I was downtown today and I thought I'd revisit an old haunt of mine: Kathmandu Restaurant. I used to eat there with frequency when I worked closer to downtown Toronto, but it had been a few years since I'd been there for their lunch buffet.
Their lunch buffet is not abundant in selection, but it makes up for it with flavour. I used to work in Rexdale and I live near Little India, and I always found Kathmandu to have the tastiest lunch buffet in Toronto. My two standouts are the butter chicken and tandoori chicken.
Butter chicken, in my opinion, is the everyday-person's Indian food staple. Pleases everybody, is not too much of a culturally-shocking food to eat, can't make it poorly. Kathmandu exceeds one's expectations and does a great job with their chicken. very tasty.
but its their tandoori chicken that's the standout dish. Kathmandu has a tandoor oven in their kitchen, and you can really taste the oven's flavours on this chicken dish. it has an excellent amount of smokey flavour that blends in well with the seasoning and the yoghurt marinade used. the outer chicken layer still retains a coating or batter of sort from the marinade, adding to the moistness of the chicken.
I've had a lot of tandoori chicken in Toronto, and, in my opinion, Kathmadu is still the best. (with Dhaba possibly being #2). anyone else have a favourite place or want to concur?
p.s. - Kathmandu doesn't drown their food in ghee. you won't leave there feeling heavy with ghee.
517 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Y3, CA