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article imageOp-Ed: The house that Suski Biryani built; authentic Indian cuisine Special

By Andrew Moran     Dec 18, 2010 in Food
Toronto - After numerous attempts at finding delicious, authentic Indian cuisine in the Greater Toronto Area, I can definitively proclaim that Suski Biryani House, located in the heart of the city, is the most divine.
There are hundreds of Indian restaurants in the city of Toronto located along Dundas, Queen, Gerrard and Yonge Streets. Some of them have been atrocious and overly expensive, while others have been mediocre. However, there is one establishment that offers delectable, piquant and heavenly Sag, Vindaloo, Korma and curry dishes.
Suski Biryani House, otherwise simply known as Biryani House, is located one block south of Yonge and Bloor Streets. It has served some of the finest Indian cuisine since 1991. Even though the restaurant is quite small, it still offers a cozy atmosphere on a cold winter’s day.
Sag Chicken stew
Sag Chicken stew
There are a number of signature Indian dishes on the menu. They are listed in different categories; vegetable, beef, chicken, fish, et cetera. One of the most appetizing Indian stews is certainly sag chicken, which is basically spinach chicken but with a number of herbs and spices.
Sag chicken at other restaurants is generally flavourless, boring and lack that special something. At Biryani House, however, the sag stew is creamy, zesty and satisfying and even a lot more filling.
Vegetable Korma and Naan bread
Vegetable Korma and Naan bread
If spinach isn’t your favourite in the world then there is one of the spiciest stews: vindaloo. When eating chicken, pork or vegetable vindaloo, expect a nuclear meltdown in your teeth after a few moments upon digestion. This exotic stew is definitely at the zenith of taste, though.
Its korma dishes are nice, simple and easy for novice Indian tasters. Once again, this dish is creamy and offers a fantastic aroma compared to what other establishments serve to their clientele.
If you’re a first-timer, be sure to have a feast and try a variety of dishes.
Sag Chicken and Basmati Rice
Sag Chicken and Basmati Rice
Biryani House has reasonable prices and you get your money’s worth too, which is more than I can say about most Indian restaurants in Toronto. A lot of restaurants charge extra for basmati rice but the rice is included at Biryani House.
Dinner for two, including Naan bread ($1.99), costs approximately $20 (plus tip of course but it is certainly worth it). When going to the average Indian restaurant south of Biryani House, expect to pay around $30, or more.
Suski Biryani House menu
Suski Biryani House menu
The $20 did not include beverages, such as soda or alcohol, because water, in my opinion, should be the only nectar at your disposal when eating Indian food.
Whenever going to a restaurant, the service is not my top priority. As long as the menu is decently priced, the food is cooked well and the meal is served at a reasonable time, the waiter could be Subhas Chandra Bose for all I care.
The service is timely and professional. Nothing more can be described.
If you’re ever near Yonge and Bloor, try Biryani House, you will not be disappointed.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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