Restaurants & Bars 19

Chowfind? Shahi Tiffin- Pakistani-Danforth and Dawes

Vinnie Vidimangi | Feb 27, 201209:06 AM

Shahi Tiffin
2743 Danforth Ave
647 994 3786
Closed Monday

Sister restaurant
Shahi Karahi
3650 Lawrence Ave East East of Markham
416 431 8989
open 7 days .

So cheap and good that I don't know how Mcdaonalds stays in business.

Where I go regularly on Danforth closed early last (Sunday) night so I went across the street to Shai Tiffin. I was attracted by the sign, Chicken Biryani $2.99, or to be more accurate , the second part , $2.99. So I thought, what the heck, lets try. Notwithstanding that I don't like cooking from the sub-continent. War on a plate and between plates, and often overwhelmingly oily. I tell myself , this is the last time, and then I succumb a couple years later. The usual temptation is a sign that advertises a cheap AYCE buffet . I figure that I can pick my way around to good meal. Inevitably I am wrong. The question mark after Chowfind is because I obviously am no authority.

I had the chicken biryani, $2.99. A big portion of rice, the flavouring was complex and nice and above all else for me , the heat was so toned down that I could manage it. They said that they could increase it if I wanted it that way, I said no thanks! The chicken was a thigh and nicely cooked.

This dish was so good that I asked for the "weekend deal", 4 pieces chicken boti (small pieces from some bony part of the chicken, red ) 1 chicken kebab, 1 beef kebab and 1 freshly made naan. Everything was good. It was so tasty that with this dish I even ate the other half of the rice from the biryani , which I had intended to leave because there was so much of it and I am trying to lose weight.

I will return, and this is the first subcontinental place to which I will return, other than, forgotten name, P.K. Singh's place , with two words in the name, when it was on Albion Rd ( something Dhaba?) and before he moved to King street upstrairs to which I would take guests who were so inclined.

The menu for what I had says, take out only. I had the biryani in a take out container, but I ate at a table. The weekend deal came on an iron hot tray because they saw that I was eating at a table . There was no comment about my eating at a table, so I don't know what takeout only means.


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