Posts Tagged ‘Indian’

SHANTIS CURRIES

shanti 1 4191 Main St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-7699

Web: http://shantiscurries.com/

Twitter: @ShantisCurries

Advice: Communal tables for sharing. No reservations. Bring your own wine (they provide the glasses. And if you can’t finish the bottle they will re-cork it and seal it for you to take home).

Samosa Chaat

Samosa Chaat

Malabar Fish Curry

Malabar Fish Curry

Inspired by the food they grew up eating at home, co-owners Danila and Sonny have created a menu of delicious eats based on the recipes Danila’s mom Shanti cooked. It’s a wonderful place that is bright, sustainable and provokes sharing tables with others and perhaps conversation. I had the Samosa Chaat ($9) potato, peas, chutneys, yogurt, onion & cilantro made with 2 delicious samosas; I also had the outstanding Malabar Fish Curry ($15) with ling cod and a delicious sweet and spicy curry that was served with Non-GMO white basmati rice.

You will find an array of curries from chicken, beef and fish to vegetarian, along with samosas, raita and more, they are licensed with beer and ciders, and of course there is chai which is house-made.

Review by: Richard Wolak

KILIMANJARO SNACK HOUSE

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789 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-559-7050

Web: www.killisnackhouse.com

Twitter: @KiliSnackHouse

Advice: Small with limited seating, no reservations.

Chai

Chai

Nylon Bhajia

Nylon Bhajia

Chana Bateta

Chana Bateta

Masala Paratha

Masala Paratha

So fortunate we are to have restaurants that are off the beaten path, somewhat hidden offering delicious food from their home country. I found one of these places that offers an eclectic variety of East African delicacies. They are a snack house which carries a different meaning in their culture than ours, they have an exciting menu of dishes, many of which you may have never heard of or tasted. In addition to snacks they offer a selection of changing main dishes nightly. I visited for a late lunch staring off with a cup of Chai, followed by the Nylon Bhajia ($6.95) thinly sliced potatoes, battered in chickpea flour with spices, very unique & tasty! One of the other snacks that I had was the delicious Chana Bateta ($5.95) almost like a soup with chickpeas, potatoes, chevdo & daal bhajia in their special sauce. I had the Masala Paratha thin almost like a pancake with spices, so good, I also tried one of their Meat Samosas which was crispy and full of meat.

This is a spot you are going to want to visit often and I can’t wait to return to taste and discover more dishes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Palki Restaurant Tasting in North Van

I was invited in to dine with a group of media recently at Palki Restaurant in North Vancouver to taste some of their dishes.

1st dish:

Meat Samosas

Meat Samosas - Deep fried pastries filled with minced meat, onions, cilantro and green peas

2nd dish:

Vegetable Samosas

Vegetable Samosas - Spiced vegetables stuffed in a savoury pastry

3rd dish:

Chicken Pakora

Chicken Pakora - Deep fried battered boneless chicken with Indian spices

4th dish:

Prawn Pakora

Prawn Pakora - Deep fried battered prawn with Indian spices

5th dish:

Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb Rogan Josh - Boneless lamb cooked in chef’s special sauce

6th dish:

Chicken Hariyali Kebob

Chicken Hariyali Kebob - Chicken white meat marinated with ginger, garlic, and spices, delicately roasted in the Tandoor

7th dish:

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken - Boneless chicken first broiled in the Tandoor and then cooked in a butter and cream sauce

8th dish:

Prawn Goan Curry

Prawn Goan Curry - A unique combination of coriander and coconut curry

9th dish:

Gobi Aloo

Gobi Aloo - Fresh cauliflower and potatoes cooked with fresh coriander, ginger and tomatoes

10th dish:

Saag Paneer

Saag Paneer - Pureed spinach and paneer cooked with freshly ground spices

Breads:

Kashmiri Naan

Kashmiri Naan -Stuffed bread with dry fruit

Garlic Naan

Garlic Naan - Indian style garlic and basil bread

Onion Naan

Onion Naan - Indian style onion and cilantro

11th dish:

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

12th dish:

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

My take:

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.

Palki Restaurant

116 E 15 Street, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 986-7555

Web:  http://www.palkirestaurant.com/north-vancouver-home/

Twitter: @PalkiRestNVan

Advice: Share dishes if you go with a friend or two.

By: Richard Wolak

SIDDARTHAS INDIAN KITCHEN

2066 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 215-7556

Web: http://siddharthaskitchen.com/

Twitter: @ChefSiddharthas

Advice: Share dishes with friends.

The Drive as it’s often described to the locals is a neighborhood which is filled with a variety of ethnic eateries. You can eat all sorts of different foods from the many cultures represented in the city, one of which is Indian and this was a great spot for a visit. I had heard about Chef Siddartha and his eatery by way of another wonderful chef who owns another Indian restaurant on the West side of the city, knowing how good his food was, this was a must try for me.

Naan

Vegetable Korma

Chicken Tikka Masala

Watermelon

I was sharing some dishes with a friend over lunch starting off with delicious Vegetable Korma ($10.50) and the spicy Chicken Tikka Masala ($10.99) which was served with a warm basket of freshly baked Naan. To end our meal they served us a refreshing complimentary dish of watermelon balls. There are many dishes on the menu that I look forward to trying on a future visit, including the Peshavvari Naan, Chicken Haryali,  Grilled vegetables with Makhni sauce, and Tiger Prawns Coconut Curry.

Review by: Richard Wolak

PALKI RESTAURANT

1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-215-1130

Web: http://www.palkirestaurant.com/

Twitter: @PalkiRestaurant

Advice: Specify the spice (heat) level for the dishes you order. Share dishes with your friends.

Himalaya Blended Shake

I have fond memories of visits to London years ago and eating delish Indian cuisine, of all of the Indian restaurants that I have eaten at locally, Palki comes the closest I have found to the type of Indian cuisine I had savoured in the UK. This is one of those eateries you are going to want to have a friend or two along so that you can order a multitude of dishes just as I did. For me my dining adventure began with their delicious Himalaya Blended Shake with cardamom, pepper, pistachio and mixed nuts.

Onion Bhajia

Fish Pakora

I then had a few appetizers including the Onion Bhajia ($5.95) deep fried battered onion with Indian paprika which I loved along with the Fish Pakora ($8.50) another deep fried dish of Cod fish coated with batter with a delicious mint and tamarind chutney.

Kashmiri Naan

Coconut Naan

I then had an order of the outstanding Kashmiri Naan ($4) stuffed bread with dry fruit and I could have had at least another order just for me, it was that good. I also had an order of the Coconut Naan ($4) which I found to be dry for my tastes.

Prawn Coconut Curry

Chicken and Cashew Onion Curry

Saag Paneer

Navrattan Korma

Garlic Naan

Brown Rice

Next was the delicious Prawn Coconut Curry ($14.50) a unique combination of coriander and coconut curry that is full of flavour, my favourite dish of the night. My 2nd favourite dish was the Chicken and Cashew Onion Curry ($13.50) so good. The other main dishes that I had were the Saag Paneer ($11.50) Pureed spinach and paneer cooked with freshly ground spices along with the delish Navrattan Korma ($11.95) Vegetables cooked in a tangy tomato and cream sauce and mildly spiced. Added an order of the tasty Garlic Naan ($3) Indian style garlic and basil bread along with an order of Brown Rice that went well with the curries.

Mango Kulfi

To finish this fine meal, I had the house specialty delish Mango Kulfiwith Mango, Cardamom, pistachio. The menu is vast with many different traditional dishes, they have notations for dairy and gluten free which is helpful for diners looking for these options. I have been craving the Kashmiri Naan for days since my last visit and I am looking forward to my next visit to taste more dishes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SANAFIR

UPDATED 11/21/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

1026 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-678-1049

Web: www.sanafir.ca

Twitter: @glowbal_group

Advice: Reserve one of the upstairs ‘beds’ for that special occasion.

I love this room with the high ceilings, motifs and Middle-Eastern decor. The kitchen is located towards the back with the long bar running along the side towards the front, sitting anywhere downstairs is ideal for enjoying the atmosphere and the ambiance. The menu boasts selections from along the Silk Route with an array of tastes with influences from Spain, Morocco, Egypt and India.

White Sand Cocktail

I had dinner here recently and had a tasting menu created by Chef Mike Robbins, I left it up to him to put together a tasting menu for me, it was what become a journey for my tastebuds.  I started off with the White Sand Cocktail ($9) created by the bartender to match the dishes that I was about to eat.

Falafel stuffed with beef shortrib,

Mediterranean Ribs

Grilled Octopus

The first dish was the Falafel stuffed with beef shortrib, on a bed of hummus; next was the yummy and tender Mediterranean Ribs ($7.50) olive oil, parmesan, espelette lime, crisp fried herb. A dish that I would not have thought to order was outstanding, Grilled Octopus ($7.50) crushed potato, mussels, chilies chorizo, cauliflower, olive oil.

Vindaloo Prawns

Egyptian Spiced Striploin

Moving on to the entrees, I had one of their Indian specialties the Vindaloo Prawns ($17.50) that came with mango chutney, cucumber raita and pappadum. Next was the delicious Egyptian Spiced Striploin ($20.50) cauliflower puree, roasted tomato & eggplant, madera jus  Chef Mike explained the meat was marinated for 24 hours in Onion water.

Cardamom baked yoghurt (l) & Flourless Chinese 5 Spice Chocolate Cake (r)

For dessert I had the light Cardamom baked yoghurt Okanagan fruit compote and the Flourless Chinese 5 Spice Chocolate Cake with a sweet red bean sauce.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Atithi Celebrates 2 Years

Chef Harbinder Singh (L) & Chef Roy Abhishek (R-chef/owner)

On Monday February 7, I attended the 2nd Anniversary Multi-Course Bengali dinner hosted by Atithi Indian Restaurant in Kitsilano. They invited some media friends to a 7 course tasting menu to celebrate their anniversary.

Chef Roy Abhishek welcomed everyone and described the Bengali meal we were about to enjoy. He described the ingredients and provided origins of the spices and vegetables. Each dish was unique and delicious, the flavours weren’t anything we have been accustomed to in this area.

Banana Blossom Cutlets with masala mayonnaise

The meal began with the 1st Appetizer, Banana Blossom Cutlets with masala mayonnaise.

Calcutta Khati Roll stuffed with paneer with English cucumber salad

The 2nd Appetizer was the Calcutta Khati Roll stuffed with paneer with English cucumber salad

Bitter Gourd with sweet organic squash sabji

The 3rd dish was the first of 4 entrees, the Bitter Gourd with sweet organic squash sabji

Mahi Mahi in mustard curry

The 4th dish was the Fresh Mahi Mahi in mustard curry

Chicken in Yogurt Curry with lentil cake

The 5th dish was the Chicken in Yogurt Curry with lentil cake

Bengali style Goat curry with mashed taro roots

The 6th dish was Bengali style Goat curry with mashed taro roots

Mango Mousse with sweet paneer and a Cardamom Cream Brulee Chocolate

We ended the meal with 7th dish, a Mango Mousse with sweet paneer and a Cardamom Cream Brulee Chocolate

Atithi Indian Restaurant is located at 2445 Burrard Street (near Broadway) and online at http://www.atithi.ca

By: Richard Wolak

MASALA CHAI

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

1102 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-9001

Web: www.masalachai.ca

Twitter: n/a

Advice: Order one of the curry specials. Most of the food is soy free.

Vegi Curry

Gulab Jamun

I was happy to visit Chef Roy Abhishek’s recently opened Indian snack bar and that I did a few days ago with a stop in for a late lunch. You will know Chef Roy from his other restaurant Atithi. The menu on the chalkboards here are fairly simple, featuring a few vegi and meat curries, snacks such as samosas, chicken rolls, jackfruit pakora and more, after all this is an Indian Snack Bar. I had the Vegi Curry — ($7.84) Beans, Pumpkin & Carrot in a delicious Black Pepper Curry served with rice, roti, and side salad, afterwards I ordered the delicious and warm Gulab Jamun ($3.50) 3 gulab jamun balls, I was then served a complimentary cup of Chai which was a perfect complement to the Gulab Jamun dessert. On the beverage side you will find a couple of different chai, a couple of lassi, and coffee.

By: Richard Wolak

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