Gau­tama

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1416 Ger­rard E, at Hi­awatha, 416-4694444, thesid­dhartha.com As much as we love the de­li­cious chaos of the pa­tio at La­hore Tikka across the street, it isn’t li­censed to serve al­co­hol like this suc­ces­sor to Sid­dhartha. Fac­tor in for­mally at­tired servers, linen­cov­ered ta­bles topped with gleam­ing stemware and one of the best all-you-caneat north In­dian spreads around and no won­der this Ger­rard Street gem is al­ways packed.

Best: from the buf­fet, crisply fried samosas stuffed with potato, peas and mild pep­pers; onion pako­ras with mint and mango chut­neys; veg­e­tar­ian sub­zis like saag pa­neer spinach swirled with yo­gurt; biryani-style rice tossed with gar­den peas, diced car­rot and curry leaves; stir-fried cab­bage with turmeric and mus­tard seeds; fiery mashed egg­plant and potato with chilies; aloo gobi with cur­ried cauliflower ‘n’ spuds; meaty mains like su­per-moist tan­doori chicken legs and thighs while they last; but­ter chicken in mild tomato cream; ex­ten­sive salad bar with raw veg­gies and Indo pick­les; made-to-or­der naan; to fin­ish, retro rice pud­ding and syrupy gu­lab ja­mun with mango kulfi ice cream, sea­sonal berries and and fresh fruit; from the à la carte lineup, the tan­doori plat­ter with oven­fired chicken breast, tikka-style chicken legs, minced lamb ke­babs and house­made pa­neer; to drink, lime soda spritzers Daily $10.99 lunch buf­fet 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, $13.99 din­ner buf­fet 4 to 10:30 pm. Closed some hol­i­days. Reser­va­tions ac­cepted. Li­censed. Ac­cess: one step at door, wash­rooms in base­ment. Rat­ing: NNNz

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