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Emerald Indian Restaurant at Woodbine & Danforth - Anyone been?

Full tummy Oct 28, 2010 07:53 PM

It's a new little place, on the south side of Danforth, west of Woodbine. I have only driven past, and the inside looks clean and cute. Am planning to give it a try soon, but was wondering if anyone else has been.

Here is a blog post about it:

http://decadiaries.wordpress.com/2010...

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    redcoconut Mar 8, 2011 11:17 PM

    Does anyone know if this is still functioning? My wife and I went twice and the owner seemed liek a nice guy with a charismatic character, he mentioned certain problems with the building owner, etc. and then a couple of times we went by there it seemed closed. Shame because the guy made fantastic food.

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    1. re: redcoconut
      Full tummy Mar 8, 2011 11:30 PM

      I am pretty sure it's closed. I pass by it regularly, and it has never been open for some time now.

      1. re: Full tummy
        hal2010 Jun 17, 2011 02:08 PM

        There's a new Pakistani/Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant there now - called something like Lazzara.

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          mariecollins Jun 20, 2011 08:00 AM

          Lazeez - I suspect it's the original owner (before Emerald). Hope not.

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          102 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M5B1G9, CA

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      neighborguy Nov 14, 2010 05:55 AM

      The DECA post is accurate to me.

      Modest room, good service that tries hard, doesn't quite have everything in place yet being as new as it is in a sub-optimal space neglected by former tenants and the landlord. Will have to check back and see.

      Someone wrote the food is home-made. Agreed that the flavours and textures (had their version of Tikka Masala) are nothing that couldn't be put together in a home kitchen. But it's still early to tell what the place can put out so will have to return. Yes, everything tasted fresh but from what I'm used to at Indian/Pakistani restaurants I was expecting more...distinctiveness. Maybe they were adjusting for this non-South Asian.

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        hal2010 Nov 17, 2010 04:04 PM

        I went tonight and took home naan, chicken tikka masala, aloo palaak and chicken biryani.
        The order took about 45 minutes to make despite there only being 2 people in the restaurant and one take-out order, but they did give me some channa masala to snack on while I waited.

        The food shows promise but I think the menu needs a bit more focus (donairs, french fries and wok beef?) and a bit more finesse. It was certainly freshly prepared, though. The owner was lovely and service was great.

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        js288uk Nov 7, 2010 09:04 AM

        Does anyone have the phone number for this restaurant please? We are hoping to go there for lunch tomorrow Monday and want to make sure it is open, and if we can, to order in advance.

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          Metroon Nov 7, 2010 11:49 AM

          It's 647 352 0252... and they're open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

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            Full tummy Nov 9, 2010 08:44 PM

            Did you go? And, if so, how was it?

          2. mariecollins Oct 29, 2010 06:52 AM

            I have been for take-out. It is clean and the owner is very helpful. We had the Biryani, Korma and Samosas. Tasty but not spectacular, and judging from the menu it is Pakistani food. I'll go again as I'm just around the corner.

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            1. re: mariecollins
              foodyDudey Oct 29, 2010 07:00 AM

              That's right, the menu is Pakistani food. I'm not sure why a chef from Goa would be mainly serving that when Goan food is quite unique and also hard to find in Toronto, which is not the case with what they offer.
              I was excited to hear there was an Indian restaurant there but I'm not interested in that style of food.

              If you are wondering what sort of Indian restaurant I'd like to see here, it's one offering many of the items this place does, which is in the town I am from. I ate there a few times when I visited last.

              http://www.spicetree.co.in/

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