Husband and I were on our way to Otabe last Friday when we noticed Ali's
on the south side of the street. This used to be the Lakeview Fish and Chips
which morphed into Lakeview Fish and Chips and Curry, and now,
in its latest and hopefully final iteration, Ali's Tandoori Curry House.
Pleasant and satisfying experience all around. Papadums were proferred
immediately, accompanied by a tamarind and a hot sauce. Vegetarian samosas
were fantastic, two to an order. The saag paneer was the highlight -
a little more vinegar/sour taste than I'm used to, but at the same time, a creamier sauce
than usual. Very tasty. We also had Kashmiri-style lamb stew. Lots of
awesome ginger in the yogourt and tomato sauce. We also ordered the rice with peas and spices,
which, in retrospect, we should have skipped for plain basmati to better soak up the sauces.
An order of naan did the trick for the latter and we took most of the rice home
Despite eforts to ethnicize the place with Indian wall displays, the ambiance still says
"I used to be a fish and chip shop" -- help yourself to the menus suspended
from a bracket on the wall, Spartan furnishings (table
sides do not quite line up when you push two tables
together to accommodate a party of four), service adequate (water glasses
refilled constantly but no "how is your meal" checkpoint) -- but we
can forgive them for all this because this place adds a much needed variety to
a place ordinarily lacking in choices. Prices are a good $2 or $3 more for the same dish on
Gerrard, but the quality seems to be here. Our bill for two came to $34 (no alcohol) plus tip.
Good choice for a night out eastside. Queen Street
East on the south side, one block before the streetcar loop.