Located at the intersection of Bathurst and St. Clair West (though I know there's another location in the east end somewhere) this is a restaurant that's easy to overlook. It's small. Tiny, in fact. And it's not air conditioned, so the poor staffers roast in the summer.
But the service is wonderful and the food... the food!
It's rare to find quality take out, but this is it.
What do they serve? Savory stuff from from India, Guyana, Pakistan and I think Iran and Burma too. The truth is, I am partial to the Butter Chicken, which comes as a large helping on a bed of rice with a side salad and another side of VERY spicy carrots (that are amazing, but if you fear the spice, you can get all salad instead), all for about $11. (It's not especially inexpensive, but don't let that put you off.)
Doing a quick Google search on the place reveals a few useful details. Judy Gerstel, in a review in the Toronto Star says, "the synergy of the menu and the story behind it couldn't be more Canadian. This is a kitchen made of a melting pot, simmering with the influence of three continents and the flavours of five countries counting Canada because, after all most of the ingredients are local."
As with the prices, don't let that sort of offensive, vapid statement put you off. Melting pot indeed.
Anyway, Eastern Twist on St. Clair is the second location for this family owned business, which makes it even more appealing. (Gotta support the little guy, after all.) Anyway, the bottom line? Delish.
505 St. Clair Ave W
Toronto, ON M6C 1A1
*Photo from Eastern Twist website
UPDATE 2013: Eastern Twist has changed ownership and completely altered the menu. You can now get all kinds of poutine (like with butter chicken on top), which is fine, but a little soggy and not my favourite. Luckily, my favourite dish - butter chicken on rice with salad and achar lives on. And you can still get the wraps, which are amazing.