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spine64 Nov 25, 2013 03:26 PM

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. MissBingBing RE: spine64 Nov 25, 2013 03:29 PM

    Dhaba at King and John? Close walk from subway.

    1. peasontoast RE: spine64 Nov 25, 2013 04:52 PM

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

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

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        childofthestorm RE: spine64 Nov 25, 2013 05:17 PM

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

        1. justxpete RE: spine64 Nov 25, 2013 05:26 PM

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

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            hal2010 RE: justxpete Nov 25, 2013 08:00 PM

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

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            garfield RE: spine64 Nov 25, 2013 09:54 PM

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

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              estufarian RE: garfield Nov 26, 2013 09:55 AM

              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.

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                gaudreaur RE: estufarian Dec 10, 2013 04:54 AM

                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.

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              spine64 RE: spine64 Dec 9, 2013 07:45 PM

              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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                justxpete RE: spine64 Dec 9, 2013 08:29 PM

                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.

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                  prima RE: spine64 Dec 9, 2013 09:18 PM

                  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.

                2. MissBingBing RE: spine64 Dec 10, 2013 04:22 AM

                  Haven't you asked this several times before?

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/925708

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884696

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884448

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