Journalist Sarah Efron explores strip malls and hole-in-the-wall restaurants in search of the city's best ethnic food

Friday, August 20, 2010

Gandhi's Indian Cuisine

Gandhi's, located at 554 Queen Street West near Bathurst, is one of Toronto's best loved hole-in-the-wall restaurants and one of my personal favourites. The genius is the roti--a hybrid creation, it wraps an Indian-style curry (not Caribbean) in a fresh roti shell.

There's a dozen or so kinds of roti reflecting classic Indian meals such as butter chicken and mutter paneer. Each one (particularly the meat ones, like lamb) is a huge brick, worth two meals. Be warned--if you like spicy food, a medium is seriously spicy. Any spicier and it literally becomes difficult to eat.

This place is tiny and most people get take out. Sadly, the place is no longer open on Saturday and Sunday, so expect big line ups and long wait times on Friday night. Best to phone ahead for take out orders. The menu is on the restaurant's website.

Gandhi has a few sister restaurants--Mother India in Parkdale (1456 Queen Street West), New York Sub (520 Queen Street West) and correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Babur is also part of the family (273 Queen Street West).

This time I decided to try the chaat papri--I've seen photos of it on the wall before and always been curious.

The chaat papri (left) was very strange--cold fried dough chips covered in yogurt, tamarind and hot sauce. Probably best to stick with the roti. The tandoori chicken skewer and pakora with tamarind chutney is pretty good.
Gandhi's amazing roti--this one is chicken.
Spice City Doggie Bag Index: Five stars
★ Don't bother taking any leftovers home
★ ★ Take leftovers home and stuff in the back of the fridge indefinitely
★ ★ ★ Tomorrow's lunch
★ ★ ★ ★ Proudly present the leftover as a present to significant other or roommate and then wait impatiently for them to eat it so you can steal some
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Midnight snack. Is it midnight yet?

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