Delhi Darbar hits the mark.
I love East Indian food and thought Vancouver's VJ's was going to be the standard by which to judge others. Not so: pretentious, cramped, small servings of incredibly average tasting food. Look for the hole in the wall places is what I learned, as they usually put a heck of a lot more effort into their food and service as their livelihoods depend on it. Please give Delhi Darbar a try.
After parking at the rear of the restaurant for FREE, we were greeted by our soft spoken and attentive host. Really pleasant without trying too hard.
The décor is nothing spectacular, but it is obviously well cared for and CLEAN. Chairs, table tops and floors didn't give me the urge to reach for hand sanitizer. Nice. Not usually the case for buffet joints just after the initial lunch hour rush.
Buffet (also spotless) was full of a GREAT ASSORTMENT OF MEAT AND VEGETARIAN DISHES. I tried them all and loved that each was distinctive in flavor (not just the same curry blend dish after dish). Order extra naan bread, as this is some of the best I've tried - light, browned to perfection and topped with delicious ghee. And they don't serve plain old rice, this was actually spiced saffron rice - fantastic.
Leave room for rice pudding - light, lovely spices without being overbearing and thankfully restrained on the sweetness. Mango lassi equally delicious.
Please give this one a try. It's near 16th Ave/Centre street and 16th/Edmonton Trail so near good thoroughfares. Watch carefully as the frontage isn't easy to spot.
Will come back as often as I can, as will the couple I dined with.
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