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Embassy Samosa King - Review + Photos

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Embassy Samosa King
Finch Ave & Middlefield Ave (plaza at North-East Corner)
Toronto, ON

there was a request for west-end samosas a few weeks back, and i made mention of Embassy Samosa King on the boards .. it's become almost a ritual to pick up some samosas and other delicious snacks on a biweekly basis .. i can't think of a three week stretch when i haven't paid them a visit ..

they're located in a red brick plaza at the north-east corner of Finch & Middlefield .. the store is located closer to the parking area, so don't fret if you can't see the signage while driving into the plaza ..

at times the line-ups here can be crazy .. easily 15 deep, translating to a 20-25 minute wait .. for take-out !! they have display counters for sweets (sold by weight), hot foods/curries (butter chicken, paneer, channa masala), and deep fried snacks ..

the samosas (5 for $1) -- these are what keep this place running so smoothly .. customers will come in and order 20, 40, 80 samosas .. the shopkeeps don't even blink .. this is normal for them ..

the samosas are filled with potato and peas (only veggie samosas available, no meats), mildly spicy ..

the flat vadas (3 for $1) can look deceivingly spicy, but they're not .. they are more flavourful than hot, made of dahl (split peas), onions, fennel, and small amounts of chili ..

the donut vada (3 for $1) can be a bit of an acquired taste .. made of lentil flour (not sure?), these have a fishy flavour that's been difficult to isolate ..

the mutton rolls ($0.75 each) have made me come back time and time again .. the spicy potato and mutton filling don't hit you right away, but about half-way through a roll, a sufficient amount of heat builds up on your tongue and sends your sweat glands tinglings ..

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  1. Tried this place today moo, it is fantastic. I had 15 samosas and the mutton roll, and like you said half way through the mutton roll the heat kicks in. Two thumbs up and nice and cheap.

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    1. re: Crispy skin

      the veggie rolls rock too ... fantastic with a dab of tamarind sauce ...

      ChowWorm ...
      ThInk I'lll have to stop there on the way home now ....

    2. I would definitely frequent this place more often if the line ups were so long... When we go - we go with a purpose (pot luck + our personal stash.) The coriander chutney is a must, too

      1. I so need to get to this place.

        DT

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        1. re: Davwud

          I've been here and for me personally, the samosas are not that great. I think people line up because they get a godo deal. I've had better samosas. I live in the West End and drove all the way to Scarb to try this place and after 20 mins in a lineup I was disappointed.

          But to each his/her own I guess.

          1. re: Davwud

            Yep, you do. :)

            Just make sure you're setting your expectations at the right level -- I hate when a place gets hyped up and then I try it and it lets me down. The samosas there are great, but they are 5 for a dollar, so don't expect them to be huge or have a ton of filling. The filling is a simple, tasty potato filling with the occasional pea. The wrap is crisp and flaky, especially if you get there when they happen to be fresh out of the kitchen. And if the mutton rolls are the things that look like egg rolls, then heck yeah, those are awesome. The filling also seems to be mostly potato with some minced meat, but the spice level is great and I love the wrap, which manages to be crispy, thick and chewy at the same time. Yummy.

            We usually buy 40 or 50 samosa at a time and freeze a bunch them. They heat up really well in the toaster oven and make a great snack when you're looking for something hot and savoury.

            For a totally different samosa, you should also try Simba Grill on Donlands (it's across from Fresh From the Farm). They are (I think) an African (maybe Ugandan?) Indian style -- the super crisp pastry is thinner and smooth, more like a thick spring roll wrapper and the filling is a very spicy ground beef. No potatoes or other vegetables. Much pricier, but really good.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Jo.

              Are they (Simba) like Sultan of Somosas samosas?? If so, from what I understand they're from India. They're from the south whereas we're used to the northern style. (Or verse visa, I'm not sure) They're made with phyllo. They're also excellent.

              DT

              1. re: Davwud

                I've never tried Sultan of Samosas, so can't compare. But yes, I believe you're correct about the phyllo. But I think 1sweetpea below is right that it's a bit of a hybrid between Tanzanian and Indian flavours. I need to go get some more soon. They can sometimes be a bit bland (spicy, but bland -- I swear they sometimes forget to add salt), but they're perfect with the sauce.

            2. re: Davwud

              Why? It's main claim to fame is the low price of the product. You get what you pay for, in most cases.

              1. re: foodyDudey

                I've been a bunch of times for their samosas, and agree with TorontoJo. I wouldn't say it's a destination spot however. The main draw is the price, plain and simple. Are they tasty? Yes. Are they mind blowing? No.

                I don't consider samosas to be gourmet. So, they are perfectly fine for what they are. Not huge, but crispy, light and not overly greasy (something I find with other places).

                While they don't have the variety, I prefer these to Sultan of Samosas overpriced samosas. I'm happy picking them up by the bag and taking my savings to the bank. ;)

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  So I can find out for myself rather than than listen to 10 people say they're meh and 10 people say they redefine samosas.
                  Besides, I'm also interested in the mutton rolls.

                  DT

                  1. re: Davwud

                    I believe Simba is Tanzanian/Kenyan. The cuisine is a hybrid of Indian and East African. The meat samosas are also likely an African riff on an Indian savoury pastry concept.

                    1. re: 1sweetpea

                      There are quite a few places in Scarberia doing this sort of fare, "short eats" as they say Sri Lanka. I had been going to one place ('Vinushin' I think it's called) in the plaza at SW corner of Eglinton and Kennedy. Bit of a PITA to get to, as I am usually just grabbing a bag of snacks while driving home to Picton.
                      Then I discovered another place on Markham Ave, in the plaza on the east side just north of Ellesmere. (There's a Chinese buffet place in the same plaza.)
                      Quite busy, friendly and clean. Vada are excellent as are the rolls.

                      1. re: koknia

                        Babu is one of these Sri Lankan places that I frequent and think is awesome and very clean - on Sheppard between McCowan and Markham.

                        http://babudelivery.ca/index.php