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.
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.
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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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?!
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.