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Dec 19, 2012 10:29 AM

Banjara on Bloor- & Madras on Bloor is it worth a visit? New to Bloor and Bathurst and Hungry!

we moved to Bloor and Bathurst and trying lots of different places.

We tried Rajput's Bistro east of Christie and despite wanting to like it a lot, it was not good at all. (Sauces were all very similar and too sweet and tomato-based, naan was the oddest texture, even the rice was sticking together, the shrimp dish had used obviously grocery store frozen shrimp).
The owner is so very kind and the place is cozy but the food far from acceptable, even if well priced.

There is a Banjara and Madras both west of Christie as well as another Indian restaurant adjacent to it.
Are either any good?

Fresh naan and fluffy flavourful rice is mandatory, otherwise I'd rather just make rajmah, mung bean dals and channa myself and my own average basmati rice.

Are either worth a stroll past Christie?

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  1. I haven't been to Banjara or Madras on Bloor, but I do like Maroli on the north side of Bloor, east of Christie.
    Maroli serves Keralan cuisine, so naan isn't one of their specialties.

    I'd think Banjara is a better bet for good naan.

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    1. re: prima

      thanks Prima!
      I met the owners and their son is in my daughter's class at Palmerston we found out. They are so warm and friendly.
      I've not had Keralan food, I look forward to trying it.
      It's closer to my nightmare reno on Markham St. anyways but on nights when we are driving somewhere the parking at Banjara could be very handy on the go.

      1. re: Idas

        Hi Idas,
        so, I tried Banjara tonight. The naan wasn't anything special. I much prefer the naan at Indian Rice Factory and Copper Chimney.

    2. Banjara is our go-to Indian restaurant in this area. They serve \reasonably priced, flavourful, quality food. Service is quick but a little inconsistent. Naan has always come hot and fresh. I rarely order rice dishes so I can't comment on that.

      Madras, while run by the same owner, is definitely not as good.

      1. I found Banjara 'just OK'. In Michelin parlance 'not worth a detour'.
        Spicing was just 'hot or not' - no layering, and most of the dishes I ordered were rice dominant - they give huge portions of rice (not particularly fluffy, although that doesn't bother me) which makes the dishes appear larger than the protein (or whatever) would require.
        So, if you go, maybe follow CornerDemonio's approach.

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        1. re: estufarian

          Certainly not Michelin rated :) I eat mostly vegetarian dishes. Paneer, cauliflower, dhal, etc. I've tried a fish dish but I've never tried the chicken, lamb, or other meats.

          We have liked Indian Rice Factory on Dupont but it is not cheap. They bill themselves as Indian flavours using fresh Canadian ingredients. Their paneer is perfection.

          1. re: ComerDemonio

            Indian Rice Factory has some of the best spicing in Toronto. Also an excellent wine list.
            BUT their service is atrocious - so much so that I rarely venture there. Thumbs in food; servers actually looking away and talking to others while placing (wrong word!) the food in front of you.
            And the prices are certainly higher there (probably justified by the higher quality ingredients) - but I just can't get over being ignored.

            1. re: estufarian

              I couldn't agree is our 'closest' Indian restaurant but too many meals marred by indifferent to rude staff and the owner who passed away (r.i.p.)(son has inherited) was one of the most unfriendly people I've ever met...the food was always good or at least 'interesting' in the best sense, particularly in the spicing, but the attitude of both mother and son turned us away permanently...we usually make the trek to Gerrard Street, but also go to Banjara on occasion.

          1. Not a huge fan of Banjara. I find all the dishes taste the same and the last time I ordered takeout the quality was pretty poor. Go North to St. Clair and hit Savera. That's the best Indian restaurant around for my money.

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            1. re: Arcadiaseeker

              Thanks, I'll add Savera to my list of places to hit over the holidays. I am in the middle of a reno inferno (suprise whole house gut drainage to shingles) so I've had no decent kitchen since late Novermber and won't until mid January so we eat out a lot. It's nice to have options.

              1. re: Idas

                Forgot about's's fairly small, we (party of 6) couldn't get in without a very long wait...but they are very obliging, the food is good, no place to wait outside, particularly in the winter months.