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259 Host - Review

Fwagra Jul 29, 2010 02:30 PM

We were four at 259 Host last night.

Bottom line: adequate food but outrageously expensive.

Butter chicken for $17 should contain more than four pieces of chicken! And what's with the ubiquitous but out-of-place cherry tomato garnish on everything? Is that what allows them to charge triple? (No, it's morons like me who eat there, I know). Or maybe it's the ridiculously large serving dishes, which only serve to accentuate the niggardliness of the portions. Whatever it is, it doesn't work at 259 Host.

We ordered the seabass, which seemed to be covered in a floury country-gravy. Yucky. That whole dish was flavourless and bland; something Indian food usually is not. Butter chicken was tasty. Chana Bindi was good, but nothing special. I always love me some channa; it doesn't need to be fancy (or garnished). Every dish was very small, and gone in 60 seconds. Tasty enough. But, more than $80/person!

Service was good, by the way.

The place was dead empty. Deservedly so, I'm afraid.

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

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    millygirl RE: Fwagra Jul 29, 2010 02:37 PM

    Are they in any way connected to The Host on Prince Arthur?

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      Cat123 RE: millygirl Jul 29, 2010 04:24 PM

      Yes they are connected. I live in the area and have been there several times I agree it isn't cheap but I don't think it is markedly more expensive than Jaipur Grille, at least as far as the menu goes. I haven't found the portions overly small but maybe that has changed as I haven't been for a few months. It does always seem empty though, so maybe the lack of traffic is finally taking its toll... I do agree the serving dishes are ridiculous in size though, relative to the amount of food in them. But I like the atmosphere, the food and the service.

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

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