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Sultan no match for the King (Samosa King)

dinin and dishin Sep 24, 2007 09:30 AM

I passed the Sultan of Samosas on O'Connor a couple of times and decided to give them a try in the hopes of finding something closer to home than my fav Samosa King. Unfortunatley the Sultan is no match for the King. They charge $4.50 for 6 small samosas vs SK's 5 for $1. The size, texture and taste are just no match, even if they were the same price. Too bad, I guess I'll have to continue to make the trek to Middlefield and Finch.

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    goaneat RE: dinin and dishin Sep 24, 2007 10:22 AM

    When did they change their name from Embassy to Samosa King?

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    1. re: goaneat
      dinin and dishin RE: goaneat Sep 24, 2007 02:00 PM

      It is still Embassy. I think Samosa King also appears on the sign, and I've just gotten into the habit of calling it Samosa King. I am usually too busy eating fresh samosas when I am near there to bother looking at the sign :)

      1. re: dinin and dishin
        Finnegan RE: dinin and dishin Sep 25, 2007 10:27 AM

        I normally go to Samosas King /Embassy, but was in East York the other week and decided to give Sultan of Somosas a try. True they have about 10 or 15 types of samosas (as opposed to Samosas Kings two) but upon first bite I realized these must be using phyllo pastry instead of the traditional samosa dough...tasted like eating greek spanokopita instead of an Indian samosa

        1. re: Finnegan
          JamieK RE: Finnegan Sep 25, 2007 10:44 AM

          Sultan talks about the difference of their pastry and why it's preferable on their website -

          and also here --

          I like the Sultan's somosas, the crunchiness of the pastry and their tasty sauces. The friendliness of some of the green-capped server ladies there though is a little lacking.

          Sultan Of Samosas
          1677 O'Connor Dr, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

          1. re: JamieK
            Finnegan RE: JamieK Sep 25, 2007 01:15 PM

            I agree that the product from Sultans can be quite tasty, provided you're not hung upon on authentic ingredients (.ie the puff pastry dough). If you're looking for the real deal, Somosa King is it.

            1. re: JamieK
              dinin and dishin RE: JamieK Sep 25, 2007 01:34 PM

              I did like their tasty little side sauce. I am not sure what it was, but it was green, watery and very fresh tasting. But, I prefer the traditional pastry over the phyllo myself.
              In a pinch, I may go back to the Sultan to satisfy a craving.
              When I am on the west side of the city, there is an Indian restaurant on Kerr St. in Oakville that do a good samosa, but you have to order and wait. The little Indian store in the same plaza has ready made that are close, but a little too salty for my taste. Oh if only Embassy would open up something closer to the city.

              1. re: dinin and dishin
                Finnegan RE: dinin and dishin Sep 26, 2007 10:18 AM

                I think the green sauce is coriander based

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                  dinin and dishin RE: Finnegan Sep 26, 2007 04:58 PM

                  Thank you, I thought so to. It really was very good.

                2. re: dinin and dishin
                  JamieK RE: dinin and dishin Sep 26, 2007 06:14 PM

                  yes, the green sauce is based on coriander and yogurt. I bought a dozen samosas the other day, 6 vegetable curry, 6 beef, with both tamarind and coriander sauce, for a meeting I had at my house, and everyone gobbled them up. They have small "appetizer size" but I find their regular size somasas are perfect for appetizers, snacks, nibblies, whatever for the small gatherings I usually host. Just warming up in my oven is enough to make them tasty.

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                  bhattact RE: JamieK Aug 22, 2008 10:08 AM


                4. re: Finnegan
                  foodyDudey RE: Finnegan Sep 28, 2007 11:23 AM

                  What is traditional samosa dough? The Sultan of Samosa makes a different style of samosa, but it is definitely authentic. The thick dough type is a Punjabi style, the more delicate dough is often made by the Ismailis. Here is a recipe for that same style: http://chachiskitchen.blogspot.com/20...

                  1. re: foodyDudey
                    Finnegan RE: foodyDudey Oct 2, 2007 07:34 AM

                    The recipe above is the same as Samosas King. The Sultan of Samosa's dough is more like phyllo...even on their website they say that the dough is something that they've developed. I've eaten a lot of samosas and never come across any like Sultan of Samosas (eat the cheese and spinach ones with your eyes closed and you could believe you're eating spanokopita). While the Sultans samosas may not be traditional, they are tasty...but not as good as Samosas King....IMO

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                      chocabot RE: foodyDudey Oct 2, 2007 08:43 AM

                      i've never had sultan or kings samosas but the samosa in the pic is authentic. the skins are sold like wonton skins but are long with diagonal edges to make triangles. my mom made this kind of samosa with beef and cilantro as well as a vegetarian lentil and black mustard seed version for an indian deli in vancouver for years when i was a kid.

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                        chocabot RE: chocabot Oct 2, 2007 08:55 AM

                        the triangle variation is popular in south africa (where mom and dad are from - they learned about the doughy potato kind when they came to canada and were shocked they were considered samosas...)

                        memoni style samosas look the same too.
                        this link has info on all samosas from around the world:


                        1. re: chocabot
                          Finnegan RE: chocabot Oct 2, 2007 12:39 PM

                          Each to his own. Given the dispora of India folks around the world, it's not surprsing that there are variations on the samosa. I find the Sultan of Samosa's fare a tad too greasy. If I want phyllo I'll go to a Greek Bakery.

                          1. re: Finnegan
                            chocabot RE: Finnegan Oct 2, 2007 04:06 PM

                            as, i said, i never tried these places, so if they are in fact using phyllo, i don't think that is "correct" in terms of authenticity. The skins i'm familiar with are more like an eggroll wrapper than phyllo...

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                YummyYummy RE: dinin and dishin Oct 28, 2007 11:03 PM

                I wanna try Samosa King so badly now, especially because they are much cheaper than Sultan's. There have been so many threads about samosas and this place has always been highly praised in them.

                Only problem is I'll be travelling downtown by TTC to Scarborough. What a Chowhound will do just for good food! LOL

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                  kwong RE: YummyYummy Oct 29, 2007 08:45 AM

                  As long as you aren't looking for meaty samosas, Samosa King is as great as advertised. If you are, this is definitely not the place to go.

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                  bhattact RE: dinin and dishin Aug 22, 2008 10:21 AM

                  To be perfectly honest none of these guys deliver either King or Sultan of samosas, I am not in Toronto and looking to order a few to try before ordering a bunch for a wedding in the next few months, does anyone that works for either party know why you dont take money and the cost of shipping and extend your market to the cut throat toronto area. As a business you should consider this, my email is tirtho@ipware.ca if either party wants to email me with delivery options I would be more then happy to pay for your samosas + dilivery charge to atleast taste your product and go from there.

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                    Jar RE: bhattact Aug 22, 2008 12:32 PM

                    Bhattact, the answer is simple in that fried items fresh absolutely die in an enclosed environment and become soft or soggy. If i pick up egg rolls, pizza, etc., the first thing I do in the car is open the container to let it breath, not steam. You could go out and check both out fresh, and discuss a delivery method, even a cab delivery ok, but thepacking/steaming as opposed to arriving hot is the situation. Of course, to reheat in a baking oven is often A OK, but to microwave kills dough!!

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