Address: #14 – 7200 MARKHAM RD., MARKHAM, ON L3S 3R7
Price Range: $50 – $60 (for a 3-course meal for 2 adults and a kid)
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11.00 am – 3.00 pm & 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Friday & Saturday 11.00 am – 3.00 pm & 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am – 3.00 pm & 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Excellent South Indian/Sri Lankan Restaurant serving delicious and innovative meat substitute dishes.
We (me and my family) had been to Southern Aroma restaurant in Markham for dinner a couple of weeks ago. The décor is different and beautiful with brass bells hanging from the ceiling reminiscent of an old Hindu temple. We have driven past the restaurant lot of times but never felt like going to this restaurant. Since it was not fully visible from the Markham Main road, what little was visible looked dark, even the “open” sign was not visible from the road.
We ordered “Colombo Calamari” from the appetizer menu (based on the server’s suggestion that she could substitute the calamari with soya). It was flavourful and crispy on the outside and juicy inside. It had a burst of sweet, tangy and spicy flavors.
Moving on to the main course we ordered some parotta, veechu parotta and poori(for our little one). We also ordered the Chettinad gardein chicken (alternative veggie option) and Chettinad mushroom. Personally, I was not a big fan of the Chettinad gardein chicken because it was a bit chewy and rubbery. Also, the masala/spice flavors did not blend well with the soya. The Chettinad mushroom was comparatively good and it did have the Chettinad garam masala flavors. The poori was over fried so it was brittle & dry in just a couple of minutes after being served (little one thought it was pappad ; -)). It was the same with the parotta and veechu parotta, it turned dry in just a few minutes.
Now coming to the most exciting and fun part of the dinner, desserts!!!
They had a separate desserts menu but most of them were not available. We were left with only 2 or 3 options so we picked Nutella Kulfi, which we had not tried before. It was good but tasted more like chocolate flavored kulfi rather than hazelnut – chocolate flavored.
PS: Since my husband loved the fact that they had mock meat dishes he wanted to go there again J. We ordered dishes that we did not order during our previous visit. We ordered Cauliflower pakora, Vegetarian kothu roti (had to return the dish as it wasn’t great but they made it again for us which was better than the previous version) and puttu combo with eggplant masala. The cauliflower pakora was delicious but only came with 3 pieces. We have never tried puttu – eggplant combo before so had doubts when ordering but surprisingly it was the hit dish that day. They had dessert specials so we ordered 2 desserts and got the third one for free. The desserts were pretty good. I don’t remember the name of the desserts we had but I have posted a picture of the desserts. They have a large dessert menu (a separate menu) with close to 20 desserts…Yumm Yumm:-)
Recommendation: I would definitely recommend this place for vegetarians looking to try innovative Indian style alternative meat/mock meat dishes.
Food – 3.5 Stars
Ambience – 4.5 Stars
Service – 3.5 Stars