Bombay Masala - Excellent New Indian Restaurant at Bathurst and Eglinton
Just had a lovely meal at Bombay Masala (416-782-4449), located at 953 Eglinton West. The decor is clean and simple, and the service was excellent.
The food was fresh and very flavourful. We started with an order of Bombay Choupati Chaat, which consisted of a combination of puffed rice, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and peanuts, in a mild tamarind sauce; quite delightful and refreshing.
Next came an order of very flaky, light Vegetable Samosas, containing a mildly spiced mixture of mashed potatoes and peas. The Chicken Pakora, something we'd never encountered on an Indian menu before, consisted of nugget-sized pieces of chiken coated in a very light battering of mildly spiced chickpea flour. Very delicious, and gobbled up by the very picky young teenager in our party, as were each of the other two appetizers.
For mains we chose Butter Chicken, the chicken in which was moist, in one of the better butter chicken sauces we've had in awhile. The Rogan Josh contained very tender large cubes of lamb in a thick, dark Kashmiri sauce. The Shrimp Tandoori was the only disappointment of the evening, the shrimp being on the small side and a bit mushy, and the tandoori spicing on the salty side.
Malai Kofta (cheese and potato dumplings in a cream sauce), Aloo Gobi, and Mattar Paneer were all very tasty, their sauces very dunkable with good naan that was just a bit too crisp.
The menu at Bombay Masala is quite small, but the sampling of dishes we had have us looking forward to our next visit. Take out and delivery are available, as well.
I'm wishing it well. Mariachi's and a stream of Italian restaurants came and went, with no loss felt to the neighbourhood.
Let's hope that Bombay Masala, along with Sado Sushi (also in a heavy "turnover" location), and the three or four other decent restaurants on the strip survive and thrive.
My husband and I just returned home from another excellent meal at Bombay Masala. We ordered completely different items from our first time there, and I think it was even more enjoyable this time.
Our favourites so far: Lamb Vindaloo, Goan Fish Curry, Butter Chicken, Eggplant bhartha.
The food is excellent, the service friendly and efficient, the kitchen a bit on the slow side. But they have been open for only about 3 weeks. This is the owners' first venture in Canada, and they said they have three restaurants in India.
Oops! Bombay Masala was a complete disappointment tonight. We had that familiar craving for Indian, but none of us felt like going out. We ordered take-out, and everything tonight was mediocre. A few of the dishes, including the chicken pakoras and the bone-in chicken from a mixed grill, tasted like they'd been cooked previously and reheated. The butter chicken was so-so, and we did not receive the lamb dish we'd ordered but, rather, another not-great chicken dish in its place. The naan was very crisp and, in some places, very burnt.
We ordered a mixed vegetables dish that was supposed to be fresh vegetables in a sweet and sour sauce, but turned out to be peas, carrots, potatoes and paneer in a creamy sauce, almost identical to the mattar paneer (peas and paneer cheese in a creamy sauce) that we also ordered.
I will definitely go back to Bombay Masala - every restaurant has its off nights. I'm really hoping that it will be better next time.
Bathurst+Eglinton a wasteland for Foodies?! What?! There are MANY terrific restaurants in the Bathurst+Eglinton area:
-Fine Dining: Il Mulino – considered to be one the top restaurants in the city
-Steakhouse: House of Chan
-Italian: Sette Mezzo (deelish), George’s (possibly the best pizza in the city, in fact ok it’s best), La Lucciola – a neighbourhood institution, wicked pizza
-Chinese: Tasty Chinese Food (my favourite Chinese in Toronto, along with Sun Lok on Yonge)
-Moroccan: Boujadi – Not my cup of tea but undoubtedly regarded very highly, King Falafel (superb falafel and shawarmas)
-Burgers- Groucho’s Gourmet Burgers
-Not to mention Jerusalem, Halleluia, Bistro Grande, Meron, and from what I hear Bombay Masala and Sado Sushi. More to list, but no time.
I think anyone who thinks this area is a Foodie wasteland might want to reconsider that stance. Wow.
This said I really look forward to trying Bombay Masala. Also, delivery is invariably subpar to dining at a restaurant – maybe this helps explain FlavoursGal’s disappointing foray into Bombay Masala at home...
I don't live in the area, but when I travel through I also see quite a few restaurants with varied cuisine so I'm not sure why I've seen it referred to as a food wasteland.
It's unfortunate that the take-out at Bombay Masala was of such bad quality, hopefully they aren't just shipping out food they want to get rid of because it got overcooked of is a bit older etc.
Has anyone been to Mahar on Gerrard St? I've been to the buffet once since they renovated and it's pretty good. (around $10 at dinner)
I think what many are saying by stating "foodie wasteland" is that Bathurst and Eglinton is not a destination point for foodies who live outside the neighbourhood and I to a certain degree have to think they are correct.
While some of the restaurants you mentioned are fine, and as you state some are 'neighbourhood institutions' this is not a neighbourhood that foodies flock to. Part of it is probably because Bathurst and Eglinton is a relatively boring neighbourhood and doesn't really have the ' foodie vibe' of other destination areas.
To the point of this thread, Bombay Masala is ok. Inconsistent but, if you live near by, certainly can be worth it.
I certainly would not disagree with ‘to frankie’ that Bath+Eg is not a food destination for the masses. It's not King St. or Queen St. or what have you. You're right, it doesn't have a food vibe. What I am saying, is that describing this area as a wasteland for foodies is appreciably inaccurate. I love food, as do well all. And I recognize this area as one that has much to offer, not just to local residents. Also, I’m not sure if an area being boring has much to do with food anyways. Some of the best spots to eat are off the beaten path – in areas where little is going on. So this area doesn’t have a nightlife or lounges or anything like that. I’m not sure if that relegates it to ‘foodie wasteland’ status as a result. My guess is that comment was made by someone who probably hasn’t eaten in the area that much because of assumptions and an interest in the well-known. Between Bathurst and the Allen there is something for everyone, many of these places completely above average in terms of quality of food and regarded well by many not resident in the area.
I had the pleasure of dining at Bombay Masala yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful dishes. We tried Rogan Josh - a spicy lamb curry, butter chicken and vegetable biryani. All were presented in lovely copper dishes and were so delicious there was not a spot of sauce left.