4.25 Stars – Overall Experience
4.0 Stars – Price
3.5 Stars – Service
4.5 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.5 Stars – Atmosphere
Market Street is a great area for dining in Toronto. Tucked away right next to the St. Lawrence Market, the street now boasts a variety of new restaurants (including Bindia Indian Bistro) all with beautiful patios for a great experience in the summer. Bindia has the ability to open up their glass walls, so even if you couldn’t sit outside, you can still benefit from the fresh air. It is modern in decor and the venue doesn’t really scream Indian, but it is a nice setting on a fairly quiet street.
The hostess was very nice and found us a good spot on the patio. She took her time to make sure our table was clean, which my friend and I appreciated. Our server wasn’t the greatest as he was pretty quiet (bit difficult to hear at times), but he was still pleasant and split the bill for my friend and I without any complaint. Decent on the service front.
Mango Lassi is one of my favourite drinks to get when I am dining out at an Indian restaurant. The combination of the sweet mango mixed with tart yogurt, is the perfect accompaniment to a typically spicy meal. I really enjoyed the one I had at Bindia and would absolutely recommend it if you aren’t in the mood for an alcoholic beverage.
Indian food tends to be the king of spices, so you expect to be hit with some extremely flavourful dishes and Bindia did not disappoint. My friend and I ordered the Palak Paneer and Baingan Bahartha and got 2 Naan breads on the side. The Palak Paneer is made up of the traditional Indian paneer cheese cooked in a pureed spinach sauce. It was incredible, creamy and had a great heat to it. The Baingan Bahartha is eggplant cooked down in the tandoor with onions, tomatoes and spices. It was less spicy than the Palak Paneer, but again was packed with complex flavours and gobbled up. The fresh naan came straight out of the tandoor as well and was perfection (was a good thing we ordered 2 servings). Truly enjoyed every last bite of the meal.
One of the great things about Indian food is they typically have many vegetarian (and sometimes even vegan friendly) dishes. On the menu they had a whole section specifically dedicated to vegetarian mains. Plenty of options to choose from and all the ones I had were incredible.
I would classify this as a mid price point restaurant. The prices were very fair in terms of quality and portion. Depending on if you add drinks to your meal, you can get away with a pretty inexpensive bill.
Time of Dinner: 6:30pm
Date: Friday Aug 12th, 2016
- Mango Lassi
- Palak Paneer
- Baingan Bahartha
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.bindia.ca/