Himalayan Peak is a fun, fully licensed, Indian restaurant located atop SFU's Burnaby Mountain Campus within the UniverCity Residential Community. Specializing in North Indian Cuisine with a healthy assortment of fusion dishes and an all-you-can eat lunch buffet. Atmosphere is best described as contemporary, casual, Indian.
I'm a SFU student and Curry aficionado that prides herself on trying most of the Indian restaurants - if not all - in Vancouver. I was happy to discover this little gem up on campus and was even happier to taste the food! The Butter chicken is the best I have had and unlike most restaurants, entrée’s come with a choice of naan bread or rice – go with the naan trust me it is so soft and fluffy. My friends, who are vegetarians, had the “Paneer Tikka” which was essentially grilled and marinated Indian cheese – I was surprised at how good it was. The Menus are fun without being cheesy or overwhelming and the Martini list is hilarious – try the “Mubai Mellons”.
I’ve never been a big fan of Indian desserts, in general, so I was happy to discover some Indian inspired cheese cakes… My friends and I often share the mango-berry cheese cake or their great “Himalayan Mud Pie” – very thick crumble crust.. so good! Atmosphere is trendy and funky with alot of stone work and some very cool Indian statues and art work.
The problem with most Indian restaurants is that you rarely have a combination of atmosphere, great food, and price. My other favorites for food taste have a horrid atmosphere, and the ones with a nice atmosphere charge high prices and have OK- to good food. Being able to deliver awesome food in a nice environment and with good value is why Himalayan Peak is my favorite.
On the bad side, parking is a bit of an issue, at least during lunchtimes and the restaurant closes at 9pm, so it isn’t a late nighter place.
I was happy when I moved into the area, to find an Indian restaurant so close by. We tried it a few times, each time there was disappointment.
Service is well meaning but inefficient. Food came to the table in bits and pieces, I had to remind the server that the chicken dish that I ordered comes with rice or naan. It had arrived with neither. Then I waited for the rice until the curry got cold. The first time, I put it down to a busy night. But every time I have tried this place, it's the same thing. The food takes ages to arrive, and for the price, the portions are very measly.
The buffet lunch is tolerable. Nothing great. Now I have wised up, and drive to Surrey to eat Indian food.