Authentic Indian food is sometimes hard to come by. Once you find a place you love, stick to it. Utsav is that place for us. We came across Utsav a few years ago and have since gone back so many times, it would be hard to count.
Utsav is a smaller restaurant, located near a subway stop, in the very exclusive area of Yorkville in Toronto. While it’s surrounding restaurants are generally very expensive, Utsav is quite the contrast. A vegan meal is only around $10 CAD, with rice costing $4 CAD, thus offering a much more affordably priced dining experience that it’s neighbors, without sacrificing the ambience and location. The atmosphere at Utsav can be described as “tasteful comfort”.
Utsav is family owned, which is probably one of the reasons the food is so good. Everything is made fresh and the food is so tasty. While I haven’t been to India (yet), this is as authentic as it gets here in Canada and exactly like what I think the food would be like there. With everything being prepared on the spot, the chef is happy to work with any dietary restrictions. There are quite a few vegan options on the menu, with my favorite being the Channa Masala.
Along with the Channa Masala, we highly recommend their lentil flat bread, also served as a complimentary appetizer, but not written on the menu. If you ask about it, they will be happy to bring you a separate portion. This flat bread is gluten free and delicious.