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Friday Night Indian- Staying Downtown

Trying to satisfy my daughters request for Indian food. We are spending two nights downtown, Friday/Saturday. We have enjoyed Copper Chimney on Avenue Road on numerous occasions, but looking for a couple options. Jaipur Grille was somewhat disappointing on our last visit, but not ruling it out.
We are trying to stay within public transportation, so Copper Chimney is inconvenient.

Thank you

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  1. Dhaba at King and John? Close walk from subway.

    1. The décor isn't much to write home about, but I like the food at Kathmandu on Yonge north of College.

      http://www.kathmandurestaurant.ca/res...

      1. I like Maroli for Keralan food, but if it's Punjabi that you want, I enjoy The Host. Great tandoori.

        1. Babur at Queen & John. Some of the best in the city.

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          1. re: justxpete

            I like Babur, too. Maroli is great if you want to try South Indian.

          2. pukka is the latest favourite here, though I haven't been.

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            1. re: garfield

              I have been to Pukka.
              It's more upscale than most, but WELL worth it.
              And the St Clair streetcar stops right outside (Arlington).

              http://pukka.ca/pdf/pukka-menu.pdf

              The Kale salad was a standout - I know that sounds weird for an Indian place, but once you've tried it you'll find out.
              Spicing is excellent and only the Pork 'vinha d'alhos' was blow-your-head-off hot.
              Copper Chimney was my favourite before this.
              Dhaba is excellent if you can talk to the chef - otherwise service is disappointing.
              I haven't been to Babur recently, preferred Trimurti (same block), which has the best Onion Bhajia (IMO) in the city.

              1. re: estufarian

                Those are weird prices at Pukka. Normally you try and round off your pricing to 50 cents or the dollar. Strange to see all those decimal points.

            2. Thank you so much for your input., I am still at a loss as to which restaurant to choose. Babur or Maroli. Daughters go to dish is Aloo gobi, I trust a trip to Copper Chimney will not be necessary.

              Thanks again

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              1. re: spine64

                I can't speak for Maroli but Babur makes a great Aloo gobi (which is also one of my go-to dishes).

                Babur is almost enjoyable as Vij's to me, which I now frequent on a regular basis. Truth be told - some of their dishes are actually better than Vij's. Shhhhhhhhhhhhh.

                But, I also haven't been to Babur for 6 months or so - so things may have changed. I'd definitely recommend the Lamb vindaloo, though.

                1. re: spine64

                  Babur is probably a better place for aloo gobi than Maroli. Maroli specializes in Keralan/Malabari food, and aloo gobi is not a Keralan/Malabari specialty.