New and improved
For those familiar with 259 Host’s trio of locations (in Yorkville, Richmond Hill, and Mississauga), a new venture by the same brothers Senthi is so designated via its address—259 Host on Wellington. What makes 259 stand apart from the other rather successful Host venues is a straying from conventional Indian recipes. While 259 Host incorporates traditional ingredients, the techniques and preparation found in each dish is really a modernized take on the age-old favourites. Not to be confused with fusion, 259 Host is simply innovating Indian fare for the 21st century. Keeping with the modern, 259 Host is a bi-level space of warm hues, blonde wooden tones, and simple elegance.
De facto ingenuity
At 259 Host we find appetizers of panir and brie croquettes, poppy seed crusted chicken kebabs cooked in sugarcane sticks, samosas stuffed with avocado, potato, lentils, spinach, and cheese, as well as crispy lotus stem in a honey mango sauce. Beef tenderloin in red curry, cumin, and roasted spices, pan-fried halibut in chickpea curry sauce, as well as a jack fruit masala in a tangy gravy of spices are among the more hearty dishes. A separate list of sides span black lentils, naan stuffed with cream cheese, roti of gram flour and veggies, flaky butter parantha, and pineapple yogurt cumin raita.