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Indian Bites
by Savia Rajagopal
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 9:41 AM
Tucked away in Scarborough is a little restaurant and take-out place called Indian Bites. Don’t be fooled by its simple exteriors, the food within is quite flavourful and the menu is expansive.

As you step into the restaurant, you will be surprised to see bright interiors that are colourful and light on the eyes. Two big screen television sets are part of the background and provide some entertainment as you eat. Offering an all day, every day buffet, Indian Bites offers a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to choose from. Monday and Tuesday every week are reserved for a pure vegetarian buffet while Wednesday to Sunday sees a vegetarian and non-vegetarian spread.

There’s a lot to choose from in the vegetarian buffet. For those who enjoy street food and chaat, there’s a special chaat counter that serves crispy, crunchy pooris that are topped up with your choice of filling – tasty potato, three to four different chutneys and tangy paani poori water. Feel like creating an authentic dahi aloo poori? Then, the ingredients are right there to satisfy your taste buds. For those who prefer a healthy appetizer, there’s a simple salad available too. Raitas are also available for those who enjoy yoghurt with their meals.

Moving on to the main course, there’s lots to choose from and you’d definitely do well to take a little bit of everything to see what suits your fancy. The buffet menu is changed every day so there’s variety in taste and preparation. On average you will see 16 items laid out in front of you to choose from. This includes one rice preparation, two desserts, dal and vegetable items. The best part about all the vegetarian preparations is that it is low on oil. You won’t see layers of oil floating on the surface of the food and that’s a great sign when you eat out.

The vegetarian spread that was available on the day included alu gobi, baigain bhartha, dal makhni, malai kofta, mix vegetable kadhi, palak paneer among other items. The thing that you must absolutely try out however is the garlic naan. Divinely prepared, the naan is soft, extremely flavourful and made with great care. It will be delivered to your table when you must ask for it. The hosts will ensure that they spoil you with attention and are quick to catch on to what you may be looking for when it comes to their food. The Palak Paneer too was made with extremely fresh paneer that was not chewy or stale. Other preparations worth trying out are the baingain bhartha that is made well and is tasty, without being overly oily.

For desserts, the restaurant offers two creations as part of the buffet. Gulab Jamun and Jalebis were available the day we visited. Both were made in true Punjabi style and were reflective of a robust, rich taste. The gulab jamun is worth trying as it is kept warm and ready for you to eat at the end of your meal.

The restaurant menu reveals a big selection of items to choose from. You can add on extras like vegetable noodles or fried rice among other items on the list. Traditional beverages like lassi are also available on request at the restaurant.

Indian Bites also has a big selection of Bengali sweets to choose from and you can buy those over the counter. Other goodies for snacks like pakoras, kachoris, samosas are also on offer among other traditional favourites.

If it’s a homely, cosy vibe you’re looking for while you eat out, then this place is definitely high on that factor. You will be looked after by hosts who will spoil you with attention and can cater to your specific tastes. As far as value for money goes, the buffet is priced well and you get your money’s worth without doubt.

For more information on Indian Bites, check out their website: or call 416 243 2171.

Indian Food Bites is located at 1515 Birchmount Road, Scarborough.

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