August 29, 2014

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Last Year #89

Aravind has closed at this location. A new entry for this listing is pending.

A 10-minute drive and a world away from the curry houses of Little India. Aravind Kozhikott’s pedigree is showing on the menu: He was Marc Thuet’s barman, in which gig he clearly absorbed a sizeable portion of Thuet’s food convictions. Aravind serves the food of Kerala in South India. Kerala’s geographic situation on the ocean explains the menu’s focus on seafood. And Aravind’s C.V. explains the provenance of the ingredients: Much of the food is local, hence Ontario lake fish, hormone-free meat and local veg. Aravind’s father Raj has come out of retirement to do the cooking, and his touch is light and deft. His dosas (fermented rice flour crepes) are filled with delightful savouries like classic masala (potato and onion) or squash and lentils. Light coconut sauce brings out the sweetness of mussels. Lake Huron pickerel is nicely cooked and beautifully sauced in ginger spiked creamy coconut. East meets West in sweet deep-flavoured Dungeness crab biryani.

CuisineIndian NeighborhoodDanforth
Chef NameAravind Kozhikott, Raj Kozhikott Sous Chef Namen/a
Address596 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
M4K 1R1
Hours of Operation5:30pm - 10pm Tues - Sun, Sun brunch 11:30am - 4pm Website
Signature DishDungeness crab biryani Signature DessertIndian spice carrot cake roll
MealsDinner Vegetarian FriendlyYes
Avg. cost for two$80 Credit Cards AcceptedAmEx, Mastercard, Visa
Wines Available6 Bring Your Own BottleYes
SommelierYes Corkage Fee$20.00
Year Opened2010 ReservationsHighly recommended
Private Party AreasNo PatioYes
Dress CodeCasual Wheelchair AccessibleNo
Closest ATMRoyal Bank on Pape & Danforth ParkingPape & Danforth, street park on Danforth