Make yourself at home with African inspired Indian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
This is a restaurant know what their cooking. Food is mouthwatering. And the price, I don't how that keep it so low in this market.
Service sure needs some work. Need some work with décor, surely confusing.
And one more thing, why do they call it James Street...I don't know. But coming back for food.
We have been diners at the James Street Cafe and Grill for over two years now. Initially, the food and service was good (above average) but ever since the owners changed to the East African / Indian cuisine, we'd both have to say it is terrific!
The food is consistently beautifully prepared (my favourite is the Kuku Paka), deliciously flavoured and served well, and there is always more than I can (or should) eat. The best deal on their menu is the Nyama Choma platter (which can easily feed two), a variety of grilled meats served with rice or fries although I would recommend that diners try Mogo instead - deep-fried cassava strips that are, well, different but not in a negative way. If one isn't in the mood for, or a lover of, Indian-style food, they have a nice selection of western dishes that are also worth trying and of good value. Usually we're too full for dessert but once in a while we'll have the Ras Malai which is truly delicious.
Service at the James Street has always been very good - owners Anish and Peri treat us like family and the servers are always polite and friendly. The restaurant is casually decorated - there is no overwhelming Indian or African theme to it, and the music is okay - I'd spice it up some with more classical Indian music and throw in some Bollywood - but played at a comfortable level.
The James Street has become very popular and often hosts private parties, so if you are planning to go on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or holiday, I would definitely recommend calling ahead.
Now I feel like Kuku Paka.........
My Boyfriend took and I wasn't too impressed by the look of it. The dining room is large and rather empty excepting the tables and chairs and it was devoid of customers. It is a shame that we were the only people there because this place serves great food. My boyfriend who frequents this place loves their burgers and I ordered their Spicy Chicken Wrap. Not your ordinary wrap. Instead of being served wrapped in tortilla it came wrapped in a piece of naan bread. We also ordered their calamari as an appetizer and I was skeptical but as a calamari connoisseur it has to rank in the 3 best calamaris I have ever eaten. The calamari was perfectly cooked not fishy or like a rubberband nor was it greasy. I liked how all three dishes were North American fare with and Indian twist. It is a really great place food wise it really is a shame that it seems to be empty most of the time. Service was good although the one waitress was obviously doing things to busy herself out of boredom the whole time we were there (poor girl). I really like the food here and I hope other people will also see what a hidden gem it is.
We had a party of 22 adults here on Nov. 30 to celebrate my mom "Gloria" who just turned 65 and is recovering from Cancer surgery & treatment. We wanted to honor her for her courage in this battle and for the blessing she's been to everyone she knows. To do this we needed a venue that would provide good food and allow us to play a video tribute for her birthday. The owner allowed us access one of their 3 big screen TV's to play a DVD (we just needed to bring our own DVD player and hook up ourselves). Our waitress "Joy" was very helpful in setting up and efficient in service. All our guests were impressed with the food and we were all surprised at how the cook got all the food out for 22 in a timely fashion. I personally ordered the Curried Lamb and was very pleased with it. It tasted different form any curry I've had before and therefore was very delicious & spicy. My Husband & 2 sons are spicy food aficionados and tried my food. They thought it was the best they've ever had and wished they had ordered it. Overall we enjoyed our time there and the food.
Prime rib burgers? East African barbqu'ed meats? I like this place because the food is very good, unique, and the price is reasonable. People are starting to notice due to the quality, and i hope it continues because it is off the beaten path. The PR burger is excellent and the house special consisting of fire grilled chicken, beef and beef is delicious.
Recently I happened to dine at James Street Grill. A friend and I decided to check out the menu and we were pleasantly surprised at the variety of dishes to choose from. The waiter who was helping us was so helpful and nice that we decided we would dine in. As soon as we were seated, another waiter brought over a jug of water and asked us if we would like to order any drinks. My friend decided to order a mango shake and the butter chicken and I decided to have the steak with masala potatoes special. We were seated fairly close to a warm fireplace and the music was a nice easy to listen to instrumental. The ambiance was cozy and welcoming and overall quite cheerful. I must say that this restaurant is very clean because I saw one waitress coming around and wiping all the salt and pepper shakers and refilling each table with sugar. For myself I can not stand grabbing the salt shaker and then realizing that my hands are all sticky. I was glad to see that they pay attention to detail. Anyways our food came out pretty fast and was hot in temperature. My steak was cooked to par, juicy and tender. The masala potatoes were small chunks of potato in a nice whipped tomato base sauce. They were excellent, I would recommend them! My friend enjoyed her butter chicken. She said that the sauce was unlike any other butter chicken she has tried because the sauce had a pleasant tang to it. Both meals were a delight. Just as we were finishing our meals a big group of people came in. To our surprise the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper was sitting in the corner with a group of people. The ambience was exceptional, the food was delicious, the service was great and we couldn't believe our eyes. Anyways we decided to order a dessert and the waiter recommended the High Five chocolate cake which was huge so we shared it. We also had a cup of chai tea which was not too spiced. Overall we will definitely be dining at James Street again.
A small group of us went here for dinner. Sometimes at a restaurant the service is bad and sometimes the food is bad. However, at James Street Café on this particular evening, both the food and the service were very bad. When the food arrived, I asked for extra napkins and by the time we left was still waiting for them. The food was cold and the beef was very tough. Some pieces of the meat were undercooked. Other people in our party said the meat smelled bad but I didn’t notice this myself. When the bill came the waiter insisted we must select 15 % or 20 % for the tip. Personally, I don’t think the servers or the kitchen staff deserved any tip but we gave 15 % as that was the mandatory minimum. Would not return here again. There are many nicer establishments in this city with better food and much better service.
James St. is a newer restaurant that my family frequents. The best time to go is Friday night (that's always "Indian night" with live karaoke and dancing and it's almost impossible to get a table unless you're a regular or go early enough).
After going a few times, you'll realize that there's no need for a menu. Talk to your server, or owners sometimes, and tell them exactly what you want and they'll make it for you. Best is the Nyma Choma, although you can always swap items around.
The food is sometimes a hit-or-miss, although I'd say that 4 out of 5 times it's perfect.
They also have some amazing chicken wings (one of the spiciest I've ever had in my life). If you're lucky and daring enough and really want them, talk to the owner and he just might get you some!
The service is a bit slower when they're busy, but which place isn't. It's a smaller place so when it's busy it's a bit hard to move around. Most of the time, one of the owners is there coming around to the tables to see how you're doing, which is always a nice touch.
All in all, a good place to go with family and friends. Wouldn't really suggest it for a romantic night out with your significant other though.
Highly recommend it.