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Banjara

Posted by Staff / Listed on January 28, 2008 / review policy

Banjara
Banjara has been a welcome addition to an otherwise non-descript strip on Bloor west of Christie Pitts. Located in something of a mini strip-mall (ok, there's Banjara and one other restaurant), the Indian restaurant has been winning fans over with its aloo gobi, eggplant bharta and matar paneer.

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34 Comments

Liam / May 8, 2008 at 01:42 pm
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This restaurant is fantastic. I live in the area and have always wanted a cheap and cheerful Indian place to go out to. Me and my family often go, service is great, fair prices and excellent food. The dishes are not greasy/oily and the chef actually uses excellent spicing and seasoning. It can be very busy at peek times though. I suggest the eggplant bharta and the andrapradesh chicken with almonds. Also if you are going out for 2 the thali plates are an excellent and cheap choice.
H / September 9, 2008 at 01:23 pm
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The food here is really flavourful with lots of layers in every dish. Palak paneer is my favourite Indian dish and they do it better than any place I've tried. It's very reasonable, and the aroma walking into the place is incredible. Highly recommended.
Annette Raj / October 21, 2008 at 01:20 pm
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there is only Banjara-everyone I have taken there just wants to go back, and the staff is fab!
Teresa / December 7, 2008 at 01:33 am
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The aroma: intoxicating. The flavors: well blended. The freshness+quality of ingredients: superb. I am extremely fussy w/food and this place won't disappoint. Not a place for a romantic dinner before a show, but rather a place for amazingly, delicious cuisine. Watching the artist in the kitchen prepare the kebobs is a delight if you can catch a glimpse. Worth every penny! And, they have parking. Nice little bonus.
Jo / January 22, 2009 at 12:35 am
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One word: YUM!!
BY / March 8, 2009 at 12:16 am
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Had an bad experience. Found a dead fly in buttern chicken dish. I was soo discontent.Waitress working there kept denying and started to stare and laugh about it. They were very rude. I would never want to go there and I don't recommend anyone to go there either.
Lindsay / March 11, 2009 at 05:11 pm
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Much love Banjara. Thank you for taking the dirtiest druggie strip mall in Bloorcourt and turning it into the jewel of the neighbourhood!!
mr / April 3, 2009 at 10:37 pm
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blogTO you guys have to review this place - one of the best Indian food restaurant in Toronto!

sue / April 12, 2009 at 04:24 pm
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VERY VERY VERY GOOD! Great flavors! Great service! Return often!
Amitabh / April 13, 2009 at 11:46 am
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Really shitty restaurant..

I don't know whether they were being douche bags cause i went with my teenage friends approx 20. They provided with us horrible service seating locations and everything. I had made a reservation as well.. and the food for an Indian restaurant is not that great.
Sue / May 15, 2009 at 01:25 am
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THE BEST INDIAN FOOD I HAVE EVER HAD!!! PERIOD! I am not a regular! Take out or eat in, it is all sooooo good! TRY IT TRY IT TRY IT!
Elizabeth / October 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm
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BlogTO needs to review this place! It is great!!
Cant displa / October 15, 2009 at 07:15 pm
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Please DO NOT tip when you go there!!! The employee don't get a penny out of it even if the money is handed on to their hands. They have to go back in the cash and deposit it for the management. However, the food is indeed really good. Please do go and eat there, Baigan Bharta, Butter Chicken, Chicken Corma, Beef Rogan Josh are some recommendation. But DO NOT tip :)
Steven / July 22, 2010 at 12:58 am
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The Chef/Owner is a great guy too, also just opened a new place on Eglinton East (I think with the same name)! I can't avoid this place when I am in the west end as it used to be located Bloor/Yonge, I miss those buffets, actually I think they now do them in the Eglinton location :)
PH / August 2, 2010 at 12:06 am
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I reguarly visit their Eglinton location with friends and family and we have never been disappointed with the service and the food. The servers are friendly and are always prompt to ensure your water glasses are never empty. The food is delicious! Personal favourites include the butter chicken, chicken tikka, and shahi shrimp. Prices are also more than reasonable - e.g. 5 dishes + 5 naans and 1 saffron rice for 6 people (and we were more than full) came to about $13 a person.

If you're in the area, I would highly recommend checking it out.
elo / November 20, 2010 at 01:54 pm
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Unfortunately, this is not a buffet...
Jaiy / January 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm
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I will admit it, I am Banjara-obsessed. I usually order take out and it is always delicious and the service always satisfactory.
duncan / February 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm
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this place is the boom, for real! just had tonight: butter chicken n lamb curry with nan n rice takeout for $30. HUGE PORTION, enough for like 4 meals for sure. anyway, we got hot and it was defs booms! chek dis place out, def better than the dosa place next door
EZGary / September 20, 2011 at 01:17 pm
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Went there looking for buffet. They don't have one any more. But, I will say the food was outstanding, and portions were very large. Just don't expect a buffet. EZ
Daniel / December 4, 2011 at 07:14 pm
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Best in TO
Greg / December 20, 2011 at 03:48 pm
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This review is a crock of shit. Banhjara is so inconsistent, the flavours are often bland and boring. It is NOWHERE near the best Indian resto in T.O. 2 that come to mind that floor Banjara are Famous in Little India, and Waterfalls in Kensington.
RG / December 20, 2011 at 08:28 pm
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...and if you like south Indian Dosa, make sure you visit Madras Masala right next door. The Dosa Masala is excellent!
T / December 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm
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My husband and I tried Banjara for the first time yesterday. We ordered the butter chicken, aloo gobi and Palak paneer. Everything was delicious! We ordered it to go and when we got home we were really surprised by the portions given...great value for the money! The butter chicken, which was white meat, was creamy and the chicken was very tender. Not oily at all, which is a common problem we often find with other places. We were even more impressed with the veggie dishes. The spinach in the palak paneer and the potatoes and cauliflower were fresh and cooked to perfection. these dishes are often over cooked and Mushy at other places. I would definitely recommend this place and will visit the next time I'm craving Indian!
cindy replying to a comment from Cant displa / January 1, 2012 at 08:45 pm
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Hahaha I love that the comment from can't displa is from a mad x employee and to rebuttal the next comment is from the ower/manager..How can the owner be such a great guy if he withholds his employees tips???
Torteh / January 30, 2012 at 04:44 pm
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The food is great and prices are reasonable.. Chicken masala is so delicius
dave / February 8, 2012 at 09:54 am
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they dont have a buffet. i went here at lunch because of this review. i hate you blog t.o.
Winta / April 13, 2012 at 07:56 am
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The best indian Restaurat so far
Jessica / May 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm
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I LOVE BANJARA! Their quick combo meals are an absolute bargain, you get more food than you can eat. The food is out of this world delicious. I
Jill / July 8, 2012 at 08:47 pm
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I'd rate the food 5 out of 10. Chicken Tikka Masala was very disappointing.
TL / December 22, 2012 at 10:18 am
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-- Dont use credit card here ---

I had my credit card information stolen at the Banjara restaurant. An hour after I used my card here, somebody spent $2800 on the card.

The credit card company traced the fraud to this place. Just be aware....
Mike replying to a comment from TL / February 13, 2013 at 11:24 am
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The credit card company will NEVER tell you where they trace your fraud to. Idiot!
Alex / March 24, 2013 at 02:58 pm
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I have visited the one at Eglinton/Yonge. The place, food, service are great! The only disadvantage of this place is that sometimes, especially during the lunchtime on weekends, their kitchen can't keep up with supplying food, so half of buffet dishes are empty.
Sean / August 6, 2013 at 07:25 pm
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Inspected on: August 1, 2013
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 9 (Minor: 4, Significant: 3, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Employee fail to wash hands when required, operator fail to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated
avva replying to a comment from Mike / April 3, 2014 at 11:34 am
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uhh dummy, you know you can get a visa card with td bank right? and you know if you ask your bank about a fraud on your card, they will 100% tell you where it originated... this happened to me when somebody in the carribean stole my info, and they told me the exact convenience store where the card was compromised.

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