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ISO Indian takeout (butter chicken & naan) near Yonge & College

TOchowgal Mar 22, 2010 11:34 AM

I am craving butter chicken and naan and must have some tomorrow. I work at Yonge & College and don't have too much time for lunch. I am looking for a place that does take out, so I can call ahead of time and pick up my food. I have about 20 mins for the whole trip - walk to the restaurant, pay, pick up the food and walk back to work.

Any suggestions??

I am not a fan of Saffron Tree at 91 Gerrard st west (Gerrard & Elizabeth).

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    MeMeMe RE: TOchowgal Mar 22, 2010 12:56 PM

    Kathmandu - just north of College on Yonge. I have only eaten from their buffet but I can say that the food is delicious and fresh.

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      shekamoo RE: MeMeMe Mar 22, 2010 01:03 PM

      yeah, this is your best option in the area. the food is all-in-all ok

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        atomeyes RE: shekamoo Mar 23, 2010 06:10 AM

        i disagree.
        i still am partial to Kathmandu and think it has some of the tastiest Indian/Nepalese food in Toronto. the butter chicken and tandoori chicken is some of the tastiest you will find. and they use a real tandoor

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          foodyDudey RE: atomeyes Mar 23, 2010 06:39 AM

          What do you disagree with? That's not entirely clear.

          I ate at Saffron Tree in December and while the food ws OK, I found that the blaring music which was quite distorted made me want to run out of there.

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            TOchowgal RE: foodyDudey Mar 23, 2010 12:38 PM

            I only tried Saffron Tree once and will never go back. The food is OK and doesn't have too much flavor. I guess if you are very hungry and are looking for all you can eat Indian in the area, its your best bet.

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            Saffron Tree
            700 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G1Z6, CA

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              garfield RE: foodyDudey Mar 23, 2010 01:34 PM

              "What do you disagree with? That's not entirely clear."
              lol. That was funny!
              I think atomeyes disagrees with the food just being ok, he thinks its exceptional.
              I second Kathmandu.
              There used to be a Mantra on Elm street which had good butter chicken.Not too far from there. There is one Biryani House near Bay and Dundas but its a hole in the wall and is generally greasier than most.

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                currycue RE: garfield Mar 23, 2010 02:00 PM

                Agreed. I live a 5 min walk from little India, but still make the trek to Kathmandu for my favourite butter chicken.

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                  TOchowgal RE: garfield Mar 29, 2010 12:55 PM

                  Do you know the address of the Biryani House near Bay & Dundas?

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                    garfield RE: TOchowgal Mar 29, 2010 08:39 PM

                    Its at 181 Dundas Street W., next to coconut grove. Do let know how it went if you go. I haven't been in about a year.

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                shekamoo RE: atomeyes Mar 23, 2010 02:24 PM

                let me clarify my take on the issue.

                'Good' or 'exceptional' Indian food to me must exhibit a complex flavor structure where a variety of spices are infused into the dish, creating exciting combinations. I think this layering of spices in Indian cuisine is an art form in and of itself.

                on this measure, Kathmandu is all-in-all OK Indian food, not good or great.

                furthermore, I know of no currently operating 'consistently good' Indian restaurants in Toronto, but I may be wrong on this. Bread bar has moments of goodness, as do some other Indian restos. I have been to Kathmandu a few times and never witnessed anything approaching what I describe above.

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                  currycue RE: shekamoo Mar 25, 2010 07:18 AM

                  I miss the old Cuisine of India north of Sheppard on Yonge. Not all their dishes approched that level, but some really blew my mind.

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                  1992 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

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