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Dec 28, 2009 03:37 PM

Timothy’s Tikka House-any good?

I've strolled by this place on Parliament Street (Toronto) around a hundred times over the past year or two and have only seen a total of about 10 people eating in there. I wouldn't wish a restaurant makeover experience to this place. But, I think if they washed the front windows and gave the place a coat of fresh paint I'd probably give it try...anyone been? Is it good? Maybe just takeout?

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  1. You know, it is actually one of the better bets for speedy delivery in the east end. Admittedly, my wife orders in Hindi (and chats away with them) which may skew the results somewhat, but we've had several very good meals from there, and you can count on the food arriving quickly and still hot. I've recommended it to some whitey friends and they've all enjoyed it. The butter chicken is delicious.

    1. The restaurant isn't especially comfortable, but the food (though - caution - it's been more than a year) has been consistently good. It never wowed, but never left me unhappy either. They definitely have provided the best, and fastest, delivery to Leslieville - and I don't speak Hindi :-)

      Please report if you try them.

      1. Gee, I thought it was just me that had the dirty little secret of liking Timothy's. It isn't in the same league as, say, Jaipur Grille, but it hits the spot and does so at a very reasonable price. I've been getting delivery fairly regularly and dined in a few times over the years. I haven't found the restaurant to be uncomfortable as Embee did. Unless you count the lighting you could perform microsurgery under.

        Timothy's Tikka House
        556 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X1P6, CA

        Jaipur Grille
        2066 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

        8 Replies
        1. re: Googs

          Googs, does Jaipur Grille have really authentic Rajasthani cuisine? I've looked at the menu and noted that the options are all over the map ... literally. Of course, there's nothing wrong with variety, and few Indian restaurants in the GTA are so bold as to focus on just one region of cuisine. However, after spending a bit of time in Rajasthan last year, I keep hoping I'll see dal (or daal/dahl) bati on a menu. It isn't elegant eating, but it is oh-so good and a very traditional Rajasthani dish! Might a place like Jaipur Grill be able to accommodate an advance request for this dish, or is the Jaipur Grill just another all-purpose Indian restaurant that chose a funky name that conjures up regal images of pre-colonial India? Also, do they honour requests for truly spicy food? I've found that the more upscale the restaurant, the milder and more subtle the taste of the dishes. If you're a fan of spicy Indian food, have you requested and received it at Jaipur Grille? My next destination will likely be Anjappar Chettinad, for dosas, but the location of Jaipur is great for me. I'd go there in a heartbeat if I knew a bit more about the dishes they do really well.

          1. re: 1sweetpea

            Honestly, there are much better experts on Indian cuisine on this board than me by a long shot. I'llk probably get my butt kicked for this response. However, tasty I know.

            I know zip about Rajasthani food, but I haven't encountered dahl bati there. Jaipur Grille serves northern Indian cuisine with particular emphasis on Punjabi dishes.

            They may be upscale, but they will honour requests for spicy. Personally, I go more for the complexity of flavours and seldom make any requests as I don't find them necessary. Yes, I love a hot vindaloo but why tinker with someone who knows better? Oh and I should add they have the best wine list I've ever seen in an Indian restaurant. Thank you for understanding pairing.

            As for authenticity I know that they are one of the go-to caterers for Vaisakhi celebrations in this town if that means anything to you. I love them because their food, while traditional is also quite creative, but doesn't leave the bad taste of New Age Fusion cuisine in my mouth.

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              Hey please don't get any ideas about that sort of thing:)
              It is a generic Indian restaurant,though it is one of my favorites in Toronto, and certainly the best in the area.

              1. re: garfield

                We have friends that live very close by and swear by the place but like the OP said, I can't get past the dirty windows :(

                1. re: millygirl

                  Apologies for the confusion, was talking about Jaipur Grille.

                  1. re: garfield

                    Understood, thanks garfield. I was responding to the orginal post.

                2. re: garfield

                  With no offence intended, garfield, you should get around more often. You might appreciate what's in your own backyard more. I would kill to have Jaipur Grille in my nabe.

                  A review by respected Hound, Suresh.

                  1. re: Googs

                    Hi Googs,
                    The "generic indian restaurant" comment was not with reference to the quality ,only the menu. I do have much love for the place.

            2. If they didn't deliver, there'd be nothing of note. Very average, pricey for what you get — butter chicken in sauce (woo hoo!).

              1. We ate there tonight, first time I've ever sat in behind those dirty windows for a meal - I usually get take out (which I've never had issue with). There was a steady stream of people ordering take-out and deliveries being made while we ate and hung around but there were only 4 other people over 2 hours who also ate in.

                We ordered all veggie food and could not finish the 2 dishes (veggie biryani, mattar paneer with naan) - but although plentiful, it all tasted average. The biryani seasoning was a bit different than previous times I've ordered it. A bit too much anise this time. It was almost over-powering.

                Perhaps it tastes better when you eat it at home after the anticipation? Dunno. I'll probably continue to order take out - if only to not have to deal with their nasty, nasty bathrooms again :)

                Timothy Tikka House
                556 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X1P6, CA

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                1. re: kayehm

                  I guess I remembered it being much better than it was. We had it last week with takeout and it was "solid" but nothing exceptional. The lamb biryani was by far the best of the dishes. I get a lot of flak, but I much prefer lahore tikka house, greasy claims be damned!