Date of Visit: Saturday August 19, 2006
Walk-in for 1 at 19:30, seated immediately
670 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario
appetizer + main course dinner (tax & tip included): $27
Harey Pattey Ki Chaat (baby spinach, potatoes, chickpeas topped with yogurt and sprinkled with spices): Chaat is one of my favourite food during my trip to India last year. This cold snack/appetizer is usually a mixture of crunchy, starchy, creamy, and tangy. Each bite is a different combination of these taste profiles. The chaat at The Host is adequate although it is by far not the best that I enjoyed in India or Toronto.
Kofta Dikhush (ricotta cheese balls in rich cashew korma and aromatic saffron): This dish is over-the-top rich, so much so that I could barely eat half of it. I was hoping for pieces of paneer but was disappointed to see dumplings of ricotta cheese. Not my favourite.
Naan (leavened white flour tandoori bread): Ooh, fluffy fluffy naan. This bread was absolutely delicious and the serving was huge. It was unfortunate that I didn't order a main course that I enjoy to go with such excellent bread.
Service at this location of The Host always baffles me. There are so many waiters yet they would walk by my table time after time without taking away the plates emptied of food. Alternatively, it would take forever to get my bill settle after the meal. Suffice to say, I do not put the same level of expectation for service when I enter this establishment...but considering that The Host is one of the more upscale Indian restaurants in Toronto, their lack of attentiveness is a little strange.
There are many good Indian restaurants located in this pocket of Richmond Hill. I must give a vote to The Host for having the most beautiful decor of all. However, a girl can't live on ambiance alone. The average food and service are reasons enough to send me to the nearby Jikonee Grillary and Lounge instead.