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Fine Indian Dining

Hi everyone,

I'm planning a nice dinner for a friend and his fiance as I won't be able to make their wedding abroad, and would like to take them out for dinner before they leave the country - they've suggested Indian, so I'm looking for suggestions on a slightly more upscale place than many of the casual places you find on Gerrard Street, which has good food and nice ambiance.

I've research this board and a few other sites and come up with some ideas, some of which I've never been to so I'd appreciate any feedback!

Jaipur Grille
The Host - Yorkville
Banjara
Dhaba
Amaya Indian Room
Amaya Bread Bar
Utsav

Any other suggestions would be appreciated, or feedback on these places as I've only been to The Host and Dhaba. We'd like something in the area roughly bounded by Front to the South, Finch to the north, Spadina to the west and Bayview to the east...closer to the TTC line would be preferable though, but we're willing to drive if it's worth it. Thanks for your help!

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Banjara
796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L7, CA

Utsav
69 Yorkville Ave ( Near Bloor and Yonge ), Toronto, ON M5R1B8, CA

Amaya
1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

Jaipur Grille
2066 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

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  1. I would suggest in addition to your list to consider 259 Host at Wellington and Blue Jay Way. The decor is very modern and clean and the food is very good.

    http://www.259host.com/

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    259 Host
    259 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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    1. re: Cat123

      Thanks for the suggestion! I've been to 259 Host actually and my first experience there was such a turnoff that I'm a little hesitant to go back - the food was great, but one of the managers was extremely unprofessional and even though we talked to Sanjeev and they were very accomodating and offered us a free dinner to make up for it, I'm sticking to the other locations. I did a separate writeup on that night if you search the board for 259 Host.

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      259 Host
      259 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    2. Of those listed, I think Amaya Bread Bar fits the bill best - but go early; service suffers when the place gets crowded.

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      Amaya
      1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

        1. The Host is right at the Yorkville stop - and it's a lovely room (as you know). Plus the neighbourhood is good if you want to take a stroll or go for an after dinner drink! The service is a notch up from the other restaurants....there's a feeling of occasion. I too like Amaya Bread Bar. Dhaba's room isn't as nice, and Banjara definitely is more moderate in terms of price and decor. Jaipur is okay but not as lush feeling as the others. I've heard Kama Sutra is a very nice resto as well.

          1. Amaya is a great suggestion. The other one I really was impressed with was the Indian Rice Factory. Had a fantastic meal there with terrific service.

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            Indian Rice Factory
            414 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R1V9, CA

            Amaya
            1701 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4G 2C1, CA

            Amaya
            1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA