I was invited in to dine with a group of media recently at Palki Restaurant in North Vancouver to taste some of their dishes.
Meat Samosas - Deep fried pastries filled with minced meat, onions, cilantro and green peas
Vegetable Samosas - Spiced vegetables stuffed in a savoury pastry
Chicken Pakora - Deep fried battered boneless chicken with Indian spices
Prawn Pakora - Deep fried battered prawn with Indian spices
Lamb Rogan Josh - Boneless lamb cooked in chef’s special sauce
Chicken Hariyali Kebob - Chicken white meat marinated with ginger, garlic, and spices, delicately roasted in the Tandoor
Butter Chicken - Boneless chicken first broiled in the Tandoor and then cooked in a butter and cream sauce
Prawn Goan Curry - A unique combination of coriander and coconut curry
Gobi Aloo - Fresh cauliflower and potatoes cooked with fresh coriander, ginger and tomatoes
Saag Paneer - Pureed spinach and paneer cooked with freshly ground spices
Kashmiri Naan -Stuffed bread with dry fruit
Garlic Naan - Indian style garlic and basil bread
Onion Naan - Indian style onion and cilantro
Since I have dined at Palki’s other location on Commercial Drive previously, I knew what to expect in the types of dishes we were going to be served, many of those I liked and was happy to partake again. I did try some new dishes this time around and my favourites of the meal were the Chicken Hariyali Kebob –tender chicken that was properly spiced and it’s a dish with lots of vegetables as well; Saag Paneer – pureed spinach and paneer was delicious; Butter Chicken – I am not usually fond of most butter chicken dishes as they are often too creamy and rich for my liking, this version was much lighter and flavourful; I loved the Prawn Pakora over the Chicken Pakora as it was more of a texture in the type of dish as well appropriately spiced, the Prawn Goan Curry was outstanding and I loved the coriander and coconut curry, my favorite Kashmiri Naan is on the menu here as well, it could almost be a dessert as its filed with crushed dried fruits; of the savoury naans my favourite was the Garlic Naan. With the two dessert choices that were served both were good, though I preferred the Rice Pudding as it wasn’t as heavy as the latter.
116 E 15 Street, North Vancouver
Tel: (604) 986-7555
Advice: Share dishes if you go with a friend or two.
By: Richard Wolak