Virtual Diwali and South Asian Cuisine

2020 has brought us many firsts, and as people celebrated a socially distant and virtual Diwali, we are more thankful for our community and residents as we strive to keep #MarkhamSafe.

As one of the most diverse communities in Canada, Markham residents are fortunate during these unprecedented times to have authentic, international cuisine right at their doorstep. Indoor dining continues to remain open, but many restaurants and small businesses offer delivery and curb-side pickup.

As we continue to celebrate events virtually and in our small social bubbles, what about discovering some South Asian cuisine?

Virtual Diwali

For those of those who missed out on celebrating Diwali virtually, we recommend visiting Canada Diwali for some highlights: and some amazing videos of past performances!


Ambiyan Restaurant Markham

Ambiyan Restaurant is an iconic landmark in Unionville: and definitely tops most of our restaurant recommendation lists. Combining fresh, local ingredients with imported spices to create a menu of authentic Indian cuisine, there are a variety of vegetarian options available, as well as Indian beer.

Address: 149 Main St Unionville, L3R 2G8
Phone Number: (905) 480 0094

Indias Taste Markham

Indias Taste is a bright Indian eatery featuring North Indian cuisine. Indias Taste Restaurant offers an amazingly diverse menu, and for those looking for a personalized menu, they also offer catering service!

Address: 680 Denison Street Markham, L3R 1C1
Phone Number: (905) 948 0909

Southern Aroma

Southern Aroma serves South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine- and also a little bit of Canada. The Chennai Poutine serves hand cut PEI fries in a saffron gravy with local paneer and traditional herbs, while the crab masala is one of the most sought after seafood dishes. Try their Sambal with Garde in (mock) fish Masala!

Address: 7200 Markham Rd #14 Markham L3S 3R7
Phone Number: (905) 554 2255

Dum Pukht

Dum Pukht is a relaxed Indian restaurant serving authentic Indian recipes in a contemporary setting. They are famous for their slow oven cooking method, so a visit isn’t complete without trying the signature Dum Pukht Biryani: slow cooked in sealed clay pots over a low fire, maximizing the taste of every ingredient and creating a stunning presentation at the table!

Address: 323 Denison Street Markham L3R 1B7
Phone Number: (905) 604 6401

GHST Kitchen

GHST Kitchen started in 2002 to connect talented chefs and showcase global culinary talent. The name is their way of taking the name out of the brand and putting the focus on the food: and the food is worth focusing on! Serving some of the best butter chicken in Markham, we highly recommend a visit to GHST Kitchen.

Address: 9909 Markham Rd Unit 14 L6E 0B7
Phone Number: (905) 201 5134

The Thandur

The Thandur is the only place in Markham where Indian Fusion food has gone to the next level: and we recommend discovering the Thandur’s interpretation of Indian Fusion food. With experienced in-house chefs with over 30 years of experience, they offer a variety of vegetarian dishes to experience!

Address: 50 Anderson Avenue Unit 1 L6E 1A6
Phone Number: (905) 554 5288

39 Spices

If you are hungry, 39 Spices Instagram page will make you hungrier: because they gave drool worthy clips of their food. Try their chicken cooked over a  very slow flame, their unique Romali roti or handkerchief bread baked on an overturned wok, or the unique Tandoor pomfret: there is so much to discover at 39 Spices!

Address: 39 Main St N Markham L3P 1X3
Phone Number: (289) 554 8881

Do you have a favorite restaurant that isn’t included on the list? Is there a regional dish you would like to highlight! Email us at, and we would be delighted to do a feature on the restaurant!

Photo Credits:

Ambiyan Restaurant:,
Indias Taste;
Southern Aroma:
Dum Pukht:
GHST Kitchen: GHST Kitchen
The Thandur: The Thandur
39 Spices: ,

Enjoy the best of Markham

The Destination Markham newsletter, delivered right to your inbox gives you the inside scoop on What’s Happening in Markham!

Skip to content