With the closing of Tabla and Chakra, the luxury of good Indian food close at hand has vanished. That has led to a couple of efforts to rediscover some of the favourites in other areas (will miss the Vindaloo at Babur), with some hit and miss experiences.
A friend suggested an expedition to Anjappar Chettinad, past the Golden Mile, way out on Eglinton east. We gathered the troups, and tried it the other night. With the location, it serves buffets at lunch and dinner, which seem to attract people. Don't be fooled. We ordered off the menu, and they turned the kitchen up to 11.
The Tandoori prawns, chicken reshmi and chili mushrooms had amazing flavours, not greasy, and well-spiced.
The Biryanis were sublime, with perfect texture, and a nice side sauce. The keema paratha was sublime, and the curried crab was an education.
In reading about this place in other postings, I've heard many positive comments on individual dishes, but also comments on how this is a suburban chain. In looking into this, there are two locations in Toronto, closely held, with what appears to be great quality control. Definitely worth a visit, but you've got to stray from the buffet to the menu, and let them know you're not afeared of having it like the locals.