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Todd Feb 19, 2006 03:46 PM

Any recommendations on the highest quality, best tasting Indian Food in Toronto? Thanks!

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    Chris RE: Todd Feb 19, 2006 06:52 PM

    I'm a big fan of Trimurti on Queen West (at Duncan, I believe, near Chum City Building). Great food...great service... I haven't encountered much better... and I live in little india....

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      kathleen RE: Chris Feb 19, 2006 10:35 PM

      I know I talk about this place all the time BUT it's simply the best Indian in the city, in my opinion!

      Try "Chef of India" on Eglinton, just east of Yonge on the north side. Great service. Great lunch buffet. Great dinner menu. I can't rave about it enough!

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        libbyfox RE: kathleen Feb 21, 2006 07:33 AM

        I totally agree!! It is hands down the best in the city. And the lunch buffet is so cheap!!

        It also happens to have the most attentive service of any restaurant I've visited.

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          to_frankie RE: kathleen Dec 28, 2006 03:40 PM

          Chef of India is a great find. It was a Sidharta previously. The lunch buffet is a steal.

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            chouchou RE: kathleen Jan 12, 2008 09:07 AM

            Sorry to say I totally disagree. Lunch was disappointing: nothing special, poor choice. Dinner was also disappointing: the food was lukewarm, a bit dry and the white wine glass I ordered was served in a warm glass.

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              eatsmart RE: kathleen Sep 16, 2009 10:13 PM

              Not sure but others might be able to figure out....does Chef of India actually deep fry the chicken for the chicken tandoori? It has a weird taste. Regardless, I agree with other posters. Not the best restaurant in terms of quality of Indian food.

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            Curtis RE: Todd Feb 19, 2006 08:04 PM

            I enjoy Cuisine of India on Yonge south of Finch and The Host has some pretty good naan at Hwy 7 and East Beaver Creek.

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              evansl RE: Curtis Sep 21, 2009 05:27 AM

              Cuisine of India has gone from the best Indian food in Toronto to C- in the last 6-7 years. Every meal is worse than the last. I don't know what's happened to that place.

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                lovestotravel RE: evansl Apr 27, 2011 01:12 PM

                Cuisine of India is closed

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              dannyboy RE: Todd Feb 20, 2006 12:34 PM

              Gandhi, queen st. west

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                AmandaEd RE: dannyboy Jan 12, 2007 05:26 PM

                Second Gandhi.

              2. food face RE: Todd Dec 27, 2006 02:15 AM

                Little India. ive tried just about every Indian resto in TO and nothing compares to Little India on Queen St. Don't be fooled by Dabur a few doors away. The service is terrible and food is so-so.

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                  NovoCuisine RE: food face Dec 27, 2006 09:44 PM

                  Do you mean Babur? Yes, I would agree; bad food there. My SO and I got really ill after a visit a couple years back.

                  Have to say I haven't been there since; it could have improved.. though I'm not willing to go back and find out.

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                    food face RE: NovoCuisine Dec 30, 2006 03:46 PM

                    Silly me Novo, yes I was referring to Babur. That place is God Aweful.

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                    tentimestwenty RE: food face Nov 16, 2010 02:08 PM

                    I agree that the flavouring of Little India is the best I've tried in Toronto but there's no variety in the dishes. They're all basically the same sauce. It's cheap and the portions are huge, but it still only rates a 7/10 for me.

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                      food face RE: tentimestwenty Nov 16, 2010 05:33 PM

                      I'm not sure what repetitive sauce you are referring to? The chicken korma is a cashew cream based sauce that stands alone from the butter chicken tomato based sauce. The vegetarian dishes are all distinctly made too. I don't venture too much into their lamb/beef dishes so perhaps you are referring to them??? For example, the palak paneer isn't even sauce based at all. The chicken pakora's are somewhat hard to find at other indian restaurants with most just carrying onion and veggie ones. (I say most, yes I have seen chicken pakora's at other places). It's not fusion Indian. It's not even modern Indian food. It's all the favorites with each dish being filled with familial love. Having gone there for about 15 years and now considering the owner and his sons as friends, I stand by their food as being a 10/10. I don't feel that they are a restaurant that reptitively uses the same base for their sauces. Just my opinion.

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                    embee RE: Todd Dec 27, 2006 03:50 AM

                    See my comments on Dhaba http://www.chowhound.com/topics/105441

                    Since this meal followed many unexciting ones over the years, I can't claim Dhaba to be "best in Toronto", but the meal described there certainly qualified.

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                      wordsworth RE: embee Jan 14, 2007 01:14 PM

                      Big thumbs down on Dhaba.

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                        Shimso RE: embee Jun 30, 2010 07:07 PM

                        I remember going to Dhaba a few years ago and everything tasted like lime as salt.

                        We went as a large group and not one of us liked it.

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                          tentimestwenty RE: embee Mar 29, 2011 10:37 PM

                          Dhaba is still my favourite indian in Toronto. A little overpriced but very flavourful and fresh ingredients with minimal oil. Trimurti is #4, Halal 786 #3, Banjara #2.

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                          309 King Street West (across from Hyatt on King), Toronto, ON M5V 1J5, CA

                          Banjara
                          796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L7, CA

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                          FlavoursGal RE: Todd Dec 27, 2006 04:10 AM

                          Has anyone tried Bombay Masala yet? It opened last week on Eglinton, between Bathurst and Allen Rd.

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                            xizhimen RE: Todd Dec 27, 2006 03:27 PM

                            Lahore Tikka House on Gerrard, it's blunt and greasy. In my experience, most Indian places have spruced up their offerings to appeal to more sophisticated palettes. Lahore Tikka sure hasn't, which is why I think it outclasses the competition. It also gets points for atmosphere.

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                              foodyDudey RE: xizhimen Dec 27, 2006 03:52 PM

                              LTH is not Indian, it's Pakistani. Almost directly across the street is Mahar, which spruced up their location in the summer and now offeres a decent buffet for around $9 at dinner.

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                                embee RE: xizhimen Dec 27, 2006 06:37 PM

                                Lahore Tikka House (which is Pakistani) WAS wonderful, with exceptional food and, in the summer, an amazing ambiance on their patio. But things changed when success went to their heads.

                                Eating in the trailers surrounded by their apparently aborted mega construction project (purportedly it was to seat 1000, though I doubt that) isn't very nice. The food is still good (some of it very good), and worth experiencing if this cuisine isn't available where you live. But it used to be extraordinary and it isn't extraordinary any more. And they could still produce authentic flavours without 1/4 inch of ghee on top. I wish they would go back to being what they were, but that's wishful thinking.

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                                  Sui_Mai RE: xizhimen Apr 26, 2009 07:48 AM

                                  It just a truly fun place with delicious simple food. A star in my opinion!

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                                    pearlD RE: Sui_Mai Apr 26, 2009 01:37 PM

                                    I didn't think it was 'fun' or even 'good' for that matter....sorry but I do like to have a 'real' plate and a real 'glass' not to mention 'real' cutlery as well. As to the food, sorry, I thought it was mediocre at best, greasy and overcooked....that being said the 'husbands' (who used to be Hippies/India trippers) loved it...The wives said, that they could go back to Lahore Tikka sans the wives any time they craved a 'memory jolt'!!!

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                                    tentimestwenty RE: xizhimen Nov 16, 2010 02:09 PM

                                    I thought Lahore was disgusting. Amazingly greasy and very low quality ingredients. Little or no nutritional value.

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                                      food face RE: tentimestwenty Nov 16, 2010 05:42 PM

                                      Lahore gets a lot of flack on CH. People seem to forget that they became famous for their cheap and tasty kabobs. Their curry's are somewhat crappy, sure. But it's like going to a smokehouse BBQ place and ordering a cob salad and then being disappointed and complaining about it. Their kabobs are succulent, well spiced, traditionally made in the clay oven and offerred at a reasonable price. Their Naan is fluffy and lovely. Their Naan also comes in with great toppings. The sesame Naan kind of reminds me in a weird way of a super fresh montreal bagel. I don't claim that Lahore is the best by any stretch however I want to state that I don't think it's fair to send a message that the restaurant is "disgusting". Also, if you want a nutritious meal, perhaps Indian food at most restaurants (other than Veda (ick) is not your best bet?

                                      The moral of the story- Go to Lahore and stick to Kabobs and Naan. That's it.

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                                        ManAbout RE: food face Nov 18, 2010 09:07 PM

                                        I had the Kebabs there the last time I was there a few months ago, amongst other things. They were greasy, underspiced and overall fairly disgusting. The naan was probably up there with the worst I have had in a long time. The naan was thick and doughy, instead of crisp and chewy and tasted of dough that had been left out too long. It was summer and the restaurant had an overall smell of rancid animal fat emanating from the kitchen. Yeah, Lahore was good, 10 years ago when it was a small little hole in the wall with 5 tables. I found it through and chowhound. But, I will not be going back anytime soon. The Indian restaurant scene is now bursting with new restaurants opening up almost every week, specially out in the west end of the city. There is no need to go back to Lahore.

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                                          foodyDudey RE: ManAbout Nov 18, 2010 09:46 PM

                                          To "food face" : I have not been to Lahore Tikka Palace since around 1993, when it was a few picnic tables with a tent over it and it wasn't very good then. I never went back. And don't call it Indian food, because it isn't.

                                          You can easily get a nutritious meal in any good Indian restaurant, Indians have been eating well for centuries.

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                                            food face RE: foodyDudey Nov 19, 2010 02:27 AM

                                            ManAbout...I have never had an experience like yours at Lahore. The volume of business there certainly doesn't represent it's rancid smells and disgustingness. Matter of opinion...the joy of this website!

                                            FoodDudey- My bad. You are absolutely right. Pakistani food not Indian. Also, I said MOST Indian Food restaurants. Most restaurants especially use a variety of beans, grains and vegetables which is wonderful. But the calorie and fat amounts found in the amounts clarified butter and liberal use of cream is not healthy. Please recomend a restaurant that you know limit's this amount of fat in the food, I'll go there! I know Annapurna does. Unfortunately, the taste isn't ever as good.

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                                              foodyDudey RE: food face Nov 19, 2010 05:32 AM

                                              The main reason that much of the Indian food seems oily is because it some style from the North of India, such as Punjabi or Moghlai cuisine. As you move south, the food becomes less oily. Here is a link which explains the style of food you usually see in the restaurants here and which I have little interest in eating:

                                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mughlai_...

                                              You can see that all the items they describe are common on the "Indian" restaurant menus in the GTA. But there is much more to Indian food than those items. Maroli serves a different style of food, and the new restaurant opening on Danforth Ave in the old Mon-Kut-Thai location will also be serving a less oily and rich cuisine. I haven't been there yet but that is what I can guess fro the items mentions on the paper covering the windows.

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                                                ManAbout RE: food face Nov 19, 2010 06:44 AM

                                                I have had the same experience at Lahore more than once. The time before that when I went it was slightly better. As for the volume of business, it seems to have dropped off considerably from it's heyday. And then there's the price. It's not cheap anymore, you are paying about $11 for mains. For that price I don't want to sit on picnic tables and eat off styfrofoam plates and use plastic cutlery.

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                                      gigi RE: Todd Dec 27, 2006 07:14 PM

                                      Lahore Tika, imho, is still very good. While it is a shame that they've been plagued by construction delays I'm glad that they've been able to stay open to serve their loyal customers! Personally, we always take-away, so I don't know what their dining room situation is, but the food has remained top-notch!

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                                        voracious RE: Todd Dec 28, 2006 04:03 PM

                                        Just found (last night) a great little place on Kingston Road west of Midland: Nama's (2446 Kingston Road). The channa, butter chicken and beef vindaloo were all very good, and the pakoras were sensational, but the naan really knocked our socks off. The place is so small we could actually hear it being slapped into shape in the kitchen - whap! whap! whap! - before being baked into the best naan ever. We told the server, who told the chef - who made us some more! Everyone who works there seems delightful. They deliver in the area and usually have a buffet, tho' not this week as they say business is slower over the hols.

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                                          bogie RE: Todd Dec 28, 2006 04:20 PM

                                          If you are looking for a more elegant Indian dining experience, I would like to recommend my favorite: Kama Sutra, which is on Bayview.

                                          This is a tastfully decorated room with hardwood floors and white linens. Nice bar, too.

                                          They have an superb beer selection, I especially enjoy the Chimay which goes great with their food. A respectable wine list is also available.

                                          I find their food to be uniformly excellent. Especially good items include the brie pakoras, lamb bhoona and chicken vindaloo.

                                          Also offered is a $49.95 prix fixe menu for 2 with an appetizer platter, 2 meat curries, veg curry, rice and naans.

                                          1. sweetie RE: Todd Dec 28, 2006 04:40 PM

                                            I like Chauhan's north of the city. It is on Denison near Woodbine in Markham. The staff is friendly and the food is fresh. I like watching the tandori person make the bread.

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                                              Love it Spicy RE: Todd Dec 28, 2006 07:23 PM

                                              I enjoy Babur on Queen.

                                              1. NovoCuisine RE: Todd Dec 28, 2006 10:29 PM

                                                In case you haven't caught my 10+ other replies to other threads on the subject.. Moti Mahal at Coxwell/Gerrard is the best Indian in the city IMO.

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                                                  RamaChandra RE: NovoCuisine Apr 9, 2010 10:02 PM

                                                  Moti Mahal
                                                  Great spot. Toronto staple.. it's been there for 30 years.. probably closer to 40! The most delicious butter chicken anywhere (yes!) and at a low price point. ($5-6 for veggie thali) Your food is ready fast even if the kitchen is getting their asses kicked. Try taking a box of fresh hand crafted sweets home /w you... pick and choose from a wide selection (sold by weight).

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                                                    tentimestwenty RE: NovoCuisine Nov 16, 2010 02:10 PM

                                                    Moti is pretty good compared to the 6 or 7 other places I've tried in TO. It's cheap and the variety is good, but all the dishes are a C- at best compared to my favourite restaurants elsewhere.

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                                                      blueandyellow RE: NovoCuisine Mar 29, 2011 07:07 PM

                                                      Moti Mahal is not my favourite by far, though I have a soft spot for their malai kofta. I also like the cafeteria atmosphere – probably not everyone's cup of tea.

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                                                      tootie RE: Todd Dec 29, 2006 02:34 AM

                                                      Bar-Be-Que Hut on Gerrard has my heart. Bad decor and bizarre entertainment that included a sitar player sitting on a table who ulimately got splashed by a fish in their tank. But the food was great and the people were wonderful.

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                                                        estragon RE: tootie Dec 29, 2006 09:59 PM

                                                        Funny thing about Bar-Be-Que Hut. It's smack in the middle of Little India, but all the customers are white. Once you taste the food, you quickly understand why.

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                                                          figaro RE: estragon Jan 13, 2008 12:18 PM

                                                          Absolutely! I think ketchup is the base for any red-coloured sauce. It's good to bring elderly relatives to - they won't have to contend with any flavour here.

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                                                            Sui_Mai RE: estragon Apr 26, 2009 07:51 AM

                                                            Word. I think it's like Lee's in Chinatown. Joanna Kates or someone raved about it and now it's all whitey-ed up.

                                                            They do deliver though, which is a bonus.

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                                                            RamaChandra RE: tootie Apr 9, 2010 09:36 PM

                                                            Bar-Be-Que Hut...
                                                            I spontaneously stumbled into this restaurant late on a sat night without a reservation while it was completely full. We were practically the only white people in the place but the general atmosphere was friendly and inviting, the other patrons were all smiles when we somewhat awkwardly took our seats. I was invited to sit in front of the live music performance (a duo playing harmonium/tabla's) where the family who owns the place were eating (the only two seats available in the whole place) and proceeded to have a simple, home style meal of tandoori jumbo tiger shrimps /w tikka masala. The shrimps were succulent and the naan was delicious and fresh. I enjoyed talking with owner and his wife, they were very nice (treated us to a drink actually) also enjoyed the two musician's esoteric performance. Try the green chili salsa, it's done proper. Big up this spot large..
                                                            @estragon @figaro @Sui_Mai I dunno when you went there (I believe we were there fall 2008), but perhaps they had different chef's on staff then or they stepped up their game that night.

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                                                              munchieHK RE: RamaChandra Apr 9, 2010 10:56 PM

                                                              You had a simple home style meal? Funny thing, I've been to many Indian homes, both in India and elsewhere and I've never yet seen one with its own tandoor! I guess you must just know a better class of people than me.
                                                              For the record, I found Bar-Be-Que Hut to be spectacularly mediocre, like every other restaurant in Little India.

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                                                            dkdk RE: Todd Dec 30, 2006 02:21 AM

                                                            We have eaten at a new Indian restaurant on Eglinton Ave W. (at Bathurst) twice called Bombay Masala. The food was absolutely terrific and we will keep going back. The area lacks an Indian restaurant and this one can compete with the best of them. We wish them luck as this location cannot seem to keep a restaurant.

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                                                              FlavoursGal RE: dkdk Dec 30, 2006 04:54 AM

                                                              We went to Bombay Masala for the first time tonight, and loved it. I was thrilled to see the sign go up, having hoped for years that some better offerings would grace this stretch of Eglinton.

                                                              I've started a new thread about my experience tonight at Bombay Masala.

                                                              I hope you've tried Sado Sushi as well. It's also in a location on Eglinton that's seen one restaurant after another come and go. The food is innovative and flavourful, very different from any other sushi restaurant in the city.

                                                            2. spades RE: Todd Dec 30, 2006 02:35 AM

                                                              People! No Toronto Indian talk should exclude King Palace. Simplicity personified... go in, pick 2-3 curries plus rice, heat up at home, and enjoy with your favourite brew in front of the tv.

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                                                                Dimbulb RE: spades Dec 30, 2006 11:53 AM

                                                                King Palace is Pakistani.

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                                                                  spades RE: Dimbulb Dec 30, 2006 02:04 PM

                                                                  It says "Indian and Pakistani" on the sign.

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                                                                    estragon RE: Dimbulb Dec 30, 2006 02:16 PM

                                                                    Not only that, but India and Pakistan were one country until just under 60 years ago.

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                                                                      Suresh RE: estragon Jan 12, 2008 02:40 PM

                                                                      ^..yea....
                                                                      you know most pakistani restaurants in toronto essentially serve indian food as well. There really is no difference between the two when it comes to eating at a restaurant in toronto. In reality there is, at the restaurant there isn't much because of the blend of both cultures in this beautiful city.

                                                                      I have never had a great meal at;
                                                                      indian flavour
                                                                      babur
                                                                      kama sutra
                                                                      gandhi (getting worse and worse)
                                                                      biryani house (wellesley)

                                                                      I very much enjoy;
                                                                      king's palace
                                                                      lth
                                                                      trimurti
                                                                      tabla (what a surprise)
                                                                      host (even the uppidy indian families go here for their special dinners)
                                                                      rashnaa
                                                                      masala dosa hut (wow)
                                                                      saravana bhavan (west over the east location)
                                                                      anjappar chettinad (the indians still, non indians seem to think its going downhill, meh, the dosas still rock)

                                                                      all i can think of for now...
                                                                      I'm realizing that there seems to be a very very big difference between what indian people think are good indian restaurants, and what non indian people think are really good indian restaurants. No, I mean there is a huge difference, more so than other cuisines (imo)

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                                                                        Googs RE: Suresh Jan 12, 2008 02:52 PM

                                                                        Huge differences? Perhaps yes, perhaps no. But I do agree with your hits and misses with the exception of King Palace. That's based on their DineSafe track record though.

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                                                                          estufarian RE: Suresh Jan 13, 2008 08:51 AM

                                                                          Maybe not that great a difference!
                                                                          Your 'miss' list includes many places I tried once (occasionally twice, based on reccos on this Board) and where I never went back (alphabetically: Babur, Biryani House, Gandhi, Kama Sutra).
                                                                          Your 'hit' list includes all my favourites (alphabetically: Masala Dosa Hut, Tabla, Trimurti, Rashnaa) - and a bunch of others I now intend to try.
                                                                          Good food is good food!

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                                                                    tomn77 RE: Todd Jan 11, 2007 09:45 PM

                                                                    Hi there,

                                                                    I'm looking for a nice fine dining Indian restaurant but most of the menus that I've come across offer their foods spicey. My girlfriend loves butter chicken and she cannot handle any spicey food at all. I'm hoping someone can help me out and suggest a place for a nice couple dinner? Thanks so much in advance.

                                                                    Tom

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                                                                      balthazar RE: tomn77 Jan 12, 2007 06:26 PM

                                                                      Utsav in Yorkville, see my post below. They have butter chicken. Since it is not a buffet and you order plates, you could probably talk to the owner and find out if any other dishes are non-spicy and/or could be modified. Very nice setting too, lovely for a casual but romantic couple dinner (plus you can go walking in Yorkville afterwards or catch a flick at the Manulife Centre).

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                                                                        indianchik RE: tomn77 Jan 13, 2007 03:55 AM

                                                                        best butter chicken at moti mahal restaurant on gerrard st, but its not fine dining, its more of a fast food set up.. but food is so good

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                                                                        noorie RE: Todd Jan 11, 2007 10:04 PM

                                                                        I've heard Saravana Bhavan in the west end is pretty good. Pakwanchi is Pakistani, located at Kennedy and Sheppard...great Nihari, great biryani

                                                                        Not a very big fan of eating at Gerrard...but hey, to each his own

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                                                                          ax174 RE: noorie Jan 12, 2007 06:08 PM

                                                                          Second Pakwanchi. Not fine dining by any stretch - not even as clean as the local McDonald's - and long waits while they cook your food, but what food!

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                                                                            DDD RE: noorie Jan 14, 2007 10:20 PM

                                                                            Saravana Bhavan at Hurontario and Eglinton is fantastic (there are 4 or 5 others around e.g. LA, south east asia), it is very authentic vegitarian eg. dosas, thalis etc. service is good, restaurant is very clean, parking is easy, and the value is excellent (you can eat well for $10 per person). There is a place that is somewhat similar on Gerrard (U Dee P Palace - ? spelling), but not quite as good.

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                                                                            balthazar RE: Todd Jan 12, 2007 06:21 PM

                                                                            I love Utsav on Yorkville:
                                                                            http://www.utsav.ca

                                                                            It is an order individual dishes/share (if you wish) menu, not buffet. Amazing food & reasonably priced. Lots of great vegetarian selections. Owner is very nice. It opened in 2006 so is new - if you haven't been there I recommend trying it.

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                                                                              Poorboy RE: balthazar Jun 2, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                                              I am looking forward to Utsav!
                                                                              Reservations made for this Saturday early evening. I have heard that no, it is not buffet and that the meals are prepared as ordered. I am really looking forward to something special as this restaurant has been recommended to me by a few different people now.

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                                                                              Saffron8 RE: Todd Jan 14, 2007 04:32 PM

                                                                              I had dinner at Indian Hut (Church, just south of Bloor) last night and it was stunning! The buffet was wonderful. High quality, with limitless baskets of fresh, warm naan brought to the table. I recommend it. Lovely decor, nice staff.

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                                                                                pouletsecret RE: Todd Jan 14, 2007 07:51 PM

                                                                                I had the buffet at Indian Hut on Friday and found it strictly medicore and overpriced (though perhaps not for the location). You're more or less obligated to go for the buffet, since it's the same price as a single dish plus naan or rice, and none of the dishes were particularly noteworthy.
                                                                                Try 786 Halal for spectacular made-to-order food, or King Palace for the best steam-table fare in the city.

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                                                                                  Natasha H RE: Todd Dec 28, 2007 07:07 AM

                                                                                  I have celiac disease, and so eat alot of indian food (being careful about the curry of course). The best indian joint I have ever been too is Spices India Cafe on Temperance Street just off of Yonge St. It is not the most beautifully decorated and is only open for lunch, but the food is extremely flavourful, light, and the owner/chef is a delight--personally serves you with genuine foodie excitement about his dishes. As far as being celiac friendly, I have to really check on the curry he uses to be sure, but I never have any adverse affects. Besides, the owner is always happy to tell you what is in his dishes.

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                                                                                    Googs RE: Natasha H Dec 28, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                                                    I absolutely love Spices Cafe. His hours are late enough that you can have dinner there as well. I've done so at least 2-3 times. I find that if you call in advance and let him know when you can make it he can be extremely accommodating. One of the nicest guys I've met I'd say. He does plan on opening on weekends eventually and perhaps going a little later than he currently does on weekdays. Healthy & tasty food for oh so cheap.

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                                                                                      Yum2MyTum RE: Googs Jan 11, 2008 05:08 AM

                                                                                      Hi Googs and Natasha H - is there anything in particular I should be trying at Spices? I just discovered it yesterday. I am a fan of Saag Paneer - how is Pervez's (the chef/owner) version? Thanks in advance!

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                                                                                        Googs RE: Yum2MyTum Jan 11, 2008 05:40 AM

                                                                                        I have had and reeeeally enjoyed his Saag Paneer. You know, though, my best meals there have been when I let him pick the dishes. I just give him some basic parameters like how many courses, meat or no meat, and let him go. The place is so inexpensive I never worry about the bottom line. You may want to give him a budget on your first go until you build up trust.
                                                                                        http://spicescafe.ca/

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                                                                                          Yum2MyTum RE: Googs Jan 11, 2008 05:49 AM

                                                                                          Thanks Googs! That's really helpful. He seems quite the enthusiast so I'm looking forward to my meal.

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                                                                                            Love it Spicy RE: Yum2MyTum Jan 11, 2008 09:04 AM

                                                                                            Chutneys is great Indian restaurant in royal york / bloor area.

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                                                                                              Food Tourist RE: Love it Spicy Jan 13, 2008 10:17 AM

                                                                                              Chutney's is truly unmemorable.

                                                                                              My favourites are still Banjara and Cuisine of India (though I haven't been up to Cuisine of India on Yonge/Finch for over a year). Tabla was pretty good but I was disappointed in their beef vindaloo. Really good breads at Tabla, however! Definitely get the naan stuffed with ground lamb.

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                                                                                                Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Mar 20, 2008 08:48 PM

                                                                                                Ugh. Had dinner at Banjara this evening and it has gone severely downhill. Really disappointing chicken tikka and garlic naan. The mutter paneer has changed and is no longer addictive. Eggplant (bengan bharta) is smothered in sauce that is remarkably similar to the mutter paneer. Mango lassi is too sweet. What is this world coming to?

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                                                                                            NovoCuisine RE: Googs Jan 13, 2008 12:07 PM

                                                                                            I dropped by Spices very quickly during lunch a couple weeks back. I just wanted to grab a samosa to go, but the owner talked me out of it and sent me on my way with a small bowl containing a few of his offerings at a "special price" for my first time. He was a lovely guy and the food was great.. I plan on giving Spices Cafe a lot of my lunch business.

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                                                                                      snoobie RE: Todd Jan 12, 2008 09:14 AM

                                                                                      I love Khana Khajana 7117 Bathurst – 905-771-6661. We have only been there for dinner. and have been there many times The food is very flavorful. We drive far to get to it, but feel it is really worth it. Has anyone else tried it?

                                                                                      1. legourmettv RE: Todd Jan 12, 2008 01:18 PM

                                                                                        So having spent 4 months riding the rails in India, jumping off when the whim took us, what is Indian food???
                                                                                        Huge country, consisting of so many regional cuisine's.
                                                                                        In the end I come back to Lahore Tikka in little India (I know you're screaming it's Pakistani!!, but it matches so well the food that I really enjoyed in India).

                                                                                        For those who wish to travel outside their comfort zone -- Mount Everest in Ajax -- yes Ajax. Great food, great family run place, food from Punjab. ( Yes, Yes I know there is a Punjab on each side of the India / Pakistan border. Partition continues to scar.)

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                                                                                          GilTO RE: legourmettv Mar 22, 2008 02:20 PM

                                                                                          I have to second, third, fourth and fifth Lahore Tikka House. I am an avid Indian food eater and my one time eating at Lahore is up there with the best ever!

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                                                                                            snoobie RE: GilTO Sep 5, 2009 04:42 PM

                                                                                            Lahore Tikka House may have tasty food, but it is the MOST GREASY food I have ever eaten. The oil sits in large pools all over the food..... quite disgusting. We ate there once and will never return.

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                                                                                              ebyul012 RE: snoobie Nov 6, 2009 01:28 PM

                                                                                              I came in search of some new recommendations for places to eat, cause LTH is the one I usually frequent.
                                                                                              It does lose a few points in terms of setting (constant renovations), and the picnic plastic/Styrofoam cutlery...and it is greasey...
                                                                                              but I keep going back...lol Beyond the grease, I felt that it really satisfied my palette, and I did enjoy the fact that the individuals working there were quite nice and pleasant in answering questions.
                                                                                              (I do have to mention to people to be careful when going to the bathroom, cause depending on where you are sitting, you do have to cross the kitchen entrance to get there...and there is a slight possibility of collision...something I almost experienced this past summer.)

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                                                                                            BamiaWruz RE: legourmettv Sep 6, 2009 09:00 AM

                                                                                            Is mount evereset still open?

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                                                                                              legourmettv RE: BamiaWruz Sep 14, 2009 05:20 AM

                                                                                              Last time I drove by a couple of weeks ago Mount Everest was still open.

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                                                                                            balthazar RE: Todd Jan 12, 2008 02:17 PM

                                                                                            My favourite Indian resto is Utsav in Yorkville.

                                                                                            Also, I haven't yet eaten at the main resto, but I did have the takeout from Amaya Express the other night and very much enjoyed it. Looking forward to trying the Amaya the resto.

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                                                                                              coqauvin RE: Todd Jan 14, 2008 08:29 AM

                                                                                              I really love the Host on Prince Arthur near Bloor/University but haven't been in a while. A few months ago I tried a new one on Bloor, just west of Christie Pit but I can't recall the name. It used to be a cheap burger joint. Its small and basic but I found the food really good. Anyone remember the name?

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                                                                                                Food Tourist RE: coqauvin Jan 14, 2008 06:12 PM

                                                                                                Banjara.

                                                                                              2. xssnrg RE: Todd Jan 14, 2008 04:33 PM

                                                                                                Ok I found my favorite butter chicken a couple of months ago - desperately trying to locate the resto's name but no luck yet. So - for those CH's who enjoy a trip north in the city - try the Indian restaurant NE corner of Bayview and Major McKenzie - it's the last restaurant in the strip, closest to Bayview.

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                                                                                                  bobbob911 RE: Todd Jan 15, 2008 09:57 AM

                                                                                                  I've tried nearly all the places on this list, and I have to say: I think The Host is probably the best, most consistent indian food in the city, believe it or not!

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                                                                                                    kmacd RE: Todd Mar 21, 2008 11:05 AM

                                                                                                    In the Gerrard S. area I'd say Siddhartha. I was there again just a couple of weeks ago with a few colleagues who were in town for a conference I had organized. The food was fantastic (off the menu) and the service was great. It was a horribly snowy blustery night and there were no cabs to be seen when the time came to leave. The owner overheard us talking about walking up to the Coxwell subway station and told us to wait for a few minutes. She got her husband to bring his car around and he ferried people up to the subway station. People from out of town - especially New York and London - couldn't believe it. That's what I call service above and beyond. Despite the weather, we had a great night and I'll gladly take another crowd of guests in the future.

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                                                                                                      mikeinTO RE: kmacd Sep 18, 2008 08:44 PM

                                                                                                      I enjoyed eating at Siddhartha, great value.

                                                                                                      Lahore Tika.. good but expensive... and the weird trailer vibe with their never ending construction and lots of construction dust every really kills the atmosphere.. better off getting take out.

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                                                                                                      singe RE: Todd Mar 22, 2008 10:17 AM

                                                                                                      Try Chakra on Yonge north of Eg. Soooooooooooooo good. New joint. Pretty inside. Beautiful presentation. Attention to detail. Exceptionally good food. Not cheap, about double the prices of Gerrard St. Indian, but well worth it.

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                                                                                                        estufarian RE: singe Mar 23, 2008 05:52 AM

                                                                                                        Thought about going last week, but their website doesn't list any styles (only says 'Tandoori' and 'Curry'). About as useful as a restaurant only advertizing "European Food". And their website switches the annoying music back on every time you change page.
                                                                                                        Good example of 'How Not To Design A Website". (I guess that will send a lot of people there who are now intrigued!).
                                                                                                        What did you have there?

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                                                                                                          singe RE: estufarian Mar 23, 2008 06:48 AM

                                                                                                          I really thought the web site did mention Northern Indian and Bengali...look again. I had perfect pakora, buttery palak paneer, delish shrimp with mango and pomegranate, delicate rice, brilliant, smoky chicken tikka masala, nicely bubbled naan, strong chai, creamy kulfi and sweet and warm gulab jamun. It was all delish.

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                                                                                                        Tamilla RE: Todd Apr 16, 2009 05:16 AM

                                                                                                        Is there any Indian food in Toronto or Richmondhillor thornhill that offer Indian food without the Ghee, you can cook with health non trans fats instead of ghee, anyone know of any indian joints cooking more health let me know thanks.

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                                                                                                          Tamilla RE: Todd Jun 1, 2009 11:32 AM

                                                                                                          Does anyone know of any Indian restaurants that don't use GEE but rather use vegtable oil? Anywere in York Region or Richmondhill if anyone has information please let me know, I can't eat gee but love indian food, I haven't been able to eat it for 1 year know if anyone knows of indian restaurants not using GEE in these areas I would appreciate information. thanks

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                                                                                                            food face RE: Tamilla Jun 1, 2009 11:56 AM

                                                                                                            Annapurna I believe does not use ghee. It is one of my most favorite veg restos. They usually will accomidate allergies and dietary requests too.

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                                                                                                            DLR14 RE: Todd Jun 1, 2009 05:49 PM

                                                                                                            LITTLE INDIA. Hands down. Best aloo gohbi.

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                                                                                                              blerg RE: Todd Jun 29, 2009 03:22 PM

                                                                                                              I really like Nataraj. It's a liiiittle hit and miss -- the Baingan Bartha, Saag Paneer, and most of the lamb dishes are delicious, the dal and "mixed vegetable" dishes are not so hot. But if you want Indian food without the trek out to Gerrard, it's my favourite!

                                                                                                              For the money, I much prefer it to Trimurti, which -- when I've been or ordered -- used a lot more potatoes to stretch dishes and a lot more ghee.

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                                                                                                                monab RE: blerg Jun 29, 2009 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                So, is indian food in toronto any better than it is in new york???
                                                                                                                i am of indian decent and lived for 10 years in london, which has GREAT indian restaurants - specializing in all different regional cusines (bombay parsi cooking, anyone?) as well as new-wave stuff.
                                                                                                                New York has been a MAJOR disappointment - particularly given the size of the indian community here!
                                                                                                                I'm vivisting Toronto soon and want to visit what indians in toronto would class as the best restaurant - any suggestions???

                                                                                                                thanks!

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                                                                                                                  garfield RE: monab Jun 30, 2009 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                  monab, Did you try Kabab King in Jackson Heights?
                                                                                                                  Anyway, has anyone tried Tandoori Flame in Brampton? I hear a lot about it but haven't been able to go yet.

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                                                                                                                    chillihigh RE: monab Jun 30, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                    I think the worst indian food you can get is on gerrard street. For really good indian food, indian kitchen in north york is worth the trek. The other place is Anjappar chettinad, for great dosas and the best naan and butter chicken. Yes its a south indian restaurant but their north indian food is awesome. Only thing, its in brampton.

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                                                                                                                      Snarf RE: chillihigh Jul 1, 2009 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                      Anjappar Chettinad has two locations, the second in Scarborough, on Eglinton East. I haven't been to the one in Brampton, but the one in Scarborough has some of the best Indian food I've ever eaten.

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                                                                                                                        Full tummy RE: Snarf Sep 7, 2009 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                        Snarf, what do you recommend ordering at the Scarborough location?

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                                                                                                                          Snarf RE: Full tummy Sep 8, 2009 11:01 PM

                                                                                                                          I tried to find the menu again on line, to be more specific, but it appears to have vanished. Here is a link to an earlier review. Definitely bring friends, and consider the menu over the buffet. We didn't try the dossas, but many others seem to consider them to be worth the visit alone. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/613131

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                                                                                                                            Full tummy RE: Snarf Sep 9, 2009 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                            Thanks so much!! Will give it a try asap.

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                                                                                                                              Full tummy RE: Snarf Sep 19, 2009 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                              So, hubby and I ate at Anjappar Chettinad (Scarborough location) the other day, for dinner. We had onion pakora (delicious) the masala dosa (a huge and delicious filled dosa that came with three dips), butter chicken (a wonderfully spicy version that beats any I've had from Little India), Karahi vegetables, and mutton masala. It is great to have a place in reasonable distance from me that's clean, where the service is efficient and friendly, where there's ample parking, and with such great food. The flavours are different from what I've had in many restaurants, and I appreciated that the dishes weren't excessively oily. I also thought it was excellent value: We ended up with leftovers for two meals.

                                                                                                                              So, thanks Snarf, and everyone else who recommended Anjappar Chettinad. I will definitely be back soon.

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                                                                                                                                TorontoJo RE: Snarf Sep 20, 2009 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                Here's the website with the menu:

                                                                                                                                http://www.anjapparcanada.com/

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                                                                                                                                  kwong RE: TorontoJo Sep 22, 2009 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                  I noticed their website mentioned a breakfast AYCE... does anyone know what they serve at breakfast?

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                                                                                                                                    Full tummy RE: kwong Sep 22, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                    I asked when I was there, and they said dosas, idlies and such.

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                                                                                                                      Jar RE: Todd Jul 1, 2009 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                      Best a tough term as service can be quite variable. I suggest, closed Mondays, Exotic Indian Cuisine on Albion Road west of Hwy 27. Lunch Buffet certainly consistent and excellent, occasional surprises with changing entrees. Fact that Kishor spent many years in Toronto's Little India extends into wonderful creative dishes for Dinner and he will work with you, offer special items not on the menu, etc. And Tandoori Flame offers a very large amount of items on the buffet, very child friendlywith a Pizza Station to boot! Best, well that always an opinion, I suggest these places as excellent and always reliable!!!

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                                                                                                                        buster67 RE: Todd Sep 8, 2009 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                        My favourite is Mt. Everest in Pickering Village (Ajax). Also a new restaurant recently opened on Liverpool in Pickering called Zeera's By the Bay. Was also excellent.

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                                                                                                                          BamiaWruz RE: buster67 Sep 12, 2009 02:31 AM

                                                                                                                          Both sound great!! Thanks for sharing.

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                                                                                                                            Geneva RE: buster67 Jun 24, 2010 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                            I had lunch at Mt Everest yesterday. I thought it was overpriced for the meagre offerings in their buffet lunch. Also, I'd swear the peas in the paneer were canned, & the veggies in the Malligatawny soup were frozen. The naan was hard, the pakora was little more than fried (& hard) dough) the Aloo gobi didn't get refilled at all while I was there, & the butter chicken had bones in it. Ther was a nasty greasy aftertaste to the food, I definitely won't go back there.

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                                                                                                                              food face RE: Geneva Jun 24, 2010 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                              Yea, I walked in took a tour of the crappy buffet and walked out. Not worth the calories. Better to go to Little India on Queen St.

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                                                                                                                                JennaBean RE: Geneva Dec 20, 2010 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                I don't eat at buffets as a rule but I've eaten there several times ordering off the menu and it is always tasty and fresh and I find they tend to use much less fat (butter, ghee, cream) than many other places in the city.

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                                                                                                                              J Buck RE: Todd Sep 11, 2009 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                              We really enjoy Bajara on Bloor. I would recommend take-out as their delivery service can take ages.

                                                                                                                              1. justpete RE: Todd Sep 11, 2009 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                Rice Factory. Bar none. Aroma is also pretty awesome.

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                                                                                                                                  evansl RE: justpete Sep 13, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                  Rice factory is one of the worst and most overpriced Indian places in TO. Their Butter Chicken was 3 small pieces in orange goop with a pat of butter thrown on top. The service was also abysmal. The waiter reached across our my wife to scrape something off the window, sticking his armpit right in her face. It's about the last place I'd go.

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                                                                                                                                    estufarian RE: evansl Sep 15, 2009 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                    Agree the service is abysmal.
                                                                                                                                    Agree the prices are high.
                                                                                                                                    But the food is exceptional - one of the few places in Toronto that cooks Indian food with spices rather than using ubiquitous 'mother' sauces.

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                                                                                                                                      food face RE: evansl Sep 16, 2009 04:12 AM

                                                                                                                                      I agree the rice factory is totally over rated. The food is forgettable and overpriced.

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                                                                                                                                        Full tummy RE: food face Sep 16, 2009 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                        It had its day about 10+ years ago, when it stood head and shoulders above many others. The landscape has changed, though, and so has The Rice Factory.

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                                                                                                                                          foodyDudey RE: Full tummy Sep 17, 2009 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                          10 years ago? I think you mean 25 or 30 years ago.

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                                                                                                                                            Full tummy RE: foodyDudey Sep 17, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                            It was possibly a lot better even then; however, I would have been too young to know. I do remember, though, when it was receiving all manner of accolades and favourable reviews back in the mid to late 90s.

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                                                                                                                                              Chocolatine RE: Full tummy Oct 13, 2009 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                              I spent my first week-end in TO early October and searched this board for some Indian place suggestions. The Rice Factory was close enough to our B&B and we gave it a try; we loved it. True it's not cheap, especially for a Montrealer, but it felt more refined than more traditional Indian food, and we appreciated the novelty, as well as the decor. The paneer was really, really good (even if served alone- a little sauce would have been nice), as was the black cod - perfectly cooked. And the buttery parantha - god, how good is that bread!! Felt like eating a flaky croissant...

                                                                                                                                              Our experience in Little India wasn't as good; we trid Sidartha (saw later there's a Siddartha a bit further which seems to be better), the lunch buffet for 12$ is OK but it's nothing special.

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                                                                                                                                                Full tummy RE: Chocolatine Oct 14, 2009 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                Most Indian buffets are not recommended, alas. Somehow everything seems to taste the same...

                                                                                                                                  2. Dr Butcher RE: Todd Sep 12, 2009 04:03 AM

                                                                                                                                    My favourite is a hole in the wall in Highland Creek Village, Cheetal Indian Cuisine. Great food and an excellent value. Certain dishes can occasionally be a bit oily but the flavours more than make up for it.

                                                                                                                                    1. deelicious RE: Todd Sep 19, 2009 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                      Pak Centre! http://www.pakcentre.ca/ Fantastic all the way around! And nice clean digs.

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                                                                                                                                        lamaranthe RE: Todd Sep 21, 2009 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        Where NOT to go: Bombay Bhel, 164 Eglinton East, yesterday, Sunday, 7 pm - We were the only people there. That should have been a sign. The naan was undercooked, we had to return it. It came back rather fast, golden as it should have been in the first place. The Tandoori Chicken was supposed to be as advertised : ''Quarter leg of chicken marinated in yogurt and an array of spices, cooked to perfection in our tandoor'' - We wondered how long it had been marinated, and in what kind of mixture. The spices were allright but the meat was as dry as the sole of our shoes. The accompanying veggies were mainly chopped onions. We rushed out. The bill came to $12 with tax, not incuding tip or drinks.

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                                                                                                                                          zebec RE: Todd Sep 23, 2009 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                          I've been addicted to food from the subcontinent for some time now. My faves include Kama on King west, honorable mention to Dhaba, which is nearby. NOW mag purportedly will not do a review of Kama after a 'business disagreement'. Dhaba's ownwers freaked me out with their incredible memory: they asked after our Rajasthani trip a year later, after having only briefly meeting us once! Little India neighbourhood has the 2 original Sidharthas, both are fine. I prefer the veg one simply coz its less crowded. But take note that the Skylark's on-again, off-again hiring of truly talented chefs is definitely *on* just now. Lets all make a cash collection for the Lahore Tikka House family so they can FINALLY finish their ongoing renos. Sheesh!!

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                                                                                                                                            Herb RE: zebec Oct 15, 2009 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                            Now reviewed Kama when they opened. IIRC they didn't like it. Can't find it online.

                                                                                                                                          2. kayehm RE: Todd Oct 14, 2009 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                            I used to be a fan of Dhaba, both the downtown and short-lived Brampton location. My parents used to frequent the Brampton location until they suddenly shut down a few days before my Dad's birthday celebration - which we had booked the entire restaurant for. We only found out when my brother drove by the day prior.

                                                                                                                                            As for the downtown location, I've had very very good meals and very mediocre meals there. Quality seems to randomly go up and down, but the thing that always turns me off the place despite a good meal is the super-pushy service constantly trying to up-sell everything. I took a friend there for the first time and while she enjoyed the meal (vindaloo), the service simply took most of that enjoyment away.

                                                                                                                                            If I'm in that area I'd rather go to Kama down the street for consistently average food and be left alone save for topping up of my water glass and the box of tea coming around at the end. Was there with a group during the film fest and we had 5 buffets and ordered an appetizer platter. We told them we were in a rush to make another screening and when the platter did not arrive fast enough they wrapped it up in a take-away container and gave it to us for free.

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                                                                                                                                              Nelson RE: kayehm Oct 14, 2009 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                              Fascinating that in this whole long thread on the subject "Amaya" does not appear once! (A worthy ommission!)

                                                                                                                                              Described in food guides as the best Indian restaurant in Toronto, but no place among Chowhounds . . . however, little sister Amaya Express (takeaway/delivery) produces the best Indian food I have eaten in Toronto (http://www.amayaexpress.com/) from two locations:

                                                                                                                                              1574 Bayview Avenue
                                                                                                                                              416 322 0020

                                                                                                                                              3305 Yonge Street
                                                                                                                                              416 487 5553

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                                                                                                                                                erly RE: Nelson Oct 14, 2009 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                Since the closure of Taabla, we generally go to Amaya,
                                                                                                                                                There is always the discussion of what is really Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc here.
                                                                                                                                                There is a difference in each country between average and high end
                                                                                                                                                The food at Amaya is closer to what we eat in India.
                                                                                                                                                We have never eaten Street food there.
                                                                                                                                                Tried Dhaba only once, and did not care for it, but it is not fair to rap a restaurant after only one visit.

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                                                                                                                                                  estufarian RE: erly Oct 15, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Not sure how/why, but I think I disagree at opposite ends here.
                                                                                                                                                  Amaya is the LEAST like the food I have eaten in India. It's all about presentation (which is indeed excellent). But, to me it seems like they're using Indian spices on (mostly) western cuisine. At 'off-hours' I've had good food at both Amayas, but during busy times the whole thing seems to fall apart.
                                                                                                                                                  And I SORELY miss Tablaa - which was by far my favourite in the city. I'm now back to Trimurti for my fix, although my most recent trip to Cuisine Of India (St Clair location) was much better than previous experiences.

                                                                                                                                                  And Nelson - that's why you go to Chowhound! Too many of the 'Guides' are sponsored reviews.

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                                                                                                                                                    erly RE: estufarian Oct 15, 2009 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Hi estufarian,
                                                                                                                                                    We still like Trimurti, which we found long ago as per your suggestion.
                                                                                                                                                    and do miss the early days of Taabla.
                                                                                                                                                    Sorry you do not find Amaya as satisfying as we do, but we are not adventurous in India, and eat at the great Hotel restaurants, unless we are taken out by friends to restaurants they know are up to health standards.
                                                                                                                                                    I can assure you that we have eaten many dinners in India that are similar to Amaya.
                                                                                                                                                    Possibly we are not purists, but the flavor is what is most important to us.
                                                                                                                                                    As an example I tried the Butter Chicken at Joeys and to my surprise, really liked it.
                                                                                                                                                    I could taste the individual spices, and the Chicken was perfectly cooked.
                                                                                                                                                    Will give Cuisine of India another try, although I think that their starters are all sub-par.

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                                                                                                                                                      estufarian RE: erly Oct 15, 2009 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                      That makes sense - in India I rarely (if ever) frequent hotel dining rooms! I'm still salivating over my meal of 'brain curry' last time I was in Calcutta.

                                                                                                                                                      At Cuisine of India, on my last visit, the Onion Bhaji was much improved. Pieces were a bit larger, so lower ratio of batter to contents. So much better texture. And choice of several chutneys too. Still not a 'must' place, but definitely worth a repeat visit.
                                                                                                                                                      I find the Amaya Bread Bar to be more consistent than the parent, but I only go off-peak now, so that may be the reason.

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                                                                                                                                                  hal2010 RE: Nelson Dec 19, 2010 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I tried the Amaya Express on Bayview when it first opened and I wasn't impressed: Vindaloo that tasted only of cardamom, samosas with a huge wad of filling and a thick pastry crust.

                                                                                                                                                  I thought I'd give it a chance again tonight and shouldn't have bothered: Saag Paneer was very bland, Lamb Rogan Josh had no depth and the meat was tough. Both sauces separated and gave off a watery mess as soon as they hit the plate. The stuff was prepared so quickly I imagine they just pulled a prepacked container off the shelf and microwaved it while the naan cooked.

                                                                                                                                                  You can get better Indian food far cheaper in Thorncliffe Park.

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                                                                                                                                                  1168 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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                                                                                                                                                    Charles Yu RE: hal2010 Dec 19, 2010 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Almost the same bad experience as you!! Been there twice, never again when there's Copper Chimney a few minutes away!

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                                                                                                                                                    619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

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                                                                                                                                                      estufarian RE: hal2010 Dec 20, 2010 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Not sure I agree that it's better in Thorncliffe - everything there has been pretty generic for me.
                                                                                                                                                      But Amaya isn't anything to shout about either!

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                                                                                                                                                        Full tummy RE: hal2010 Dec 20, 2010 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Where in Thorncliffe Park do you recommend?

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                                                                                                                                                          hal2010 RE: Full tummy Dec 20, 2010 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I go to Iqbal about once a month. I think their butter chicken is one of the best in the city (not too sweet, not too tomato-ey). And the biryani is good, too.

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                                                                                                                                                            neighborguy RE: hal2010 Dec 20, 2010 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Where is Iqbal? You don't mean the grocery store?

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                                                                                                                                                              foodyDudey RE: neighborguy Dec 20, 2010 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                              2 Thorncliffe Park Dr,
                                                                                                                                                              Unit 17, Toronto

                                                                                                                                                              http://www.iqbalkebab.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                estufarian RE: neighborguy Dec 20, 2010 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                It's next to the grocery store (east side).
                                                                                                                                                                My experience has been that their food sits on a steam warming tray until it's sold.
                                                                                                                                                                Consequently the texture is anathema to me - both dried out and soggy (a state that's difficult to achieve!). Accordingly the spicing is irrelevant - although I recall it being on the hotter side, compared to most places.

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                                                                                                                                                                  hal2010 RE: estufarian Dec 20, 2010 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Are we talking about the same place?

                                                                                                                                                                  I've never seen them use a steam table at Iqbal. Everything is made fresh in the kitchen in the back and the chef rings a bell for pickup when he puts the orders up. Naan is fresh and hot, kebabs are sizzling, biryani is light and fluffy and moist with all sorts of seeds and pods for spicing (they also use dark meat for better taste, albeit not on the bone). The butter chicken is creamy and has a nice smoky taste. They garnish it with a sprinkle of ground toasted almonds. The channa masala is quite spicy but can be a bit greasy. The samosas aren't bad but they rarely have any left after about 6pm. Each order comes with salad (iceberg lettuce and onions) and raita. The sweet counter is also decent with a nice rasmali and kheer sometimes.

                                                                                                                                                                  On a busy night you might wait 30 minutes or more. The place is often busy with lots of immigrants from Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park. You'll see people going in and picking up an order of 10 or 20 naans to go with a meal they've cooked themselves.

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                                                                                                                                                                    estufarian RE: hal2010 Dec 20, 2010 11:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    My only experiences were at lunchtime.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Snarf RE: estufarian Dec 21, 2010 04:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      My only experiences there were at dinner. No steam trays, some wait, nice flavours, and a handwritten addition that said brains available (not something I would try, after all those zombie movies).

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                                                                                                                                                                        estufarian RE: Snarf Dec 21, 2010 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        At last - a reason to go back!

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                                                                                                                                                                      neighborguy RE: hal2010 Dec 21, 2010 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm curious about stopping in on the way home to pick up dinner...but if it's gonna be 30 minutes, I'd just go to Bamiyan.

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                                                                                                                                                                        hal2010 RE: neighborguy Dec 21, 2010 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Call ahead and they'll have it ready for you. It's usually only 20 minutes wait, but I've waited up to 45 when it's busy.

                                                                                                                                                                        Haven't had the urge to try the masala brains yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Googs RE: hal2010 Dec 28, 2010 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Does Iqbal deliver?

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                                                                                                                                                                            Snarf RE: Googs Dec 29, 2010 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Guessing, but probably not. Most places that deliver usually have a price point over 30$, and go for single unit residential. This is in a high rise concentration.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Grazor RE: Todd Oct 14, 2009 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I have ate at Amaya when it first opened and for more interesting Indian food it is some of the best certainly in Toronto: though it is not as good as Vij/Rangooli in Vancouver, whose fare I believe to be superior. ( ialso ate at Amaya of the same name in London a couple of years back and was blown away. it picked up a Michelin star a short while after i had been there).

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                                                                                                                                                          ManAbout RE: Todd Nov 7, 2009 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I recently ate at the Indian Kitchen, specifically based on the recommendations of this board. And I want my money back!! I live north of Steeles and usually go to Chauhan's, Host or sometimes Cuisine of India. Reading rave review of Indian Kitchen, I decided to give it a try. The best way to describe it is bland and under spiced. I will definitely NOT be going back. I will be sticking with my regulars, hoping for something better to come along. Btw, I am Indian, and I think I know Indian food. Even so, I am not sure how someone could rave about Indian Kitchen, even without being knowledgeable about Indian food. The best thing on the menu was the Tandoori fish. That is about it. We also ordered their Chicken Tikka Masala, which is touted as a chef's speciality. The gravy of the dish reminds me a lot of the CTM at Cuisine of India. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to copy it. Except, the gravy was lacking in any flavour. And the chicken pieces while cooked in the tandoor, were dry and tasteless. It was probably a below average CTM from all the ones I have tried in Toronto. If I were to rate CTMs in Toronto it would be as follows Amaya > Cuisine of India>Lahore Tikka>Host>Indian Kitchen>Chauhans. The other dish we had was a Chicken Madras. Very, very mediocre onion gravy. Again lacking in taste, and the chicken pieces were dry and had not incorporated any flavour from the sauce. Definitely the worst dish we tried. We also had the Goan Fish Curry and the gravy tasted very much like the Chicken Madras, with coconut and mustard seeds. But, at least the fish was not dry and overcooked. I will NOT be going back to this place. There are better Indian options in the area. What a colossal waste of time and money.

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                                                                                                                                                          1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

                                                                                                                                                          Cuisine of India
                                                                                                                                                          1992 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

                                                                                                                                                          Masala Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                          205 Duke St, Dryden, ON P8N1G9, CA

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                                                                                                                                                            juno RE: ManAbout Nov 7, 2009 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                            While I wouldn't exactly rave about Indian Kitchen, I've found it a decent option for mid-priced Indian. You're right about the whole Tandoori salmon being good - so long as the kitchen doesn't overcook it. After a couple of overcooked ones, I now always warn them, as politely as possible, that I'll send an overcooked fish right back, and that seems to alert them that there's a fusspot in the dining room. I haven't had any of the dishes you didn't care for, so can't comment. But I recognize, regrettably, that, at the mid-priced level, a kitchen won't get everything right on a large menu. So I guess I've been lucky in my other menu choices, and tend to stick to them. I also advise the server that I'm not shy about spicing, so most items seem to arrive at the table with appropriate zing, saving me from the dreaded standard-issue gravies and spicing that pop up at many mid-level Indian eateries.

                                                                                                                                                            I think that some staff at Indian Kitchen migrated from Cuisine of India, which may explain - as you noted - why the gravy on the Chicken Tikka Masala is similar at both places. I gave up on Cuisine of India years ago. It seems long past its prime early years. When I want to move up in class from Indian Kitchen, I now go to Bread Bar, on Yonge St. north of Lawrence Ave., which has improved markedly since its opening - though I still miss Tabla for first-class Indian when it was at its peak.

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                                                                                                                                                            1992 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                                                                                                                                            205 Duke St, Dryden, ON P8N1G9, CA

                                                                                                                                                          2. vorpal RE: Todd Nov 8, 2009 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                            My favourite was always Gateways of India on Baldwin. Really solid food at reasonable prices.

                                                                                                                                                            I can't understand what anyone sees in Lahore Tikka House. Living in the vicinity, I went there a few times. Not that cheap, and not very good at all: I found the flavours to be extremely one dimensional and sub par, and the ingredients to be low quality. The only thing that stood out for me was the mango shake, which is pretty hard to screw up. Delightfully refreshing in the summer.

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                                                                                                                                                              ManAbout RE: vorpal Nov 8, 2009 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Lahore Tikka was good maybe 4 or 5 years ago. It has gone downhill. There are a couple of dishes I still like. But, I haven't been back in over a year. The prices have gone up and the quality of the food has gone down.

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                                                                                                                                                                SepiaToronto RE: vorpal Nov 19, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I hear yah. They used to be good though. I sometimes go there for kulfi and hear the same joke over "We make better use of the chop-sticks again eh..)

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                                                                                                                                                                garfield RE: Todd Nov 8, 2009 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Wonder why Jaipur Grille hasn't been mentioned.

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                                                                                                                                                                2066 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

                                                                                                                                                                1. Food Tourist RE: Todd Apr 9, 2010 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Have had two excellent experiences with several dishes at Maroli on Bloor west of Bathurst. Try the Keralan specialities such as fish mollee, squid thoran, appam, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                  630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                    Santeria RE: Food Tourist Jun 24, 2010 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    One more for Maroli, so far the best I've had. I also really enjoyed Madras Dosa Hut on albion rd for their dosa's and buffet.

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                                                                                                                                                                    630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                    1123 Albion Rd, Toronto, ON M9V1A9, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                      theFword RE: Santeria Jun 30, 2010 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Finally had delivery from Amaya last night. It was the best Indian delivery in the GTA by far. Monday and Tuesday they have a dinner for 2 special. 1 app, 2 meats, 1 rice, 1 veg and two nan. We ordered butter chicken and chicken masala. Fantastic and certainly enough for 3 or 4 people. Highly recommend this place

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                                                                                                                                                                      1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                    ManAbout RE: Todd Jun 30, 2010 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Was at Nawab Indian Cuisine in Thornhill over the weekend, it is no Amaya, but it is a decent choice for Indian in the area. I have only been once, will have to try it again to see how the kitchen performs.

                                                                                                                                                                    Overall, while not all the dishes were a hit, Nawab does appear to have a competent kitchen. The menu is priced right and the quantities are adequate. Is Nawab a destination restaurant? Probably not. But, if you are in the area and are looking for an Indian restaurant, Nawab is a viable option. I definitely prefer it to the over rated Indian Kitchen which is on Yonge and Clark.

                                                                                                                                                                    http://desi.to/lifestyle/dining/130-r...

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                                                                                                                                                                      Shimso RE: Todd Jun 30, 2010 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I was really impressed with Veda on Yonge. It wasn't oily at all and it was very flavourful. Considering the location and the prices, its a steal to me. The only thing is that its not hot (pepper-wise, not temperature) enough for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                        SepiaToronto RE: Todd Nov 19, 2010 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        There is no such thing as the 'Best Indian Restaurant'. Some restaurants do one dish well and fail miserably at rest. Here is my list:

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Butter Chicken: Kwality in Brampton serves butter chicken the way it's supposed to be. Tandoori chicken soaked in tangy, spicy, slight bit sweet cream sauce. It's similar to MotiMahal (or Chawala, Gulati) style in delhi where it originated. For the north american version, go to Little India on Queen (sweetened by molasses, not so spicy or tangy though). Most other restaurants I've been to serve one-sauce-fits-all basterdized version with cream, butter, sugar or salt poured on the house. PS: Kwality also does a good non-greasy goat curry and excellent fish tikka. Their veg options are average.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Kebabs: True enough, Lahore Tikka house used to serve good kebabs. I haven't been there in a while so can not attest their quality now. Kebabs are to be finely minced, delicately cooked and shouldn't have added fat. Unfortunately most Indian and Pakistani places overcook/reheat the hell out of them. You are better off at a Persian restaurant or making them at home.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. Saag Paneer: I've had the best saag paneer at Host (Front Street). Smoothened spinach with very soft pieces of paneer thrown in at the end (they'll be white and fresh from inside). There should be NO CREAM or grease. Host's quality and prices change with location. Front street is the trendy location serving select dishes (Jackfriut masala and butterchicken are good too.) Yorkville is the best overall and the one in mississauga drops the ball occasionally. Gandhi is also a decent, inexpensive option for saag paneer.

                                                                                                                                                                        4. Dosa & Idli: Udipi has freshest dosas by far. They are similar to a neighbourhood joint in bangalore where you get a variety of appetizers and cheap main course. Try their Chili pakora, samosa chaat, Idli manchurian... Idlis and vadas are average. There are other places in GTA that I've heard have better idlis (anjapaar/nilgiri?), but I haven't been yet. For a modern/north-indian twist on dosas, go to Gurulaxmi in Mississauga.

                                                                                                                                                                        5. Kuttu Roti: This one is a secret at Little India (the restaurant on Queen) Since they are from Tamilnadu, they serve this street-side meal where a naan is stir fried with meat, egg and vegetables. It's a huge meal, perfect take-out with no rice/roti required. I haven't come across any other restaurant that serves this.

                                                                                                                                                                        6. Onion Bhajji/Veg snacks: Trimurti cooks these well. Big round, fried balls of onion covered with chickpea flour. I'd go there, get one of this, one haryali tikkas (veg patties) and enjoy over tea for a late afternoon meeting.

                                                                                                                                                                        7. Chole Bathure: Moti Mahal on Gerrard does it right. Fried leavened bread served with small chickpeas in blackened sauce. Bread comes as a big fluffy ball. Greasiest of all meals but yummy on a sunday afternoon. (Note: these are small white chickpeas in black sauce, not black/kabuli chickpeas)

                                                                                                                                                                        8. Samosas: Avoid any samosas that look wrapped in a sheet. The outer needs to be smooth, thick and crispy. Folded in a cone, closed like a dumpling. Brar sweets in mississuaga makes good ones with fluffy potatos, peas, fresh coriander and other masala. Samosa factory also makes them well, but they are delivery only.

                                                                                                                                                                        9. Malabar style: Maroli is a treat. There is no other restaurant I know of that does malabaar cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                        10. Buffet: This practice, rarely found in India, has fucked up a lot of good restaurants. Once you go buffet, you cut corners on process, ingredients etc.. Obviously you aren't going to make separate sauces for your buffet butterchicken and the one on menu.. Sheesh. OK, that said I really like the buffet at Tandoori Flame in brampton. Not really for their main course but the other misc items. Gol gappas, fish appetizers, Soup of goat's leg, Chaat paapri. You get to enjoy a bunch of things!

                                                                                                                                                                        That's it for now. Feel free to suggest a dish and who make sit best.. I'd love to hear more on that from you.

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                                                                                                                                                                        255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                        8150 Dixie Rd, Brampton, ON L6T5N9, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                        630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                          Food Tourist RE: SepiaToronto Dec 4, 2010 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Been wondering about Tandoori Flame - thanks! I love all fish and Kerala food at Maroli and pretty much all dishes at Kwality. Also, I love the chicken, beef and veg samosas from A-1 Catering off Derry Road.

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                                                                                                                                                                          8150 Dixie Rd, Brampton, ON L6T5N9, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                          630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                          1423 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L1Z7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                            KitchenVoodoo RE: SepiaToronto Mar 29, 2011 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            The BBQ Hut on Gerrard East is my go to place for Chicken Tikka and Nan. Assuming that both are freshly made. Sometimes I get dried out chicken from lunch, or (eeeek) yesterday's dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                            WHY oh WHY is there no REALLY GREAT food on this strip? Can it be so difficult?

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                                                                                                                                                                            ninjahwarrior RE: Todd Dec 3, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Surprising that no one has mentioned Curry Twist in the High Park area (Dundas / Keele). I've been a few times since it opened and always really enjoy the food. Food sauces quite authentic. Really enjoyed the Stuffed Bread Rolls appetizers and a Goan Fish special they had one time. We live on the other side of the city (without wheels) so it's always a bit of a trek to go, but worth it everytime. Prices are very reasonable as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                              chillihigh RE: ninjahwarrior Dec 20, 2010 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Recently tried Nirvana Indian Cuisine in mississauga, i know its a trek to get there, but was very impressed with the food, no buffet only a la carte.. Also tried copper chimney on avenue and was very good, Had chicken pasanda, prawn masala, and hariyali chicken> Had the bukhara dal, but thought that was a bit oversalted. I would return to both these restaurants...also really enjoy consistently anjappar chettinad in brampton

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                                                                                                                                                                                garfield RE: chillihigh Dec 21, 2010 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Yep I like Nirvana too, I used to work near it and have had their so called executive lunch quite a few times. Its AYCE but they bring it to the table so technically not a buffet.
                                                                                                                                                                                Have not been there for dinner yet. What items did you try?
                                                                                                                                                                                I think their vegetarian items are better than their non veg ones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  chillihigh RE: garfield Dec 23, 2010 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I tried murgh kali mirch tikka, dal makhani and paneer tikka masala at Nirvana. I really l liked the food. I hardly ever order meat items unless they are from the tandoor, bec i find the meat in the curries is usually overcooked. Id rather go for prawn/fish curry instead. Having said that i did enjoy the chicken pasanda at copper chimney but felt the tandoor items were better in Nirvana.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  evansl RE: chillihigh Apr 26, 2011 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know of anything better in GTA than Nirvana.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Apprentice RE: evansl Apr 27, 2011 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    What particular dishes?

                                                                                                                                                                                    Nirvan was "decent" during my visits but they didn't have any standout dishes IMO. Such as the crab curry at Anjapar Chettinand, the sweet and sour eggplant or prawn curry at Amaya Bread bar, the palak kofta at Copper Chimney,or the Pav Bajji Dosa at Guru Lakshmi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                  dannyboy RE: ninjahwarrior Dec 21, 2010 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I find the prices there and most other spots in the junction (especially Indian Kiss) far too high.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I went about a month ago to Curry Twist on the advice of the wife's Indian friend for something more authentic. In my opinion both Maroli, Gandhi, and even Banjera slays it. The decor is nice, but the butter chicken i had was mediocre and the saag paneer was boring and dull --- we did like the samosas however and the ingredients they used were of high quality. To each their own i guess.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  3034 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z3, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                  630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                  399 Keele St, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                    PoppiYYZ RE: ninjahwarrior Dec 29, 2010 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Second Curry Twist. Lived near there and it became our "go to" spot. Nothing fancy, but authentic, good food, decent portions, and good prices. Got to know the chef/cooks and always left it to them to decide what is good. Specials were always reliable and we were particularly fond of their paneer dishes. Only problem we had was getting them to make one of the dishes hot enough (ask for "Indian Hot" if you want something good and spicy).

                                                                                                                                                                                    Miss having that place as our neighborhood spot....

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Roryq RE: Todd Dec 21, 2010 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    My favourite local comfort food/take-out is Trimurti. The tandoori is very very good. I also very much like the Lamb Vindaloo, Chicken Tikka Masala (is nothing like English but is quite good), butter chicken, saag paneer is also quite good, madras not bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                    My favourite overall, and a treat is Amaya. I dont rate the express version tho it is certainly good for food court curry. Amaya roast their spices everyday, each dish is incredibly pungent, delicate and delicious. Is it...the typical big bowl of good/cheap comfort food you can buy elsewhere? No. But it is also not neuvau cuisine/fusion type food served at Viji's in Vancouver. I view it as fine Indian dining. It is likely my favourite restaurant in the city period. Expensive for Indian, but overall teriffic value when you compare it to fine dining in other cuisines.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't do buffet very much, I prefer a la cart or take out, but Kama buffet was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Ghandi Roti, also good value, will make it as hot as you want...and gives a pretty good and filling all in curry fix for under $10

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm more than happy to get other people's recommendations. Particularly those close to downtown. Queen West?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      fatman0000 RE: Roryq Dec 21, 2010 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Has anyone tried Sweet India on Airport rd. Good fresh food and great samosas with a very nice sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Food Tourist RE: fatman0000 Jan 24, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sweet India used to be our family go-to snack stop on the way to or from the airport. In the next plaza over was a place that sold samosas 5 for $1 (not sure they are still that cheap).

                                                                                                                                                                                        Our current go-to place is Kwality Sweets, though it is certainly over-the-top rich and spicy. Mom balks at their high prices on sweets. It has the fluorescent atmosphere of a family diner, with plonk-it-down service to match.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I usually stock up at A-1 Catering near Derry and Dixie on Tranmere. Takeout, cash only.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Apr 11, 2011 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          My Goan friend suggested Avani for not only for their food, but the ambiance is really nice as well. Good place for a special occasion, or any other time for that matter

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.avani.ca

                                                                                                                                                                                          There's also a new place that she went to a few weeks ago and couldn't believe the pricing for the weekend buffet! And there's a LOT to choose from.
                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.bukharagrill.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                          If you're looking for South Indian, she suggests either Madras Dosa Hunt (http://madrasdosahut.com/MDH/Default.... or http://madrasdosahut.com/MDH/Default.... ) or Anjappar Chettinad which is in Brampton (http://www.anjapparcanada.com ). The food at Anjappar tends to be a little spicy, so when you see the little red chili symbol on the menu, I would advise against it, unless you're adventurous.
                                                                                                                                                                                          They generally go for their weekend breakfast buffets, because there's a variety and you can pick and choose what you want. In any case, the food at both places is pretty authentic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      TOjim RE: Todd Apr 24, 2011 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I am surprised not to see a posting yet about Avarind in the Danforth Greektown near Pape. I have been there now 4 times, each time a great meal, good service, and interestingly different food of southern India’s Kerala state. For a fair review see Joanne Kates's Globe and Mail review:
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                                                                                                                                                                                        foodyDudey RE: TOjim Apr 24, 2011 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I mentioned it in November. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744667

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not rushing out to spend $100+ on Indian food, so have not been back. The paid food critic's reviews aren't exactly praising the place either. I'm not sure if Kates's review indicates that the place has improved, or is due to her lack of familiarity with the cuisine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          haggisdragon RE: foodyDudey Apr 27, 2011 12:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I've been to Aravind once and very impressed by the food and service. Pricing is comparable to a bistro setting rather than your average Indian joint.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            foodyDudey RE: haggisdragon Apr 27, 2011 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            What month did you go? It could have changed since I was there in November. Joanne Kates mentioned amateur service in her review. One of the main reasons I have not gone back is that there are very few positive reviews of the place from people here. If I saw a few reviews saying others liked it, I'd be back soon. I'm just not inclined to spend another $100+ to find out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              SepiaToronto RE: foodyDudey Apr 27, 2011 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              How did you like the food in November? I was there around October and the food was great. As the g&m article mentions, it's not the average curry house fair. I would describe it as home-style cooking with a certain finesse and delicacy. Indian families do not cook greasy creamy stuff at home at all (my mom never cooked butter chicken at home and we are a punjabi family from north!) Aravind's cooking reminded me of light, comfort food that is prepared well. Yes, some dishes don't work well (nadan fish for me) and I wish they'd try new dishes in closed circuits more before putting on menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                              And for a $100 restaurant, service was slow, yes. Lighting is poorly setup and interiors could see some improvement.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Re: globe article. She describes saffron as savory? Hmm.. I'm not sure. Perhaps perfumey sweet? Also uttapams are made on a pan, like pan cakes, not oven. Very little south indian cooking is done in oven anyways. I think she embellishes a lilttle much.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                foodyDudey RE: SepiaToronto Apr 27, 2011 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I posted a review here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744667

                                                                                                                                                                                                The food was good, but not nearly enough of it. As I mentioned, after spending over $100 for two, I did not expect to wake up in the night feeling like I had not eaten in a few days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                haggisdragon RE: foodyDudey Apr 27, 2011 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                March I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Shoops RE: Todd Sep 9, 2011 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I just posted a review about this restaurant on another thread (just finished eating there!) and I just really want people to know that I/we know our Indian food quite well and we ate a lot of dodgy Indian food here in Toronto until we FINALLY found out little piece of heaven called Jaipur Grille! So fantastic! Chicken makhani and chicken pahadi are out of control awesome!! We eat there a lot and it is time and money well spent! The people who work there are so nice and Mishka (not sure of spelling) is the nicest waiter ever! It is near Yonge and Eglinton (a few blocks south of Eg) and thankfully in my neighbourhood : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                            estufarian RE: Shoops Sep 10, 2011 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Haven't been back in years. Maybe they've changed ownership or chefs.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Another of the places that uses 'generic' mother sauces for multiple dishes. Have they changed?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Shoops RE: estufarian Sep 10, 2011 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              We are new to this area (2 years in TO, almost a year going to Jaipur Grille on an almost biweekly basis!) and I do not know what dishes you prefer...but I stick to chicken mostly. The pahadi (green sauce of cilantro and mint and spices) and chicken makhani could not be more far apart on the taste spectrum! We had a madras and a makhani last night and not even close to tasting the same. I know what you are talking about, we had that experience in London (UK) where the 3 dishes we chose were the same colour and taste, just different add-ins! Jaipur Grille's dishes (IMHO) are quite unique. But that's just me! : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Googs RE: estufarian Sep 10, 2011 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm gonna add my love and defence of Jaipur Grille. I've not experienced the "generic mother sauce" issue you describe. I've been dining at JG for, and I have to guess, roughly 5 years maybe more. It's a lovely room serving well-prepared food by knowledgeable, friendly staff and even has some decent wines on their list a rarity in Indian dining I find. Less 'precious' than any of your Amaya's and much finer than any of the Gerrard St's. I can-not understand why they don't get more love on this board

                                                                                                                                                                                                estufarian, I very much respect your opinion. How many chances did you give them? When was the last time you gave them a shot? What happened?.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shoops RE: Googs Sep 10, 2011 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I second that entire review! Hear hear!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    estufarian RE: Shoops Sep 10, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I went twice the first month they opened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haven't been back since - hence my question whether there had been a change - I have no 'recent' experiences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree that the Gerrard St strip in general is overpriced for sub-standard food - but again it must be 2 years since I last tried that area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still don't think Amaya serves Indian food as such - although there's a place for 'western food with Indian spices'. Always disliked the original Amaya - overpriced, bad service, barely acceptable food - last tried about 18 months ago. Bread Bar was slightly better at 'off-peak'. Once it got busy, service fell precipitously, and food came out cold. Last time there about a year ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    In general I give 'new' places a couple of tries (only once if it's REALLY bad), but then revert to my favourites - especially if they're cheaper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    And to forestall the obvious next question

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Copper Chimney is holding on as my favourite - but last 2 visits seemed less accomplished. Trimurti used to be my 'go-to' but quality dropped. However last visit featured smaller portions and higher quality - but at higher prices. But I'll happily pay for quality - regrettably most 'Indian' places seem to compete on cost!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    And Rashnaa for Southern Indian/Sri Lankan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Arcadiaseeker RE: Todd Sep 11, 2011 03:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              My favourite Indian in Toronto is Savera at St. Clair and Christie. The flavours are intense and the food is beautifully spiced. If you're a fan of places like Banjara, this might not be for you - they use very little cream or ghee. Estufarian refers to "generic mother sauces" and I tend to agree that too many Indian restaurants lean heavily on cream (everything ends up tasting like butter chicken). Not so at Savera - great food (and great chicken vindaloo!).

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Toshiro RE: Todd Apr 22, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                The Indian Rice factory on Dupont - 41 years strong! All small pot cooking...no "Mother" curry one-pot BS "scoop and serve" cooking like 98% of cities Indian restaurants. Takes a bit of time - but well worth the wait! Great modern room, super-clean, funky, cool vibes and attentive service...live Sitar on some Fridays and one of T.O's best backyard patios. I have been an avid Subcontinent cuisine fan for over 23 years now, and Mrs. Patel's legacy is based on "quality, authenticiy and integrity". The Vindaloo is one of the best in North America (not just a statement), it is a vindlaoo lovers perparation, straight from Goa! Don't take my word though (obviously), do yourself a favor and go see (and taste) for yourselves!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Charles Yu RE: Todd Dec 5, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just took out some ' Chicken Korma ', ' Saag Lamb ' and Lamb Roganjosh from 'Ambiyan' in Unionville. The curries especially the Korma were all delightful and surprisingly good! Better than most outfits in the Richmond Hill and Markham area including Hosts, Bombay Bhel, Bombay Chutney...etc

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