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RIP Cuisine of India

About 20 years Cuisine of India was the BEST Indian food in the city.... I will miss them as they are closing down. I will never forget the whole Tandoori fish, which became a personal favorite and inspired knock-offs throughout the city.
I hardly ate there anymore as I live in Mississauga now but I will never forget the usually great food, lack of parking & bad lighting !

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

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  1. I haven't eaten there in years because I live downtown now, but ate there often when they first opened around 1990. It really was the best place for Indian food in the early nineties.
    We had wanted to go a few months ago but didn't have time.

    I just called and they said they will be closed after Sunday because the building is being demolished, but they plan to re-open at another location in the future.

    Maybe they should open on Gerrard St.

    1. Noooooooooooo!

      I know CofI wasn't the best, but it was the first for me. I have since expanded my Indian repertoire to include a lot of South Indian, Pakistani and other good stuff. But I always loved going to CofI with family and eating their Tandoori prawns, deliciously greasy eggplant, and other dishes. I will miss that restaurant.

      1. How sad. First place I ever had Indian food and started us all on our love of the cuisine. Having said that, sadly the place has gone downhill clearly evident in their lack of maintaining the physical space, with walls that were cracking and bathrooms in need of repair.

        Will look forward to their re-opening in a new and improved space.

        1. Oh my... I lived across the street from there for a decade and NEVER tried. I heard it was good, but just never went :(

          I will have to try their new location when they move.

          1. I only found out they're closed today. Wanted to go for lunch and.. Surprise! What a shame.. Any word on whether they will actually reopen?

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            1. re: Sunny_Balanga

              They've opened a takeaway place across the street on Yonge called Peacock Express.

              1. re: trane

                Thanks! Glad to know! Always rated their curries one of the best in town. Hope their take outs are of equal quality. ( Reason I said that was I found the food from Amaya's dine in and Amaya Express take out very different in quality, even for the same dish! )

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                Amaya
                1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

                Amaya Express
                1168 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                1. re: trane

                  It is indeed open. I didn't realize the affiliation until I went to their website (http://www.peacockexpress.com/). We live in the area and my wife had spotted it when out for a walk.

                  We went to take a look and the prices were very reasonable we thought. So much so we went grabbed two takeouts. One was a meat thali (with butter chicken) and I had a beef vindaloo w. rice. We both enjoyed the food but found both the meats a touch sweeter than we expected. Of the 3 veg in the thali I liked the chana masala the most ... good texture and heat. The spinach (no cheese) was a little flat but texture was the expected smoothness...I love Palak Paneer in general too.

                  Worth a try for takeout. We'll be back!