Before David and I left Regina, we checked out Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson Airport for its amenities. Heading out on international departures lounge, we figured there should be some decent food and drink options.

After being disappointed to see the new Susur Lee restaurant isn’t open in the international departures area yet, we wanted to try out Marathi Indian restaurant.

Walking through the domestic departures area, we almost stopped at a burger/beer joint, but remembered the research we did and kept walking. Once we hit the international lounge we were glad we did!

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First of all, totally love the bright airy atmosphere and the rows of tables in and around the restaurants, each spot with its own iPad where you can surf the web. You don’t have to order from the restaurant to sit there… but if you do, you order right from the iPad and your order magically appears! So cool. As David says… the restaurant of the future, where you don’t have to talk to people!

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We sat down in a small table away from most foot traffic (always a good choice in a crowded restaurant) and had a lot of fun (and some confusion) figuring out the iPad ordering process. But sure enough, about five minutes after ordering, my beer arrived (David’s took a little while longer).

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We both love Indian food, and the menu looked pretty authentic. I chose the Chicken Biryani and the garlic naan bread. David chose the samosas and Butter Chicken… also a great meal. Best airport food we’ve ever had and pretty quick service.

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We have a five hour layover overall, so we decided to get up and walk around (learning pretty quickly international departures is a pretty small area). After exchanging money, checking out the duty free (where I bought a travel make-up kit from Lancome, naturally) and trying a different seating area by a wine bar… we decided our first location was the best after all.

So, here we are sitting back where we started (the best seats in the place), but with crappy internet connection (also known as no internet connection). The wi-fi is down, so I am writing this into my notepad to post as soon as I can get an internet connection.

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On the plus side… LOVE the indian fusion music in the background, and excited to be soon on our way to Barcelona!

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