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extramsg Sep 12, 2011 07:38 AM

Went to Rashnaa the other day. Been a while since I'd had Sri Lankan and I had a hankering for Southern Indian as well. We got: vada, masala dosa, and one of the Sri Lankan "rotty" (roti) dishes. I thought it was good, but nothing special. Certainly no better than what I'm used to for Southern Indian. The coconut chutney was quite nice, but that's the only one they supplied with the dosa or vada. The vada seemed pre-fried not fried to order and wasn't as crisp as it could have been. The caramelized onions and other bits in it were good, though. The potatoes in the dosa were quite big chunks that were mostly undercooked. The flavor of the masala was decent, but nothing special. The sambhar was kind of flat. I liked the "rotty" a decent amount (actually reminded me of matzoh brei with Indian flavors), though it seemed like it needed a sauce or chutney or something. Maybe it's normally eaten as a rice alternative.

Picked this because I've been to some of the chain Indian places in other cities that have been recommended here. Was hoping to find a really good independent/local place. If I lived in the neighborhood, I'd return, but as an out of towner, it wasn't worth it, really.

307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

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  1. iMarilyn RE: extramsg Sep 12, 2011 08:00 AM

    Try Hopper Hut next time.

    Hopper Hut
    880 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2W6, CA

    1. foodyDudey RE: extramsg Sep 12, 2011 09:28 AM

      I can get there in about 10 minutes from my house but don't find it worth the drive, so I bet it was a disapointment for you.

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        cubmike74 RE: extramsg Sep 13, 2011 06:41 AM

        I have to admit, I have been a big fan of Rashnaa in the past but I recently ordered from them last week and I wasn't super impressed. Maybe it was an off night.
        One of the appetizers - the lentil donut type thing seemed like it had been microwaved, there were really tough parts in it.
        The rotty was greasy and kind of limp. The kothu rotty didn't seem to have the same level of 'freshness, spices, and layers of flavour that I've been used to from them.
        And the butter chicken was too sweet, and sort of bland.

        Anyone else been recently?

        307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

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          ta0126 RE: extramsg Sep 13, 2011 12:55 PM

          i have been there twice in the last 12 months. on a dinner visit, the individual curries were kind of bland. also, they were not sufficiently re-heated and were brought to the table lukewarm. the dosa was great. i'm not a dosa expert but it certainly had a light crisp texture and ample potato filling. served nice and hot. on a takeout lunch, the thali curries were more tasty. the food was re-heated at home, so temperature was not an issue. in general i think they tend towards the cautious side when it comes to spicing (in terms of both spices and heat level).

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            Dean Tudor RE: extramsg Sep 14, 2011 10:42 AM

            We used to go there a lot, and then stopped for some reason, maybe because there were new spicy options in our neighbourhood.

            Then we went back in May 2010 for "sentimental" reasons.

            At that time, now 16 months ago, the food we tried was bland and undercooked -- nothing like we were used to. And we went at the same time of day and day of the week that we used to go to Rashnaa.

            We figured a new owner, so we've given it a pass ever since.

            307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

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