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Toronto's Punjab
At this unassuming little establishment nestled snugly in an Indian enclave just north of the airport in Malton, the chef gestures toward a hot table where colors are a kaleidoscope, where steam rises as sensuous as that of Bollywood dancers, and you can smell the spices from your seat at the granite bar. “It’s a fusion of food and spice,” he says, “that’s the essence of Punjab cuisine.” I’m thinking a fusion of ecstasy and bliss as I inhale deeply, surveying the buffet before me and dipping my spoon into butter chicken. I inhale the scent of dal as I march to an attractive banquette lounging beneath both modern wall sconces and specimens of traditional art. I have discovered Toronto’s Punjab, and I have seen that it is good. The farther dining room is still quiet—with understated earth tones, fine linen and silverware—but it will soon fill up. This establishment has a fantastic buffet and a great price though they’ve also got a complete a la carte menu, which includes 15 vegetarian dishes. You need reservations on the weekends, but you won’t be sorry. This is no Frank and Joe’s Chinese buffet. It's Malton’s Little India. And the chicken tikka masala here is the real deal.
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