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Banjara restaurant on Eglinton East---related to Banjara Indian Cuisine on Bloor?

Ediblethoughts Oct 11, 2009 05:36 PM

I drove by it today and was surprised to see a new Indian place on Eglinton. And since I love Banjara on Bloor, wondering if there's a connection? Anyone been to this Banjara?

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    earthmomma RE: Ediblethoughts Oct 13, 2009 10:38 AM

    I went for lunch today to try it out and it was excellent -- highest quality lunch buffet I've had in ages. No idea if its connected to the one on Bloor, but I am definitely going back and hoping it stays consistent.

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      Ediblethoughts RE: earthmomma Oct 13, 2009 05:28 PM

      Did you happen to notice if the dinner menu was the same as the other Banjara? I know a lot of Indian places do buffet at lunch but much less often at dinner. (I can't get there for lunch but dinner is definitely do-able...)

    2. TorontoJo RE: Ediblethoughts Oct 13, 2009 10:45 AM

      Here's another thread asking the same thing, with a reply that it is indeed the same owners, not a franchise:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/659111

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        foodyDudey RE: TorontoJo Oct 13, 2009 11:06 AM

        It looks like this thread started 2 days before the other which I responded to. I've never eaten at Banjara, but was curious about the new location since it's not far from my wife's work. I called the other location to find out if this new location was a franchise and they said it's owned by them. Of course I assumed there has to be some connection, nobody is going to name a new place after an exisiting restaurant if they aren't connected or they'll be having to change the name in a hurry.

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          Yongeman RE: foodyDudey Oct 13, 2009 11:11 AM

          Sorry about starting a second thread...I searched, but didn't notice this one in the search results, for some reason.

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          Ediblethoughts RE: TorontoJo Oct 13, 2009 05:29 PM

          Oops. Never mind this post.

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          Tatai RE: Ediblethoughts Oct 13, 2009 01:54 PM

          Is it buffet only or is there an a la carte menu?

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            garfield RE: Tatai Oct 13, 2009 06:09 PM

            It is a la carte in the evening.

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              Ediblethoughts RE: garfield Oct 14, 2009 05:44 PM

              Do you know if the menu was the same as the other location?

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                earthmomma RE: Ediblethoughts Oct 19, 2009 08:13 AM

                Yes, I believe it is

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            tygrr_lily RE: Ediblethoughts Oct 19, 2009 08:30 AM

            does anyone have the exact address? is it mt pleasant and eglington? i tried googling it to no avail.

            love banjara on bloor, but it's quite the drive. i'm hoping that this banjara will be just as tasty

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              Yongeman RE: tygrr_lily Oct 19, 2009 12:00 PM

              It's where Bombay Bhel used to be, just over a block west of Mt. Pleasant, on the north side of Eglinton.

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                koknia RE: Yongeman Oct 19, 2009 12:15 PM

                I recently ate at Banjara on Bloor for the first time. Is this supposed to be a good restaurant? Our meal was OK but the "tandoori cauliflower" was a complete joke. Almost raw cauliflower covered in red food colouring with no flavour to speak of. Ugh.
                Shrimp dish was good, but the dhal was bland and the bread undercooked. I would never go back.

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