I met a friend for dinner at Indian Desire last week. I was a bit hesitant because my experience of Indian food in Toronto hasn’t been stellar to now - I’m used to the Bengali/Bangladeshi food in East London (UK). I was also afraid that the portions would be very big, to match the big prices.
I got there and my friend was starving. She’d ordered some pappadum (5.95) that came with a not-spicy chutney. I didn’t take a photo but there were two very large pieces of billowy cayenne-dusted pappadum, overflowing the basket they were served in.
They visited the table three times to ask for our order but we were still discussing it. Then when we were ready to order, no one was in sight (of course!). When the young female server came by the table we asked if we could order and she said that someone would be over. When he arrived, he apologized, saying that it was her first day. OK.
I noticed the appetizers were at quite a high price so went straight for one vegetarian and one meat main between us.
They arrived in quite small containers perhaps 10cm diameter: A baigan bharta (15.95) and lamb korma (22.95). I can’t eat a lot of spices these days so I also ordered a raita (4.95). Two thin, flaky naan were served (5.95 each). Funnily, the young server set them on the table announcing the baigan as raita. I smiled. My friend declared them ‘the smallest dishes I’ve ever seen.’ Well, I knew that Indian food can be filling and we had two creamy ones so I didn’t think we would be hungry afterwards.
The food was enough to eat and it was cooked well. The baigan had the right amount of heat and tasted exactly as expected, the lamb korma was mild enough but not bland, with a nice creamy sauce and the meat was tender - well done on that. However, it felt like a little bit for not too much money. Keep in mind I am used to ordering a whole variety of food from my old local for about a third of the price so my review is slanted. I have no idea of the final bill since my friend announced she was treating me. You can see the whole menu at indiandesire.ca
My friend announced that she wouldn’t eat there again, but I think it was decent. Just not sure I want to spend that kind of money for it. This isn’t a glowing review, I know, but it’s an honest one. Their lunch menu isn’t too expensive so perhaps I would try it. Many more places to check out first, though.