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Oct 11, 2011 04:22 PM

Very tasty food - Raby's 66 Overlea Blvd, Thorncliffe Toronto

My chowpal and I went for the 3rd time to this place at 66 Overlea Blvd (the old Country Style Donut...just east of Bamiyan).

Every dish we have had there has been very tasty and well prepared.

Today we had:

Lahori Fried Fish
Royal Chicken Boti Tikka
Thai Chicken Green Curry
A Cauliflower dish that I can't find on the on-line menu - very tasty
Butter Naan

Enjoyed everything....

A warning....a large number of kids from the nearby high school come in for pizza at noon...all gone by 1 pm so go after that to avoid the youthful noise/chaos.

This is their website:


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  1. so....
    they offer Indian/Pakistani food, and also Lebanese...and Mexican...and Thai....

    and you say they also serve pizza?


    4 Replies
    1. re: atomeyes

      Yup...pretty bizarre menu...have only tried one Thai dish and some of their Indo/Pak dishes...all very yummy...

      I think the pizza is just a way to get cash from the school kids....

      As I said....what we've tried....we really liked....

      1. re: tochowchick

        Do you know what kind of fish they use in the Lahori fried fish? I usually assume it's basa or tilapia when it's just labeled "fish".

        1. re: prima

          No....sorry...we didn't was very sweet but lots of spicing too....we found it very enjoyable...loved all the spicing....the biryani was lovely....

          1. re: tochowchick

            Thanks, tochowchick. Nice to have another biryani on my next-to-try list.

    2. Thanks for the tip, tochowchick. The menu looks a bit off putting if I may say so. How does it compare with Iqbal Kebab ( which is in the vicinity)?

      Iqbal Kebab
      2 Thorncliffe Park Dr, Toronto, ON M4H, CA

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      1. re: garfield

        We haven't been back to Iqbal in a while...last time we were un-impressed with a number of dishes swimming in oil...unappetizing.

        We love Bamiyan and also go to the Hakka place across from Tim Horton's sometimes.

        1. This place has an over-the-top menu. They have basically thrown everything at the wall to see what sticks.

          I have ventured in twice but walked out both times. Went once on Eid day and the place was rocking, went a few weeks later and again the menu board just screamed "jack of all trades, master of none" so I walked out, choosing the ever reliable Bamiyan Kabob over this place. A menu shouldn't resemble the New England Patriots' playbook.

          It's so confused,...Mughlai (re. rich, fat & creamy) Indian/Pakistani, Thai/Malaysian, Pizza/Italian, Mexican, Canadian, Middle-Eastern... but I will still try it out based on your review and because it's worth a shot.

          This place is eerily familiar to the new Middle Eastern place called Damas Grill that has taken over a former diner on the SE-corner of Vic Park and Lawrence. They too, have everything on the menu: smoothy and juice bar, shawarmas, burgers, Malaysian/Thai etc.

          Menu overkill is never the right way (Pickle Barrel et al)

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          1. re: pakmode

            What's wrong with that menu? That way they have something for almost everyone.

            Did you read this on the site? >>> Our menu boasts Mughlai, Thai, Arabic, Italian, and Mexican dishes, each of which is created by a master of that cuisine.

            If you believe that last part I have some swampland in Florida for you...

            1. re: foodyDudey

              I'm still going to try the biryani.

              They've got pizza, thai and fries on the menu to please the masses and bring in some income. Most restaurants end up falling back on caesar salads, burgers, pizza, pad thai, poutine, smoothies, etc. to keep the Lowest Common Denominator happy.

              1. re: foodyDudey

                you mean they don't have 5 master chefs, one from each country, in the back, waiting to cook their specialty?

                1. re: atomeyes

                  That's what I thought when I first read it, but after reading it again it appears the menus were created by those master chefs, but as they are executive master chefs, they don't actually cook the food. :-)

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Coming back to your earlier thread

                    Probably some Sri Lankans... :-)

                    Chances are they may have worked in a bunch of different restaurants and thus they've cooked the cuisine at one time or another. Guess don't knock it till you've tried it.

                    1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

                      Was I knocking it? I said that as you can find them cooking in many of the restaurants in Toronto, and not just the budget places. And since they are versatile at cooking different cuisines, who do you think you will find? 5 master chefs each sitting on a chair waiting for their specialty to be ordered?

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        kinda pissed that they don't do tacos. :(

                        1. re: atomeyes

                          They do hard chicken tacos. In fact they do chicken everything...some cuisines are entirely represented by chicken dishes.

                          3 Thai chicken dishes
                          3 Mexican chicken dishes

                          I'll have to check it out - it's close to me. Iqbal has let us down the last few times. The meat in their chicken biryani was dry and dreadful last time and the grease levels are rising.

                          1. re: hal2010

                            Yea, I've given up on Iqbals. When I feel like Pakistani food, I stick with the tandoori items at Makkah restaurant on the Danforth.
                            Also, I recently discovered Patna Kabab House on Lawrence/Pharmacy in the same plaza as Shawarma Empire/Nasib's. Their naan, beef kabob, chicken tikka boti and butter chicken were all pretty decent.

                            Patna Kabab House
                            1885 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

                            Makkah Restaurant
                            1020 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1M2, CA

            2. I have to agree....the first time we tried it we were kind of shocked at the menu...but we decided to give them a I said, we stuck to the Indo/Pak dishes but did order a Thai green curry the other day and it was very tasty too.

              Would love someone to give them a try and give your feedback too...

              We enjoyed...and will go back.