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Oct 2, 2007 01:41 PM

Meat Samosas - NO VEG PLEASE!

I've been looking for tasty, cheap MEAT samosas in or around the GTA.

I am NOT AT ALL interested in Samosa King/Embassy. Please do not suggest them. There are enough threads about them, so please suggest anything else but them. They only have one type of meat samosa, which is extremely potatoey. Since I can't really eat potatoes (I can, but in very limited amounts), I am looking for samosas that are very meaty.

I would prefer if they were not very greasy either. Example: Motimahal is way too greasy.

Please help me find places for great meat samosas. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Rabba? I know they have them in the deli section, but I'm not sure if they're made in-house.

    1. Simba Grill on Donlands, south of O'Connor, might have what you want (I remember finding them too meaty for my taste, as I love the potatoes in a samosa).

      1. Sultan of Samosas on O'Connor Drive at Sunrise (between St. Clair and Vic Park). They have about ten or twelve varieties including beef and chicken. They're smaller than most but really good. I usually also buy a nice spicy pakora to munch on the way home.

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        1. re: Helina

          Oh shoot, I probably should have mentioned that I've already been to Sultan many times and wanted to try something else. Thank you for the suggestion though!

          xtal, where is Rabba?

          pate, Simba Grill is definitely on my to try list. I might even try them tonight if they do takeout. =)

          1. re: kwong

            they do takeout at Simba Grill. Just be patient when you go there, all the food is made to order, so it may take a while to get it, but that's a good thing, isn't it? The rest of their food is also quite good. Enjoy and report back!

            1. re: pâté chinois

              Agreed, the beef samosas at Simba Grill are really addictive and yes, they are all meat, no potatoes. If you can time your visit while Fresh From the Farm is open, you can order your food, then walk across the street and browse FFTF for lots of organic and free trade groceries. The meats and sausages from local Mennonite farmers are wonderful.

              1. re: pâté chinois

                Okay, so I did end up going to Simba Grill last night.

                I ordered:
                Beef Samosas
                Butter Chicken
                Ugali with Beef Curry
                Spinach Curry
                Chicken Tikka Masala
                and a bunch of rice and naan

                Total after tax came to just under $60.
                I shared it with a couple friends and we came to the conclusion that the samosas were great, but the rest was kind of average.

                In the future, I'm going to just get samosas, though it's best to go on a Wednesday before 6:00. The samosas are 3 for $2 then. Regular price is 4 for $3.50.

                Too bad I don't live or work close to SG. I'm in Scarborough and I work in North York. It takes me between 30-60 mins to get to SG from either place.

                Still looking for more places, so keep the suggestions coming! Thanks!

                1. re: kwong

                  You can also order the samosas by the dozen. They are cheaper that way -- can't recall the exact price, but I think it was $8 or $9.

                  1. re: kwong

                    I agree, Simba Grill's appetizers are much better than their main dishes or grilled meats. I particularly like the Simba Veg Platter with samosas, deep fried cassava and daal bhajia. They're fantastic eaten with the variety of sauces they serve in the restaurant......but not sure if they give you all the sauces for take out. The fried cassava's definitely addictive and so much better than french fries!!

                    1. re: tampopo

                      Yum, great samosas! Info about their specials (and rest of menu) on their website --

                      Simba Grill
                      375 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

                2. re: kwong

                  Rabba is a sort of grocery store chain. they're all over the place in Toronto. I've enjoyed the chicken samosas I've gotten there, but I can't imagine going out of my way to get them, and you have to take them home and reheat them...

                  1. re: mainja

                    Tonight, I tried the samosas from Rabba at Yonge and Sheppard. Oh dear lord, the meat samosas were awful.

                    1) They barely had any meat in them! There was more potato in these ones than in the "chicken" samosas from Samosa King/Embassy, which has way way way too much potato in it.
                    2) The skin was way too thick! Almost half a centimetre in fact. My first bite was all skin and potato.
                    3) The samosas were not spiced well at all. There was a lot of curry powder, but not much else.
                    4) They were a dollar each!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't mind paying a dollar for a wonderful samosa, but considering you can get 4 great samosas at Simba Grill for $3.50... let's just say I would never knowingly and willingly pay a dollar for dough and potato. =(

                    All in all, I was very disappointed and I'll never go to Rabba again. Oh well, you can't really expect to hit a home run at every at bat. =) I appreciate the suggestion anyways.

                    Summary: Simba Grill = good, Rabba = bad, please keep the suggestions coming! Thanks!

              2. At a recent, mostly disappointing, meal at Lahore Tikka House, the meat samosas were the standout. I was the only whitey at a table of 15 brown people (my wife and her family), and we ordered more...twice. Not sure if they make them on-site or get them from somewhere else though.

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                1. re: childofthestorm

                  How much are the meat samosas at Lahore Tikka House? Also, do they do takeout?

                  1. re: kwong

                    I'm not sure, I'm not allowed to pay when I eat Indian or Pakistani with that gang. But for sure it would be easy to blow in and get a bunch of samosas to go, I doubt they have any hard-and-fast rules.

                    1. re: kwong

                      I've gotten take out there no problem.

                      1. re: kwong

                        They definitely do takeout! I just checked my takeout menu from them and samosas (meat or veg) are listed at $0.99 apiece.

                        I've never had their samosas before, but I find most of what I have tried there to be mediocre. I know a lot of people really like this place, but I just don't see the thrill.

                        If you go by, do grab one of their utterly delicious and refreshing mango "shakes" (almost like a lassi, but slightly different).

                        Here's a link to their website - which has their menu but doesn't seem to list prices - if you want more info. They have pictures of their samosas on there, in case that's helpful:


                        1. re: vorpal

                          I agree that most of their food is mediocre, for sure. Like I said, the samosas were our favourite thing...which isn't a really great sign when you're having several courses! Said it before and I'll say it again, go to 786 across the street for a really good Pakistani meal.

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