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Review - Maroli

Fwagra | Jun 21, 2005 02:40 PM

Maroli is hidden on Balliol Street near Yonge Street in the Davisville area. It is tucked behind a kitchen table in a small strip plaza.

They do Malabari Indian food.

Short Answer: Excellent. Go to this place.

When we arrived, we were slightly taken aback by the spare setting. There are a few tables and chairs, but it looked like mainly a take-out operation. It's literally a Mom-and-Pop restaurant. Mom (pregnant) is the waitress, and Pop cooks the food. Little Kevin runs around.

Anyhow, we ordered samosas, butter chicken, Malabari shrimp, vegetable curry, dal, roti, and beef vindaloo. With their low prices, we figured why not try a lot of menu items.

Mom said it will take about 1/2 an hour. No problem. We had time, and we wanted our food cooked fresh to order, which is exactly what they do.

Samosas came within a few minutes. They were very good and well spiced. The wrapping was not too thick and the filling was very tasty.

The butter chicken was very good. Not the fluorescent red stuff I'm used to. Rather, more brown and rich. The chicken pieces were high quality white breast meat. The beef vindaloo was the best I've ever had. The sauce was very spicy, but also very flavourful. The beef pieces, again, were of very good quality and tender: no unwanted fat or gristle. The vegetable curry was outstanding: a rich, brown curry that seemed to have been simmered for a long time yielding maximum flavour. It seems that, at the end of the cooking process, fresh broccoli and cauliflower were added. The shrimp Malabari was delicious: shrimps in a light yellow coconut curry broth, with mustard seeds, kaffir lime leaves, and curry leaves.

All dishes were spiced intricately, beautifully, with tender-loving care.

The portions were slightly small, but as were the prices. We at to our heart's discontent and them some. The bill, before tip, for 3 people came to $48.

I have eaten in many Indian restaurants in the GTA: Peponi, Bombay Host, The Host, Cuisine of India, Saravana Bhavan, Indian Rice Factory, numerous places in Little India, etc. Too many to name.

I will rush back to this place before the others.

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