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Debu Saha closing Biryani house

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  • alfie Apr 27, 2007 06:34 AM
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I just learned that Debu Saha's Biryani house is closing this weekend. I used to love the place but the last couple of times I was there the food was subpar and the general "ambiance" seemed lacking somehow.

From reading the board it appeared I was not alone in feeling this way, and i assume that the restaurant's customers becaqme somewhat dissatisfied.

Still he is an amazing chef and I will miss the place not being there

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  1. Wow--I just tried it a few weeks ago for the first time and thought it was great. What a drag.
    ...I bet they're paving the Biryani House and putting up condos...

    1. Shame. This place used to be good a few years ago, but then I kept hearing bad things and discovered other places where I could get similar food for less money in a more relaxed environment.

      One thing I've never been clear on... is this Biryani House in any way related to the mainly take-out outlet of the same name near Yonge and Bloor? If so, is that one remaining open?

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      1. re: Gary

        The Bloor/Yonge location was where the chef first started. He left there and opened a new resto on his own, while the old place kept going. But not for long, that block is also being torn down for a condo.

        1. re: Gary

          I love Indian food but I've found that all the places along Gerrard give me Delhi-belly the next day. I thought it was just the price I had to pay until we tried Biryani House, where the food was excellent and no GI upset the next day. That was a life-changer.
          So, any recommendations for Indian food that's just as good and also has no repercussions the next day?

        2. My favourite Indian restaurant in Toronto is also recommended by a lot of other people on here: Little India at 255 Queen West. Service is really friendly, prices are reasonable, and the food is consistently good. I've also had good meals at The Siddhartha on King West at Bathurst. The Host by the ROM is decent, too, but a bit more formal and pricey.

          None of these places has ever given me "Delhi belly." Though I think that the spicy and/or rich creamy bases of a lot of Indian dishes can give a bit of a workout to the digestive systems of those of us who don't eat it daily. I don't think it means there's necessarily anything wrong with the food (extreme situations aside, of course). But it's so hard to take it easy when it's all so delicious....

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          1. re: Gary

            We ate there sometime back and thought the food was delicious, although the service deteriorated as the meal progressed.

            I sppose they will tear it down, and build yet another dreary condo for the rich.

            1. re: Gary

              Yeah I never thought that it was anything wrong with the food, as I always seem to go with friends who are far more delicate than I am and they never complain. I'm pretty sure it was the spicy and/or rich creamy. Also the making a pig of myself at the buffet...maybe that's why I didn't have any side effects at the Biryani House--a al carte = at least a little restraint...

            2. I loved the food there. Does anyone know of a restaurant serving similar quality bangladeshi biryani??

              1. From what i've heard the chef has actually left to go to Paris and India to strengthen his culinary skills and plans on coming back to open up a new restaurant next year.

                1. I only recently noticed that the one at Roy's Square is called The Biryani House and the one on Wellesley is now A1 Biryani House. The "The" and "A1" are small and you can't see it until you're up close.

                  1. Great news!!!
                    Debu is back and has opened a new restaurant named Debu's at 552 Mount Pleasant. We read on his blog that it was open for take out and couldn't resist getting a Debu food fix, got out of the car to find Debu standing outside taking the air ...in from of a fully open and fully licensed beautifully decorated place.

                    His menu is much more creative than at Biryani House - and yes the prices have gone up - however, so has the standard of his food!

                    Debu came out several times to chat with us during the meal and told us his menu would be changing regularly, this was his second menu since he opened about 2 weeks earlier. He is planning to change the menu again in September - tempting us back with the promise of Foie Gras 3 ways!!!!

                    Tonight, after a selection of complimentary amuse gueule arrived at the table we ordered the following -

                    *Samosas - prepared 3 ways all with different fillings and accompanying sauces.
                    *Paneer - prepared 3 ways, again all different, each with a complimenting sauce.
                    *Perhaps THE best Lentil soup we've ever had, flavored with citrus leaf (Lemon) with dumplings.
                    -
                    * Duo of sorbet arrived (Complimetary) Mango and lemon/pineapple
                    -
                    *Confit of Duck with Lentil Pumpkin puree, Basmati & Candy Cane Beets
                    *Rack of Lamb Vindaloo (cooked rare) with Basmati, Asparagus, Tomato stuffed with Herbed Goat Cheese
                    * Caribou (ahg, can't remember the sauce) with Potato Ring (and more)
                    -
                    All main courses are plated with a traditional style copper pot of sauce on the side - served by the waiters and left for you to add as much or little as you like.
                    -
                    We declined dessert - too full - but Debu being Debu, and us, I guess being old regular customers gushing over the complexity of flavors were sent a desserts plate of -

                    *Sweet Samosa stuffed with some kind of crushed nut and spices. (I would guess at pistachio?)
                    *Thimble of Spiced Rice Pudding on Mango Coulis with Pomegranate (we think) topping.
                    *Almond Paté (best way to describe it)

                    Service was exemplary. Being from a hospitality background I always appreciate little things such as a fresh napkins if one gets dropped on the floor, fresh cutlery for each course and my main thing no clearing of plates before everyone is finished. I'm happy to say all of these happened tonight.

                    I'm counting the hours until we can get back for more.

                    For those who don't want to eat in, check out his take out and delivery Menu. Lots of old favorites to choose from and very reasonably priced.

                    Come on Folks let keep Debu in Toronto and in business for years to come!

                    Phone number for his new place is 416-926-9340

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                    1. re: Adrianjsc

                      Wow what great news. I have always loved their old location on Wellesley.
                      We will visit very soon.