Monthly Archives: January 2022

Totally biased product review by me — Schwartz Bombay Potatoes

Loved the look of this dish on the packet

Bombay Potatoes is one of our favourite veggie curry sides but it’s not always the easiest to find in Toronto Indian restaurants, so we were absolutely delighted to make this impulse buy when browsing the shelves of our go-to British shop, A Bit of Home. A steal at $4.

We really loved the look of the packet and the fact it had four peppers and “Extra Hot” highlighted. Just to be clear this is a mixture of spices and other goodies — potatoes, an onion and tomatoes NOT included, so pick those items up too.

It was very easy to put together. Just par-boil the spuds (diced) until semi-soft, then throw in a pan with the onion, chopped tomatoes and contents of the packet. Let it simmer for around 20 mins and dinner’s ready.

The taste? Very good. The heat level was probably more a three-pepper rating rather than four, but a very nice flavour and suited the potatoes perfectly.

It says “Serves 4” on the packet but we got a dinner and lunch out of it, so goes a long way.

Will definitely be buying this again and give it a rare Brits in Toronto 5/5 stars.


Totally biased product review by me — Just Soup Bombay Tomato

Hey, it’s Chef Dev!

This review is a little different as it’s curry-related, not an actual dish, but we spotted Just Soup Bombay Tomato and thought we’d give it a go. This is produced by Chef Dev who is based in Toronto.

Some of the ingredients include garam masala, turmeric and chilis. We bought the larger size bottle and it was a good filling portion for lunch. A perfect soup for a cold Canadian winter’s day.

The consistency was nice and thick with a good heat level. Maybe it’s the kind of product you could make at home yourself, with a can of tinned tomatoes, the right combination of spices and a good blender. But we liked the taste of this so will just buy some more.

One dish that we thought this soup would actually make a really good base for is shakshuka as it’s already spicy and you’d just need to add some eggs.

So, all in all a nice tasty soup with some zing and we give it a Brits in Toronto 3/5 stars.

Totally biased product review by me — Indilicious

Kadhai Chicken (left) and Vegetable Jalfrezi

Happy new year, everyone! And with a new year it’s time for the first curry review of 2022.

One of our favourite Indian restaurants was Tich … but we never had a chance to review it as it — *sniff* — recently permanently closed.

The good news is that a former chef there by the name of Sujoy Saha opened up his own curry house in The Junction called Indilicious (3358 Dundas St. West = Dundas St. West/Runnymede) and we decided to see if the quality was up to scratch too.

Our dishes were Kadhai Chicken, Vegetable Jalfrezi, Raita and Mixed Pickle.

As is our wont, we requested that the Kadhai Chicken be extra spicy. The heat doesn’t hit you immediately but it’s more of a nice, slow burn as you eat more of it. As you can see from the photo above, the sauce was very thick and rich with a lot of onions, something we love in a curry. Some ghee too (we think) but not swimming in oil. There was lots of bell peppers too for some crunch. The chicken pieces were plump and juicy and a good portion size. We have lunch leftovers. A nice dish.

Vegetable Jalfrezi is one dish we never try, so went for it as an accompaniment. What’s not to like about crunchy veggies in a flavourful sauce full of herbs and spices? More bell peppers, peas and cauliflower to add to the experience. Again, it was a good portion size and made it to lunch leftovers.

Regular readers of Brits in Toronto know we’re picky about the Raita. No worries here — one of the best we’ve ever had! Extremely creamy and thick. Not much cucumber … but it’s not actually advertised as that so not a problem. Just a good mouth taste all around.

Mixed Pickle was a fave too. Sometimes you get a lot of what we call wastage = hard bits of rind, or other unknowns that you can’t actually chew and swallow. All the pickles in this extra were very soft and no spitting things out. A really good mix of pickles.

We liked Indilicious a lot and Chef Saha has himself a great restaurant in the West End. It scores a solid Brits in Toronto 4/5 stars.