Last time I visited Taco Del Mar, I had noticed a small Indian sweets shop 2 stores down. Not really knowing what to eat for lunch today, I decided to give it a go. Besides, it appears I eat Indian food once a week now. Too bad most of the Indian food I eat is Northern Indian food, particularly from the Punjab region of India. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this type of Indian food very much; yet, there is limited representation from the other areas of India. While at Vivo! Gelato, ET (Doesn't Tazte Like Chicken) gave me a few ideas as to where I could get some Southern Indian cuisine. I'll definitely try them out soon. But for now, I'm doing the Northern Indian cuisine thing for lunch at Diamond Sweets. This is a very small restaurant; in fact, it's more of a sweets shop with some tables for dining in.
I really wasn't expecting much from this place since there are so many other good Indian restaurants in the area. However, these small Indian sweets and restaurant type places remind me of Chinese wonton noodle joints. They're small, usually family-run; but they can also be very good! First off, by looking at the menu, I noticed they were a bit cheaper than all the other Indian restaurants I've been to. Well, it'd better be, because I certainly wasn't paying for the ambiance or service. Service was pretty basic: take order, bring food, take bill up to counter and pay.
I decided to go for a favourite of mine, Lamb Vindaloo. I got Basmati Rice and Garlic Naan to go with my curry. I didn't have to wait long for my food, as it arrived in about 5 minutes later. I normally do not say this; but there was too much food! Yes, the Vindaloo itself was packed with tender lamb and potatoes. Moreover, the plate of rice and naan were enough for 2 people. I knew this was going to be a challenge to finish. Just like Joey from Friends, I wish I brought my eating pants (actually maternity pants...).
The server didn't ask me how I wanted the Vindaloo and it came out quite spicy. However, it wasn't spicy enough to mask the other flavours. The reason I like Vindaloo is mostly the vinegar taste, I like zing in my food. The garlic naan was quite flavourful and crispy. It reminded me of fry bread or Bannock you'd find at the PNE. I actually liked this crispy naan, it was good to have some crunch. Too bad I was getting full, but the rice was delicious. It was full of peas and caraway seeds.
This meal was much better than expected. Sometimes, the best food is found in the most unlikely of places. Of course the food wasn't the best I ever had, not even close. But at such a reasonable price, it was a satisfying and delicious lunch.
- Good portions
- Food was good
- No ambiance here
- No service here
- Klennex instead of napkins?
Diamond Sweets & Restaurant
#160 - 8047 120th Street
10:30am - 9:00pm (Mon - Thu)
10:30am - 9:30pm (Fri & Sat)
11:00am - 9:00pm (Sun)