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Jul 9, 2007 07:08 AM

High Park Spicy House (Junction) - Review

Hubby had a hankering for Indian on Friday night so we decided to check out a new place in the Junction called High Park Spicy House (3020 Dundas West). We had discovered it over Canada Day weekend when we were strolling in the 'hood. Depite the spelling mistake ridden take out menu that I had picked up, we still decided to head there for dinner on Friday evening.

The decor of the restaurant is simple and clean. Service was friendly and attentive.

We ordered the vegetable pekoras to start, Haandi Chicken and Mattar Paneer Masala. Rice and nan were NOT included with the main dishes (booo, hiss). We got 5 jumbo, fresh tasting veggie pekoras which were excellent with the accompanying tamarind sauce. Main dishes chicken and paneer were just alright...I've definitely had better elsewhere and I was still a bit miffed that we had to order rice and nan seperately. The nan, however, was extremely fresh and tasty and possibly the best part of the meal. We skipped dessert...dinner for two came to $40 with tax and tip (no alcohol).

For Indian food in the Junction, I'd recommend North of Bombay instead. High Park Spicy house was just okay and we won't be scrambling to return any time soon.

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  1. i've never had rice and naan included with my indian meals. which restaurant do you go to that regularly does this?

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    1. re: chocabot

      Me neither. I'm also curious to know.

      1. re: chocabot

        Exactly what I was thinking when I was reading the review. I like that they don't include it so that I can make my choice of rice pilaus and / or flatbreads. (Sometimes I want roti, puri, or parantha instead of naan, for example.)

      2. Thanks for the report. Just spotted this place this weekend and I was thinking of trying it out. I'm accustomed to ordering the rice and naan separately. I'm not a huge fan of Curry Twist, really oily and sweet for my taste. North of Bombay IMO is better, but still, not amazing - but I vowed never to give them anymore business after a botched delivery. (Mistakes happen, but the way they are handled determines my willingness to return - in this case, the staff and management were quite rude, so I haven't been back). When I'm in the mood for Indian, I venture out of the neighbourhood. It would be great if High Park Spicy house is a hit!

        North of Bombay
        2996 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z3, CA

        Curry Twist
        3034 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z3, CA

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        1. re: tochipotle

          For Indian, our usual haunt is Bombay Bhel at Yonge/Eglinton and all main entrees are served with a choice of nan/rice, and ofcourse North of Bombay.

          Haven't tried Curry Twist yet.

          And there are always the buffets in Little India!

          1. re: LovesToEat

            How do you find the food at Bombay Bhel on Eg? My wife and I have never been because both times that we went in and asked a few questions, the staff lacked product knowledge and seemed dazed and confused.

            Personally I walk West a couple of blocks and check out Chef of India, which is family-owned by folks that really care about their food and your satisfaction.

          2. re: tochipotle

            ...I have had great experiences with Gateway to India delivery, it is on Baldwin, def my go to spot...

            1. re: Recyclor

              Never got delivery from them, but I'll second the recommendation. Some of my absolute favourite Indian food in Toronto!

          3. I got some takeout from High Park Spicy House last week. I've never eaten at an Indian restaurant where rice and naan were free with mains -- I always order them separately. The food at HPSH was pretty good -- not mindblowing, but definitely hit the spot. The channa masala had a really nice flavour and the "magic fish," while a little overcooked, came in a really nice spicy sauce. I'll definitely be giving this restaurant another shot.

            1. Thank you for your report but I think we're talking about different places. After reading your review I was a bit apprehensive about trying HPSH. I was definitely surprised. I've eaten at the Curry Twist and North of Bombay. They're OK but the food and staff at the High Park Spicy House was over the top. Raja, the chef, even came out to offer up more rice and naan. My 2 kids have been talking about it for the past week.
              We're heading over again this evening after a visit to see Mr. Harry Potter.
              My suggestion to you is to try the vegetable pekoras again for sure but order the Haandi Chicken and Paneer after talking to the chef. (my little secret) He made it just the way I like it!
              Good report but not accurate. I'm glad I took the taste test myself.
              My wife, two kids and myself were full. $75.00 ( including 2 Indian Beer and a tip).

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              1. re: cmnarvale

                Has HPSH tonight and really enjoyed the food, loved the lamb vindaloo and the special aloo gobi masala. Enjoyed it more than curry twist and north of bombay.

              2. Well I gotta say, based on most of these reviews I thought I'd give them a try. Curry Twist doesn't deliver (and not a huge fan anyway), NofB screwed up my delivery as well (and rude about it)...Anyway, safe to say I'm pretty disappointed in the HPSH. I asked for mild, got pretty spicy, so was essentially inedible. The paneer dish I ordered had paneer that was the hardest and chewiest I've ever had (nothing fresh tasting about it). The naan was seriously dry and bland. The pakoras were pretty tasteless. The rice wasn't anything special and a very scant serving of it too. Over all it tasted like I got food reheated from days ago. All for $30. I won't be ordering here again.