History of Canbe Foods

Since 1994, we have proudly served our customers some of their favourite dishes. Along our 20 year journey our customers have been a part of our history, and have helped us to become who we are today. Canbe Foods has grown from one product to a wide variety of South Indian products, and we are just getting started.

In October of 1990, Charlesjanthan Antony immigrated to Canada with a hopeful outlook and empty wallet to start something new. Charles Antony always had a love of food and wanted to share this love with others. After years of working in restaurants and other food establishments, Charles perfected his skill in the kitchen and decided to open his own store.

On May of 1994, Charles opened his first retail outlet in the city of Markham. Here he introduced Canbe’s first product, the Roti. After years of success with the product, he decided to open another outlet where he introduce a new line of products. Later in 2001, Charles opened Canbe’s first warehouse unit, where new products such as samosa, rolls and cutlets were made.

Finally, in 2008 Canbe Foods opened its doors to the residents of Scarborough by creating a take-out and catering out outlet. Charles wanted to make sure that customers could eat authentic South Indian and Sri Lankan food, and enjoy the same taste at home, with various frozen items.

Currently, Canbe is continuously growing and evolving with our customers. To keep up with the demand of our customers, Canbe Foods has recently expanded into a 20,000 square foot factory in the heart of Scarborough, a new retail location in Ajax and is preparing to open new take out outlets in the Greater Toronto Area.

All this could not have been possible without the support and patronage of our customers.

  • After coming here for lunch for a few days now, I must say that my favorite thing here are still the veggie samosas! I get some of those every time I come here, they are so good! and Spicy! What I really like the most about this place is how quick you get your food, the service is as fast if not faster than going to a fast food place. Plus the food is so much better! I have always really liked Indian food, the spicy flavours, the variety of vegetables, its so nice to find a good Indian food place like this one. I will mostly likely be here for lunch many more times. For the samosas, mutton rolls, nan, rice, veggies... I like it all.

    David S

  • Great spot! Went at 6pm on a Saturday. Steady stream of Sri Lankin people - must be good lol. A little intimidating being a tall white girl. Only take out. Tried the mutton rolls, kuthu chicken roti, samosas and the chicken Biriyani. All good. $20 total. Samosas are my new fav but cheap and good. You can see most of the food through the glass. The Kothu roti took a while to make but super fresh. Next time I want to try the idly and vadai and I'd grab a dessert. Super close to my new place and I'll likely be back.

    Caitlyn P

  • Mutton rolls and samosas are very good from here. Haven't tried the kothu roti or biriyani yet. For me, it's a walking distance from my mechanic on Ellesmere. Pop in for a bite while my car is on the hoist getting work done. Best of all, the price definitely won't break my wallet so I'll be able to pay my mechanic after.

    Hafiz S

  • The Holy Grail of Sri Lankan food in the east end. This is a real winner, and it is hard to point to only a few items. If this is a first time, then string hoppers are a must (for "appa", I'd go to nearby Hopper Hut on Ellesmere but that is another story and another review). Also worth sampling are the mutton rolls -- incredible coriander flavour with a chili kick -- and the egg roti, for something a bit less incendiary. They fo lamprey on weekends -- a whole meal in a banana leaf, either veg, fish or meat. Absolutey incredible, and feeds at least three . Likewise the chicken biryani is inexpensive and will feed a crowd. This is takeout only and because it's so damn good there often are lines at lunchtime. I am lucky -- my office is ten minutes away, and often we bring this food in when we cater lunch.

    Rick H

  • Came here for dinner last night with nine guests. We waited approximately 1/2 hour for a table as they do not take reservations. Perhaps they will in the future as it would be really helpful for large groups. They do have tables that accommodate large groups though. When we arrived at 7:30pm, the restaurant was very crowded and there was a great hustle and bustle in the restaurant. The food was delicious. We ordered satay skewers, seafood fried rice, samba fish, some sort of fried chicken with shrimp crackers, chicken curry, egg plant, stir fried beans, roti and much more. The food was delicious - everything was seasoned well and everyone left feeling full! The service was prompt and friendly. Their shakes, Malaysian tea and desserts were also yummy. I ordered their sago with coconut milk, not too sweet and having it served warm created a great contrast between the sago and milk. Another important note to remember is that they only accept cash. A sign at the door should probably be posted for this. I hope they consider other forms of payment one day as there are no banks near by and I am not sure if they have an ATM located inside. Food wise, it was great and the crowds show for that!

    Kim C

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