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archu79 Apr 12, 2010 01:50 PM

Hi,

We recently moved to Toronto and really miss our weekly andhra meals at famous restaurants back in India. Does anyone know of such a place in Toronto???????????If so, please let me know.

Thanks

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    shakkar RE: archu79 Apr 12, 2010 03:07 PM

    Cant say that this is authentic Andhra cuisine,but the dosas are quite like from there,and the guys are from Vizag.

    http://www.swagruhas.com/

    Airport Road and Derry ( outside Pearson airport
    )1 km. North on Airport Road on your left.
    Opposite the largest Indian Grocer- Golden Grocer

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      munchieHK RE: shakkar Apr 12, 2010 04:12 PM

      Oh man, this place looks so good. I wish we had something like this near downtown. Even Anjappar Chettinad is a long way to go if you're not driving. Why are Indian restaurants in central Toronto so crap?

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      Anjappar Chettinad
      3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

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        archu79 RE: shakkar Apr 13, 2010 06:18 AM

        Oh thank u so much!!!!!!!!!! Do you suggest I go here or anjappar chettinad ?????????

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          munchieHK RE: archu79 Apr 13, 2010 07:22 AM

          I haven't been to Swagruha, but I love Anjappar Chettinad. It's much closer if you live downtown as well.

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          Anjappar Chettinad
          3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

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            shakkar RE: archu79 Apr 14, 2010 03:29 AM

            Anjappar is chettinad cusine, Swagruhas is closer to Andhra. They have a buffet on the weekend which is very cheap and great and they get hot dosas and pessarattus to your table . There is also another place called Madras Palace in Times Square( Hwy 7 and Leslie) whose sambaar/idilis/ uttapams is very Tamilian.Madras Palace is blah decor but the food reminds me of eating in a Udupi Joint.

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              archu79 RE: shakkar Apr 16, 2010 08:55 AM

              Thanks all for giving us these places......we are def visiting this weekend! :)

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            Pincus RE: shakkar Apr 13, 2010 09:04 AM

            That would be worth a day trip to Mississauga! Thanks for the link.

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              munchieHK RE: shakkar Apr 16, 2010 12:13 PM

              I went to Swagruhas yesterday. I justified it as a trip to shop at Golden Groceries, but in truth BJ on Gerrard is a better supermarket. I'm really glad I went though. Swagruhas was superb! Excellent authentic food and really friendly people. Cheap too. $6.95 got me a great thali, with as much food as I could eat (a lot). I will post a review on the board soon. It's a bit of a pain getting there, but boy, the food is good. Even better than Anjappar.

            2. Full tummy RE: archu79 Apr 13, 2010 09:06 AM

              Is there an area of the city you prefer to stay within?

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                archu79 RE: Full tummy Apr 14, 2010 08:27 AM

                no. we stay in richmond hill so any place is far for us but it doesnt matter as long as we get authentic food. :)

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                peppermint pate RE: archu79 Apr 16, 2010 09:41 AM

                I've been to India but not to Andra Pradash so I'm not sure of the exact dishes that constitute "Andhra cuisine" - other than I see references to dosas which are typically seen throughout the South. Anyway, for years, I've been meaning to try Saravana Bhavan - a South Indian chain of restaurants originating in Chennai (I think), and with 2 locations in the GTA (Mississauga and Scarborough). I know many who have eaten there and enjoyed it, including Mr. Chowhound himself, Jim Leff, a number of years ago. Here's a menu link - would this satisfy any of your cravings?

                http://www.saravanaabhavan.ca/saravan...

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                  garfield RE: archu79 Apr 16, 2010 09:45 AM

                  Could you explain whats typical about Andhra style? Example of a few dishes?
                  Thanks.

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                    munchieHK RE: garfield Apr 16, 2010 12:29 PM

                    I had some of the best meals of my life in Andrha Pradesh. My introduction to the cuisine was at a typical 'banana leaf' restaurant/barn. It was a huge space, which made no attempt at comfort or atmosphere. It existed for one purpose only and this was to serve very serious food. It was exclusively vegetarian, quite spicy and occasionally mind blowingly so, extremely delicious and copious beyond belief. Basically, you sat at a long table with a bunch of other people, they slap down a banana leaf in front of you, cover it with rice, then start spooning concoctions onto it. No cutlery is offered or available. You keep eating, they keep spooning. I still don't know the names of half what I ate, but it hardly matters.
                    I had other, more refined versions of the cuisine, but I found that as in many places in Asia, the working classes have the best grub.
                    Swagruhas is serving a very similar cuisine, although it comes on a plate.
                    Wikipedia has a pretty accurate summation of the cuisine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andhra_c...

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                      themself RE: munchieHK Apr 16, 2010 12:49 PM

                      It's not quite Andhra, but Karaikudi Chettinad in Scarborough (1225 Kennedy, between Lawrence and Ellesmere http://www.karaikudi.ca/) does great spicy Chettinad cuisine and they serve non-veg, so it might satisfy at least some of your cravings for Andhra cuisine.

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                        munchieHK RE: themself Apr 16, 2010 12:58 PM

                        Yes, I've been here. It's not bad, but I much prefer Anjappar Chettinad for Chettinad food.

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                        3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

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                          Full tummy RE: munchieHK Apr 16, 2010 03:24 PM

                          Me, too.

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                            sm332 RE: munchieHK May 16, 2010 05:46 PM

                            Really disappointing service experience at Anjappar Chettinad sat morning. We got there at about 11:30 hoping to catch an early a la carte lunch. I figured their buffet would be wrapping up and they could slot us in. Well, we were seated and told that the buffet was the only option.

                            Both the Mrs. and I told them we werent interested in that but we were willing to wait till their buffet service was over. The server proceeded to tell us that they wouldnt be able to accommodate us.

                            So we headed out to Karaikudi for a far better customer experience albeit with food which isnt quite as good as Anjappar Chettinad.

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                            3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

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                              Full tummy RE: sm332 May 17, 2010 08:41 AM

                              That's odd. Why couldn't they accommodate you? If they don't offer à la carte service during buffet hours, that's understandable, but why not after? Was the restaurant closing after the buffet? According to their website, they have weekend breakfast buffet till 12:00 P.M. and are open till 11:00 P.M. on Saturdays. Were they booked for some sort of function?

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                        shakkar RE: garfield May 21, 2010 11:49 AM

                        Food from AP tend to be hot ( lots of chilli farming).Its a rice based cuisine ( rice bowl of India).So traditional food tends to be rice( plain /pulihara/pulav etc), with a vepudu( a fried vegi),pulusu ( vegis in gravy ), sambaar, paachadi ( pickle - very hot and spicy) and yogurt.Andhrites will eat rice in stages with one of each and finishing the meal with rice and yougurt.This can be extended or cut down depending on who is cooking.

                        Hyderabadi Cuisine ( Captial of AP ) - has a more muslim influence and their cuisine is different( thanks to the nizam) . So lots of meat and kababs.they are kwon for kaachi ghosh ki biryani , pather ka ghosh( meat cooked on stone slab) , haleem, mirchi ka saalaan ( a chilli curry) , bagare baigaan( eggplant curry cooked with nuts and tamarind.Its is close to moghlai cuisine but will make use of nuts like peanuts ,coconut poppy seeds etc, where as moghlai will use cashew almond etc.
                        But these days its vey hard to find authentic food, most stuff is just a mish mash of cuisines.

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