-a hungry girl's guide to whining and dining in T.O.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Inside the Butter Chicken Roti
"BUTTER CHICKEN IN A ROTI?!" These were the words that escaped my lips as Bella Regazza and Hot Tamale explained Gandhi's concept. We passed it along the way to Bella's house along Queen West between Bathurst and Portland. A small diner-should-be take-out place that can house 15 people at its maximum, Gandhi is reminiscent of the many ethnic gems in Scarborough with a twist. The hipster crowd is in full force and its owner should install a revolving door into the simple fluorescent-lit dining space warmed by a portable heater with the consistent flow of people trickling in and out. Don't let the surroundings fool you: the roti's are a nod to naan brimming full of familiar Indian vegetarian and flavourful and familiar Indian meat dishes Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka, etc... This is as authentic as it comes, these are no "blue menu"-sauced dishes, with your choice of medium or hot flavour with accompanying desserts: gulab jamun being my favourite. We feasted on the Buter Chicken (11.95) and the Saag Paneer (9.95) with gulab jamun (2.95) ordered at the counter and then served to our table. Wash it down with some Frooty Mango drink ($5.00 for a container that drinks 2) in styrofoam cups and you can't go wrong! We couldn't finish and had enough to last for lunch the next day. One roti is enough to share between two, although if you're hungry and craving Indian food... eat it up! Just like a friend said, "The food is just as good when heated in the microwave the next day..." Gandhi, I'm a believer!