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naturelle Apr 5, 2008 09:38 AM

What is your opinion of Etoile des Indes on Ste-Catherine Street? Is it any better than their other restaurant on Sherbrooke St. in NDG? Any other suggestions for take out Indian?

  1. hungryann May 1, 2008 04:12 PM

    I recently went to Star of India on Ste-Catherine streetand although it was good, it didn't blow my mind. Everything was fine except for the butter chicken that had a sweetness I did not like. The tandoori chicken, naan, appetizers (pakoras, bhaji, samosa) and aloo gobi were perfectly acceptable but I prefer the Parc-X joints; the flavours are more intense. I tried the Falooda also for dessert, something I haven't seen on other indian menus. It was terribly sweet but I have nothing to compare it too. One weird thing was the waiter explaining to me that it is very tasty to dip your naan in the butter chicken sauce (duh, you think?) and he hovered above me until I demonstrated that I was indeed capable of doing this. I even had to say that it was delicious in an exaggerated tone to get him to scram and leave me to my food! After reading the above comments, I wonder if he trained at Curry House.

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    1. re: hungryann
      bomobob May 2, 2008 05:30 AM

      My wife went to Star of India a couple of weeks ago, and was much less impressed than we have always been in the past. I wonder if they have a new chef.

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      Chai Latte Apr 7, 2008 06:34 AM

      When I'm in the mood for Indian food, I usually go to Curry House on Bishop street. It's downtown, not far from the Concordia campus. The food's really great, the naan soft and tender, and the butter chicken is fab. Ben the owner of Curry House, once told me that the folks that run Etoile des Indes on St. Catherine are former employees of his. They worked for him, gained sufficient knowledge and experience, and moved on to their own establishment.

      BTW, how was you experience at Etoile? A few years back, I had their lunch special - a beef curry with a nan, and it wasn't very good at all. It was so lacklustre that I've never been back since. Maybe I went on an off day, though.

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        riboflavinjoe Apr 7, 2008 02:46 PM

        I went last summer for supper, and it wasn't great. While it's a bit of a hike, I always go to ParkEx for my Indian food.

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          naturelle Apr 12, 2008 03:30 PM

          Hi Chai Latte: Meal was 1x "pretty good" as Larry David would say in Curb Your Enthusiasm. A nearby diner was on his cell phone most of the time, guiding someone through a difficult phase. The chicken tikki was very tender. But, I'll try Curry House next time. Thanks all.

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          emerilcantcook Apr 12, 2008 06:03 PM

          We went to the Curry House. The food was OK, nothing spectacular, and lacked that "zing" (not hot, rather a certain sense of spice laden richness) that gives you the pleasure of eating Indian food ; but it was perfectly acceptable. The worst was the samosas, very oily. Mains were good, and the breads were very good. But the server acted like he was our picky mother-in-law, criticizing our order or making snarky comments ("get the nan, not paratha", -well for health reasons, i have to order the paratha or no bread at all- "that's all you are going to eat?" -well it is a weekday, and we are not hungry-). It was really grating since we were the only customers they had. We thought they would be "nicer".

          I only did takeout from Etoile, but the food was much better.

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            Chai Latte May 1, 2008 08:18 AM

            I meant to reply to this a while back, but better late than never...

            "But the server acted like he was our picky mother-in-law, criticizing our order or making snarky comments ("get the nan, not paratha", -well for health reasons, i have to order the paratha or no bread at all- "that's all you are going to eat?" -well it is a weekday, and we are not hungry-). It was really grating since we were the only customers they had. We thought they would be "nicer"."

            Yeah, the servers at Curry House are a bit odd. A couple of times, while dining there and trying to place an order for various dishes, they actually try and discourage me! I'm not sure what's going on, whether they think I can't eat it all (and I can't, but I know that and will happily bring home the leftovers) or that I could do with eating less (like many a chowhounder, I've got a few extra pounds, but I'm not obese), or if they know that the kitchen staff can't make that dish well, or they're running low on ingredients, but it is annoying. You'd think that they'd encourage the client to order more, not less!

            It sounds like you got the reverse of their usual schtick - "That's all you are going to eat?" If you had gone during a slow time, they may have indeed been a real "slow time" for them (i.e. not many customers, so resto not doing well), and they wanted you to order more to padd the bill.

        3. bomobob Apr 5, 2008 03:14 PM

          I have always loved Star of India downtown, and still think it's one of the city's best. I go to the NDG one very often and I'd say it's very close, and also really good, but I think the St. Catherine location has an edge.

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            naturelle Apr 6, 2008 09:03 AM

            Thank you bomobob. We're going to try the downtown Start of India tonight.

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            westaust Apr 5, 2008 12:26 PM

            For Indian food downtown I go to Le Taj on Drummond near Sherbrooke, and they do take out as well

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