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Sheikah Jun 6, 2010 07:30 PM

I'm looking for some good, affordable, Indian takeout within the downtown Toronto region. I'm located around the UofT campus area, so anything relatively around that large area would be preferable - however, I am willing to travel around the downtown region if there's a good enough place that can be recommended :)

Thanks in advance!

  1. jlunar Jun 6, 2010 07:48 PM

    Trimurti is where I get takeout all the time. Lamb madras. 2 Garlic kulcha. Good stuff. Makes for two meals (for me, at least) and I'm not a light eater. On Queen St. W and Duncan. Sadly, no photos, since it's always styrofoam containers!

    http://www.trimurti.ca/

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    1. westhead74 Jun 7, 2010 05:34 AM

      I am a big fan of Chaska - a newly arrived Indian take away place on Jarvis south of Front.

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      Chaska
      125 Lower Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5E 1Z6, CA

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        Gary Jun 7, 2010 01:40 PM

        I will heartily second this Chaska recommendation. It's just across Jarvis from the St. Lawrence Market south building. I was highly impressed with the various takeaway curries we picked up from there, and the prices were very reasonable. So far the only thing I've had from there that I didn't love were the samosas, but at 2 for $1 they were still pretty decent. They are trying very, very hard and I would love to see this place thrive in a great neighbourhood that until recently has lacked a bit of food diversity. Please try it and tell your friends.

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        Chaska
        125 Lower Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5E 1Z6, CA

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          regine32 Aug 2, 2010 12:07 PM

          absolutely amazing addition!! (http://www.chaska.ca
          )I kept hearing about it from colleagues, finally tried it out. It was worth the walk.(jarvis, south of front)
          butter chicken and mutter paneer, mango lassi are to die for! Their wanda's pie desserts is a great idea as indian sweets are too sweet:-(
          loved the skor bar brownie and lemon squares .
          while you are there pick up some indian spices, etc. Love this place and the people there, so kind and generous.

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          Chaska
          125 Lower Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5E 1Z6, CA

      2. Dimbulb Jun 7, 2010 11:11 AM

        Debu's on Augusta just south of College in Kensington Market.

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          Yum2MyTum Jun 7, 2010 01:30 PM

          Dimbulb, have you tried this place out yet? I'm excited to give it a go myself and would be grateful for your (or someone else's?) review.

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            helenhelen Jun 10, 2010 09:28 PM

            i was excited about it and tried it when they first opened.. was not impressed. wasn't any different from your standard run of the mill, mediocre indian food place.

            my fave place is still banjara on bloor st.

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              Yum2MyTum Jun 11, 2010 06:44 AM

              oh. : ( that's disappointing. Thanks helenhelen for the reply.

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                helenhelen Jun 13, 2010 09:02 PM

                i will prob try it again (since i work right nearby) before i give it the cold shoulder. at least i noticed they have 2 portion sizes now.. $7 or $10. they had just $10 before, which i thought was pricey for a takeout type of place. also, i remember the food was a bit cold!

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                  Yum2MyTum Jul 12, 2010 05:36 AM

                  I tried this place a week ago and found your description accurate, helenhelen. Very mediocre. Not particularly good value. And definitely not sufficient to encourage me to try out Debu's higher end establishment.

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          CarNut Jun 7, 2010 12:29 PM

          Amaya Express on Davenport, just west of Yonge Street. They also deliver.

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

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            Arcadiaseeker Jun 7, 2010 01:05 PM

            Banjara is gorgeous - - it's quite near U of T broadly speaking -- Bloor and Christie. They deliver. I would have recommended Nataraj a few years ago but our last couple of experiences there were a disaster. Banjara is very very good. Maroli is also a popular one -- it's on Bloor as well. I found out about it here on CH - it has a loyal following. It's not my favourite though although it was good.

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

            Maroli
            630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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              tochipotle Jun 11, 2010 07:52 AM

              Second this. Just had Banjara take out for dinner last night - awesome as usual.

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

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                helenhelen Jun 13, 2010 09:04 PM

                the south indian place next to banjara is great as well.. same owners. i notied not as many people visit it though, but i think perhaps it's cuz people go to banjara as a destination and don't realize that it's the same owners next door. i didn't go there till i learned that, and i'm glad i did!

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                wontonfm Jul 12, 2010 05:11 AM

                Another vote for Banjara. I haven't been to the downtown location but the one on Eglinton is good.

                WON
                http://whatsonmyplate.net

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

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                  Smed Jul 17, 2010 06:22 AM

                  Again for Banjara, always very good. Their take out portions are generous to say the least. Usually good for a second meal.

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                    Minister of Kebab Jul 30, 2010 01:54 PM

                    Another for Banjara. Still the best delivery by a mile went through a bit of a rough patch a year ago...food wise but is back to being excellent. And i would also support madras masala which is next door...excellent uttapam and decent dosas.

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

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                      crawfish Aug 2, 2010 06:50 PM

                      I had fabulous take out from Banjara but somebody else ordered so I don't know what to order when I go back. Any suggestions?

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

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                        Minister of Kebab Aug 3, 2010 05:38 AM

                        The channa is great, butter chicken is excellent - quite rich and easily enough for two portions...also noteworthy...the Malai Kofta, Saag Paneer and the Beef Rogan Josh. The Baignan Bartha is nice and smokey.

                        Naan bread is usually good and the rice portions are huge. IMHO, there I don't think there is a bad dish on the menu...if you like your dishes on the spicier side, let them know and they always oblige. Great place, consistently good and like someone else said...portions are so big one dish is usually two meals.

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                  garfield Jun 7, 2010 02:09 PM

                  Is King Palace downtown enough for you? But it is kinda greasy and spicy. Very tasty.

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                  King Palace
                  820 Church St, Toronto, ON M4W2M9, CA

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                    Shimso Jun 13, 2010 09:24 PM

                    Just 2 minutes north of Bloor station at Davenport/Church on Yonge is Veda Indian Cuisine. Its fairly cheap, not a lot of oil, and it tastes good.

                    My family likes it quite a bit as its nowhere near as greasy as the indian food we're used to.

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                      helenhelen Jul 11, 2010 01:28 PM

                      veda is okay but completely "inauthentic" - it's like the fast food of indian food if you want a quick meal, and also healthier because that's their thing ("healthy indian food"), hence the lack of greasiness. i don't think they use ghee.

                      it's kind of a chain as there is a location on church st. as well.

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                        Aspersa Jul 14, 2010 02:18 PM

                        Veda's certainly a chain, specifically ghee and oil-free wherever possible (http://www.vedatakeout.com/index.php?... ). It's tasty enough, but not stellar. I miss the spice!

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                          abigllama Jul 31, 2010 12:19 AM

                          Just a heads up the Veda on Church is no longer with us. :( I still go to the other location. It's not amazing Indian but affordable, flavourful fast food when I don't feel like cooking.

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                        setofdueces Jul 11, 2010 09:12 PM

                        I went to Trimurti 3 days ago to do take out for butter chicken on some rice. I also ordered 1 nann bread on the side. I got 2 take out containers, one with the rice and one with butter chicken.. the portion size was very very average. The nann bread was soso at best. It came out to $18.5!!!... my god!! never again. The dinner was worth $8 at best. It was very average. I don't think I will go back again.

                        Oh and they didn't include any cutterly either.

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                          shariberri Jul 14, 2010 08:18 PM

                          When I was at u of t we used to get Nataraj (Bloor and Brunswick-ish) and/or the Host (Prince Aurther & Avenue)- don't know if either of those are cheap enough for a student budget (up to you to decide)- but both have great buffets and takeout was always enjoyable!

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                          abigllama Jul 31, 2010 12:28 AM

                          Check out Suski Biryani House on Hayden just south of Yonge and Bloor. It's not mind blowing by any means but well done standard Indian food that should meet your budget.

                          This is the location that moved from Roy Square. The new dining room is tiny with people practically sitting on each other's lap during a busy dinner service. It's almost a bit awkward to walk in just to get take out when it's busy. We just live a couple blocks away and it's our go-to for solid Indian on the cheap. Two can eat fairly well with takeout for under $25 with leftovers.

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                          The Biryani House
                          , Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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                            akhorasanee Aug 9, 2010 07:53 PM

                            katmandu on yonge street
                            the chicken vindaloo, makhani daal and mattar paneer are very good!!! even the biryani is yummy, although it doesnt taste like the biryani back home it has a very interesting flavour!!!

                            also at lahore burger on gerrard street- try the bun kababs or desi burgers as they call it

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