BEST CURRY

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Food -

BAN­JARA IN­DIAN CUI­SINE 750 Yonge, 416-963-9360 I am a re­cent im­mi­grant from Eng­land – the Mid­lands, to be ex­act, where it’s con­sid­ered fool­ish at best and life-threat­en­ing at worst to go more than a fort­night with­out eat­ing curry. When I opened my bank ac­count, I seized the op­por­tu­nity to quiz my Bri­tish In­dian fi­nan­cial con­sul­tant about the best place to go. Her re­ply was in­stant and un­equiv­o­cal.

“Ban­jara. Yonge and Bloor near Hay­den, op­po­site the strip club. Proper curry.”

Des­per­ate by this stage, hav­ing for­gone my favourite food for weeks fol­low­ing sev­eral crush­ing dis­ap­point­ments, I marched my hus­band down there. The pa­per table­cloths boded well – a good curry laughs in the face of damask. The Ja­panese sitar player was ran­dom but good. The ser­vice was charm­ing, and the food was ex­cel­lent – cheap as chips and twice as tasty. I al­ways judge a curry house by the qual­ity of its veg­etable side dishes, and they were all de­li­cious. Take it from a girl who comes from Birm­ing­ham.

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