Kairali Indian Cusine
1210 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough
416 288 0994
11:30 - 10:30 seven days
Buffet 11:30-3:30 weekdays $11.99
The buffet is good and generous in a sensible way at the price.
Recommended if you like this style of cooking.
Also, Karaikudi Chettinad Indian Restaurant
1225 Kenerdy Rd.
Kairali means Kerala I think, which is the state on the south-west tip of India on the Arabian Sea.
I don’t like Indian cooking. I can't handle heat; every dish puts me on edge; every dish is at war with its ingredients and with every other dish; at the end of the meal, everything has tasted the same to me, even though every dish has different spicing, textures, and ingredients. An adventure with no satisfaction. But every once in a long while, I succumb to the siren song of AYCE at a cheap price and go for it. My body reacts to the meal not so well - usually, I feel weak and tired and I have to sleep it off- and I tell myself that I won’t do it again. But I do. So you see I am quite an authority on Indian cooking; at least I have been around.
Kairali is the best of the lot that I have been to. I can sort of handle the heat here. The tandoori chicken is actually delicious. It is red so I deceive myself to think that that it has not been marinated in yoghurt. There are a lot of dishes, nothing swims in oil.
I much prefer Kairali to the one across the street, Karaikudi Chettinad Indian Restaurant. This one is also south Indian. Its lunch buffet offers less choice. The standard of cooking is no higher, lower I think. However, the buffet is more expensive. I suppose the pretext for the higher price is that it offers more meat items, a fish item, and more underripe fruit. But I think that the additional stuff is all crap, so what the heck.
All the customers at Kairali have been Indian looking except for me. Most eat with their hands, which is a good sign that the food is authentic. There were more pale faces in Karaikudi. I suppose that they like to pay more.
There have been Jews in Kerala since the 10th century B.C., the so-called Cochin Jews. Most emigrated to Israel. Try Taj in Ohr Akiva, Israel. Reasonably priced. It is Mumbai style, said to be good, but its all the same to me.
There is an Israeli film, End of the World, Turn Left, about the Indian Jews leaving India and coming to Israel. Really good, much better than Cecil B. de Mille’s version of the Jews leaving Egypt, The Ten Commandments.
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