Location: Across from the Wellesley subway station.
Reservations: I made one but there were tables available.
A little while ago someone asked about good Indian restaurants in Toronto and Biryani House was offered as a good choice. I was in the neighborhood for the film festival I thought that this would be a great chance to try this restaurant out as part of my fathers birthday night out. I was quite impressed and will try to break down the experience.
Atmosphere: At night the room looked quite nice. Peering closer, the space is a little rough, heating ducts exposed etc. but with the lights turned low the ambiance was cozy, especially just comparing it to other Indian restaurants.
Service: In general pretty good. Definitely not polished but attentive. For example, the waiters insisted that wed ordered soup when wed had not and returned several times before they finally sorted out that the food was for the next table over. They ran out of the beer that my father was drinking and that set off a bit of a Keystone Cops chain of events too. However, none of these missteps were very serious. They got our orders right etc so I really cant complain.
Most importantly the Food:
The food is well prepared and unique. We had dry rubbed lamb shank that was tender and moist. A savory mix of vegetables and paneer. A delicious chicken breast stuffed with apricots and covered in a cream based curry. I ordered a Goan Perry Perry Seafood (Piri Piri inspired?) and was disappointed that it was not very spicy but still tasty. The seafood mix seemed to be predominately clams but that may be because everyone else was nicking the shrimps. Both my parents commented on the subtle flavours that were present in the dishes and the presentation of the food is very elegant.
To add to a previous thread, there are two Bengali dishes on the menu. One is a salmon fillet and the other is curried lobster tail.
The bill for four adults with no appetizers but a couple of beers each and lots of rice and naans was around $110. I would recommend this restaurant as a place to go with a couple of friends that like to eat good food but not as a special romantic evening out.
Is this the best Indian restaurant in Toronto? I would give it consideration but perhaps it isnt really competing? What other Indian restaurant serves grapes in its curries? Definitely an interesting meal that was a big hit with the parents and myself.