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Restaurant Diaries: The Great Maratha

Recently, in search for a good Indian restaurant, a friend of my husband’s suggested we visit a former colleague’s restaurant. We try to stay away from friend’s restaurants as we don’t want to dine for free or at a discount. But we’d heard so many good things about this restaurant and I was craving good Indian food, plus anxious to review a new restaurant before the year ended, we decided to visit The Great Maratha. It’s a decent sized restaurant near Eglinton Ave. West and Bathurst. Cozy enough to enjoy a nice meal with family or friends and competitively priced that it doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet. 

We started our meal with Onion bhajiya and the TGM Royal Platter; which came with a side of mint and tamarind chutney. The onion bhajiya was perfectly fried and crispy, as it should be. The Royal Platter consisted of beef seekh kabobs, achari tikka, mint tikka, fish tikka and tandoori vegetables. I found the beef seekh kabobs a bit bland and wanting more spice. But the other items were fantastic and well seasoned.

Our main course consisted of tandoori naan, roti, rice, goat curry and fish curry. The naans and roti were cooked to absolute perfection. Crispy and well-cooked and rice seasoned just enough to compliment the curries with overpowering the tastes.

In general, I am not a fan of fish curry as I have yet to try one that I absolutely love enough to have regularly. Disappointingly enough, this fish curry didn’t do the job either. It had a slight sweetness to it; which for me isn’t how fish should be in a Maharashtran restaurant. I’ve known their food to be more savoury and spicy. But I won’t completely skip this curry. It was well-made, the fish was perfectly cooked. I just there was more of a kick to it.


The goat curry was well seasoned and the chunks of goat just the right amount of tenderness. But again, like the fish curry this too needed a little more heat. 

Overall, the meal was satisfactory and flavourful enough to come back again when craving a good tandoori meal. For three adults and one child, the meal was competitively priced. 

I will definitely be visiting again. But next time may ask for the curries to be slightly spicier. 

Check out their website at: http://www.the-great-maratha.com

Address: 965 Eglinton Ave. West

Phone: (416) 787-1020

Restaurant Diaries: Taste of Greek Cuisine

Taste of Greek Cuisine | 3541 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto, ON | 416.283.9573
Taste of Greek Cuisine | 3541 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto, ON | 416.283.9573

Firstly, I will apologize for the terrible photos. It was really dark outside and my iPhone was being a jerk. So these are the best shots I could get.

Taste of Greek Cuisine is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to, especially in Toronto. I’ve gone to this restaurant for many years when they were located at Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough. However, a year or so ago they moved locations. The new place took long to open and was in a shady plaza, so D and I never bothered to check it out. But after the terrible experience we had at Astoria (read about it here), I was adamant to find a new Greek restaurant that served proper Greek food, instead of the crap Astoria was serving.

Driving around last weekend, trying to figure out what we were going to have for dinner, I remembered that the step-daughter of the owner’s of Taste of Greek Cuisine had mentioned that they had reopened and the food was still delicious. So, I convinced D to check it out. The area is a bit shady and so is the plaza the restaurant is in and they’ve downsized a lot compared to the old place. But the interior is nicely done, the service is exceptional as always and the food was just amazing.

As we walked in, the owner automatically recognized us as past customers from his other location and greeted us smiling and cheerfully. He sat us at our table and brought garlic bread and our drinks. Yum! Their garlic bread is always a treat but completely fills you up even before your appetizers arrive, so I try to only take a small piece.

Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread

A long time ago, D and I realized that we could not share a saganaki. So, every time we went to this restaurant, we ordered 2 saganakis and one entree to share. You can’t just share a saganaki, especially when it’s your favourite appetizer.

Saganaki
Saganaki
Greek Salad
Greek Salad

And as always, the saganaki was fantastic! I just love the experience of the sizzling plate, the flambé and then the yelling of “Opa”! You truly cannot enjoy Greek food without the “Opa!”

Fish and Chip
Fish and Chip

We decided not to order souvlaki this time, as the bread, salad and saganki had already filled us up. Instead, we shared a plate of fish and chips. Yum-my! The fish was perfectly cooked, soft and flaky on the inside and deliciously seasoned and crispy on the out. The chips were lightly seasoned and complimented the fish perfectly. I wasn’t too fond of the tartar sauce; it was slightly on the sweet side and didn’t give that tangy flavour as it should. However, the meal was delicious; just the way you expect your meal to be.

For $60 (taxes and tip included), I think you can’t get better Greek food in this city than this! I’m so glad D and I overlooked the neighbourhood and decided to check this place out, again. They deliver as well, so if I don’t want to brave the neighbourhood or plaza again, I could order and enjoy the deliciousness in the convenience of my home and so could you!

Check out their website, HERE or drop-in and try this amazing little, family owned restaurant. I promise you, you and your tastebuds will not be disappointed!

Restaurant Diaries: Astoria Shish Kebob House

 

Astoria Shish Kebob House | 390 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4K 1P3
Located at the heart of Danforth in Greek Town, Astoria Shish Kebob House is a well-known local favourite. I’ve had many people tell me about the fantastic food and service at Astoria and on Friday night, D and I decided to try it out. Entering the restaurant, we liked the location and seating arrangement. Easy to get to, well-lit and comfortable seating, I was excited to have good Greek food after so long, especially since my favourite Greek restaurant had closed down recently. 

 Once at our table and menus in front of us, I began looking at the bottle of wine on the table and reviewing the menu. Our waiter came over shortly after, he didn’t say a single word about the bottle of wine but offered to take out drinks order. I guess, the wine was just there for decoration or he didn’t know anything about it, so he didn’t try to up sell us into trying it. 

 We ordered my all-time favourite, Saganki, Spanakopita and Hummus to start. 

Let’s start with the Saganaki: it was delicious! But I guess it’s kind of hard to get Saganaki wrong. It’s a slab of cheese, slightly fried, served on a sizzling plate, pour Sambuka on it, light it up, yell “opa” and sprinkle with lemon juice. It was delicious and I had thought the rest of our meal would be the same. 

When the Spanakopita arrived, it looked fresh but lacked any kind of presentation and looked like the two pieces of pastry were just tossed on the plate. Presentation was disappointing and the taste equally so. It was dry, flavourless and stale. 

The hummus looked disturbing. It was thick and chunky. We asked the waiter if it was homemade and he said he’d find out but never mentioned it again. It tasted flavourless. After adding salt and pepper the Spanakopita with it, D finally enjoyed a little bit of his meal. 

When our main course arrived, I was so turned off from the rest of the food that I didn’t even want to try it. However, at $20.99 a plate, I had to try it and hoped it wasn’t like the other two items we just had. 

  The chicken lacked seasoning. After lots of salt, pepper, tzatziki and feta on the side, the chicken tasted good. The rice and potatoes was pretty standard. Nothing exciting but had a slight flavour to them. 

 I was a little annoyed when I got the bill and saw that I was charged for the extra tzatziki. I mean, seriously? For the amount of food we ordered, you’d think they’d include the sauces free.

Needless to say, I will not be revisiting Astoria again. The service was fine. But the food was not worth the price. If this was a restaurant on your list of restaurants to try, I strongly recommend to skip it and save your money. You can find much better elsewhere in the city. 

For The Love Of Food: Restaurant Diaries

I am a foodie. I love food. I enjoy tasting different cuisines and visiting various restaurants around Toronto. Matter of fact, anywhere I go, whether in Toronto or not, I like to critique the food I eat. But I haven’t written about it on my blog, until now. 

A recent experience has sparked a rage in my mind to talk about it, to write about and give a proper review to fellow foodies and restaurant-goers. If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll know, I always photograph the foods I’m trying.

After much discussion with D and my friends, I’ve decided to begin a Restaurant Diaires section on my blog. It will be a review section of the various restaurants, food festivals and food trucks I try. I hope you enjoy my two cents and it helps you decide whether or not to visit a restaurant. Stay tuned for my two cents!