It’s been a while since my last post! Been busy packing and getting ready to move into my new home :p My friend and I bought this Groupon ages ago upon referral from my coworker who said the food here was absolutely amazing. We finally had a chance to try it!
Ambiance – 8.5/10. The restaurant is very spacious so you don’t have to worry about not finding a seat. The best seats in the house are definitely the booths along the tall windows where you can catch the skyline of Vancouver downtown. View is absolutely amazing! There are also some Indian decorative pieces found in this restaurant which are very unique. The only complaint I have are probably the wooden chairs and tables. They did look a little tired and worn out.
Food – 9/10. This restaurant serves some of the best Indian food in town. I’ve only tried 3-4 in Vancouver but my friend is Indian and he also agrees with me on this. It is a buffet so you can eat to your heart’s delight. They have approximately 40 dishes to choose from for appetizers to desserts. You have to pay for drinks but prices are quite decent. They also serve alcohol.
For appetizers, they have a salad bar and also the papadum. As for entrees, they have a good selection of vegetarian and meat dishes such as chickpeas, black lentils, spinach with cheese, tandoori chicken, beef keema and butter chicken. You can choose between rice or nan as a side dish. My favourite dishes were butter chicken, beef keema and nan. The butter chicken was very creamy and the beef keema was very flavourful. I cannot eat spicy at all but the level of spiciness of these dishes were still quite tolerable for me. The nan was very soft and warm. They also cut it up into smaller pieces which was nice as usually I cannot finish a full piece.
I was already blown away by the entrees but I think it was the desserts that really won my heart. I’ve had gulab jamun elsewhere but this restaurant by far serves the best ones. I am always a little skeptical about having warm desserts at buffets as they are constantly being reheated and usually the taste is not as good as if it was made fresh. However, that was clearly not the case here. The gulab jamuns were still very soft and warm. Also, probably because it has been soaking in the syrup for a long time, it really absorbed its essence so you could really taste the syrup in each bite. It was so good that I had four that evening…
It was also my first time trying jalebi, which is made by deep-frying maida flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes and then soaked in sugar syrup. This tastes a little similar to a deep friend Chinese dessert I’ve had before but this one tasted much richer yet less oily. I also had three of this…
Service – 7/10. The restaurant is buffet style so your interaction with the staff are limited. We were seated quite quickly and our dishes were cleared promptly as well. You pay at the counter when you are done.
Good to Know! – There are lots of street parking along Broadway and also on the smaller streets. There are free and metered parking to choose from. However, the mall where the restaurant is located has its own underground parking. It is free after 6 p.m. on weekdays and free the whole day on weekends.
The regular price is $37.90 for two people but you can get it on Groupon for $22. When I got it, Groupon was doing a special promotion so I only paid around $17. Definitely get the Groupon before you go!
Overall – A must try Indian restaurant in Vancouver…Save room for the desserts!