Fueled by a passion for cooking healthy Indian food without sacrificing flavour and by a passion for cooking in general, Gita Bassi founded Tandoori Sizzle in 2010. Since then, Gita’s 100% housemade menu and infectious smile has made a lasting impact on the community and her customers, so much so that students who visit the restaurant call her “Mama.”
Delicious as they may be, Gita emphasizes that her dishes are good for you, too—she avoids the use of ghee, a clarified butter included in many Indian recipes. That health-minded approach reaffirms the genuine concern Gita expresses through her food and personality: “My customers are like my family,” she told the Kingston Whig-Standard. “When students call me Mama, I love that.”
Hailed as "one of Canada's most intriguing, inventive and buzzed-about chefs" by the Financial Times, culinary wunderkind Luke Hayes-Alexander became the executive chef at Luke's Gastronomy six years ago, when he was just 15 years old. Relying almost exclusively on local ingredients, Hayes-Alexander designs artistically presented dishes that blend classic, modern, and neo-futurist techniques. These dishes pair nicely with the wine list’s signature chardonnays and cabernet francs, each of which is crafted from free-range grapes grown at the restaurant's own vineyards.
On the second story of a quaint building, the chefs of Tata's House of Pizza & Pasta churn out pies slathered in housemade sauce and decorated with toppings ranging from salami to fresh garlic. Along with a menu of bubbling pizzas, the staff slathers wings in honey-garlic and “Suicide” sauce, dress up burgers with bacon and cheese, and pile slabs of housemade lasagna onto plates with fresh-made garlic bread.
At The Creekside Bar and Grill, diners enjoy classic sandwiches, 8-ounce burgers, and specialty pizzas on an outdoor patio overlooking the waters of Loughborough Lake. Visitors can dock their boats near the restaurant and hop ashore to enjoy nightly specials and live music on the weekends.
The menu at Dingaling's Chicken Wings fires up famished tongues with spicy and sweet chicken wings and family-size plates of pub grub. A pound of wings ($9.99) comes swathed in a choice of sauces including mild to hot barbeque, honey garlic, or pineapple curry, and heat is mitigated by a side of veggies and dip plus ice water poured from a penguin's canteen. Mac 'n' cheese bites ($4.99–$7.49) or sweet potato fries ($2.99–$5.99) embellish savoury poultry arms and a caesar sandwich ($5.99) makes for a leafy alternative. Family combos (starting at $23.99) blend an assortment of appetizers and sides with a hearty helping of wings to feed kindred broods or help a Charades team act out Airplane. Snag a seat on the patio, spread out in the dining room, or dip into the conveniently separate take-out area to grab chow to go.