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Mar 9, 2012 07:53 AM

Giving Maroli some love

Maroli has been around for years and I know several hounds (including myself) love it. It doesn't get a whole lot of attention on the board, so given Gina Mallet's recent review of it, I thought I'd give it a bump.

If you enjoy Indian food, but have never had the dishes or spice variations from the Malabar region, please do give this place a try. And I have to give a shout out to their version of naan (or is it roti?) is totally delicious: buttery, flaky goodness.

BTW, I generally think Gina Mallet is a hack, but she did really like Maroli, so here's her review:

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  1. Maroli has very good food and yes it's not mentioned much here at all. I much prefer that style of Indian food to the Punjabi style from the north as it's closer to what I grew up with, and is not so heavy on the oils and hot spices, plus has more seafood dishes.

    TorontoJo, what do you think of Kate's reviews?

    1. Congrats to Maroli on the recent opening of their new Brampton location.

      I'm a fan of the shrimp malabari at Maroli.

      630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

      1. I love Maroli! We get delivery at least once a month. It's the only Indian food I've ever eaten that doesn't make me sick afterwards (yes, I realize this could be more my problem than theirs). We have hit upon a trio of dishes that complement each other nicely (chicken tikka masala, palak paneer and chicken kurma) along with naan and rice. Their paneer in particular is to die for - soft and pillowy - like gnocchi if it were made of fresh cheese.

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        1. re: Wench Foraday

          Yes to the paneer, naan, and veg pulao. Try the maroli salad as well - a julienned mix of red onion, cukes, peppers, and carrots in a coconut oil/lemon dressing - bright, punchy flavours that goes so well with the rest of the heavier meal.

            1. re: Chester Eleganté

              That looks really good. Thanks for the rec!

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Low value for money. Not going back.

                1. re: ghostdogg

                  Agreed that it is moderately priced and portions are not huge, but I would rather pay $1-2 more per dish and get dishes that don't taste like they were all made with the same mother sauce.

                  Having said that, I also like Little India on Queen West, which is more generous than Maroli and also a bit cheaper.

                  1. re: Wench Foraday

                    This brings up a long-burning question in my mind -- why do people always expect "ethnic" restaurants to deliver huge quantities of food for low prices? I've started a thread on the topic over on General Topics, in case anyone around here wants to weigh in:


                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      I like Maroli.
                      I echo that sentiment people see a non-white restaurant and think magically they can make food that feeds you for same as what it would cost you at home. It smacks of the R word.

                      Being a child of immigrants myself, I totally know that it keeps people down in a way that is not acceptable in our enlightened age.
                      People eat way too much it seems,given the mass obesity and morbid obesity, it stuns me still the focus on stuffing onself silly.
                      I am trying to teach my kids to appreciate the cuisine, and resto workers (of family run restaurants especially).

                      Eating out isn't a right, but people these days sure freak out like it is. I don't take for granted the food someone else laboured to put in front of me. I am grateful for the hand that feeds me.
                      I never looked at a bowl of rice the same after reading Malcolm Gladwell's telling of how hard it is to plant and harvest. My nonna worked in Italian rice paddies. I had no idea what it was like aside from the fact it ruined bits of her body due to constant water exposure.

                      I now cherish a bottle of rice in my kitchen and it's "the story" people get for being sassy or flippant about food.

                      While some restaurants certainly overcharge, we have to remember that a restaurant is a business, with operating costs. If they are pricey, don't take it so damn personally. They are not out to sucker you in particular.

                      Good food takes time, good ingredients, and some soul.

                      I don't buy that it's too expensive and a burden on families. I grew up with a stay at home mom raising 4 kids and one salary from dad. We ate out on birthdays, mother's day, and the other odd celebrations and when we had visitors It was tough but my parents saved up for it and we sure as hell were grateful for it.

                      People need a reality check because food isn't getting cheaper because Ontario is allowing the destruction of farmland people refusing to buy local is causing family farms to finally close.

                      If you "need" cheap volume, then a there's bag of chips and a plate of hotdogs on white buns. That'll runs under 5 bucks and 5 minutes if you don't have a microwave.

                      People who want to be fairly paid for what they do should remember that that sentiment should not be exclusive to people in the "business" world.
                      And for the record, my dad was a machinist so I am not ranting because we struggled to run a pizza shop.
                      *gets off soap box*
                      Sorry for preaching, it isn't even Sunday and I'm late to this post but given my kitchenless state, I am truly grateful for the folks who feed us regularly because you can only eat so many peanut butter sandwiches.
                      a rice fan,

            2. I went to Maroli today, and had the shrimp malabari and the palak paneer. The food came out too fast to be cooked to order, which I guess I understand is fine for this type of food. The flavours that were there were eye-opening. However, both dishes were overly salty, and especially the shrimp. The saltiness was sort of hiding the other flavours. Is this normal or authentic for Malabar cuisine?