25 years later and Lahore Tikka House has made a name and great reputation for itself. It all started when the owner immigrated from Lahore, Pakistan to Canada. The owner only had $5 in his pockets and less than two decades later he achieved his dream. Sadly, the owner passed away a few years ago (Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un). His wife born in Uganda is now the owner of the restaurant and tells the tale.
Lahore Tikka was just a small corner store in its humble beginnings. And now it is one of the biggest restaurants in all of Little India. When you enter Lahore Tikka and even from the outside, you are reminded of Pakistan. From the design of the building, to the lights wrapped around the store and from the rickshaw parked in the front, no store has ever resembled this much of Lahore.
There is ample seating, especially in the summer days when the patio is open. There is also a second floor, although this seems like a reserved place perhaps booked for birthdays and other events. Be sure to make a reservation for Fridays and weekends as it can get very busy and the wait times extra-long. When we got there on Friday, we got very lucky and only waited 5 minutes to be seated. Now that’s the power of vlogging/blogging for sure.
The new owner was a very charismatic woman and super friendly too. She told us that she travelled the world, from China to Mexico and more! She even gave us Pani Puri on the house :D. For those that don’t know, Pani Puri is a very popular type of street food in the Indian subcontinent. The puri kinda of like small bowl-shaped fried beard is usually filled with masalas, potatoes, onions and chickpeas and even yogurt. And the pani which means water in Urdu/Hindi, refers to the watery chutney that is used to put inside the puri. After putting the pani in the puri, you put one whole piece in your mouth. You will definitely taste the explosion of flavours! Lahore Tikka makes the best Pani Puri, so be sure to try it here.
Some other dishes that Lahore Tikka is known for are their seekh kebabs (lamb, beef or chicken) and their butter chicken. These are the must gets. The other dishes are good as well. We order enough food for around 5 people and our total came up to $127.54 CAD. This included a large chicken tikka biryani, free Pani Puri, 3 lassis, 9 seekh kebabs, 9 garlic naans, and butter chicken. Now that’s a feast!
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