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Rishiboy Apr 24, 2010 10:10 AM

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

  1. foodyDudey Apr 24, 2010 10:48 AM

    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. Fwagra Apr 25, 2010 06:07 PM

      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.

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        breezey Apr 26, 2010 05:36 AM

        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. MeXx Apr 26, 2010 08:56 AM

          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.

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            Sunny_Balanga Oct 20, 2010 02:42 PM

            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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              trane Oct 20, 2010 03:21 PM

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

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                Charles Yu Oct 20, 2010 03:48 PM

                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
                  kerwintoronto Oct 21, 2010 01:08 PM

                  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!

              2. Charles Yu Oct 21, 2010 06:53 PM

                Just made a special trip down to try out Peacock Express. Had the meat curry combo comprising of Butter chicken and Beef Vindaloo with sides of rice, naan, yogurt salad, daal, chickpea curry and spinach and mushrooms. Overall, extremely disappointed with the meat but found the veggie sides very enjoyable. Fair value at $7.50.
                The Butter chicken tasted exactly like chicken cooked with Campbell's Cream of Tomato Soup. As for the Beef Vindaloo, it was a major disaster with the meat dry and 'burnt'. With sauce missing, it was more like a badly cooked Indonesian Beef Randang!
                I was very surprised that this sub-standard food were actually cooked by members of the original Cuisine of India team. I was also told by the person manning the store that they are still working out the kinks and that the menu will expand to include lamb dishes later on. For their own good, I sure hope they will do it fast!!
                For now, guess I'll have curries from Chauhan's on Woodbine instead!

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                  kerwintoronto Oct 22, 2010 06:31 AM

                  Yikes...our tastebuds must be shot. LOL.

                  I think you must have had the same batch of vindaloo that I did but just with more cooking/heating added to it.

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                    KitchenVoodoo Oct 22, 2010 11:02 PM

                    Wasn't Cuisine of India really down hill for the past 10 years? I went when it was new, and it was amazing, but years later it was dingy and lack lustre, the star chef was long gone.

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                      evansl Nov 7, 2010 10:18 AM

                      Yes, it went sadly downhill. It might have started when the squabble caused part of the staff, including the chef as I reacall, to splinter off and start Indian Kitchen.

                      Anyway, their curries were OK, but not anything special. Their tandoori dishes were the stars and I don't expect that they will do well on takeout.

                  2. prima May 20, 2011 11:17 AM

                    Cuisine of India will be reincarnated in Davisville.

                    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

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

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