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The best Indian restaurants in Burnaby, according to Beacon readers

When the topic of Indian food comes up, many automatically think about butter chicken and naan. However, Indian food is a very diverse cuisine. The dishes you get in the northern states are much different in flavour profile than what you’ll eat in the south. Every region has a distinct flavour and special dishes that make it unique.Many of the spots on this list specialize in more northern-style dishes, but if you’re a fan of dosas, other South Indian specialty offerings, and fusion cuisine, this list has you covered, too.

Here are the best Indian restaurants in Burnaby, according to Beacon readers.

Saffron has been a Burnaby staple for many years and a personal favourite. Saffron serves up delectable saabjis, kormas, and daals. You’ll find a wide variety of classic appetizer dishes, including their delicious papri chaat which I encourage you to try because it’s delicious!

Address: 4300 Kingsway Street #5

A 6th Street gem that was repeatedly recommended by Beacon readers. Bombay Bistro offers up several tandoori specialties like prawns, fish, chicken tikka, and paneer tikka cooked in their clay tandoori oven. They’ve also got a roster of classic korma, saabjis, kofta, and masala dishes that’ll have you coming back for more.

Address: 7558 6th Street

Another highly recommended spot in town. Agra Tandoori has 2 locations. There’s a smaller restaurant at Market Crossing and a larger sit-down restaurant along Canada Way. Agra has some awesome specials. Their current July special offers up a meal for 2 with a vegetarian ($41) and meat option ($43).

Address: 7366 Market Crossing and 110-3790 Canada Way

For all you dosa lovers, Manjal is the place for you. This Edmonds spot has plenty of dosa specialties on its menu. Dosa is a very thin crepe made from a rice and lentil mixture. It’s then filled with spiced potatoes, meats, or other veggies. Manjal also specializes in other South Indian dishes like idli and vada, uthappam, and payasam (a delicious milk-based dessert dish made with rice noodles, dry fruit, and nuts).

Address: 7613 Edmonds Street

Another 6th Street staple, Baba Sweets is definitely the place to go if you need to grab some samosas or mithai (Indian sweets). They also offer veggie and meat dishes, parathas, appies, and desserts which are best ordered for take-out as this location doesn’t have much indoor seating.

Address: 7561 6th Street

This isn’t your typical Indian eatery. Indian Wok restaurant combines the flavours of China and India and offers up some amazing fusion dishes. From spring rolls to pakoras and noodle plates this Indo-Chinese combination is definitely worth trying.

Address: 5212 Kingsway Street

Here’s another 6th St recommendation for you. Tasty Planet’s menu is stacked with everything from lamb vindaloo to palak kofta. You’re bound to try something new with all the variety.

Address: 7892 6th Street

Serving up East African and Indian fusion, Cayenne Bistro menu is filled with unique specialty dishes such as Cayenne Chanabateta, Kheema Mani, and Chicken Serena.Address: 7677 6th Street

 Royal Paan International has officially opened its doors in Burnaby near Moscrop Secondary. This international vegetarian chain is known for its delicious Indian street food. Menu items include burgers (with an Indian twist), chaat, pav bhaaji, and specialty drinks.Address:  4735 Willingdon Avenue