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Jul 10, 2004 02:32 PM

Tast of Punjab (art by Jeff from toronto Star)

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Based on the great comments about the korean bakery that was in the art. that Jeff wrote, I was excited to try out the Taste of Pubjab in brampton.

I got there on friday for luch and during the hole time the two of us were the ONLY people in the resturant... (not a good sign)

They were offering a buffet and we discided to go that route. (the ability to taste many different food choices)

The good

We asked for and got Nan (my favourite) and when it arrived it was hot, burrtered on one side with herbs.

They also had a GREAT onion chuttney, best i ever tasted.

The bad

there were veg as well as meat dishes (which is normal for an indian buffet)

The panneer had some cheese (but you had to go digging for it)

the goat curry was more curry then goat,

there was a chick pea 'curry' with swimiing in sauce and the pea peas were a little to hard.

The lettice in the salad bar,was brown, the onions seems to seen better days and i can go on...

it is hard to have a buffet with no turn over, and i did not try anything on the menu. But given this... i doubt that i would ever go back.

Jeff you struk out on this one

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  1. Thanks for posting, bob. It's great to have the feeback! Please note, though, that I only reported this place as a "looks good" spotting, rather than a place I'd actually tried (see article at link below).

    Also, a few observations:

    1. I almost never go for buffets unless they look really really good (I check first). Not only does the turnover adversely affect it, but generally it's not the best cooking. If I do opt for buffets, I try to keep an open mind - that is, I use the meal to quickly get a sense of the chef's range so that I can order smartly from menu next time.

    2. I don't expect sprightly fresh lettuce in these places. Rating that is sort of like rating white bread quality in a barbecue joint :)

    3. re: the "chick pea 'curry' with swimiing in sauce", could that have been a chaat smothering sauce? That'd explain its liquidiness...and it's very Punjabi

    4. the above are all arguable, but on this next point I am a close-minded fanatic: ANY restaurant that makes one thing really great gets my benefit of doubt, respect, and eager return. If you really truly love that chutney, you owe it to yourself (IMO) to dig deeper into the menu and try to find the other best things. Deliciousness is never an accident. Not every restaurant does everything well, but one that does one thing very very well is like a blinking sign which should scream to you "investigate me more!"

    Also, it's important to adjust for "first visit syndrome". If a first meal in a place results in a bunch of clinkers and a few scattered treasures, that speaks more to your meal, than to the restaurant itself. They may have a dozen things there as good as that chutney! I always bear in mind, for perspective on this, that it's very possible for someone to dine in my five favorite restaurants and despise them all...IF they happen to get the wrong things. And sometimes bad luck means you hit mostly wrong things.

    I mean, it's possible the chutney's the only good thing. But I doubt it!



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    1. re: Jim Leff


      thanks for the response. ANd I do agree that a buffet is not the best way to descover a resturant, However it does give the person ann oppertuinity to smaple a number of its dishes to see the scope of the kitchen.

      And maybe i will go back.... but the simple fact that there was NOT one person in the whole resturant (12-1:30) on a friday is a sign i do not normally ignore either

      thanks again... and i hope you come back to TO.

      question ever been to montreal?

      1. re: bob

        Most places that are full all the time get that way because of a good location or deep marketing budgets - neither of which have much to do with deliciousness. And I know zillions of places where incredible talents have cooked with copious love yet nobody came. The reason for this is that the crowds are not smart, they follow marketing and they follow each other, but they rarely follow quality.

        This makes me sad, and one big reason behind this Chowhound network. Find the good guys, so 1. we eat better and 2. the good guys prosper and inspire more good guys (instead of just another chain franchisee or other opportunist grinding out the usual crap).
        Again, deliciousness is never an accident. Remember that wonderful onion chutney. Find other things there that are as great. Tell your fellow Torontonians about it, and let's get everyone eating better and help some good guys find an audience. And in the unlikly even that the onion chutney is the only good thing the kitchen does (I'd bet good money it's not), well, that's important work, too. This is all chowhounding, this is the adventure. Turning into a tourist and detective in your own city!

        "question ever been to montreal?"
        Yeah! I have a report with a bunch of my favorite Toronto and Montreal finds, most of them really obscure. And some sort of unconventional views of the food scenes in both towns. See link below to order (all sales in the ChowMarket support this web site)