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Jul 22, 2010 06:09 PM

Looking for excellent Indian Buffet in Scarborough

Hi...taking a client out on Friday for lunch and have not been in that area for a number of years..looking for somewhere very flavorful in North East Scarborough from Markham Rd. to Kennedy Road....any suggestions would be welcomed..thanks

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  1. For your purposes, I would highly recommend Karaikudi on Kennedy, north or Lawrence. The decor is appropriate for professional purposes, and the food is quite good, though I must admit I've never had the buffet.

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    1. re: Full tummy

      Hi...I went to Karaikudi...I know the a la carte would be good...the buffet was a disappointment not because of food quality, but horrible selection.....all the cheap stuff to make money on.... Three types of rice, four types of soup..only meat dish was chicken deep fried with mostly bones and cartilage. The mushroom curry was good and the daal...the dosas they brought out were greasy...never had them before and never will again...too bad...maybe that is why it was nearly empty on a Friday lunch time.

    2. Anjappar Chettinad does a decent buffet, but the menu offerings are some of the best in the city.

      Anjappar Chettinad
      3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

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      1. re: Snarf

        I second the recommendation, though, again, I haven't had the buffet. I do prefer AC over Karaikudi, for ordering off the menu. It's not as north as Karaikudi, however, since it's on Eglinton...

        1. re: Snarf

          Is this the relatively new ( 1-2 years old ) South Indian place famous for its really spicy food?

          1. re: Charles Yu

            AC has been around for several years now. Maybe you're thinking of the Indian Spice Kitchen which is on Markham just south of Painted Post on the west side (north of Lawrence)? The Indian Spice Kitchen does specialize in southern Indian so it's all vegetarian.

            1. re: scarberian

              Oops update on Indian Spice Kitchen, it looks like they added meat to their menu (going only veg. in that area can be risky). They need to update the description of their resto on their web site since it still says that their kitchen is 100% vegetarian. I'm guessing that the meat section was added afterwards since it comes after the listings for beverages and desserts. BTW they still have a lunch and dinner buffet (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) as well as their menu.

              Indian Spice Kitchen
              748 Markham Rd
              Scarborough, ON
              416 - 850 - 7781

                1. re: Full tummy

                  My wife and I have only ordered from them and that was about a year ago when they were only vegetarian (we haven't tried the buffet yet). We ordered the Muttar Paneer, Dahl Makhni, naan and Aloo Jeera. All were excellent and spicy (except for the naan of course). I made my own rice and the sauce from the muttar paneer was great on the rice. Not sure on the quality now.

                  1. re: scarberian

                    Well the wife and I ordered take out from Indian Spice Kitchen and the flavour seems to have either changed or because I've had Moti Mahal last month and Vij's just two weeks ago and the flavours from their dishes are still ingrained in my brain. I'm picking the latter.

                    For a typical Indian buffet resto it's decent. The decor is nice, lots to choose from and the food is good quality with good flavours. However when you compare the dishes we ordered with say a Moti Mahal, then you start to see a difference in flavour. We ordered Muttar Paneer, Lamb Curry, Butter Chicken and naan. None of the dishes were spicy by request since we have a 6 year old. You can get spicy, but you need to order a couple of hours in advance since they cook for the general public and tend to keep their food mild.

                    First off the Butter Chicken was very good with a good mix of white and dark boneless meat and a creamy, buttery sauce. My 6 year old couldn't get enough of the sauce.

                    Now the Muttar Paneer was okay. When compared to say Moti Mahal's version, I prefered Moti Mahal. Moti Mahal's Muttar Paneer just pops with flavour and the sauce seems creamier/thicker. The Indian Spice Kitchen's Muttar Paneer had a thinner sauce and the flavours seemed muted.

                    The Lamb Curry was okay although it seemed I was getting more bone than meat. The curry sauce was good, but again I've had curry sauces that just popped with more flavour so the dish seemed plain.

                    The naan was thinner than what I'm used to. It was a large size, but maybe they're trying to make them look large and therefore thinning them out in the process. With a thin naan you get tough areas that are too chewy. The naan I've had at Vij's and Moti Mahal were fluffier with a more uniformed thickness.

                    For someone who wants to be introduced to Indian food, I would recommend the Indian Spice Kitchen. I would also go back to get a quick Indian food fix (I'd go here over Bombay Palace). However my goto Indian resto is still Moti Mahal and if I had my own jet and crap load of money I'd be going to Vij's.

                    Mahal Restaurant
                    22 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N1A3, CA