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Feb 23, 2006 03:16 PM

Rangoli - Review

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Three of us went there on a Tuesday night. The place was empty. It filled to 50% through the night.

The food was standard Indian fare. At almost $60 pp with no wine or beer, it's overpriced. Not surprising; it's in a high-rent zone.

The appetizers were okay to good, but very small. The portions were just too darn small. Half of the plate was filled with the same annoying and useless carpet of shredded cabbage and carrots. If I want cole slaw, I'll go to Pancer's. Samosas were large and doughy, but tasty enough. Shrimp appetizer was good, but there were only 4 or 5 small shrimps.

Main dishes were better portioned, but, again, standard fare. Butter chicken was the usual fluorescent red stuff. Lamb vindaloo was nice with good kick; the lamb pieces were generally but not altogether good.

They have a weird habit of garnishing their standard Indian dishes with North American fruit. I think it is their attempt at novelty or originality, but it fails. It's a stupid gimmick, to me. For example, I found a raspberry in the chicken korma. Another dish was garnished with sliced plum. Apple was found in the butter chicken. WTF?

Eggplant lacked the smokiness and deep flavour one treasures in Indian eggplant.

One delcious standout: garlic kulcha; nan, stuffed with fresh garlic and coriander. Really nice.

Service was friendly.

I won't go back. It's buffet fare, and nothing more. And, I want more.

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    peppermint pate

    Thanks for the post - I've gone past this place a few times and wondered about it. By any chance, have you tried the new Indian spot, mostly take-out, a litte further south on Yonge near Davenport? I think it's called Veda or something like that. It just opened about a month ago, where Chubby Subby's used to be.

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    1. re: peppermint pate

      I have not tried Veda. If I do, I will certainly report.

      I hate to sound like a broken record, but Peponi's is the best Indian I have had in Toronto.

      1. re: Fwagra

        I heard Peponi's closed down. Is that true?

    2. For anyone wondering if they should go to Rangoli in Toronto on Yonge Street (just so there are no doubts) -- RUN, do not walk, away from this place.

      Unlike the poster above, I'd enjoyed going there since 2006. It was a nice family run restaurant that served fresh food -- decent quality meats with lots of vegetables, lovely delicate flavours. (I could forgive the occasional raspberry garnish.) The best part was, the dishes weren't drowning in goopy oily sauces -- the sad standard in many Indian joints.

      This week I ordered takeout from them -- Chicken Kurchan, Chicken Korma, Sag Paneer, Nan, and Samosas -- and after I opened the disappointing, colourless, practically meat- and cheese-less and most of all flavourless mess, I actually called to see if the owners and the chef had changed.

      They had. Which didn't surprise me -- everything had diminished somewhat in quantity and SIGNIFICANTLY in quality.

      Anyway, I'm looking for a new Indian joint in Yonge/St. Clair -- I notice a few places have opened recently, does anyone have any recommendations?

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      1. re: scoville sally

        Chef of India just opened near there. But, if it's anything like the Y&E location, it's grossly overpriced mediocre buffet leftovers.

        I know of no other Indian in the Yonge & St. Clair area. But, if you get a chance, I would recommend that you try: Maroli, Anjappar Chettinad, and King Palace.

        1. re: scoville sally

          I totally agree - I went to Rangoli today and can't believe how underwhelming it was. We had the lunch buffet and everything seemed in tiny quantity (e.g. a few cubes of beef floating in a few litres of sauce), the food was not warm, the naan was cut in 2-in pieces. I won't be back - it may be a $10 buffet, but even that is too high a price to pay...

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