A friend that I trust used to tell me how great a spot this was. I'd never tried it myself, so I thought I'd take advantage of Winterlicious to give it a try. My impressions:
Pakoras: Were alright. A little bland perhaps. The dipping sauce tasted a little VH, if you catch my drift.
Naan: Pretty good. I liked the parsley infused into the batter.
Pilau: You know you're in trouble when the rice is the highlight of the meal. A great Pilau, fragrant and full of fresh vegetables and spices. Love the raisins.
Raita: Run of the mill. I could make it just as well myself.
Butter Chicken: This is where the meal hung in the balance. The cynosure, if you will... the linchpin. You'd expect a sauce so rich and yummy that you'd get down on your knees and lap it off the floor. Did they run out of gee? This was so tomatoey I forgave myself for thinking I was in the arcades of Padova rather than the stalls of Kalkotta. Furthermore, three measly cubes of chicken? I know it's Winterlicious but a man needs to eat.
Dessert: Don't recall the name. Sort of an Indian cheesecake of sorts. With a few thawed berries thrown on top. Nothing to write home about.
Wine: Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the wine. It was from India, a Shiraz 2005 I believe. It was quite nice. Better than most Canadian wines I've tried. Who knew?
All in all, if it wasn't for the exceptional company, I would be upset. The service was decent but rather uninspired. Indian is not something I go out for all that much but next time I do, I will definitely try another place. Hopefully they can clean up their act a bit as it's a really nice space. Interested to hear from others.