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