Anyone been to Karaikudi Restaurant on Kennedy Rd. (just N of Lawrence) in Scarborough?
I've been driving by for awhile now and was wondering if anyone had been there. They advertise a lunch buffet for $9.99 but from the absence of a dinner menu I guess it's mostly catering?
Yes, a colleague and I visited for lunch a couple of months ago, hoping to find something much better than Bombay Palace (shouldn't be hard, right?) and closer than Chauhan at Dennison / Woodbine (too far for lunch despite the yummy butter chicken on the buffet) ... but we were completely underwhelmed.
Food quality was poor, selection was worse. Seemed like really nice people, but unfortunately weak food.
IMHO, Bombay palace seems to be consistent. Average Indian food. In that area there is nobody with a similar offering. Not worth a long drive, but if you are in the neighborhood (Markham/Lawrence) then it is decent Indian buffet.
Karaikudi however is a different story. Somebody who is looking for butter chicken in the buffet may not like karaikudi buffet. Butter Chicken is north Indian and it is in their ala-carte menu. Also the places I have had butter chicken in the buffet use dark meat chicken. Once you eat the butter chicken with white meat you will not like the dark meat butter chicken. Most of their dishes are south Indian and as a south Indian I love their buffet. Dosa is included in the buffet and made fresh instead of keeping it in the buffet. Having said that, I have to agree that their buffet selection could be better, but for 9.99 it is good value.
Their A la carte menu selection is not as big as Anjappar, but it covers the popular items. My fav is their Crab curry. If you cannot handle spicy food, do not order that. The quality of food is excellent. There is a goat dish called mutton sukka. You don't even get that dish anywhere other than Anjappar and Karaikudi.
The decor of Karaikudi is excellent. I would rate Karaikudi above Anjappar overall.
re: Full tummy
This is really interesting for me to read, because I've been wanting to try Anjappar Chettinad, but don't live in Toronto, so have to wait for my opportunity. However, friends of mind tried Karaikudi and thought it was excellent, though I wouldn't trust my butter chicken-loving buffet goer friends to know good Indian food. What had intrigued me was that they commented that they were the only white faces in the restaurant. They also mentioned that a lot of the items on the menu were sold out, with only egg options for meat dishes. They ordered an egg biriyani and said it was very good. I suggested that it sounded like a South Indian place and they should have had dosas, sambhar, idlis or uttapam, but they looked at me as if I were speaking gibberish and asked me to join them next time they go. I can do that, but it sounds like I'd be better off taking them to Anjappar Chettinad for dosa and other South Indian fare. They'll survive without their beloved butter chicken, biriyani and palak paneer! LOL. Any suggestions from Chowhounds?