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Nov 2, 2009 05:41 PM

In Richmond Hill, The Host or Bombay Bhel?

Which is better? I need to feed a group this weekend and I've heard bad things about The Host.
Thanks everyone!

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  1. While I like both, I have a strong preference for Bombay Bhel. I've found that The Host's dishes are more curry than meat, so the portion sizes aren't big enough to properly share. While I don't have an issue with spice level, others have commented on The Host's inability to make mild dishes. Bombay Bhel is consistently great. It has a more casual atmosphere. Service isn't as good, but the food makes up for it. Anything you order is terrific.

    1. I'd say Bombay Bhel, more consistent offering.

      1. What you've heard is correct!

        I haven't even been to Bombay Bhel in RH, but I'd choose Bombay Bhel. I've been to the Host in TO and it sucks, and I ate at the RH location 4 years ago and I still haven't recovered from the bad experience. I'd compare it to being held hostage in an Indian version of Planet Hollywood, only worse. Do the details matter?

        I've been to Bombay Bhel once in Mississauga and it was clean and the food was delish. I would imagine that the quality is consistent, just like the Host is consistent in Toronto and RH. I think it's time for the Host to retire.

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        1. I had one of the worst Indian meal EVER at the Richmond Hill Host. Food was bland by Indian standard and unappealing. First time I had a chicken curry that had such 'weird' flavour making it un-palatable.
          Bombay Bhel is much better. The Prawn Madras was very nice!
          Pricewise, The Host is overpriced! A result of their calling themself 'Indian FINE dining', no doubt?!

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          1. re: Charles Yu

            Weird. We really love the food at the Host on Prince Arthur. Same owners?

            1. re: acd123

              Agree! Food at Host's downtown location somehow is more flavourful??!!
              I also find the same thing happening to one of chowhounder's favourite Chinese place - 'Fantasy Eatery'. Their Richmond Hill's outpost has inferior food than their Scarborough location. Same owner!

            2. re: Charles Yu

              Things must have changed drastically at the RH Host in the last 10 years... I ate there once a week when I worked close by (till 2002) and it was always good then.

              1. re: foodyDudey

                Very interesting to hear these views. I haven't been to The Host for maybe 2-3 years. But when I was there, I recall the food being very good! I still prefer Bombay Bhel, nonetheless, I would consider both of them to be in the upper end of good Indian food.

            3. I never tried the Richmond Hill Bombay Bhel, but if it is run by the same owners of the one at 164 Eglinton Ave. East and it serves the same food, I would say ''skip it''.

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              1. re: lamaranthe

                The Richmond Hill location is NOT run by the same people and completely different from the others. I've gotten takeout at the Yonge/Finch location and it was not good at all. This one location was, for whatever reason, split off from the rest. They even have their own website address.