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Debu Saha's Biryani House - What's Going On?

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We went there for dinner tonight because they announced that they were having a special chef's tasting menu from Friday to Sunday, in celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights.

Having had many fabulous meals here over the past few years, we immediately made reservations, and we were eagerly looking forward to Debu Saha's creations.

The meal was very disappointing. There is a meat tasting menu at $45 per person, and a vegetarian menu at $38. We were two, and we ordered the meat and the vegetarian. The portions were skimpy, and the food was not freshly prepared but seemed, rather, to have been reheated (not a problem with braised greens, but a no-no with lamb chops!). The usual depth of flavour and inventive cuisine we've come to love at this restaurant were totally absent tonight.

We are wondering if, perhaps, the chef went back home to celebrate Diwali and created a simplified menu for his replacements in the kitchen. The regular menu was not even available for those who would have preferred to order from it.

I do hope that this was a one-time only occurrence. This is a lot of people's favourite Indian restaurant in Toronto.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up. We were planning on dinner there tonight.

    1. For anyone wondering, here was the menu that was emailed as part of the press release.

      Five-Course Diwali Vegetarian Tasting Menu

      Crispy lentil dumpling stuffed with spicy potato compote scented with coconut-tamarind date dressing.

      Half-and-half soup (lentil and tomato) scented with mint oil.

      Garlic flavoured five greens compote (spinach, Swiss chard, rapini, kale, fenugreek) with basil vinaigrette
      and chestnut-crusted paneer, served with stuffed baby radish paratha.

      Sesame seed crusted baby eggplant steak in tamarind-peanut sauce, scented with curry leaves and
      sweet potato ribbons dusted with black rock salt. Served with cilantro rice.

      Raspberry stuffed rasgulla, coated with white chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder.
      Cardamom flavoured rice pudding in a chocolate cup garnished with roasted cracked pistachio nuts.

      Five-Course Diwali Non-Vegetarian Tasting Menu

      Lamb parcel stuffed with leafy spinach and Brie cheese served with spicy mint jelly and mango salsa.

      Lentil consommé with tamarind marinated caramelized scallops.

      Garlic flavoured five greens compote (spinach, Swiss chard, rapini, kale, fenugreek) with basil vinaigrette
      and chestnut-crusted paneer, served with stuffed baby radish paratha.

      Old Lucknowi-style Cornish hen confit garnished with oven roasted cipollini onions,
      a quail egg and vegetable bundle korma.

      Masala tea ice cream served with hazelnut sesame seed chikki and barfi canapés with raspberry sauce.

      today's the last day to taste the menu. I was somewhat curious to check it bout, but the menu didn't sound too pleasing (but this is ersonal taste)

      1. Hello, mtampoya. I'm surprised that the chef is actually in house, supervising this tasting menu. His plating and presentation, food aside, is usually more refined and playful than what we encountered last night.