Toronto Life

BUNGALOW 22

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@thebungalo­w.22 What: Monthly set menus of regional Indian cuisine for 12 guests Where: Various locations including restaurant­s, storefront­s and studios How much: $95 to $125 per person

toronto isn’t short on Indian restaurant­s, but Ayushi Todi wasn’t always satisfied with them. “I missed the flavours that were home for me,” says Todi, who moved here from Bengal in 2016 to pursue an MBA at York’s Schulich School of Business. When she couldn’t find the food she was craving, she called her mom and asked how to make things like kanji vada, dhansak and shrikhand. “There’s so much more to Indian food than butter chicken and naan,” she says. Once she was confident in her culinary skills, she started cooking for family and friends. Then, last fall, the project manager by day launched her side hustle: Bungalow 22, a supper club serving regional Indian dishes.

Todi’s biggest fear was that her guests wouldn’t talk to one another, but she needn’t have worried. “There hasn’t been a single silent dinner,” says Todi, who hears constant laughter as she’s in the kitchen preparing the next course.

During a Holi-themed event in March, her menu included a parfait-like take on chaat; a deep-fried croquette of egg and lamb keema (or a vegetarian spicedbeet­root version); prawn curry in a Goan-style masala; and pumpkin sabzi, a treasured recipe from her mother-inlaw. Everything comes with a pile of rice, because according to Todi, a meal is incomplete without it.

Bungalow 22 gatherings regularly go into overtime, with guests lingering until Todi politely suggests taking the party to a bar nearby. “How cool is it to know someone made a friend at one of my dinners? That is so heartwarmi­ng.”

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