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The Big Montreal Samosa Map

Your guide on this city's best Indian pastry pockets

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Oh, samosas. So cheap, so delicious. So, portable, so reliable. So ubiquitous in Montreal, for some reason.

Walking down Sainte Catherine Street, you’re there in heated cubes by depanneur doors, glowing like golden beacons in the long winter night. High school memories carry your scents, as clubs hawked you as some kind of Civic Organizing for Dummies®, raising funds for "humanitarian" trips to South America. The lofty halls of Montreal’s universities ring with your name as associations sell you as lures for student-politicking.

Brokers and construction workers grab you on breaks. Your crumbs line the carpets of countless commuting cars. You are the great culinary equalizer of this city. You have saturated the market. You are the iPhone of triangular pastries. The Corolla of potato-filled pockets. The corner dep of deep-fried food.

Maybe it’s because you’re so handy. Maybe it’s because you’re so reasonably priced, in a city with six universities, twelve colleges, and tens of thousands of indebted students attending each of them. Can we ever know, or does it even matter? You’re here, and we’re happy.

We Montrealers may disagree on where to find the best version of you, the most authentic version of you, the most spicy or crunchy or equilateral version of you. But we only fight because we love you.

Anyway, here are some of the most reliable places where you can be found and eaten. Here are some places to fight about you.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Maison de Samosa Express

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1430, rue de l'Église
H4L 2H3, Canada
(514) 904-1440
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“Variety is the spice of life” is something people say. “Variety is the adjective for Maison Samosa Express” is something people should say. Between veggie, chicken, beef, lamb, and spinach-cheese samosas, this pared-down restaurant near Vanier College is a place to try the different tastes that samosas have when one puts different stuff inside them. If ever you get sick of the classic potato innards, that is.
Carl Bindman

2. Pushap

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5195 Rue Paré, Montreal
QC H4P 1P4, Canada
(514) 737-4527
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Whether or not you know of the unassuming restaurant near Namur metro, you’ve probably had a Pushap samosa. It’s the central hub of samosa distribution wheel reaching to bake sales, fundraisers, and campuses all across the city. These are as close to being The Montreal Samosa as any samosa can be, and with damn good reason.
Carl Bindman

3. Maison India

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5868 rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal
QC H4A 1X5, Canada
(514) 485-2122
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As one of a trifecta of classic Indian restaurants along Sherbrooke St. in N.D.G., Maison India has the traditionals done traditionally, and the samosas are no exception. They’re no exception in the most pleasant sense, that is: this is the standard samosa, assuming the standard is high.

4. Palais d'Ajit

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4801 Rue De Verdun, Montreal
QC, Canada
The samosas at Palais D’Ajit come sprinkled with a spicy, salty, masala, like fresh snow on Christmas morning. Fittingly, these samosas are a gift: with crispy, spiced crust and a light, almost-fluffy filling, D’Ajit’s double-samosa dish is delightful.
Carl Bindman

5. Thali Cuisine Indienne

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1409, rue Saint-Marc, Montreal
QC H3H 2G4, Canada
(514) 989-9048
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The samosas take after the restaurant at Thali—they’re small and they’re loud. Packed with flavour and carrying a fair bit of kick with the accompanying chutney, the samosas come in two varieties: Lamb and veggie. One isn’t enough to satisfy, but it’s fine, since you’ll want to try the rest of the menu anyway.
Carl Bindman

6. Restaurant Biryani

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Guy-Concordia, Montréal
QC H3H 2L5, Canada
In this sub-Concordian spot, the samosas are big, chunky, and wholesome. For a dollar each, with a selection of spicy or sweet sauces, two of these veggie-filled monsters is more than enough for a meal on the go. Wallets and stomachs will leave heavy and happy.
Carl Bindman

7. Le Taj

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2077 Stanley Street, Montreal
QC H3A 1R7, Canada
(514) 845-9015
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For the upscale samosa lover, the samosas at Le Taj are a more luxurious option than the other more fast-food street-style samosas on this list. Delicate crust, gentle spicing, arranged sauces and toppings — it’s fancy. It’s a fancy samosa. Who would’ve thought?

8. Namaste

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92 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H2X 1X3, Canada
(514) 660-1822
This cash-only McGill Ghetto hideaway is bright and intimate. Really intimate, as in there are only three tables. The samosas are on the doughier side, with a welcoming spice, and kind of cozy—if a triangular pastry can be called cozy.
Carl Bindman

9. Bombay Mahal Express

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3681 Boulevard Saint Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
The house samosas at this St. Laurent joint are unique: flat and crunchy on the outside, kind of chewy on the inside, they toe the line between empanada and samosa — although they’re firmly on the spicy samosa side, including sauce. Filled with classic potatoes or a spinach-paneer mix, try both and see how it goes.
Carl Bindman

10. La Maison Samosa

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1139 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1X9, Canada
(514) 357-6102
With one table and an accompanying chair, La Maison Samosa is not the place to seek an luxuriant dining experience. But for an in-and-out pastry craving, the fully-stuffed samosas on offer are perfect for munching on the way to wherever from this tiny Mont-Royal boutique.
Carl Bindman

1. Maison de Samosa Express

1430, rue de l'Église, H4L 2H3, Canada
Carl Bindman
“Variety is the spice of life” is something people say. “Variety is the adjective for Maison Samosa Express” is something people should say. Between veggie, chicken, beef, lamb, and spinach-cheese samosas, this pared-down restaurant near Vanier College is a place to try the different tastes that samosas have when one puts different stuff inside them. If ever you get sick of the classic potato innards, that is.
1430, rue de l'Église
H4L 2H3, Canada

2. Pushap

5195 Rue Paré, Montreal, QC H4P 1P4, Canada
Carl Bindman
Whether or not you know of the unassuming restaurant near Namur metro, you’ve probably had a Pushap samosa. It’s the central hub of samosa distribution wheel reaching to bake sales, fundraisers, and campuses all across the city. These are as close to being The Montreal Samosa as any samosa can be, and with damn good reason.
5195 Rue Paré, Montreal
QC H4P 1P4, Canada

3. Maison India

5868 rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC H4A 1X5, Canada
As one of a trifecta of classic Indian restaurants along Sherbrooke St. in N.D.G., Maison India has the traditionals done traditionally, and the samosas are no exception. They’re no exception in the most pleasant sense, that is: this is the standard samosa, assuming the standard is high.
5868 rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal
QC H4A 1X5, Canada

4. Palais d'Ajit

4801 Rue De Verdun, Montreal, QC, Canada
Carl Bindman
The samosas at Palais D’Ajit come sprinkled with a spicy, salty, masala, like fresh snow on Christmas morning. Fittingly, these samosas are a gift: with crispy, spiced crust and a light, almost-fluffy filling, D’Ajit’s double-samosa dish is delightful.
4801 Rue De Verdun, Montreal
QC, Canada

5. Thali Cuisine Indienne

1409, rue Saint-Marc, Montreal, QC H3H 2G4, Canada
Carl Bindman
The samosas take after the restaurant at Thali—they’re small and they’re loud. Packed with flavour and carrying a fair bit of kick with the accompanying chutney, the samosas come in two varieties: Lamb and veggie. One isn’t enough to satisfy, but it’s fine, since you’ll want to try the rest of the menu anyway.
1409, rue Saint-Marc, Montreal
QC H3H 2G4, Canada

6. Restaurant Biryani

Guy-Concordia, Montréal, QC H3H 2L5, Canada
Carl Bindman
In this sub-Concordian spot, the samosas are big, chunky, and wholesome. For a dollar each, with a selection of spicy or sweet sauces, two of these veggie-filled monsters is more than enough for a meal on the go. Wallets and stomachs will leave heavy and happy.
Guy-Concordia, Montréal
QC H3H 2L5, Canada

7. Le Taj

2077 Stanley Street, Montreal, QC H3A 1R7, Canada
For the upscale samosa lover, the samosas at Le Taj are a more luxurious option than the other more fast-food street-style samosas on this list. Delicate crust, gentle spicing, arranged sauces and toppings — it’s fancy. It’s a fancy samosa. Who would’ve thought?
2077 Stanley Street, Montreal
QC H3A 1R7, Canada

8. Namaste

92 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H2X 1X3, Canada
Carl Bindman
This cash-only McGill Ghetto hideaway is bright and intimate. Really intimate, as in there are only three tables. The samosas are on the doughier side, with a welcoming spice, and kind of cozy—if a triangular pastry can be called cozy.
92 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H2X 1X3, Canada

9. Bombay Mahal Express

3681 Boulevard Saint Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada
Carl Bindman
The house samosas at this St. Laurent joint are unique: flat and crunchy on the outside, kind of chewy on the inside, they toe the line between empanada and samosa — although they’re firmly on the spicy samosa side, including sauce. Filled with classic potatoes or a spinach-paneer mix, try both and see how it goes.
3681 Boulevard Saint Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

10. La Maison Samosa

1139 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1X9, Canada
Carl Bindman
With one table and an accompanying chair, La Maison Samosa is not the place to seek an luxuriant dining experience. But for an in-and-out pastry craving, the fully-stuffed samosas on offer are perfect for munching on the way to wherever from this tiny Mont-Royal boutique.
1139 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1X9, Canada

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