Dahaba or Bombay Place for Downtown Indian??
If you can help me out on the quality and the portions and service between the two.
Bombay Palace is a very average Indian restaurant while Dhaba is considered one of the better in town. No contest.
I have not been to Bombay Place, but I have been to Dhaba recently and I would not recommend. I think they are trying to portray themselves as fine dining Indian food and they just don't cut it. The service was awkward and slow. The sauces were homogenous (but adequate) and both the chicken and paneer were dry. If it was a cheaper, I might put up with some of these things, but for what they charge and the 'tude that was displayed, there food should be far better. I would not return.
I had a fabulous meal at Tabla a month or so ago, but it's not downtown.
little India on Queen, fantastic!
Kama is terrible, but always our go to restaurant for the symphony, nothing like a full belly to enjoy the music.
We were just at Dhaba last night - the food was excellent, although the menu has changed substantially since the restaurant was made over. My wife's assessment was that it was trying to cater to a more meat-and-potatoes crowd, although there was still plenty of vegetarian fare to choose from.
The service was a bit wobbly at first, but improved as the evening wore on.
I do agree with the poster who cited the sameness of some of the sauces. But that's easily avoided.
We also special-ordered a drink that wasn't on the regular bar menu, but appeared as part of a prix-fixe deal - fresh mango juice with a shot of Islay single malt scotch. Worth the price of admission alone.
Bombay Palace? Meh. At best.
I've had a lot of indian food in my day and both Dhaba and Bombay Palace are ok if you're craving some dirty indian food. My faves in the GTA are the Host (only the downtown location on Prince Arthur though) and Nirvana (in Mississauga).