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we'll be staying at the sheraton toronto on queen st w. we loveeee butter chicken. any good recommendations?

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  1. 2 places to highly recommend from my experiences.

    Ghandi on Queen st w serves amazing butter chicken rotis and awesome Chicken Korma. It is a 5 minute cab ride west of your hotel. Just a couple seats and stand up so mostly take-out.

    Siddhartha is a buffet resto that serves excellent butter chicken, tandoori, amongst other tasty dishes. always very fresh and well seasoned. It is on King St W, just east of Bathurst. Also a 5 minute cab ride. Casual not expensive.

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    1. re: deelicious

      On a nice day, take the Queen street car to Bathurst, get off and transfer down Bathurst to King ( or walk the few blocks ) and enjoy Siddartha. Afterwards, walk up to Queen and get Roti take out at Ghandi. Return to hotel by Queen street car or casually walk back enjoying the sites of many unique stores/establishments on Queen.

    2. Oh great. I happened upon this while straying from my home board, L.A. Now I want to go to Toronto!

      1. Gandhi is a bit of a dump and mostly takeout. I'd suggest Dhaba at 309 King West, just west of John, about a 10 minute walk from your hotel. Upscale and they also have a $10 lunch buffet that always features butter chicken. A little closer, Trimurti is about four blocks west of your hotel at 265 Queen West. Don't miss their whole tandoori cauliflower. Little India (the restaurant, not the neighbourhood) is also on the same block but I find their version of BC oddly sour. Both have cheap — but very busy — lunch buffets, as well.

        1. awesome! i can't wait.

          1. My absolute favourite is just a few minutes from your hotel.

            Little India is on the south side of Queen St., west of University Avenue.

            They have a fabulous lunch buffet, that is very affordable, and boasts some great dishes, including butter chicken. I've tried all the Indian restaurants on the strip, and Little India is the most consistent and flavourful.

            I'm not a fan of Dhaba at all, after having some negative experiences there.

            Bear in mind that I was raised in an East Indian household, so my palate tends towards more flavourful and authentic Indian cuisine. Also, to me, upscale and Indian are two words that really don't mix. I guess when you grow up on a certain type of food, seeing it served in an upscale setting is a little strange. Enjoy! :)

            Little India
            255 Queen Street West
            http://littleindia.ca/

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            1. re: xtal

              I entirely agree with Xtal's endorsement of Little India. It is the best, albeit by only a small degree, on that strip. Trimurti comes awfully close at times.

              Little India is a great Indian restaurant.

            2. I don't need fancy! as long as there aren't rats or anything, i'm cool. Little India sounds great!

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              1. re: yammers

                One more suggestion. The Host, on Prince Arthur (a 7 minute cab ride from your hotel), is excellent. A bit more upscale but the food is AMAZING. Best: Mulligatawny soup, Murg Mirch Tikka.

                http://www.welcometohost.com/

                1. re: acd123

                  Ghandi does not have rats anymore than any other restaurant may have. It is mostly take-out but it is fantastic. Really tasty and fresh to order. I disagree with Dhaba. It is just OK these days.

                  The Host, Little India are great suggestions, but still my favourite right now is Siddhartha at King W and Bathurst for sit down resto and Ghandi for take-out.

                  Enjoy!

                2. re: yammers

                  lol... no rats, don't worry. :)

                  Little India is very clean, and the staff is friendly.

                3. i have to jump in here and give props to ghandi as well. their butter chicken roti is amazing - it is the only butter chicken in toronto that my husband will eat!

                  1. There's a place that Toronto cabbies head to after a shift. King Palace on Richmond and Sherbourne. It isn't far from the Sheraton if you just hop a cab and say "King Palace on Richmond and Sherbourne". It is a Punjabi place that is open from 10 am to 5 am (remember - cabbie hang out which also accommodates late night revelers).

                    Fresh naan piping hot is made to order and the butter chicken is rich and hearty, especially for a late night munch. But also try the dozens of variety. And I love the mango curry chicken! Not too spicy but with a subtle sweet mango flavour punctuating the curry, perfect to be scooped up with the steamy naan.

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                    1. re: ah123

                      Oh yeah, King Palace is great and their butter chicken is really great. They also have very good saag (cooked spinach), chana masala, aloo gobhi, lamb curry, chili chicken, to name a few dishes. I love King Palace.

                    2. Mantra on Elm Street, not far from the N end of the Eaton Centre, has delicious butter chicken every day on its reasonably priced lunch buffet. (Also a la carte in the evening.) Gracious service, great food.

                      1. Went to Little India for their butter chicken. It was absolutely delicious. Had it with naan bread. In fact, I probably could have had butter chicken without the chicken, the sauce was so tasty.
                        Unfortunately I missed the buffet, so I had to order off the menu, which is was more expensive than I thought ($10.95 for butter chicken, no sides) Maybe it's better that way -- I won't over-indulge on butter chicken in AYCE style.

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                        1. re: merlot143

                          Me too, Friday night! Mmmmmm.

                          We had the set menu for two, subbing in chana masala for the veggie dish. It was great. Thanks to the chowhounds for recommending it :-)

                        2. Dhaba is really good!

                          1. Haven't been to the other places above so I can't say which is "best", but I love all the food (butter chicken was good too) at Utsav on Yorkville Ave. near Bay. It would be a subway/cab ride from the Sheraton, but it is a wonderful little restaurant, outstanding quality food. Note it is not the fast food/buffet experience in case that is what you are looking for. It's reasonably priced (despite being in Yorkville) and oh sooo yummy, every dish has a distinctive flavour. Also, they have many vegetarian selections if you are going with veggie friends (I crave their Bhindi Bhaji (okra) and fat, fluffy Naan!). And don't miss the Chai Tea to end the meal. Nice!

                            Check it out:
                            http://www.utsav.ca

                            1. My suggestion for the best darn butter chicken is Eatern Twist at the corner of Bathurst on St Clair. Heard it on CBC radio, read it in Now Magazine, tried it, and love it.

                              1. thanks everyone! we ended up going to little india on queen street w. We were staying at the sheraton toronto so it was very convenient. Loved the food! my husband enjoyed dinner so much he requested that we go back for the lunch buffet. nice lunch buffet, delish butter chicken. It is depressing eating at our regular indian place now (in pittsburgh.

                                I guess that's the bad thing about going to awesome restaurants in different cities....makes you re-think your favs back home.

                                We ate chowhound picks all weekend. my husband had never heard about chowhound and made fun of me...but at the end of the week he said "you have check out chowhound before all of our trips!"