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RASOEE The Indian Kitchen (Downtown)...???

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Rachel-L. Oct 8, 2004 09:02 PM

Is this any good? It looks good. I LOVE Indian food and am hoping to sample a few different places while I am visiting Toronto.

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    Viola Oct 8, 2004 10:42 PM

    It's a chain and I believe that it's fast food cafeteria style?

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      Rachel-L. Oct 8, 2004 11:41 PM

      Yes, I know that ... But sometimes these places have very Chow-Worthy food. Have you been there?

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        shanghai noodle Oct 10, 2004 02:40 AM

        i live/work nearby and have been a few times when it first opened. the food wasn't very good. more recently i went to give it another shot, and sadly it's the same. it's not very good even for a fast food place. even the rice isn't good (think uncle ben's). for indian fast food there's a place in the first cdn place food court (can't remember the name, it's been a few years) that is much better.

        but for a true chowish indian place closeby, you're better off going to ghandi roti on queen near bathurst. the butter chicken in their rotis is in a whole different league than what they serve at rasoee.

        if you want a more complete menu, then try any of the three sit down indian restaurants on the south side of queen close to mccaul (babur is probably the best of the lot), especially at lunch when they all have buffet specials for a few dollars more than rasoee's "combo platter".

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          dan Oct 13, 2004 12:25 AM

          I couldn't agree more.....go to Gandhi if you are in need of indian takeout downtown.

          the Scarborough Rasoee (1515 Birchmount south of Ellesmere) is much better than downtown

          Link: http://www.rasoee.com/id17.htm

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            Adam Firsk Dec 4, 2004 07:46 PM

            What a whacked out opinion. I lived in England for many years and finally found one Indian restaurant in Toronto that actually makes excellent curry. Rasoee has spectacular food, especially their butter chicken. You should see the line-up these guys have during lunch!!!

            Rasoee has amazing food. Their butter chicken is to die for!!! Their biryani is excellent and their lamb curry probably rates as among the best in Toronto. It's such a nice clean place with such pleasant service -- quite the opposite compared to that hole in the wall called Gandhi. Seriously, Rasoee is probably the only Indian restaurant in Toronto that has high calibre Indian food, and that too at such reasonable prices!!!

            AF

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              alan breg Feb 13, 2005 08:09 AM

              Was this written by an owner or employee?..hmmm

              Gandhi serves brilliant roti, the place neeeds some paint but the food is glorious.

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                magic May 2, 2008 11:12 AM

                Rasoee is gross. They should be ashamed for the food they serve.

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          dombort Nov 2, 2006 04:32 PM

          Rasoee has been hit and miss for me (mostly miss). The butter chicken was thinned out watery sauce. The Naan is ok. Rice is average. This is McDonald's/indian.. I'm not a big fan.
          4 / 10

          1. deelicious Nov 2, 2006 07:49 PM

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              dal Nov 2, 2006 10:25 PM

              I have to agree that the Rasoee on Birchmount is much better than the one on Richmond. It'd be much better to check out Little India on Queen St. W. I won't say it's the best Indian in Toronto, but we have always had excellent meals there and the service is great.

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                Suresh Nov 2, 2006 10:40 PM

                Sorry, Rasoee is not indian food (lol).
                Gandhi
                Rashnaa
                Lahore Tikka House
                even Trimurti

                There are plenty of great places for Indian food

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                  Feedback Nov 5, 2006 02:04 AM

                  Hi Suresh,
                  Why do you say that Rasoee is not Indian Food?
                  The food may not suit your taste, but it is
                  still Indian in flavour and menu.

                  Feedback

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                    mistermono May 2, 2008 11:03 AM

                    Just tried Rasoee for the first time after having walked by on several occasions.

                    Food was just meh, but my god is it overpriced! $7.00 for a tiny bit of curry, nan that is clearly not from the tandoor and two cucumber slices and a baby carrot on the side! What an unbelievable ripoff.

                  2. chocabot May 2, 2008 03:19 PM

                    i don't know if their naan is even from a tandoor... it's flabby in some spots and not really crisp. I found their chicken to be like leftover industrial chicken (or maybe it was just over marinated because it had an odd uni-texture) and the sauce, as mentioned above, was runny and bland. I couldn't get past a few bites. i'd rate it among the worst meals ever.

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                      Mintycake May 3, 2008 06:35 PM

                      Eww....I went in there for a beef curry and naan....GROSS. Do yourself a favour and go to Little India or Trimurti.

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                        SocksManly May 4, 2008 04:16 PM

                        Man, so many picky eaters here.. $7 is a ripoff for a sit down eat at Richmond and Spadina? Rigggggght.

                        I'm sure you eat for what, $2? $2.50? C'mon? You can hardly get a slice of pizza and a drink for $7 nowadays!

                        I ate there twice, I thought the food was really good. Sure, Gandhi is better.. But it's also twice as expensive, and dirty... Very dirty.

                        You people need to get off your high horse and mingle with the commoners.

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                          Leslieville May 5, 2008 06:18 AM

                          The board is here for people to express their opinions and if theirs don't agree with your's, well it's their right to say whatever they want!!! Fortunately, we don't all like the same things.

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                            chocabot May 5, 2008 08:24 AM

                            I think it comes down to what a person feels about the meal's value.

                            Luckily, you've found a cheap place with great food. The same for me would be a banh mi or bbq on rice in chinatown, a jerk lunch, or a snack at tacos el asador...

                            Sometimes places that are twice as expensive are more than twice as good and that value, will outrank a cheaper place.

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                              Sedul Jun 27, 2008 10:01 AM

                              Rasoee wasn't that great, watery butter chicken sauce. Chicken is okay average and only a couple pieces, probably not close to 100g in weight.

                              I would not go again. I rather pay a bit more for better food.

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                            The perfect bite Jun 27, 2008 10:41 AM

                            Never get delivery! It was soo bad. Everything was leaking out of the containers (some were even broken and I found plastic in my food!!!) and the food (that I did eat) was just O.K. Many better Indian places downtown. Most of my favs has been listed already by other fellow Chowhounder's - thank you.

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