Check out these spots in a west-side neighbourhood near you.
CURRY TWIST (3034 Dundas West, at High Park, 416-769-5460) First-time restaurateurs score with this charming Indian gem in the Junction. Best: tomato-rich Butter Chicken in assertive gravy; Saag Paneer made with puréed mustard greens and spinach; minced lamb kebabs skewered with both sweet bell and fiery jalapeño peppers. Complete meals for $30 per person, including all taxes, tip and a domestic beer. Open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday 5 to 11 pm, for lunch Friday to Sunday 11:15 am to 2:30 pm. Fully licensed. Access: barrier-free. Rating: NNNN
EASY (1645 Queen West, at Roncesvalles, 416-537-4893) Funky luncheonette amidst the junk shoppes of Parkdale. Best: Huevos Divorciados -- two eggs topped with both red and green salsas, cool refried black beans, chunky tomato-spiked guacamole, rosemary-scented home fries and toasted baguette; artichoke and tuna salad with nutty basil pesto on a grilled crusty Italian bun; banana latte smoothies. Complete meals for $15 per person, including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine. Open Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 am to 4 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:30 am to 6 pm. Closed Monday and holidays. Licensed. Barrier-free. Rating: NNN
MUSA (847 Dundas West, at Euclid, 416-368-8484) Low-key neighbourhood noshery offering contemporary takes on casual Greek and Turkish dishes in a funky-fresh al fresco setting. Best: Keftades -- ground beef falafel patties zapped with cumin and onion, stuffed into a spelt pita piled with cucumber, tomato and romaine, sauced with creamy Dijon and sided with first-rate hand-cut fries; Cajun calamari with tomato-chipotle sauce; brunch-only bacon-spinach-potato frittata with designer greens. Complete meals for $20 per person, including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine or a pint. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 am to 2 am. Closed Monday and holidays. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNN