Until it closed my favourite Toronto Indian restaurant was the Moghul on Elm Street. Ever since, I have been searching for an adequate replacement, always to be disappointed by something - food too bland or too greasy, meat too full of gristle, or dishes prepared mild, medium or hot by request, not recognizing that every dish has an inherent degree of spice (e. g. a shrimp vindaloo should be hot, nothing less).
As a result, I was extremely pleased by my dinner tonight at Bombay Bhel. To begin with (in two senses of the expression), they had meat samosas, (as did the Moghul) which I infinitely prefer to veggie, potato, pea, cheese or whatever.
These were delicious, in a flaky crust. The rest of the meal was equally good, finishing with the second-best gulab jamun I have ever eaten (the old Rajput on Bloor still holds that title). The room is attractive; service neither overly quick nor slow. My fellow diners were pleasant - no screams of hysterical laughter from loud drunks nor yelling children.
Altogether, an excellent dinner.
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