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take-out from Amaya Express- Yonge St location- not impressed

Decided to give Amaya Express a second try.

This time I ordered butter chicken, aloo gobi & rice.

The aloo gobi was a very wet, tomato based version I wasn't expecting- usually, in my experience, aloo gobi is more dry, and contains enough turmeric to make the dish a yellow colour. Mind you, since aloo gobi just means potato cauliflower, I'm sure various versions exist. Some of the flavours in this version were unpleasantly sharp in one bite, non-existent in the next.

The pieces of chicken in the butter chicken were dry, and the sauce was missing something, not sure what. Very tomatoey, very red version- not rich and creamy. The rice was fine.

During the summer, I ordered the dal makhani, mutter paneer and halibut ambotik. Not impressed enough by any of those dishes to give them another chance.

Am I just ordering badly? Or maybe Amaya's style just isn't to my taste? What dishes do you like at Amaya Express?

For Indian take-out north of Lawrence and south of Finch, I much prefer the food I've ordered at Cuisine of India.

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Amaya
1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

Cuisine of India
1992 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

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  1. I like the chicken vindaloo, the beef masala and the chana masala.

    1. I have had the Chicken Tikka Masala and Saag Lamb. They are both the best versions of the dish I have tasted in Toronto. Also, the dry Aloo Gobi you mention is the Punjabi style. There are many versions of it. But, like you, I prefer the dry one.

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      Masala Restaurant
      205 Duke St, Dryden, ON P8N1G9, CA

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      1. re: ManAbout

        Ooh, yes, the chicken tikka masala is very good.

      2. Tried both take-out and dine-in at both Amaya and Amaya Express a year ago. Like yourself was not impressed and found it over-rated. Food tasted very ordinary. Cuisine of India is definitely better but that too has gone downhill a bit, ever since they opened up a branch in Markham. Just cannot understand why quality of Indian food in Toronto is so mediocre when compared to say London or even Vancouver. We do have quite a huge South-Asian population!!

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        Amaya
        1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

        Cuisine of India
        1992 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

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        1. re: Charles Yu

          While not every dish is a winner, people that know Indian food have high praise for the Amaya restaurants.

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          Amaya
          1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

          1. re: ManAbout

            We're people who know Indian food and we don't.

            1. re: ManAbout

              I know Indian food (I'm Indian and grew up eating it almost every day). I don't have high praise for Amaya - it's overpriced, underflavoured (any flavour that does exist is one-note - no layers or complexity), and highly pretentious. Amaya = Epic fail. I just don't understand why people rave about it.

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              Amaya
              1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

              1. re: jakhtar

                jakhtar
                For fine Indian Dining, what places do you recommend?
                We do go to Amaya, because they do very good Lamb.
                Their Tandoori Lamb is excellent.
                I have never been enamoured with their veggie choices.
                Would love an alternative.

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                Amaya
                1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

                1. re: erly

                  It might not be called 'Fine Dining', but, on a good night 'Chauhan' on 323 Denison can dish out some really tasty dishes.

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    I've heard good things about Chauhan. For fine dining, I think The Host in Yorkville is tops. When Indian people want good Indian food, they go to The Host. They're also the top choice for catering Indian weddings.

                    I've noticed that there is a big difference between what non-Indians classify as 'good Indian food' and what Indians classify as 'good Indian food'. I'm sure the reasons are worthy of some sort of sociological study.

                    1. re: jakhtar

                      Thanks jakhtar
                      This is where I usually take my Indian guests, but was hoping for a change.
                      Even my guests from Bangalore like it there, although the "heat" is not anywhere near what it is at home.
                      The Host it will be.

          2. I went to Bread Bar a few weeks ago and had a solid meal. The best naan I've had in the city so far bar none. Their onion bhaji was excellent too. Our meat dishes were good but not great - lean meats like chicken almost always get overcooked in my Indian restaurant travels anyway so I didn't criticize too harshly (why I often opt for lamb).

            Once in their life, everyone needs to go to Kingston for Curry Original - by far the reigning butter chicken champions in my book. It's one of the only non tomato based butter chickens I've had, and it's unbelievable.

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            Curry Original
            278A Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L1B5, CA

            1. I was also very unimpressed with the butter chicken from Amaya. I do their vindaloos though. I suppose it is a matter of taste though because I have a few friends who swear that Amaya's butter chicken is the best.