Now that I have a partner in crime who happens to enjoy eating just as much as I do (I know, score), I have been hitting up a lot of different restaurants in my ‘hood and eating out a bit more often than usual. I’ve definitely enjoyed some really, really great meals that I want to talk about, so in keeping the true spirit of Happy or Hungry alive, this post just might kick-off food week.
About the best Indian food in the city, I think I have found it. Last Sunday Evan and I went to Marigold, an Indian restaurant on Mt. Pleasant near Eglinton. It was Super Bowl Sunday, so we were the only ones in the place and the atmosphere was fantastic.
Such a cute little restaurant. Tres romantique.
We chose to eat from the prix fixe menu, which was something ridiculously cheap like $35 for two people and got you two appetizers, three entrees, and two desserts. Sounded good to me. While we were perusing the menu, our server (who was awesome, I really liked her) brought over two little samples from the chef.
That would be some sort of deep fried tofu. Normally I am not the biggest fan of tofu, but I guess all it takes is some deep-frying and green chutney sauce and I can hop on board because OH MAN it was good.
And what followed was hands down the BEST beef samosa I have EVER had. Ever. EVER!
It was so good! I was dying over it. We raaaaved on and on to our server about how amazing the samosa was. I wish I was eating it right now. I could not get enough of that thing and I savoured every last bite. Though I do love Indian cuisine, I am probably not the most Indian food savvy (though I think I know a good samosa when I taste one), but Evan’s grandparents are from British India and he has grown up with Indian food, so I feel like he would be a good judge. And he agreed, best samosas ever.
But our entrees were pretty good as well. We got the butter chicken, lamb vindaloo (I think?!), and beef manchurian.
And they were all exceptionally good. I don’t even think I could pick a favourite. Well, maybe the chicken. But I loved it all.
Evan would like me to tell you he took that photo.
Also, the naan bread was AMAZING! It was all warm and garlicky and naan-y and it smelled like buttered popcorn! I could eat that stuff for days. I just loved it.
India does it right, I’m telling you. I have been living vicariously through Cely from Running off the Reeses lately (as she is touring around India), and I have been drooling over all the delicious Indian food she has been posting, so this definitely satisfied a huge craving of mine.
Although one thing I am not sure they do right is dessert… I asked our server what the dessert special was, and she told me the name (cannot remember) and I asked what it was, and she said “Basically just milk with…powdered milk.”
I looked at Evan after she left our table and said “Milk with powdered milk?” and he said “Maybe it’s not like how it sounds…”
Pretty much just milk with powdered milk. But I will forgive the dessert for not being amazing, because everything else sure was, and my sweet tea was pretty awesome as well.
I will definitely be going back here. I love Indian food and this place did NOT disappoint. I feel so lucky that Toronto has so many culturally diverse restaurants. I have every kind of food imaginable within walking distance from me and I am so excited to explore it all!