The Himalya Restaurant 160 Centennial Parkway North

I’ve heard great things about the vegetarian Indian cuisine of Himalya Restaurant. It seems to be one of those secret gems of the city and those who know about it, swear by it! I was excited to stop by and give it a try.


The place was bustling with customers, many of whom seemed like seasoned regulars who were popping in and out to pick up their favourites. In fact, I remember Melanie of The Dinner Belles choosing Himalya as one of her food picks during our Rendezvous.

Although take-out is the main way to go, there are a handful of tables so I had some time to take a seat and peruse the menu. Everything sounded great and I tried to cover a wide sample of their food. They have a dish called Thali which includes a variety of dishes, which is a good idea to get started, but I chose a few on my own this time around.

Vegetable Samosas
Vegetable Curries:
Baingan Bhartha (Baked mashed eggplant cooked with tomatoes and onion)
Vegetable Jalfrazi (Mixed vegetables cooked with ginger, garlic and tomatoes)
Fried Rice (with saffron)
Himalya Breads:

Fried Rice (with saffron)
Fried Rice (with saffron)
Baingan Bhartha
Baingan Bhartha

Everything smelled and tasted delicious! I don’t eat a lot of meat so I was glad that their food is all vegetarian, for my first venture into Indian food. The portions were substantial and the prices were amazing. We got so much that there was plenty left for another meal the next day. I didn’t get to the desserts this time, but they also have a beautiful display of Indian sweets to choose from.

I’m happy to have discovered another spot in my neck of the woods and I look forward to sampling some more!

– Kristin


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Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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