Butter Chicken Factory

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I’m always open to try new Indian restaurants, especially if they have been recommended by someone I know.  A few weeks back, my co-worker mentioned that she always gets take out from Butter Chicken Factory.  So obviously, I had to put this down on my list.

This past weekend, my parents and I so happen to be downtown for an event. And we didn’t have anywhere to go for dinner, so this was the perfect opportunity to eat at Butter Chicken Factory.

We decided on the Dinner for 2, which included an appetizer dish, 2 mains (1 of them had to be a vegetarian dish), a complementary Chana Masala, one rice and two naans. We chose the famous Butter Chicken (my co-worker recommended that to me) and we also ordered Navratan (Veggie) Korma.  This was plenty for the three of us as we had leftovers to take home.

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The appetizer had one large vegetable samosa, two pieces of onion bhaij, and three portions of chicken pakora.

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Butter Chicken.

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Chana Masala.

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Naan.

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Rice.

The dinner special was $43.95 and including a drink, tax and tips came to be $60. That’s not bad at all, considering we had  doggy bags. Everything was streaming hot when it was served, which is a rare find. I am not sure if I would recommend this restaurant to a friend. I probably need to try other dishes and eat there a couple more times to decide. I really want to try the Rogan Josh and Vindaloo curries.

Click here to visit the website.

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Karaikudi – Authentic Indian Chettinad

This Indian restaurant was recommended by one of my co workers. He is from South India and I remember randomly emailing him about which Indian restaurants he goes to.  I’ll never know what authentic Indian food will taste like, but a recommendation can do no harm, yes?

Well, who best to go with …none other than the person that equally loves Indian food as much as me (possibly even more). I let her (aka my good friend) take charge in ordering our meal: cauliflower 65 (deep fried cauliflower with spices), mutton masala, aloo gobi masala (potato & cauliflower) and butter naan. I’m not sure what was with the cauliflower theme, but I quite enjoyed the meal (but not the first time I ate here).

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The dishes seem pretty small, but it was enough for the two of us. A plate of onions cost $1. The average price of our meal was around $35 and we packed the food we couldn’t finish.

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Click here for the restaurant’s website.

La Sani Grill

My friend recently took me to eat traditional Indian cuisine and I’ve been back once, in the span of 30 days, since being introduced. We ventured our way there after school one day, taking public transit and exploring new neighbourhoods.

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We arrived at La Sani Grill. It’s located in a small new plaza near Ellesmere and Markham Road. The restaurant is really dull (in my opinion); there’s literally nothing besides a counter which you order at and tables if you decide to eat in.

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This is probably my favourite on the menu, chicken pakora maybe because I have a soft soft for fried foods. I’ve had it before, at another Indian restaurant, but I think it the fried-ness and the spices that make this so incredible tasting.

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Excuse my forgetful-ness but I was to eager to try the food when it came that I forgot to take a picture of the red coloured chicken aka chicken tikka tandoori (I think) and lamb shank. Both were amazing and came with side dishes including spiced rice, salad and naan.

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I loved the rice too! It’s cooked to perfection and not overly spicy but there’s a but of heat to it (on the scoville scale). For the amount of food to the pricing, I surely give this a go. I’ve learn to accept that not all good-atmospheric-type restaurants serve the best food. Sometimes treasures are hidden in unexpected places.

Click here for the restaurant’s website. They have to locations; Scarborough and Ajax. Take out’s are really popular for some reason, but there’s a few sit-down customers (both times I’ve been there). But whatever you choose, you won’t regret it, I promise. : )