Vijay Dante’s Udupi Madras café wins the “Best Indian Restaurant – Gold Award”
Daijiworld Media Network – Toronto
Mississauga, November 20: ‘Udupi Madras Cafe’ (UMC), the famous vegetarian restaurant owned by Everest Vijay Dante of Mangaluru origin, won the prestigious ‘Best Indian Restaurant – Gold Award’. It is a moment of pride for all South Asians as UMC won 1st place. Serving the international community in Mississauga, Canada for 15 years, Udupi Madras Cafe specializes in fresh, healthy and nutritious vegetarian dishes from South India.
âWe have a fully vegetarian South Indian menu that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner,â says Everest Vijay Dante, owner of Udupi Madras Cafe. “Our service includes on-site meals, take-out, catering and delivery.” At catered events, guests can experience freshly made Dosa, idli, vada and Poori / Bhatura right in front of them. For catering events, they can book for a minimum of 10 or up to 2,000 guests (in non-COVID hours) at a time. It is a great option for parties and corporate events. In recent years, Udupi Madras Cafe has organized all major events in Toronto via: Kannada Sangha, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and other South Asian associations. Vijay says he has had the proud privilege of running numerous conventions, having hosted at least a few hundred weddings and over a thousand live dosa parties, especially in backyards of clients and in guestrooms. public parks. Catering services range from delivery to the preparation of full buffets to full event management.
Udupi Madras Cafe (UMC) is best known for its tasty food, especially Mysore Masala, Chilli Garlic Masala and Mysore Garlic Masala Dosas, Golibhaje and Gadbad Ice Cream is a favorite among the guests of the Karnataka coastal region. The weekend breakfast and brunch buffet is also a favorite with new and returning customers. Prior to the implementation of physical distancing restrictions, customers enjoyed the weekend buffet with Dosa, Poori, Idly and Vada where they were freshly prepared. The UMC menu consists of more than 100 varieties of Dosas to satisfy the palate of the guests with different levels of spices. Many Mangorean associations were unable to celebrate this year’s Monthi Fest (a Mangalore harvest festival) as a regular large gathering due to Covid restrictions. To compensate for this, Udupi Madras Cafe offered the thali Monti Fest with over 23 varieties on and out and served these many items for the first time in North America.
On site, guests can expect excellent service with a smile in a relaxed and welcoming environment. âConsistent quality, friendly service, and free underground parking are just some of the reasons customers keep coming back,â says Dante. Vijay says he always believes in “fresh, honest food on the table.”
Vijay, a philanthropist, is a focused, dedicated and family oriented business professional. He is the proud son of the late âSri Dantiâ (Francis Dante of Udupi, Karnataka, India), a renowned writer, poet and religious leader who is also one of the founders of Catholic Sabha, Mangalore. Vijay is a postgraduate student who obtained his Masters in Medical Microbiology at Manipal University, Karnataka, India. He worked in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for a decade and moved to Canada in 1995. For Dante and his wife Prema, a business professional, who co-runs the restaurant, they have much to be proud of running an establishment as well. prosperous.
Udupi Madras CafÃ© is always a ‘home away from home’, especially for those visiting Toronto and neighboring places like the famous Niagara Falls and New York. For many politicians, VIPs, Bollywood and South Indian movie stars, and business figures, Udupi Madras Cafe is a must visit when visiting Toronto. Dr. Lucky Lakshmanan, a philanthropist from Canada and a great patron of classical Indian artists, always makes a point of inviting artists to eat at the Udupi Madras cafe.
Vijay remembers taking care of the late Abdul J Kalam, former president and scientist of India, and considers it one of his proudest moments. Dr Lucky Lakshmanan, close friend of the Hon. Kalam, proudly said that whenever he met him in Delhi, “the late Kalam sir fondly remembered his visit and claimed that he had been served the best vattha kolumbu”. âFor me, nothing makes me happier than that,â Vijay says.
Other famous personalities who have visited and supported by UMC include:
– Hazel McCallion – Former Mayor of Mississauga
– Jason Kenney – Premier of Alberta and former Minister of Immigration
– Bonnie Crombie- Mayor of Mississauga
– Patrick Brown – Mayor of Brampton
– Numerous ministers, deputies and federal and provincial deputies
Bollywood and South Indian movie stars and singers include:
Sonu Nigam, Shreya Gosal, Neha Takkar, Mika Singh, Aditya Narayan, Pankaj Udas, Kabir Bedi, Swetha Pandit, Kailas Kher, Sunidhi Chauhan, Nasiruddin Shah, Vijay Prakash, Dr. Aneesh Vidyasakker, walking violinist, Ratna Udha,
Kannada and VIP actors:
Sreenath, Ramesh Aravind, rapper Chandan Shetty, Ronald Colaco – renowned NRI business personality and world famous philanthropist, Walter Nandalike – Daijiworld supremo, Dayan Mukamar – multi-faceted personality and social activist, BR Chaya – singer of Kannada, KS Chitra – South Indian singer, Sangeeth Samraat Henry D’Souza – Konkani singer, Yodelling King Melwyn Peris – Konkani singer, Konkan Kalashree Claud D’Souza – Konkani singer, Chennaveera Kanavi – Kannada poet, Kadri Gopalanth – musician & the list goes on.
Other awards and recognitions:
A. Globe and Mail
“One of the ten best places to eat in West Toronto”
B. Insauga.com (Mississauga’s most popular source for the latest daily local news, food, top 5, events, arts, business, culture & entertainment)
Udupi madras coffee has consistently won the top 5 in the next category published by Insauga based in Mississauga, Canada for many years. They are
1. Top 5 restaurants under the radar
2. Top 5 restaurants in South India
3. Top 5 Indian restaurants
4. Top 5 vegetarians
5. Top 5 Neighborhoods for Nightlife in Mississauga
6. Top 5 hottest restaurants
7. Top 5 Dosa Places in Mississauga
Best restaurants in Toronto
The most popular restaurant in town – 2020
D. Travel counselor
Certificate of Excellence-2016
People’s Choice # 1 – 2015.
Vijay, of his joyful feelings in winning this coveted award, told Daijiworld, âThere is no better joy than seeing the same customers and their families return. All of our hard work is worth it. Besides his philanthropic works, Vijay is also actively involved in Canadian politics.
Vijay and his most loved and supportive wife Prema wish to thank all of her patrons for their continued support over the past 14 years. Vijay also thanks everyone who nominated and voted Udupi Madras Cafe for the Mississauga News Readers’ Choice Award 2020 in the Best Vegetarian category.
Vijay fondly remembers his family friend, the late Mohandas Pai, owner of the very famous “Diana Restaurant” in Udupi, who is his inspiration and role model. Vijay remembers Pai with gratitude for allowing his cooks to train at Diana Restaurant before coming to Canada. Vijay also thanks Hubert D’Mello, owner of âUdupi Palaceâ in Toronto, for supporting him during the initial set-up and for helping out during the tough times at Udupi Madras Cafe.
Udupi Madras Cafe is a great option for everyone. Whether you’re a vegetarian or looking to discover new flavors, there is something for every palate. For more information visit https://www.udupimadrascafe.ca/ or call 647 899 7883/905 277 0010.