Curry To Go: Dad's Bagels
I have a gastronomic soft spot for NDG, because the place just has so many little resto-gems. However, Dadâ€™s Bagels is the only place that brings me back to the area on a somewhat regular basis, so I find myself often bussing all the way there purely for a Dadâ€™s curry pick-me-up.
Dadâ€™s Bagels is, somewhat obviously, a bagel shop. But besides for the odd u-bagel (a sweet cream cheese filled flaky pastry shaped like a u), I donâ€™t buy any baked goods from the place, bagels included. The bagels, the breads, the cookies, the cakes â€“ theyâ€™re nothing compared to the tubs Indian deliciousness that fills their fridges. I go for the curries, and I leave with plenty.
This is as to-go as it gets. Dadâ€™s has a variety of curries packed in little tubs, and you get to pick whatever may strike your fancy that day. With $2.00 off any time you take a trio of curries, this is an affordable way to get a fast and easy Indian meal on your table at home. While they also sell prepared rice, I prefer making a couple cups of my own basmati at home, but do sometimes take advantage of the naan they sell at the counter.
One of my favourite items is their dal soup. In a bigger container than the curries are sold in, the soups are frozen and should become a staple in everyoneâ€™s freezer. Filled with lentils, and starring cumin, the soup has a perfect, slightly sandy texture and the spice combo in it rivals the dal soups Iâ€™ve had in the best Indian restaurants.
But the curries are really where itâ€™s at. My favourite is the pakora curry, which stars fried and battered balls of onion and potato, slightly spiced with a dose of chili. Each container holds about five or six of these in a thick pureed curry sauce that also involves chickpeas, ginger and tomatoes. Iâ€™m also a fan of their vegetable curry, which is heavy on the cauliflower.
Curries aside, the chili chicken is an option that is almost heavenly. Chunks of chicken and onions swim in an oily, quite spicy and nicely sweet chili sauce that also has ginger and garlic notes singing throughout. If youâ€™re not ready for that level of spice, another great option is the spinach and paneer, a puree of spinach and potato and cubes of soft homemade paneer cheese.
I also always buy some greasy pakora from the bowl at the cash as a hot appetizer to Dadâ€™s take-home meal.
The prices of the curries range depending on the ingredients (from about $6 â€“ $7.50), but the $2 off makes this deal even better. And itâ€™s open 24 hours, so you never have to be without a curry fix ever again.
5732 Sherbrooke Ouest