Located in a historic building at Avenue Road and Prince Arthur, this restaurant is recognized for its fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Steps ... More
Located in a historic building at Avenue Road and Prince Arthur, this restaurant is recognized for its fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Steps from the prestigious Park Hyatt and Four Seasons hotels, it is perfect for business lunches, intimate dinners and group dining. While the Kesri Tikka (a Tandoori chicken dish) and Haryali Champey (marinated lamb chops) are excellent, it is the vegetarian fare that makes this restaurant a treat. Dishes include the Malai Mater Paneer (green peas and cottage cheese cooked in tomato and cashew blend), and Saag (fresh spinach puree with potatoes).
Well, first word I say is "Highly Over Rated” place. We went for buffet. But our secret aim was for to arrange a birthday party for our son. So we want to taste the food as a normal customer rather than big ticket customer. So we picked the buffet to try most of the things.
It was normal busy hours of 12:50 noon. A room was packed with 98% white clients. Look is good. But then we started with food, it was all disappointments. In appetizer, most common Tandori Chicken. And that's my favorite as well. But what’s this? Is it a joke? It's like small biting pieces of chicken. And no tandori paste used. It's like a chicken done on barbeque (summer picnic) with all blackish at the edge. Over Cooked!!! Totally flop. Then, I want to try Butter Chicken. But was just gravy no chicken inside. So I asked the waiter to bring some. He asked me to wait 5 minutes. Meanwhile I tried some other veg stuff like mashroom masala. Was ok. 10 minutes past, there was still no butter chicken. I asked again. And asked me to wait another 5 minutes. Famous line "Aa raha hei" - its coming. (Well, I am Indian so he spoke in Hindi, surprised). So I tried goat instead. And Shahi Paneer. Shahi Paneer was not cooked well. I can see that paneer was added at last moment on pre-made gravy. Finally, I lost the patient with butter chicken after 20 minutes wait. And called the end. On dessert side, some fruits and no ice-cream. Lassi we ordered had lots of ice then the butter milk. What kind of lassi is that? In Punjab, I don't think they use ice in lassi? Do they???
Well, I must say that this place is highly overrated by white people. For Indian, this place is not a real Indian food. It's a joke. It's an Indian restaurant who doesn’t know even how to make a tandori chicken and even lassi. Can’t say about Butter Chicken as never get a chance to try one.
Well, my $30 bill saved me $4000 party bill for sure.
Never again to this place.
the best place in town for indian culinary. even for non-indians, its a delight to partake of the indian culinary heritage that "The Host" presents. and one of the brilliant concepts that "The Host" has introduced is their "CHAAT SECTION" on weekends that has truely given host a quantum leap over the competition. The server at the chaat section is a delight to be served from- starting from the way he greets to the way he goes about explaining the chaat stuff to his customers....CHEERS
We reached around 9.15pm (Rich Hill), the Head Waiter kept saying that the kitchen is closing ...
The waiter suggested me certain dishes which I went for, just to eat and get out from there. All white gravy based chicken and paneer dishes. Taste was bland. Wasted $65. I have tried Mississuga-host and I liked the food there. Been there only couple of times.
I stopped going to the downtown-Host due to their internal problems between the owner and the employee. The chef was drunk and I overheard him arguing with the owner for money.Not a pleasant or professional thing at all.
I found this restaurant named Little India close of US Embassy (Queen St W and University Ave). There are atleast 4 Indian Restaurants in a row. Little India's food is excellent and the waiters are very professional. This restaurant costs 10% less than Host.
I recently went with a party of 8 to the Richmond Hill Host and tried their samosas, meat curry, butter chicken, Tandoori chicken, biryani and several vegetarian curry dishes.
The meat was overdone and the basmati rice tasted stale and was too dry.
I have been to many Indian Restaurants and here, nothing moved me to say "Wow"
Maybe the Chef took a day off.
Even the lunch buffet at Indian Flavour is superior.
My family and I use to go to The Host all the time. The past year has been a little sporadic due to my hectic travel schedule. Went there for dinner last night with my Dad and boyfriend from out of town....the food was lack luster to say the least! We waited so long for our food, we had to ask for the bill 3 times since they forgot each time, Aloo Goba (Cauliflower & potatoes) was made with pre-peeled parisienne potatoes from the grocer's! I could have done that at home. Not impressed at all with the food or service...something has definitely changed and we won't be going back there again. Was not worth our time nor our money.
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