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Jan 23, 2006 01:38 PM

Chef of India ( A Review )

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"Chef of India" ( formally known as Sidhartha ) is located at 30 Eglinton Ave E at Yonge St. I went there last night with friends and was blown away by the food and the service.

We sampled their samosas, chicken madras, chicken korma, lamb vindaloo and chana masala, along with the usual naan bread and basmati rice, sharing these dishes between 4 adults. We were all stuffed when we left. Our bill came to $140.00, and that was with a bottle of wine!

I 've been going to this restaurant for a few years now, and it has gone through several name changes. The food and the service remains unchanged and impressive. I am discouraged that the restaurant is only half full most of the time, and I don't know if it's the location, but it never seems to be give it a try Chowhounds! If you love Indian, you'll love this place!

For those of you who work in the area, they have a lunch buffet special...please let me know how it is!

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  1. Do they have a website? And do they deliver?

    6 Replies
    1. re: Yum

      Not sure about a website, but they definitely deliver.

      1. re: wickalicious

        I have been to the lunch buffet; more times that I care to admit.

        As Indian buffets go, it's pretty good. It's one of the better ones, I'm sure. It has a lot of variety; many dishes. And, the food is quite good, if only the standard north Indian buffet cliches: bright red butter chicken, etc.

        I like it. Nearby (at Davisville) is Maroli. Try that place if you want something incredibly good. It's Malabari (south Indian) food. It's unbelievable.

        1. re: Fwagra

          Thanks for the info....I'll try your suggestion! I just can't get enough Indian food!

          : )

        2. re: wickalicious

          They do have a website

          Their lunch buffet is amazing. For $8.99 ALL YOU CAN EAT its amazing value. Usually you will pay around $10.00 for each dish they have on their buffet so its a steal at this price.

          The service is good. Its a good place to go during your lunch hour if you work in the Yonge & Eglinton area.

        3. re: Yum

          They do deliver, or you can pick up order with cash payment and get 10% off order. There is a 35$ minimum for delivery. (416) 485-5552

          Hope you give them a try! You won't be disappointed!

        4. Another vote for Chef- we used to order out from them all the time & it was quite a while before I even actually sat down *in* the place- were I was treated to excellent service-making menu suggestions and even plating my meal from it's dish for me when it first arrived!

          Only problem is the 'heights' you have to go to get to the lavoratory. If you have ambulation issues-either due to physical reasons or alcoholic's quite a trip..

          1. I frequent there for lunch since I work sort of close. I love the place. The best Indian food I've had. The tandoori chicken is incredible.
            At the price they charge for the buffet, it's a steal.


            1. Variety is not as good as what people said here, so I'm kind of disappointed. They also don't have any fruits and only have 1 kind of dessert. Butter chicken and tandoori chicken are excellent. If you really like these 2 dishes, it's worth to go to. Otherwise, I'd rather go to Trimurti or Agra.

              1. I love Chef of India. I find everything tasty, don't have a problem with the variety and I'm not a dessert person, so lack of choice there doesn't bother me. I have found the staff there to be pleasant and accommodating.

                Last year, I hosted a book group/dinner party (we did Kiran Desai's Inheritance of Loss) and chef Rajesh was very helpful in coming up with a suitable menu for me (of 10 people, I had one vegetarian, four committed carnivores, two who live for spicy hot, three who wanted mild, etc, etc, plus some additonal teens hanging around.)

                When I arrived to pick up the order, it wasn't quite ready yet, so they sat me down and served me a complimentary snack and drink while I waited. Rajesh then helped me carry all the food out to my car. The dinner was a success.

                I see they've updated their website, thank god.

                Chef of India
                30 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P1A6, CA