Ivory Restaurant – Donald Street

A few weeks ago, I was walking down the street, and noticed that the former Spice Affair was now Ivory. This surprised me because I didn’t realize that the Main Street location was no longer open. So, I took a stroll down Main Street a couple of days later and sure enough, there was no Ivory there any more.

Ivory buffet plate

My first plate from the Ivory Buffet.

Ivory is now the third Indian restaurant to make a go of it in this location. Prior to Spice Affair it was Dhoom, and going back into the distant past, it was a Pizza Hut. In the days when it was Dhoom, it was a place that I visited several times.

My memories of the Main Street location of Ivory are rather limited. I went once or twice, and not much about the food struck with me, but I do remember it having a larger buffet area, than most other Indian restaurants.

Ivory Buffet

When I walked into the restaurant I noticed that the space had been opened up and instead of two smaller sections there is one larger one. Along one wall, there is a very nice looking bar, with three TVs hung over it, which when I was there, were tuned into news programming. Continue reading


Karahi Indian Restaurant

Kahari is now closed. There is a new Indian restaurant in this location, which I have yet taken the time to visit.

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Copper Chimney, an Indian restaurant down around St. Mary’s and Dakota. In between there and St. Philip’s is another Indian restaurant, Karahi of India. KarahiofIndia┬áis located in what was for many years Dante’s. Both restaurants offer reasonably priced buffets, and have a good variety of items on their table service menus.

One marked difference between the two is the decor. Copper Chimney reflects the fact that the previous tenant was a fast food outfit, with nondescript tables and large, bright windows. Karahi, on the other hand, has rich woodwork and and intimate booths among it’s seating arrangements. The Bollywood videos playing on the television offering a romantic soundtrack to your meal(though not so much when dining alone).

Karahi Buffet:

As I said, the Karahi buffet is fairly similar to the Copper Chimney buffet. The biggest difference was that Karahi had a slightly larger selection of pickles, chutney, etc. Karahi also had Palak Paneer, one of my favourite dishes. The other thing that stood out at the buffet was that all the chicken was served on the bone. Every other Indian restaurant that I can think of, has served their Butter Chicken as chunks of boneless breast meat. Not so here, but I did really enjoy the bite it had. The Naan served with the buffet was thinner than some I’ve tried, but I rather liked the less doughy consistency.

I topped off my buffet offerings with a few Gulab Jamun in a bowl. I was able to scoop out enough syrup to make these moist, sticky and sweet.

Menu Offerings:

The next time I dropped by, I decided I would order off the menu rather than go with the buffet. I started out with samosas and pakora. These were both a little bit disappointing. Both seemed a little on the overcooked side. I also got the impression that the cooking oil needed a changing. It is possible I just happened to hit on a bad day. I would definitely say I preferred the Copper Chimney samosas and sauces to the ones I had here.

For my main dish I went with the Chicken Vindaloo. The sauce was rich and thick, but again, wasn’t what I would call particularly spicy. Nonetheless, if was an enjoyable dish, and there was lots of sauce to enjoy with the rice, which was a basic basmati.

This time around, instead of sticking with water to drink I decided to have a Mango Lassi. This beverage is like a milkshake, but not particularly thick. It has a nice mixture of salt and sweet to it that makes it refreshing, but without being particularly filling. I tried several light settings, but I couldn’t quite get the pale yellow of the drink.

One thing I did really like about Karahii was the service. The server basically stayed out of sight but was by the table frequently enough to allow me to obtain extra water, etc.

Karahi Of India Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Weekend Food Wanderings

This past weekend was a busy one on the food front. It started with visiting the ManyFest Food Truck Wars and ended with a games night at St. Philip’s filled with chips, licorice, and pakora. In between the weekend included more Food Trucks, and a 50th anniversary BBQ at Church of the Way.

I’m calling this post Weekend Food Wanderings because the weekend involved a whole lot of walking. This was by design because with tall the calories I was taking in I figured I should put in a little extra effort to walk some of them off.

Weekend Wrap-up

I started my weekend in the early afternoon. I had already had lunch, but still had enough room to stop at one of the trucks. I decided on the Beef Brisket from BBK. BBK is the upscale partner truck to Extreme Fries. In ordering I went with the plain sandwich and didn’t add any condiments. The brisket itself was tender and fatty in a very good way.

BBK brisket

A very good brisket from BBK food truck. Doesn’t need any embellishment, it’s so good.

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