Embassy Samosa King
Finch Ave & Middlefield Ave (plaza at North-East Corner)
there was a request for west-end samosas a few weeks back, and i made mention of Embassy Samosa King on the boards .. it's become almost a ritual to pick up some samosas and other delicious snacks on a biweekly basis .. i can't think of a three week stretch when i haven't paid them a visit ..
they're located in a red brick plaza at the north-east corner of Finch & Middlefield .. the store is located closer to the parking area, so don't fret if you can't see the signage while driving into the plaza ..
at times the line-ups here can be crazy .. easily 15 deep, translating to a 20-25 minute wait .. for take-out !! they have display counters for sweets (sold by weight), hot foods/curries (butter chicken, paneer, channa masala), and deep fried snacks ..
the samosas (5 for $1) -- these are what keep this place running so smoothly .. customers will come in and order 20, 40, 80 samosas .. the shopkeeps don't even blink .. this is normal for them ..
the samosas are filled with potato and peas (only veggie samosas available, no meats), mildly spicy ..
the flat vadas (3 for $1) can look deceivingly spicy, but they're not .. they are more flavourful than hot, made of dahl (split peas), onions, fennel, and small amounts of chili ..
the donut vada (3 for $1) can be a bit of an acquired taste .. made of lentil flour (not sure?), these have a fishy flavour that's been difficult to isolate ..
the mutton rolls ($0.75 each) have made me come back time and time again .. the spicy potato and mutton filling don't hit you right away, but about half-way through a roll, a sufficient amount of heat builds up on your tongue and sends your sweat glands tinglings ..