We also get the eggplant dish - this is something that some of my friends say they eat though ordinarily they dont eat eggplant. Its delicious thats why!

Before the food comes out they set up little boxes with tealights to help keep your food warm. The food takes a little while to come out depending on the size of your group and how busy it is but its so worth it! They have the one chef at the back so i've heard, that makes everything from scratch and made to order. With that much dedication, that little wait time is worth is when the food comes out. After every meal you get complimentary fruit bowls with grapes, oranges or pineapples. Always welcomed after a heavy meal :) A nice touch is also the warm wet-naps at the end as well as mint-chocolate sticks! This place is classy and personable yet quite affordable. You'll enjoy this place and thats a fact!

  • Visited November 2012
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Caledon, Canada
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“Worst Indian food ever!!”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

I don't know what the other reviewers ate but this is positively,definitely absolutely the WORST Indian food I have ever eaten in entire North America. For this to rank in the top 40 restaurants in Ottawa has to be a joke or testimony to poor choice of Desi food in Ottawa.

Everything sucked from service to atmosphere.The chicken tikka was tasteless and smelly! Saag paneer came with boiled spinach and chewy reddish brown paneer. A few potatoes and boiled tasteless radish in a yucky looking sauce came as "mixed vegetable". Plate of rice looked like left overs. If this place was in GTA, they'd be shuttered in 2 weeks. If you know what Indian food should taste like, don't go !! Go to a pub or order pizza instead.

  • Visited June 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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248 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Walked past here for years finally went inside”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Today was a very dull day in Ottawa with the weather so we went here for brunch.

It was the best butter chicken I have had since little India in Singapore along with an amazing egg plant dish

I will drop by more often and I can see why they have been here for over 30 years they are great!

  • Visited June 2013
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Authentic Indian Food”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

I love Indian food and this restaurant is one of the best I have ever had so far. We had saag gosht and chicken curry. They actually used fresh spinach for the saag (I have never seen that before in any Indian restaurant), and the chicken tasted amazing. Patient and warm servers, big volume of the dishes, and nice atmosphere. Highly recommended and definitely will go there whenever we are going to Ottawa.

  • Visited May 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Not as good as before!”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We have been going here for over 20 yrs but the last several times the food has not been as good as it was and a huge disappointment. We ordered take out this time and even though they always had great naan bread, the past several times it hasn't been as good - too dry and not at all as it should be, the lentil daal was watery, and the curried vegetables had a burnt taste. The owners of this place are always very friendly and pleasant, but they are not always there now. I hope this restaurant gets back to making their food as good as it was before. Recommend that you eat at the restaurant and not get take out.

  • Visited May 2013
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