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Mar 22, 2010 11:34 AM

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

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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  1. 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.

    10 Replies
    1. re: MeMeMe

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

      1. re: shekamoo

        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

        1. re: atomeyes

          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.

          1. re: foodyDudey

            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.

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

            1. re: foodyDudey

              "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.

              1. re: garfield

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

                1. re: garfield

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

                  1. re: TOchowgal

                    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.

              2. re: atomeyes

                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.

                1. re: shekamoo

                  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.

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