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The Indian food at Dad's Bagel on Sherbrooke West

BLM Aug 19, 2007 12:12 AM

Is the Indian food at Dad's Bagel on Sherbrooke West good? Apparently it's very popular establishment for Indian food(the couple that owns this bagel shop are originally from India).

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    mellybean Nov 16, 2007 07:09 PM

    It's not Indian food but I was pleasantly surprised by the little cheesecake I bought there a couple of weeks ago. Easily big enough for two and not too sweet. A really good deal for only $4.25. Or so *I* thought.

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      Moosemeat Nov 16, 2007 06:51 PM

      Dad's definitely doesn't have the best Indian food in the city, but I'll wager they have the best Indian food available at 4 am. Their goat curry is pretty good, and appreciated since it's hard to find elsewhere. Bottom line is you're getting good value for your money at Dad's , even if it's not in the top tier.

      1. redroses Nov 16, 2007 02:45 PM

        the cook of the indian food at DAD's on sherbrooke works (?owns) Yagel Bagel on somerled. he has some of his products there too.
        I agree the older Indian gentleman behind the counter at Dad's was so nice and helpful. I'd buy the food just to give him business, plus its tasty in a pinch. they also sell the curry sauce and i just cut up chicken breasts and simmer

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          bomobob Nov 16, 2007 04:40 PM

          Dad's Indian food is great for what it is: inexpensive and tasty take-away. I've been stopping in there to load up every couple of weeks for years, and pretty much everything they have is great. No, it's not spicy, and in fact quite mild, but the food is fresh and tasty, and the spiciness is easily rectified by some hot mango pickle anyway.
          I prefer the veg offerings, but the lamb curry is really nice. Spicy eggplant is my favourite.

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          C70 Aug 19, 2007 05:44 AM

          I've bought it- it's not bad. iirc, there were bones in the chicken curry, which I'm not wild about. Everything was quite mild, spice-wise.

          It's homemade, and it supports a great local establishment, so I just feel good eating it.

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          1. re: C70
            Yummy Stuff Aug 19, 2007 07:58 AM

            My fiancee is the same way about chicken bones especially in a curry chicken roti. That's why he can't stand goat curry with all those bones. Isn't that what gives it more flavour to cook with the bones as opposed to plain ol chicken breasts.

            As for Dad's Bagels I didn't even know they were still around. I remeber when they use to have a MacDoherty's ice cream shop around there back in the 90's.

            1. re: Yummy Stuff
              maisonbistro Aug 19, 2007 11:33 AM

              I don't think there was ever a MacDoherty's there - there were 2 shops, one where the Taj Mahal restaurant is now (near Claremont) and one in NDG west - near Park Row East.

              My experience with indian food is that if it is good, it's great freshly cooked - otherwise, it looses something. That's why delivery Indian is never that good. Dad's I find is just okay. The onion bhaji are neither crisp not all that onioney. Ganges and the aforementioned Taj have good ones.

              1. re: Yummy Stuff
                kpzoo Aug 19, 2007 04:43 PM

                MacDoherty's was much further west along Sherbrooke, near Loyola. It's now a Romanian sandwich shop that has very mediocre food. Name escapes me at the moment (only had their chicken schnitzel once - it was so bland I never went back.) Dad's is on the corner of Wilson. Haven't had the Indian at Dad's - with Ganges so close and almost as inexpensive, have never been tempted. However, their bagels & challah are lovely. And they're open 24/7 - can't beat that.

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                  maisonbistro Aug 19, 2007 05:08 PM

                  Actually the Romanian place, Boite a Lunch closed. If I'm not mistaken (and I could be) I think it's now a Korean place.

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                    kpzoo Aug 19, 2007 05:17 PM

                    Ah - right, that's what it was called! Not surprised it didn't survive, it really was awful! (though an apple strudel was semi-decent.)

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                      maisonbistro Aug 19, 2007 05:35 PM

                      Ever been to a good Romanian restaurant???? ROFLMAO

                      1. re: maisonbistro
                        kpzoo Aug 19, 2007 05:47 PM

                        Ha. Actually, did you know that Montreal smoked meat/Schwartz's has its roots in Romania? (Founder Reuben Schwartz was a Jewish immigrant from Romania and brought recipes with him) Also the karnatzel is from there. And a lot of the comfort food of my childhood has Romanian-Jewish roots, so don't knock it too hard - when done right, it's pretty good. ;-)

                        1. re: kpzoo
                          maisonbistro Aug 19, 2007 07:08 PM

                          Not knocking the food - trust me on that - just the crappy restaurants. And I know, I've tried most of them. Hubby is Romanian. I try to keep him happy at home, though I will not make Ciorba de burta, which is tripe soup. Nope. Not me.

                          And yes, my husband is also quite proud to regale all his non romanian friends with the Schwartz's tale.

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