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MargieEv Jun 14, 2010 08:31 AM

Thinking of going here tomorrow night as it is within walking distance on my house. It seems to get pretty good reviews. Anyone been there recently?

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Indian Hut
636 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2G3, CA

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    bogie Jun 15, 2010 09:30 AM

    My wife and I have always enjoyed the food here, also the friendly family vibe. They have one of the best Chicken Vindaloo I've had in the city, truly spicy and flavourful. Another great reason for you to go is that they have an evening buffet, which very few Indian restaurants do anymore. It is a small but well-chosen selection that is made in small quantity and replentished often.

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      MargieEv Jun 15, 2010 11:06 AM

      Thanks so much for your replies.

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        Sheikah Jun 15, 2010 04:09 PM

        It's a little further away from Indian Hut, but if you want to have some good Indian takeout then I'd recommend Veda on 874 Yonge Street!

        The food is delicious (in my experience), prices are quite fair (Tiffin Thali, which includes rice, one veg dish and one protein dish for $6.86 before taxes!!) and it isn't made with an insane amount of oil!

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        Veda Fine Indian Takeout
        874 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2J1, CA

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          MargieEv Jun 16, 2010 09:10 AM

          Had the buffet at Indian Hut and didn't find it anything to rave about. Kind of all tasted the same. Samosas and pakoori were cold.

          Will try Veda the next time. Thanks

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          Indian Hut
          636 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2G3, CA

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            garfield Jun 16, 2010 01:33 PM

            I tried Veda a few years ago when it had just opened and found it too bland for my liking. When you think Indian food you don't think healthy food. The main criteria is taste and that I found lacking.
            Since it has survived so I guess there is a market for that type of food.

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              food face Aug 5, 2010 05:15 AM

              Veda is about as inauthentic as it gets when eating Indian. The owner is not Indian (not that it is the heart of the probleme). It is a healthy attempt at Indian food gone wrong. For example, instead of Naan, half stale pita is served. That in itself is exemplary of the food served there. Half hearted and illegitimate. But most importantly devoid of flavour and as Garfield stated "bland".

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                Ediblethoughts Aug 5, 2010 06:00 PM

                Any suggestions on healthy Indian food gone... right?

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                  food face Aug 5, 2010 06:11 PM

                  Yes...HA. I was so bent on hating Veda, I didn't reccomend the goods. The only place I can think of is Annapurna. They downplay the ghee. I may go so far as to say they don't use any at all. It's good without the richness. But I'm not into healthy Indian in a restaurant. I make it myself at home healthy. When I go out, bring it on.

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                    Ediblethoughts Aug 5, 2010 07:30 PM

                    I used to go there quite a bit--but... sigh... no wine with dinner!

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                      food face Aug 6, 2010 05:26 AM

                      That's right. It's dry.

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                      garfield Aug 6, 2010 10:18 AM

                      I second Annapurna. Also two other places that you may try. Sarvana Bhavan has a buffet on weekends. It has quite a few dishes,some north Indian as well, that are made with minimum oil. Even on regular days their food is not unhealthy.
                      Then there is the Gujarati Thali from Simba Grill on Sunday. I myself haven't been there but Gujarati Veggie Thali in general tends to be light on the stomach.

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                      Simba Grill
                      375 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

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                        Ediblethoughts Aug 6, 2010 06:47 PM

                        I've never heard of Simba before---looks interesting. Now if they only serve wine...

                        I've been so Sarvana Bhavan for lunch once and it was quite nice. Far for me to go for dinner but it's been at the back of my mind to try to go back.

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                          TorontoJo Aug 7, 2010 05:11 AM

                          Simba Grill does not serve wine, as they are muslim and serve halal meat. Sorry! But they do have my favourite beef samosas in the city. :)

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                          Simba Grill
                          375 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

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                            Ediblethoughts Aug 7, 2010 08:43 AM

                            Sigh. It appears healthy Indian veg food and wine are mutually exclusive. Doesn't even seem like it's worth putting a separate post for it!

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                              garfield Aug 7, 2010 01:10 PM

                              SO I came up with this
                              http://www.waterfallsrestaurant.ca/fo...
                              Do note, I have not been here, so its only a suggestion not a recommendation.

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                                Ediblethoughts Aug 7, 2010 06:58 PM

                                I've had my eye on this one since last year. It does look promising on all fronts for me.

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                bogie Jun 16, 2010 01:45 PM

                Sorry to hear that, food was quite good when we went, buffet was simple but tasty and samosas, pakoras and naans were brought fresh for us.

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                  Sheikah Jun 16, 2010 04:24 PM

                  Agreed. It was a delightful experience of wonderful tastes, but without the heavy duty oil and general greasiness that I find most Indian restaurants suffer from. First time in a long while that I've had Indian and was able to walk away without feeling sick from a grease overload :P (shame that half the time, that grease is what makes it taste so damn amazing!!)

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                Ediblethoughts Jun 16, 2010 06:47 PM

                Do they serve wine?

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                  MargieEv Jun 17, 2010 05:33 AM

                  Yes, they do serve wine, cocktails etc.

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                    Ediblethoughts Jun 17, 2010 06:55 PM

                    Thanks. On my To Go list for sure.

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                      abigllama Aug 4, 2010 05:10 PM

                      I think there's some confusion here..there's discussion going on about both Indian Hut and Veda and they're all tangled up. Indian Hut serves booze, Veda does not. Also Veda does not have a buffet.

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                      Indian Hut
                      636 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2G3, CA

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                        Ediblethoughts Aug 4, 2010 06:27 PM

                        Thanks---I actually tried to go to Veda on the weekend and was disappointed to learn they don't have wine with dinner. The healthy places never seem to serve wine...

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                          abigllama Aug 4, 2010 09:47 PM

                          That's a drag Edible. How did you like the food? Veda is more of a take-out place for us. They deliver too, just have the wine at home!

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                            Ediblethoughts Aug 5, 2010 06:01 PM

                            Sorry--I didn't make that clear: I called in advance to make sure they were open and they said they didn't serve wine so we didn't go. I don't really like the delivery thing but I'm considering it for them because I'm that curious about the food...

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            abigllama Jun 15, 2010 02:15 AM

            I live in the hood too but have not been in a couple of years. It's was very average Indian food, nothing was really memorable. The Byriani House on Hayden is our local go-to and just a block away which is more flavourful and prices more reasonable.

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              the_hungry_one Aug 4, 2010 01:14 PM

              I've only been to the Indian Hut for their lunch buffet.

              As an Indian I would say that their food was horrific. Their Butter Chicken was very watery and their daals lacked taste. Based on my experience I don't think I will be dining there anytime soon.

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              Indian Hut
              636 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2G3, CA

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