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Best Indian restaurants in TO? (high end) r/o

LR Apr 21, 2004 10:14 PM

For an extremely important business dinner with clients. Downtown area only, please. Thanks!

(looking for upscale and authentic).

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    Miguel Apr 22, 2004 12:01 AM

    Never been, but one of the most highly regarded Indian restaurants in Toronto is Dhaba. I'm not sure if the atmosphere is haute cuisine enough, but all reviews I've read seem to point that way.

    Caution: apparently it's incredibly spicy.

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      bobsyeruncle Apr 22, 2004 12:19 AM

      Downtown Toronto does NOT have an upscale Indian restaurant with fabulous, authentic food. Dhaba is vastly overrated, by the way. I wouldn't take business clients there; it's adequate as a pre-theatre restaurant for the tourists.

      Are you sure you wouldn't rather choose another cuisine? There are plenty of business-friendly restaurants in downtown Toronto with good food (e.g., Bymark, Canoe).

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      1. re: bobsyeruncle
        Miguel Apr 22, 2004 08:21 AM

        Ok I'll bite, what makes Dhaba vastly overrated?

        I ask because this is literally the first negative comment I've ever read on Dhaba.

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          Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 22, 2004 09:04 AM

          My two cents worth is this. I much preferred Dhaba when it was in Rexdale. The violent (to my taste) flavours in the cooking were as intense as on King, but much more blended and harmonious. In Rexdale Dhaba was Jimmy Hendrix; on King it is some wannabees in a bar.


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            Your fan Chin Apr 22, 2004 09:13 AM

            yo, thats gotta be THE funniest review/opinion i've ever seen on these boards. thats some funny ish! laugh, the best part is i get what you mean!

            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
              finnishflash Apr 22, 2004 10:35 AM

              My sentiments exactly!

            2. re: Miguel
              bobsyeruncle Apr 22, 2004 11:37 PM

              Actually, if you read through the old threads (on the Canada message board, before a separate Toronto board was created), you'll find that several people think Dhaba is overrated.

              I don't go to Dhaba anymore because, like Vinnie said, it's nothing like the original restaurant at Albion & Islington. Now, that place had heart and soul. Indian families hanging out, charming/kitschy wooden decor, live musicians, and magical food at much lower prices. The new incarnation is a huge bore and a disappointment, although it's good enough for the people who choose to eat in that area (St. Tropez, Urban, Fred's Not Here....hell, you might as well go up the street to Milestones).

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            Fanny Apr 22, 2004 06:36 AM

            I don't know if it is the best but I have always enjoyed the Indian Rice Factory on Dupont. I haven't been to Host on Prince Arthur for awhile but it used to be good. Biryani House on Wellesley at Yonge is trying hard to go upscale after the success of their more modest spot on Roy Square.

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              Kathleen J Apr 23, 2004 12:47 PM

              I would not recommend Biryani House for an upscale biz meeting. The food is excellent, but the decor is bizarre. Linen table clothes and chandeliers combined with exposed ductwork and foam spray on the ceiling.

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              Brit Apr 22, 2004 12:55 PM

              Indian Rice Factory is very good.

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                skerche Apr 22, 2004 11:14 PM

                But it's not located downtown, but rather in a bland, no-name stretch of Dupont. Also, it's comfortable enough, but hardly upscale.

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                asim Apr 23, 2004 05:34 PM

                i think bombay palace on adelaide and jarvis is a good bet

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                  ArtificialButter Apr 26, 2004 01:32 AM

                  Has anyone thought of Xacutti?

                  While it's somewhat of a lounge later at the night, but if you get a table earlier around 7 there's an excellent atmosphere, subdued and graceful.

                  The food is NOT true Indian, but continental/western food with Indian influences- this may potentially work to your needs as the food still has an ethnic orientation but can be pretty much universally accepted.

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                    kavita Apr 26, 2004 03:33 PM

                    if you're looking for fine dining in downtown then i would suggest the host in yorkville.. the tandoori is great and the ambience is nice - although i like the dives better, it's a great restaurant to take clients/colleagues/visitors too.. good luck :)

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                      kavita Apr 26, 2004 03:38 PM

                      if you're looking for fine dining in downtown then i would suggest the host in yorkville.. the tandoori is great and the ambience is nice - although i like the dives better, it's a great restaurant to take clients/colleagues/visitors too.. good luck :)

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                      Me Apr 29, 2004 12:13 PM

                      Everyone here is wrong. The best Indian restaurant downtown (that you could take a client to) is Trimurti on Queen street. It's a classy place with great service and fresh clean flavors. Their tandoori-baked cauliflower is an unreal delicacy. I have eaten there about 20 times with many people and they are all impressed. Your clients will be well taken care of.

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                        estufarian Apr 29, 2004 04:50 PM

                        I second that - had a brainstorm and got it confused with another one. Trimurti is on the south side of Queen just west of University (Osgoode subway).

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                          Juniper Apr 30, 2004 02:01 PM

                          In general, I would agree with the Trimurti comments.

                          I actually think it's THE place to go in downtown for good tandoori dishes. The cauliflower is excellent and the chicken is fall-off-the-bone-good! The rest of the menu is pretty standard, however, both in terms of variety of dishes and quality. But, the food is less greasy than at many other Indian restaurants.

                          The decor is quite serene and simple. It's not as flashy as Dhaba or chic as Indian Rice Factory, but it can definitely pass as classy.

                          The service is super friendly, unlike the service at Babur, not to mention at Raaga (the pushiest waiters EVER -- they made sales pitches during the entire meal at the most inappropriate times and they don't take no as an answer).

                          Anyway, I do recommend Trimurti if you're looking for good tandoori and friendly service.

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                        Frances in Toronto May 4, 2004 07:02 PM

                        I've tried "The Host", on 14 Prince Arthur (and Avenue Road), which is around Yorkville. It's the only nicer Indian place I've ever been to and I like their food. It's definitely more formal than Indian Rice Factory, and definitely much much more formal than Biryani House (which is almost like a small cafeteria).

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