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Kensington's Waterfalls can be full of surprises

It feels strange to be in such a large space in Kensington. 

Waterfalls Indian Tapas Bar & Grill
303 Augusta Ave.
416-927-9666

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Rating: ***
Dinner & drinks for two: $55

It feels strange to be in such a large space in Kensington.


Usually they’re cramped and hurried. But here at Waterfalls, the room is looming with high ceilings and spread out tables.


The menu is extensive, but with “tapas,” we wonder if we’re going to be satisfied.


It turns out that most things are entrée sized. Phew! The prices are right too.


We start with the Non-Vegetarian Combo Platter ($11) of fried calamari, chicken and shrimp tikka. The calamari, enveloped in chickpea flour is phenomenal, as are the tamarind and raita dips that accompany it. The shrimp though, is too chewy and the chicken too dry.


Saag Paneer ($10) is heavier than expected, but good. Mutter Palavo ($4) not only has peas, but carrots and cashews, so get this instead of Plain ($3).


Waterfalls Curry Delights ($14) includes a choice of two curries served with rice, pappadum, mixed pickle and raita. I get Kerala Fish Curry (whitefish in a “spicy tamarind-based coconut milk”) and Chicken Chettinad (chicken in an “authentic south Indian spicy masala”). The sauces are rich and complex — I can’t get enough. The shrimp and fish are slightly overdone, though.


I’d go with the vegetarian selections here.

 
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