When you get that curry craving and don’t mind grabbing the passport, jumping in the motor and heading to Mississauga, there’s a place for you to scratch that spicy itch and raise the heat levels a little.
Apni Havelly is located by Dundas Street East and Dixie Road and is worth the drive, I believe.
Because it’s a mix of Pakistani and Indian cuisine, some — not all — of the dishes are extra spicy. Not “blow your head off” levels, but enough to make you want to refill your glass (with the personal big jug of water they give you) more often and blow your nose frequently.
Also, because it’s a Muslim eaterie, alcohol is not an option, so no worries asking a friend to be designated driver — they won’t miss out.
Here’s the menu, but I recommend going on a Friday or Saturday night as they do an excellent buffet, including a generous selection of vegetarian choices and a barbecue section for Tandoori Chicken and spicy sausage.
A few words of caution. It can get quite busy with families on those evenings, so avoid if you are averse to small children running around hot food. Some of the dishes also contain quite a bit of ghee (clarified butter) so although very tasty, they can be quite oily. That may put some diners off.
A DJ/singer starts around 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday night, so leave the restaurant earlier than that if Bollywood songs as you eat are also not your thing.
Having said all that, the food really is delicious. There’s a good salad and dessert section too, and a nice mix of different types of curries. The staff are also extremely friendly and willing to accommodate any special requests.
So, go to the buffet with a very empty stomach and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Apni Havelly gets a Brits in Toronto 4/5 stars.