Indian in the downtown core
My friend is coming in from Amarillo TX. He used to live in San Franciso and is in dire need of non-chain eating. I am looking for Indian in the downtown core, but am open to other suggestions. Looking for about $100 before tax, tip and alcohol.
My go-to Indian spot downtown is Little India on Queen West near John. Trimurti is almost right next door and receives rave reviews as well. Both are very casual and will come in well under $100 for two, even with a few beers.
Slightly more formal and expensive is The Host just north of the ROM near Avenue & Bloor. They've been around for a long time and serve pretty consistent Indian.
You might also want to read through this very long thread on Indian in Toronto; it started a couple years ago but the bottom half contains many comments from earlier this year: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/105185
Kathmandu on Yonge, just north of College. Try the Butter Chicken and the Lamb Sali Bothi (with dried apricots and potato sticks) very good. Dinner for two should run you about $45.