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Best butter chicken in the Toronto area

rael Jan 10, 2007 07:01 PM

Having just read through the downtown butter chicken thread I thought I'd ask. Where can you find the best butter chicken?

Is the Little India area over on Gerrard the best? Or can you find places way better in Brampton? My friends adore Indian Rice Factory's butter chicken, if that's any indication.

We're willing to go to Brampton but not much further. Any recommendations?

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    Shoops Sep 9, 2011 07:11 PM

    The best butter chicken by far is at Jaipur Grille a bit south of Eglinton on Yonge Street!! It is called chicken makhani on their menu, but I call it heaven! It is so perfect! I have lived in the UK (for 5 years) and ate a lot of Indian food in London et environs, and have tried numerous places here in Toronto when we first moved here. We finally hit the jackpot with Jaipur Grille! Try it and tell me if I am wrong : )

    Jaipur Grille
    2066 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

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      garfield Mar 11, 2011 08:16 PM

      Normally, I don't like butter chicken as you normally get in Toronto .But Matheson Sweets at 320 Matheson West is an exception. They use dark meat and the gravy is not the tomatoey sweet boring stuff which one usually finds but really flavorful.
      They only do takeout and they make only one meat dish.

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        ManAbout Mar 11, 2011 02:55 PM

        Copper Chimney

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          petek Mar 11, 2011 03:27 PM

          Mother India, Queen west,best butter chicken roti!!!

          Mother India
          1456 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K1M2, CA

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            food face Mar 11, 2011 07:41 PM

            YES Agreed Petek. Good one. Mother India's butter chicken roti is f-ing fantastic. Perfection all round.

            Mother India
            1456 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K1M2, CA

            1. re: food face
              mlukan Sep 9, 2011 07:28 PM

              +1 for Mother India- This is one of the best things to eat in the city.

              Mother India
              1456 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K1M2, CA

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          poshnoshtoronto Mar 11, 2011 10:49 AM

          Just discoved Chowhound... this is awesome! I love that I can find out pretty much any GTA food related thing in a couple clicks. Okay, so it isn't fancy but my son won't eat any other Butter Chicken except that of Banjara on Bloor at Christie. He's tried them all and I've purchased the jarred ones too. They luckily deliver in our neighbourhood so we can get it fairly easily without leaving the house. Be prepared, their delivery takes about an hour or more, but it is well worth it and they've NEVER made a mistake with our orders over the many years we've received delivery from them.

          796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L7, CA

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            food face Mar 11, 2011 07:42 PM

            Welcome home Posh. I gotta try Banjara. Thanks for the reminder.

            796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L7, CA

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            dannyeh Nov 18, 2010 08:12 AM

            My vote is with one of the more neglected places on Indian threads here - India Palace, on Queen West (in the stretch of Indian restaurants). Amazing butter chicken - sweet, smoky, good balance of tomato and creaminess. Along with the baigan bharta and (usually) sag paneer, it gives India Palace, in my opinion, probably three of the 'best ofs' in my Indian food wanderings.

            India Palace
            257 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

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              AngelSanctuary May 29, 2010 09:29 PM

              Agra near Sheppherd and Yonge. Now I haven't had much experience (twice) and they've all been quite different (other being Trimurti). But even if the one at Agra is inauthentic it is the best chicken I've ever had. Very moist, buttery, flavorful but not overpowering, kinda sweet almost.

              I've had it a few months ago and I'm still dreaming of swimming in a pool of the sauce and gulping their chicken down while swimming in it!

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                Visorboy Mar 12, 2011 11:33 AM

                Just dropped by there last night and their butter chicken was quite good, & so was their prawn marsala. The cucumber salad was different with their spices, but the vegetables were not cold and refreshing...more like room warm. The restaurant does lack flair, but the staff did try to provide an acceptable service. The only annoyance was when 3 girls chose to sit next to us and have a conference call on speaker with their cell. We were the only ones in the restaurant before they came in.
                I would consider trying them again next time when we want a quick fix of butter chicken close to home.

              2. kimd60 May 27, 2010 12:39 PM

                The HOST on Prince Arthur has the best Butter Chicken. (DELISH) Babar on Queen West (By Muchmusic, a close second),

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                  Full tummy May 27, 2010 03:24 PM

                  I'm thinking you mean Babur...


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                    Charles Yu May 27, 2010 03:51 PM

                    Just had Babur's version yesterday! OK, but Maroli's version is better.

                    630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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                      bbbradk May 27, 2010 04:33 PM

                      Babu in Scarborough has a fantastic butter chicken, great naan too, and cheap

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                        Full tummy May 27, 2010 09:28 PM

                        I haven't been to Babur in years; I'm thinking maybe 12 or so. Impressive that it's still around... Have no memory of the butter chicken, or much else, but I do really want to get to Maroli soon!! Good to have a point of comparison.

                        630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

                        1. re: Full tummy
                          munchieHK May 27, 2010 09:47 PM

                          Maroli is awesome! For my money there is no better or more authentic food from the sub-continent in central Toronto. Anjappar Chettinad is similar quality, but further out and quite different in style. Other than those two, I think you have to go to Mississauga or Brampton for real Indian food. I didn't realise Maroli did butter chicken, though. Must be a concession for the locals.

                          630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

                          Anjappar Chettinad
                          3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

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                            Full tummy May 27, 2010 10:04 PM

                            Anjappar Chettinad's Scarborough location is my usual destination... I always enjoy the food there. Definitely looking forward to trying Maroli, though, as they have some different options on their menu. Let us know if you go and compare the butter chicken with AC!

                            630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

                            Anjappar Chettinad
                            3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

                            1. re: Full tummy
                              bunnylicious May 29, 2010 09:47 PM

                              Just ate at maroli today... enjoyed their butter chicken very much, it wasn't as heavy as other versions. Very nice. I would say it compares to Anjappar Chettinad in terms of quality, though I've not tried the butter chicken at AC. I don't think you can go wrong with either place!

                              Anjappar Chettinad
                              3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

                              1. re: bunnylicious
                                duckdown May 30, 2010 11:37 AM

                                The old Kelseys across from Shoppers World has been an "Anjappar Chettinad" for a couple years now and I've never stopped in. Would you reccomend this place for a person who's never had Indian food before?

                                I'd need to try "good" indian food for a first time or I doubt I'd ever return or try it again

                                Any reccomendations?


                                1. re: duckdown
                                  Full tummy May 30, 2010 11:40 AM

                                  I do think it would be a good option for a first timer, so long as you're used to spicy (hot) foods. Their dishes do tend to be on the spicy side...

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                                    duckdown May 30, 2010 12:07 PM

                                    Yeah I've been working on my heat tolerance for a while now, eating alot of spicy Thai dishes and so on. I still can't eat the spiciest stuff without a drink but I'm alot better than I used to be...

                                    Thanks for the heads up -- just gotta figure out what is worth ordering from Anjappar Chettinad now. I also notice they have a huge banner outside their patio exclaiming they're offering delivery now.. Maybe I'll check it out tonightg


                                    Anjappar Chettinad
                                    3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

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                    pauliwog Jan 20, 2010 10:39 AM

                    Earth Indian resto on Yonge St near Cummer has an awesome lunch buffet. Their Butter chicken is good but the standout is the curry goat.
                    I just had BC at the SaffronTree downtown and it was yummy. Their soup is fantastic too. my fav buffet used to be Indian Garden on eglinton near Yonge. Their lababdar was almost a religious experience! but [sigh}only a memory now.

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                      CHICKEN_SKIN_MASK Jan 13, 2010 06:23 AM

                      I haven't been to Lahore Tikka House in a couple of years, but that used to be my favourite. I usually go to Banjara now...I really like their butter chicken, but I highly recommend you try the chicken Korma.

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                        katbri Dec 3, 2009 11:56 AM

                        Do any of these places deliver to the Coxwell and Danforth area? I know alot do take out.

                        1. foodyDudey Dec 2, 2009 05:40 PM

                          I wouldn't be able to say who has the best without a thorough investigation, which I bet very few people here have done. I've ordered the butter chicken from Makkah 3 times in the past 2 weeks, because I found that it was very good.

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                            c.cow Dec 2, 2009 05:13 PM

                            How is Indian Rice Factory's butter chicken? We live very near and have often wanted to stop by, but their prices are a little higher than what we usually pay (probably because we are used to splitting one take-out order) and we have not been able to get a definite positive or negative review.

                            Any good stories/horror stories? Is their butter chicken worth its price ($18 if I remember correctly... and then of course the extra costs for rice and naan)?

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                              grubgal Dec 2, 2009 04:50 PM

                              I would vote for Tamarind at downtown core....their butter chicken is a real treat.....great deal with rice and salad at 5.99.. I love the fact that it is on the subway line so I don't have to go all the way to Little India. It's my go to place for Saturday Lunch.

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                                Linas Nov 17, 2009 12:08 PM

                                Little India on Queen has the best butter chicken in the city, by far.

                                Little India
                                255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

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                                1. re: Linas
                                  chillihigh Nov 17, 2009 06:21 PM

                                  I vote for the butter chicken at anjappar chettinad. Awesome and perfect, just like in india

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                                  hbada Jul 23, 2009 07:21 AM

                                  I'm a huge butter chicken fan. I've had many bad butter chicken dishes. I have to agree with the people who mentioned Dhaba, Aroma and especially Little India (on Queen).

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                                    ellerbee Jul 8, 2009 03:14 PM

                                    i say moti mahal in Little India. I've had a lot of sweet, cloying butter chicken but theirs is smoky and savory. There is definitely heat. I buy it and then add more chicken breast because, like all indian restaurants, they never give enough meat. Plus, their samosas, chicken and all veg, are terrific and cheap.

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                                    1. re: ellerbee
                                      torontochris Jul 22, 2009 08:49 AM

                                      the huge one you guys are talking about on dixie north of steeles is tandoori flame, right next to the tim hortons south of the huge rogers complex (formerly the nortel complex). its pretty good, gets crazy busy, but the selection if ridiculous, you can find anything there. the eggplant masala is particularly yummy.

                                    2. TOchowgal Jul 7, 2009 05:56 AM

                                      Love the butter chicken at Gandhi Roti. I sometimes get it on its own and have it with rice at home. The butter chicken roti can be easily shared by two adults - its huge.

                                      Gandhi Roti
                                      554 Queen St W
                                      Toronto, ON, M5V2B5
                                      (416) 504-8155

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                                      1. re: TOchowgal
                                        dannyboy Jul 8, 2009 11:49 AM

                                        Agreed, best by far --- and Mother India does the same in Parkdale (same crew)
                                        I don't even have a close second, but believe Banjara and North of Bombay were good too...
                                        Lahore was awesome too but they can't touch the Gandhi

                                        1. re: TOchowgal
                                          Bhangra Pimp Jul 8, 2009 12:13 PM

                                          I love the Butter Chicken roti at Gandhi's. You can tell how they use freshly ground spices, and it has a certain zestiness that many other butter chickens lack.

                                          As for Moti Mahal, I find their butter chicken to be pretty standard as to what you find in most places.

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                                            lunchboy Jul 22, 2009 12:46 PM

                                            I'll put my ballot in the box for Gandhi as well. (And as an aside, not just for butter chicken, but generally for all their curries). The thing that really impresses me about Gandhi is their ability to make their butter chicken mild, medium and blistering hot without changing the flavour. I don't know how they are able to get that range of spiciness, not to mention that the "mild" can be made with absolutely no spice whatsoever (as opposed to most restaurants that can never make curry completely mild).

                                            Aside from that, I'd vote for Bombay Bhel in Richmond Hill (the other locations are sub-par) and Amaya.



                                            1. re: lunchboy
                                              clamnectar Jul 22, 2009 01:23 PM

                                              cayenne powder. it adds a lot of heat but little flavour.

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                                                lunchboy Jul 23, 2009 06:20 AM

                                                Interesting. Do you know this is what they use for fact? I would imagine it would be more along the lines of chili oil. I find cayenne to have an immediate mouth heat, but not much in the way of deep heat that I get from the curry. And it would take quite a bit of cayenne to get the "hot" up to the level of heat they get it to, which presumably would change the colour, if slightly.



                                                1. re: lunchboy
                                                  clamnectar Jul 23, 2009 08:23 AM

                                                  I can't speak to anyone in particular's recipe, but yeah it's pretty common to use cayenne to easily vary heat. It doesn't take much to have a strong effect, so it doesn't really affect the colour.

                                                  1. re: lunchboy
                                                    foodyDudey Jul 23, 2009 08:29 AM

                                                    Chili oil is not commonly used in Indian recipes, I've never seen it in any recipe book.
                                                    Red chili powder is what is used to make it hot, so add more if required.
                                                    And butter chicken is not a dish that is usually made blisteringly hot, I've never had it that way even in India. Must be a Canadian style!

                                                    1. re: foodyDudey
                                                      lunchboy Jul 23, 2009 08:43 AM

                                                      Oh yes, I certainly agree with that last statement. I'm not used to having butter chicken too spicy, but they are willing to make any dish with your requested heat level. I guess they allow people to have super spicy butter chicken and medium vindaloo in order to please everyone!



                                            2. re: TOchowgal
                                              madhatt Mar 1, 2010 10:02 AM

                                              I've only had butter chicken at Dhaba, Aroma, Kama and Ghandi Roti.. Ghandi wins hands down out of those choices. Plus they have several other delicious roti flavours, and nice cheap snacks (samosas, butter chicken rolls, etc.).

                                              The only other Indian place I've eaten in Toronto was South Indian Dosa Mahal at Blansdowne .. that place is superb (not sure if they carry butter chicken, though).

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                                              Bhangra Pimp Jul 5, 2009 11:34 PM

                                              Bar none, Lahore Tikka House has the best butter chicken! I don't know if they put crack in the sauce or not, but it's just awesome!! It's located in Little India/Gerard India Bazaar. I'd also recommend a butter till naan to go with it. The caveat here is that yes, it's gonna be a lil oily, but that's part of the butter chickeny goodness!!

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                                                vorpal Jul 6, 2009 02:10 PM

                                                I really don't understand the appeal of this place. Mediocre Indian food served in unsightly surroundings at average prices. You could do a lot better!

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                                                  foodyDudey Jul 6, 2009 02:22 PM

                                                  It's not Indian food but yes, it is mediocre. Id you've ecer been to Pakistan, you will understand the surroundings.

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                                                    food face Jul 6, 2009 03:42 PM

                                                    I don't really agree. Lahore Tikka House has some really stand out classics. I ate there yesterday so it's still clear in the mind. Their Kulfi is home made. Cones of ice cream goodness made with real almonds, cream and cheese. Not too sweet but rich and wonderful. Their samosa's are also way above average. The beef samosa have a nice thin soft delicate shell and the filling is seasoned so perfectly. I think the kebabs are delicious but are comparible to other kebab houses in the area. It's a neighborhood staple and the trailer tent is part of it's charm. I stand by Lahore Tikka House. Am I saying it's the best all round...no but it is a must try.

                                                    1. re: vorpal
                                                      Bhangra Pimp Jul 6, 2009 11:16 PM

                                                      Like most places, definitely depends on the dish. I'm sure there are ones that aren't quite stand-outs by any means, but definitely has the best butter chicken for sure. It's the sauce....even after you're done with the chicken pieces, you're still eating it. The owner's actually really nice as well. We had mentioned to him a concern we had one time, because our vegetarian friend couldn't enjoy the sauce, so, he tinkered around and brought back a paneer makhani/ shahi paneer type of dish which has now found its way to the menu. I'm with Food Face on this one!

                                                      1. re: Bhangra Pimp
                                                        grandgourmand Jul 7, 2009 06:09 AM

                                                        The sauce at Lahore has a great tang that so many other butter chicken's lack. And a pleasant level of heat. I really like the kebabs and the naan is delicious. the veg dishes are pretty oily.

                                                        My main issue with Lahore is the waste they produce, not the food. Eating on paper plates (euphemism for styrofoam) and plastic utensils was neat in the beginning because it feels cheap and cheerful, or whatever, but after a while you feel disgusted seeing it all get tossed. If you want to feel even more disgusted, take a walk around their back patio, by the exit from the kitchen. the deck is black and sticky, as are the railings. that's where all that trash is unceremoniously dumped.

                                                        1. re: grandgourmand
                                                          food face Jul 7, 2009 07:22 PM

                                                          I always have taken food out from Lahore. Makes me think twice about it now. Glad you mentioned about the excessive waste going on there G-Gourmet. Thats shitty.

                                                          1. re: food face
                                                            grandgourmand Jul 8, 2009 05:25 AM

                                                            it's a shame, and not just because of the waste. I enjoy the food there a lot, but have an issue with their waste.

                                                        2. re: Bhangra Pimp
                                                          Full tummy Jul 8, 2009 11:43 AM

                                                          I have to say I much prefer the butter chicken at Moti Mahal. Cheaper too.

                                                          Have you tried it?

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                                                      babaroo Aug 13, 2008 07:38 AM

                                                      The Queens Arms Pub and restaurant in Etobicoke is AMAZING. It is right beside the Maharini Restaurant and you can either eat in the restaurant or the pub. Its a relaxed atmosphere with great food. I love it. Its on the Queensway near Kipling.

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                                                        chillihigh Jul 4, 2009 09:25 PM

                                                        ok i have been on this search for the perfect butter chicken for a while. Having had it many places all over india, the closest best i can say is in brampton ironicallly in a south indian restaurant called anjappar chettinad at hway 10 and steeles. Pl try it and let me know if you agree

                                                      2. grandgourmand Aug 12, 2008 04:32 AM

                                                        There have been a lot of comments about Lahore Tikka House in Little India going downhill. I was there Sunday night, and I have to say it may have gotten a bit greasier, but the food still tastes great. Kebabs with a good level of spiciness. Very tasty channa masala. To the OP, their butter chicken is great. There's actually a background of spiciness to it, and a nice twang to the sauce. They must add sour cream or something. I really enjoy it. It's probably the best in TO. Mind you, I've had more bad ones than good ones.

                                                        1. BokChoi Aug 11, 2008 05:52 PM

                                                          Anyone have any recs for great butter chicken in Scarborough/Malvern (south of Bombay Bhel) area? I just wanted to emphasize east just north of STC. (not just butter chicken, but any nicely flavoured curries that are not too fire-y hot). TIA

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                                                            HorizonXP Aug 8, 2008 09:37 PM

                                                            In Brampton, at the little plaza at Peter Robertson and Torbram, is a small Indian restaurant called Sweet Palace. You'll walk in and see your usual fare of sweets. Walk to the cash, and you'll see a vegetarian thali bar. Look up, and you'll see a menu of items that can be made to order, along with several non-veg items.

                                                            I'm Indian, and I've been getting my butter chicken fix here. Now, mind you, I live in Brampton, so I might just be lazy and not tried other places to compare. But I love the chicken items here. They're all good, but you asked for butter chicken.

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                                                            1. re: HorizonXP
                                                              red dragon Aug 9, 2008 05:50 AM

                                                              Hi HorizonXP, a new Indian friend of mine suggested I try a buffet in Brampton (I'm new to Indian food). She says the variety is mind boggling, especially the desserts, but she can't recall the name. Wonder if you would know, or are there too many Indian restaurants in Brampton for you to name?

                                                              TIA (thanks in advance)!

                                                              1. re: red dragon
                                                                SocksManly Aug 13, 2008 01:58 PM

                                                                There's a large buffet style place that's always PACKED.. Last time I went there were literally 50 people standing in their lobby waiting for people to finish eating so they could get a table.

                                                                It's on Dixie Road, between Queen and Steeles, west side of the street. It used to be a bad italian buffet that everyone said was "gross" ...

                                                                It's not the best indian food I've had, but I want to go back.. like now!

                                                                1. re: SocksManly
                                                                  red dragon Aug 14, 2008 09:12 AM

                                                                  And the name is?

                                                                  1. re: red dragon
                                                                    Irma Sep 7, 2011 09:03 PM

                                                                    I know this thread is really old, but I wanted to reply anyway: Were you referring to Tandoori Flame on Dixie? It's the only buffet place I know of between Queen and Steeles. It used to be good when it opened... but now, it's just okay.

                                                                    There's actually a restaurant right outside Shoppers world, in the same plaza. It's called The Baawarchi Restaurant. Their butter chicken is REALLY good. We wanted to eat at some place and nothing was open... this was... so our stomachs led the way We were not disappointed. Great decor, impeccable service, amazing food! I don't know why this place isn't busier??
                                                                    Actually, I'm going to go review the restaurant now :)

                                                                    Enjoy sampling butter chicken everywhere!

                                                                    Tandoori Flame
                                                                    8150 Dixie Rd, Brampton, ON L6T5N9, CA

                                                            2. Ginsugirl Aug 5, 2008 10:17 PM

                                                              I usually dislike butter chicken, but had a taste at Dhaba, and I actually enjoyed it, have to agree with previous reviewers. Nicely layered flavour, without that overly coconut-heavy sweetness. I still prefer the spicier dishes, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this one.

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                                                              1. re: Ginsugirl
                                                                philehohfish Aug 6, 2008 07:50 AM

                                                                I've had the Butter Chicken at Kama Sutra on Baview ( near Davisville) dozens of times. Consistently excellent. Lunch is about $11 and it comes with a soup or samosa, rice and Naan. Highly recommended !

                                                                1. re: Ginsugirl
                                                                  KayceeK Aug 12, 2008 06:12 AM

                                                                  I'm with Ginsugirl on this one. Was actually at Dhaba last night and, though the usual complains applied (overpriced, mediocre service, etc.), they do accomplish one mean butter chicken. It was the favourite dish of 3 of the 4 diners.

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                                                                  cometier Aug 5, 2008 12:55 PM

                                                                  I love Gateways to India on Baldwin, their butter Chicken and Saag Paneer are out of sight! Gandhi is also great in a fast-food way...

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                                                                  1. re: cometier
                                                                    chaptwo Aug 5, 2008 06:58 PM

                                                                    If you are going out Brampton way, check out Anjippur Chettinad at Steeles and Hurontario across from Shoppers World. Their butter chicken is excellent and the service is great. It's a South Indian restaurant so there's lots of great things to try there to add to your dining out...

                                                                    1. re: cometier
                                                                      callitasicit Aug 5, 2008 10:21 PM

                                                                      Gateway to India has excellent butter chicken!!

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                                                                      snackboy Jul 28, 2008 10:52 PM

                                                                      I'll second Rashnaa . . . It's one of my favorite restaurants in the city . . . It consistantly serves great food and is also a great delivery option in an area that really lacks good delivery options ...


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                                                                      1. re: snackboy
                                                                        vorpal Jul 29, 2008 03:44 AM

                                                                        They also have a huge delivery area! I live at Greenwood and Gerrard and they're willing to send food out that far.

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                                                                          bjinyyz Jul 29, 2008 01:30 PM

                                                                          Little India on Queen west is by far my fav Indian food in the city. The best chicken tikka however for butter chicken I still go with the all but forgotten Queen's Arms / Maharani Restaurant on the Queensway.

                                                                          1. re: bjinyyz
                                                                            red dragon Aug 5, 2008 12:21 PM

                                                                            Went to Little India for the first time on Civic Monday, you can read my review by typing Little India in the search tab above.

                                                                            I had butter chicken at Chauhan's and it was good, but that was my first try at Indian cuisine, so I'm certainly no expert. The butter chicken at Little India tasted sweeter. Is it supposed to be slighlty sweet, or varies from place to place?

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                                                                        Megan2 Oct 27, 2007 11:42 PM

                                                                        I quite enjoy the butter chicken sauce from Loblaws (the President's Choice brand). Just brown some chicken and dump the sauce on top of it ... let it simmer a bit and voila! The taste is comparable to what you get in India Town. Buy some of that Loblaws naan too to sop up the sauce and you have a very good meal!

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                                                                        1. re: Megan2
                                                                          callitasicit Jul 28, 2008 09:32 PM

                                                                          Madras Palace at West Beaver Creek has great butter chicken. I was especially surprised when it was offered for the lunch buffet. Shockingly good considering it was part of the buffet selection.

                                                                          1. re: Megan2
                                                                            Full tummy Jan 12, 2010 04:20 PM

                                                                            Sorry to disagree, but I recently purchased the butter chicken sauce, and I found it in no way comparable to what I get in "India Town". Tasted like a fairly bland creamy tomato sauce.

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                                                                            JaPe Oct 27, 2007 07:09 AM

                                                                            Makkah is REALLY good.

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                                                                            1. re: JaPe
                                                                              callitasicit Oct 27, 2007 11:20 PM

                                                                              I like Nirvana in Mississauga, I really enjoyed their butter chicken.

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                                                                                Apprentice Oct 29, 2007 07:43 AM

                                                                                Actually Nirvana's food is above average but you pay for it.

                                                                            2. Charles Yu Oct 27, 2007 04:55 AM

                                                                              Maroli use to have a great Butter chicken.

                                                                              1. ultrablue Oct 26, 2007 06:28 PM

                                                                                7330 Yonge St. (at Clark) Thornhill
                                                                                I've had take-out twice,those 500g tubs are expensive but tasty!

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                                                                                  dlane007 Oct 26, 2007 04:13 PM

                                                                                  Bombay Bhel in Richmond Hill

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                                                                                    graydyn Aug 7, 2008 12:47 PM

                                                                                    I'll second that. I love their butter chicken, and they have great naan to go with it.

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                                                                                    n10sity Oct 26, 2007 02:24 PM

                                                                                    I'll put a vote in for Rashnaa, the Sri Lankan restaurant on Wellesley - best I've had. Although I agree with pearlD that Banjara's version is good too.

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                                                                                      pearlD Oct 26, 2007 11:27 AM

                                                                                      We are now confirmed BANJARA diners (Bloor & Christie)...used to trek out to Little India to The Regency or The New Haandi 2000 but tried Banjara early in the summer and it is now OUR first choice. Have heard that there were problems with service but we have not had ANY problems. Food & Service have been A1!! Butter Chicken is great! What I/we have noticed is that the 'servings' seem to be larger (a welcome treat) than in any other place we have tried over the years..no more problems with sharing the pieces of meat (chicken or lamb) Sometimes when there are 6 dining we still get by with one order to share and it works out just fine. Used to find that there were only 5 pieces of any given dish..leading to "oh, you have it..I insist".
                                                                                      Honestly BANJARA has been our major surprise and delight this year.

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                                                                                        jen2202 Oct 27, 2007 12:28 PM

                                                                                        Where is Little India?

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                                                                                          JamieK Oct 27, 2007 01:28 PM

                                                                                          Little India is the stretch of Gerrard Street from about Greenwood to Coxwell.

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                                                                                          food face Jul 4, 2009 06:51 PM

                                                                                          The Regency is the best I've had. Nice and creamy with the perfect blend of tomato. Good perfectly cut portions of non fatty chicken. Aromatic sauce. The best.

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                                                                                            pearlD Jul 6, 2009 04:21 PM

                                                                                            We're now back at The Regency...haven't been to Banjara since last year ..We did try Mahar (Gerrard Street) and quite liked it but there were 6 of us and we found that portions were too skimpy for all to share..we'll give it another try and if there are more than 4 people we'll double up in the ordering.. We'll also go back to Banjara this summer...there seems to be a lot of pro/con lately...we'll wait til after the garbage strike and try again.

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                                                                                          roche Oct 25, 2007 10:34 PM

                                                                                          I guess you guys have'nt tried the butter chicken at curry twist yet.

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                                                                                            ministerofkebab Oct 27, 2007 06:15 AM

                                                                                            Agree absolutely, there were some hiccups there for a while, but BANJARA have got their shit together and the food is back to being superb, had the butter chicken last night and it is silky, well spiced and delicious. Banjara is back in the game.

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                                                                                            indianchik Jan 13, 2007 03:52 AM

                                                                                            you really need to try MOTI MAHAL on gerrard st. its the BEST butter chicken EVER. and trust me, i've tried them all.. its AMAZING

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                                                                                              Apprentice Oct 26, 2007 07:24 AM

                                                                                              I have heard other Indians (Punjabi's) speak highly of Moti Mahal. I've enjoyed it as well, but I only tasted the Woodbine Ave location.

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                                                                                                Full tummy Oct 28, 2007 02:32 PM

                                                                                                Second that, though I haven't tried "them all".

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                                                                                                  scarberian May 27, 2010 04:16 PM

                                                                                                  What are these other people talking about? MOTIMAHAL @ 1422 Gerrard St. E. Hands down one of the best East Indian restos in T.O. Been going there for about 20 years. Although there are a couple of tables, it's tiny so takeout is your best bet. Butter chicken, matar paneer, rice, naan, chapati, kababs, everything just made very well. You can even pick up some authentic Indian desserts like barfi, Gulab Jamun, and other milk based sweets.

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                                                                                                  justlogic Jan 13, 2007 12:36 AM

                                                                                                  Great thing about TO is lots of good Indian. My favourite is
                                                                                                  http://www.dhaba.ca . I've meet the Chef P.K. and asked him to turn my dishes up a notch in spice.
                                                                                                  There is an amazing vegetarian Indian restaurant out by Square one but sorry can't recall its name. It is in a strip mall and is a bit cafeteria style but the food is better then when I was in India.

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                                                                                                    kensie Jan 13, 2007 11:24 PM

                                                                                                    I second Dhaba. This is definitely my fave.

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                                                                                                      SocksManly Aug 13, 2008 01:54 PM

                                                                                                      Dhaba is underrated imo.. They have a great lunch buffet that even I can afford, the food is great, the owner is very personal and likes to get to know his guests (without being weird! nice guy) and there is always a nice selection of foods.. I never get to try everything at the buffet! Light foods on one table, heavier stews, curries and meats at the back.

                                                                                                      Don't skip the soup!! Fantastic soup.

                                                                                                      Also I've heard the butter chicken is "b grade" in a sense for lunch buffet, and is better at dinner time. I've never been for dinner, but I doubt I'd be able to tell anyways.. It's great at lunch

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                                                                                                        ShinjiCook Feb 21, 2010 03:32 AM

                                                                                                        I totally agree with justlogic here, dhaba is by far one of the best indian places you can go to. Lunch is the most worth it. 11$ for buffet lunch. Dinner is a bit expensive considering ur getting a dish for 14$ that's just curry... lol. Also dhaba is recommended by food network tv due to the renovations they had from that tv show that renovates restaurants? Anyways it's a GREAT place great atmosphere, the chef is amazing. I had a great conversation with him about the unqiue flavors he added on some dishs.

                                                                                                        I'm not very picky when I comes to anything curry cause i just love curry. as much as I love congee.

                                                                                                        *edit* sorry yea I also want to mention I've been to a ton of indian places in toronto. dhaba is still my top favorite.

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                                                                                                        balthazar Jan 12, 2007 06:31 PM

                                                                                                        I'd try Utsav on Yorkville:

                                                                                                        I haven't had the butter chicken but have loved every dish I have had there (okra, other chicken dishes, peas...). It is order-off-the-menu, not buffet. It is new (just opened in 2006) - and fabulous.

                                                                                                        1. AmandaEd Jan 12, 2007 05:25 PM

                                                                                                          I know it's not very original, but I am obsessed with Gandhi Cuisine's butter chicken. They must put crack in it, it's so addictive! Getting my fix tonight...

                                                                                                          1. kawarthagirl Jan 11, 2007 04:42 PM

                                                                                                            My husband like Kama Sutra on bayview avenue. Of course, we don't know if that is 'good' as Indian food isn't our forte, but there you go...

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                                                                                                              bogie Jan 11, 2007 04:55 PM

                                                                                                              This is an Indian restaurant that is seldom mentioned on Chowhound. However, I am a longtime Indian food lover and it's my favourite upscale Indian restaurant. I have never been disappointed by a dish there. I usually get the brie pakoras (yum), chicken vindaloo and eggplant bharta.

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                                                                                                                kawarthagirl Jan 11, 2007 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                I love their chicken curry... and they make a mean Cosmo (although they call it a Cosmostra.... :)

                                                                                                                I just wish they would do a lunch special on the weekend, the way they do during the week....

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                                                                                                              rael Jan 11, 2007 03:14 PM

                                                                                                              I saw the last few threads, but they all discuss downtown locations for the most part. I know Brampton has a large Indian population, and I was curious if Brampton is to downtown Indian food as Markham is to downtown Chinese.

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                                                                                                                xtal Jan 11, 2007 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                I've had Indian food in Brampton many times, and there are some real gems (Brar Sweets, Curry House, Friends), but none of them have a particularly great butter chicken. In fact, due to authenticity, many of the Brampton Indian joints are completely vegetarian.

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                                                                                                                  letseatout Feb 20, 2010 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                  I agree. Have been in Brampton for ten years, but just started experiencing Indian food in the last two and the establishments you mentioned are awesome, particularly, the samosas (three for a dollar!) and fish pakora at Friends (two pounds for the price of one on Mondays and Thursdays!) but I've yet to have a really good butter chicken here. Weird.

                                                                                                              2. Fwagra Jan 11, 2007 12:54 AM

                                                                                                                I suspect that responses are sparse because this matter has been debated often and recently. I don't know how to provide the link, but just search on butter chicken and you will find previous threads on that subject.

                                                                                                                I would recommend Little India on Queen Street for great butter chicken and all-around Indian food.

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                                                                                                                  xtal Jan 11, 2007 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                  I'd definitely second the Little India recommendation.


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                                                                                                                    TOfoodie Jan 11, 2007 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                    I like the butter chicken at Aroma @ King & John. Actually their buffet at lunch is fantastic!

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                                                                                                                      jen2202 Jan 13, 2007 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                      I haven't eaten at too many Indian restaurants in toronto...the first one i tried was Aroma and i loved it (so why keep looking?). The butter chicken is amazing and so is the fresh naan bread. Aroma has my vote!

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                                                                                                                        Lyndalh Jan 13, 2007 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                        I'm so happy to hear someone mention Aroma, hands down it's my favorite Indian food in the downtown area.

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                                                                                                                          deelicious Jan 13, 2007 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                          i probably ate at mcdonalds first, then A&W, then Burger King. GOOD thing I didnt stop at one of those and declare it the best!

                                                                                                                          Try some of the highly rated alternatives and let us know if Aroma is still "it"!

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