Chaska - Indian food by St Lawrence Market
So I heard about this new lunch spot by the market from some colleagues who got a flyer when they were doing some shopping and decided to check it out for lunch today.
They had a few options available, a goat curry, butter chicken, saag paneer and matar paneer (peas with paneer), served on white rice. They also had a selection of baked goodies, including vegan cupcakes, I was tempted and will probably grab one next time I go back.
I went with the small serving of basmati rice (long, separated grains, not sticky at all like some of the other places I've been to) with butter chicken and matar paneer (upon the suggestion of one of the owners). Anyways, I thought it was delicious, very much like my mom's cooking and much better than anything I've found in the PATH. The spicing had a nice bit of heat and I really liked that they used generous chunks of white meat in the butter chicken. The peas and paneer were really good as well and I really enjoyed my lunch. I thought it was pretty reasonably priced, with my meal coming up to $6 and change. I believe they do chicken biryani on the weekends as well as some other special items so I plan to check that out as well if I'm in the area, but will definitely be going back for lunch.
It's a small, local place and I'd like to see them do well since it seems like they put a lot of love into what they do - they also carry some Indian groceries, but I didn't have a chance to see what was available - looked like some snack items and some frozen foods.
It's a bit off the beaten path if you work in the financial district but I thought it was worth the walk, and if you live in the area, I believe they're open in the evenings and do dinner takeout.
Here's the website, enjoy!
125 Lower Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5E 1Z6, CA
This place really is a chowfind. If you're at the St. Lawrence Market, it's definitely worth ducking out a side door and crossing Jarvis to check it out. The cooked food is great, love the butter chicken, the basmati rice, and the aloo gobi. The naan is good, too. Only the samosas are not great, but they are still pretty adequate. The prices for the portions are excellent.
They are surprisingly well stocked with groceries (many more types of dal lentils than I've seen at the Market) and the service is incredibly warm and friendly. This place is truly seems to be a labour of love, so happy to see it in our neighbourhood.
St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA