CHASKA introduces Indian street food to Toronto

Authentic street food that serves up a fresh alternative to traditional Indian cuisine has come to Toronto’s downtown core.

Building on the popularity of its first location in Mississauga, CHASKA opened a second eatery at the popular ‘Concourse Eats,’ Atrium’s food court located at 595 Bay St. on February 19, 2019. The new location will mark the beginning of the chain’s expansion across the GTA.

“We’re looking forward to giving people in Toronto the opportunity to enjoy Indian food the way it’s supposed to taste,” says CEO Naveen Seth.

When he was developing the concept for CHASKA, Seth tried to recapture some of his favourite memories as a child growing up in India, where his family frequently went on road trips and made sure to enjoy local dishes from road-side vendors along the way. CHASKA, which means “obsession”, is inspired by the sights, sounds and flavours of the truck stops (dhabas), food carts and open air markets of India.

The restaurant’s food-truck inspired concept features a full truck facade, complemented by a rustic industrial feel. The open-kitchen allows diners to watch as their meals are prepared.

CHASKA believes in a different kind of Indian food than can be found at typical restaurants in North America. CHASKA prepares mouth-watering recipes without the thick and rich sauces that are usually associated with Indian cuisine. CHASKA culinary staff take time to spice, marinate and slow cook dishes to bring out the full flavour of the ingredients without that heavy feeling.

CHASKA sources their products through farmers and suppliers who raise and prepare foods with care and responsibility. Their meats are halal, never frozen and are raised without the use of hormones.

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“We know that a great meal starts with the best ingredients. The passion that we put into our recipes starts with a commitment to simple and fresh ingredients,” Seth says. “The freshness and flavours that you experience at CHASKA are a reflection of our high standards and unwavering commitment to quality.”

Seth expects to open at least four CHASKA locations in downtown Toronto in 2019.

Seth has a wealth of experience in the culinary sector. In addition to founding CHASKA, he is CEO and owner of the rapidly growing La Prep chain of bistro-style restaurants. Over the past year, Seth has led a major overhaul of the brand and has set his sights on doubling its 50 restaurants across Canada in four years.

About CHASKA:

CHASKA, which means “obsession,” offers a different take on Indian food that is both delicious and fresh, prepared daily using savoury spices, with flavourful herbs and marinades in place of rich and heavy sauces. At CHASKA, we know that a great meal starts with the best ingredients. The passion that we put into our recipes starts with a commitment to simple and fresh ingredients.

More information: www.chaska.com

About Atrium:

Owned and operated by H&R REIT, Atrium is a mixed-use property comprised of approximately one million square feet of office and retail space. Centrally located in Toronto’s downtown core, Atrium is directly connected to the Eaton Centre, the PATH, the largest underground shopping complex in the world, and adjacent to all the excitement at Yonge-Dundas Square.