1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Advice: They don’t’ take reservations.
Located next door to the sister restaurant Vij’s, Rangoli is the more casual of the two, a gem that is bright and colourful with an open kitchen for viewing the team of chefs preparing your dishes. It is a restaurant and a market which sells packaged versions of most of the same foods they serve in the restaurant, ideal for you to take home and prepare in minutes. I love dining in and over the years I have had many different dishes including the Black Chickpea, Peas and Onion Cakes in Spicy Coconut Curry ($12.50) with vegetable rice pilaf; the Tamarind and Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken ($16) with sprouts salad, rice and naan; and the Lamb in cumin and light cream curry ($14.50) with salad, rice and naan. The Ginger Lemon Drink ($4.00) and the Mango Pineapple Lassi ($4.50) are both special drinks of the house and both are non-alcoholic. They have a few desserts as well as wine by the glass or bottle. Everything is made here from scratch, they even roast and grind their own spices. The packaged meals in the market are frozen and refrigerated ready-to-eat Indian dishes. They are open daily and it is a great place to go before seeing a play at The Stanley Theatre around the corner.
Review by: Richard Wolak