I had a lunch special to go from here, and it was a decent lunch.
All of the components of the lunch were carefully packaged in individual containers. I'd go so far as to say this was the most carefully packaged meal I've ever had to go. It looked almost like the meal was from a deli because of the clear plastic containers used.
The lunch is a choice of two items from four, I chose butter chicken and a paneer vegetarian dish. The portion size of these were too small, if they increased their portion sizes by a half I would have been happier. The veggie dish was mainly sauce, and the butter chicken maybe had 4 small chunks of chicken.
The portion is good for those on a diet though.
Basically if you are eating in for lunch, order another entree to supplement this especially if you are eating with others.
The lunch does include all the sides though, so it is a filling meal, it's just that the protein portion is small, and you are filling up on carbs. There is a very generous serving of raita, a little salad, rice, naan and dessert.
They let you upgrade to garlic naan for .50 cents, this is well-worth it, the flatbreads here are great. I especially like the flavourful keema naan.
If you eat in, drinks are offered at a reduced price with the lunch special.
I wish they added the option of adding a piece of tandoori chicken or something to the lunch. Or even doubling the protein portion for an extra price.
While the quality of the food is high, because they prepare all of the spices and chutneys in house, I wish they were a little bit more generous.
Their dinner portions are more generous, but by the time you add naan etc. as they are sold on the side, the price does tend to go up accordingly. Their biryani's here are pretty good too, they are more like fried rice than biryani but it's still good.
Anyhow if you do order, it's better to phone ahead as they are always busy, and because everything's prepared freshly, it does take a bit of time to get your order ready.
I don't have much experience with Indian restaurants, but was convinced to give this place a try. I went during the dinner hour so it was busy, but not bad. I had curried lamb, naan and rice. It was all really good! The naan is awesome, fresh baked I believe. The curried lamb was really really nice too. Rice was average. The service was nice. The girls all spoke decent English and were pretty much friendly. The one downer about this place is it's overpriced. The curried lamb dish was $11 on it's own without anything else. It wasn't big, just average. If the price was a bit cheaper I'd say this place is one of the best in Surrey. I'll go back for sure to try another dish.
the food was so good! it was priced very affordable for its taste and quality.
the atmosphere in the restaurant was very good. service was good but not great.
the only problem i had was that they forgot my pepsi when i ordered it when they brought the food to the table. the food was made in a reasonable time and tasted awesome. the whole family was happy and was satisfied.
We had a lovely dinner at Desi Junction. I've eaten a lot of Indian food, and this was close to being the best. All the standards are there, but they also have their specialties which add a little twist to the traditional Butter Chicken and Vindaloo. Chilli Paneer had lots of crisp red peppers and onions and just enough heat, Eggplant Bhartha was rich and complex and the Malai Kofta was creamy and soothing. Good recommendations from our delightful waitress for a vegetarian meal (in deference to one of our guests). I'm a confirmed carnivore and I didn't even miss the meat! The service was attentive without being pushy and the Maitre d' followed up to make sure that we enjoyed everything. He even gave us "Free Lunch" tickets to encourage us to try their lunch buffet some day. I'm sure we will! Dinner for three (and leftovers!) with wine and superb chai for $60?
Ok, so the decor is not spectacular, but the joyful service made for a great time!
My wife and I had an hour or so to kill on a Monday night so we decided to eat out. We picked Desi Junction out of the Entertainment Book and in we went. I love good Indian food and can't tolerate bad. We ordered chicken korma, aloo gobi, and dal makhni, with garlic naan and rice. The dal was a little bland, perhaps, but not bad. The korma was very good. There were only 5 pieces of chicken in the sauce, but they were large pieces, several bites each. The aloo gobi was full-bodied. One complaint is that two of the dishes had inedible bits in them (bay leaves and stems of something).
Service was perfectly adequate. It was attentive until the place got busy, and then the server was hustling around trying to keep everyone happy. Servings were decent-sized. We will get lunches out of each. Finally, the interior is mostly standard restaurant, with booths and tables. The decor is pleasant. There are TVs up high, two of which were playing Indian music videos.
It wasn't the best I've ever had, but it certainly wasn't at all bad. I'd go back when I'm in the area.
Oh, BTW: Whereas some places take off the price of the smallest dish (even appys sometimes) using the Entertainment Book coupon, this place took off the largest price. Maybe it was because we ordered 3 dishes for 2 people, but it was nice and unexpected.
chicken Tikka was good, butter chicken was good tooo, the lamb dish was with too much fat, naan was OK, especially the one with the cauliflower. the service began as very slow, and once the food was served, they came every 2 minutes to ask if we're fine etc'- and it was on the edge of disturbing.
I like the one in downtown better
Positive: Good food, non-veg platters are quite good.
* Very expensive when compare to other good restaurants.
* Very small portions (I mean it seriously), not worth it unless you come for Buffet lunch.
* Service is OK, sometimes you have to hunt them down to get anything ordered.
* Smoke from kitchen during sizzlers flows in the main lounge, making you cough.
Bottom line: There are so many other good restaurants. I will not go back unless either they lower down their price or offer reasonable size portion.
I love Desi Junction. It has great food. Everything is freshly cooked daily, and it shows. If ordering off their menu try the hot chicken wings desi-style, it's spicy and delicious. Their lunch buffet is excellent. Heads and shoulders over anything else offered in the Surrey area. They offer a variety of items, including at least 10 pickles and chutneys alone. There is a lentil soup. A small salad selection with chaats as well, including an unusual fresh fruit mixed with savoury spices. Appetizers include pakora's, and paneer poppers. While these may be lukewarm on the buffet they are still crispy and tasty. They bring you freshly cooked naan to the table, and you can pick regular or garlic naan. The garlic naan has flecks of fresh minced garlic and is an awesome treat. The mains always include butter chicken, also be sure to try the Indian-Chinese style Chili Chicken. The veggie dishes change but always include something with paneer a fresh cheese in it. The last time I was there they included masala fish. Another time I was there they had rasmalai on their buffet. Their rasmalai is delicious I always order it off the menu as well. The best part of the buffet and something that is unique that they do daily is that they have a chef cook a different dish daily as part of the buffet. They set up the cooking area at the end of the buffet. It's very neat and sort of whet's your appetite. Of the two times I was there once they had Aloo Tiki an appetizer as the special dish. Once it was cooked they brought it to your table as well. This was one of the best aloo tiki's I ever had! The other time was incredibly special as they were making fresh jalebi's. These were delicate and were thin rectangular shaped coils. Nothing like the sweet store jalebi's, which I don't even like. Fresh from the hot oil with a quick dip in the syrup, these crispy sweet warm treats were amazing with the chai's we had ordered to go with these. Phone ahead to see if it is jaleebi day, it was an amazing foodie experience. Their lunch buffet is a good value for $12 as there is a wide selection. All of their food is freshly prepared with care, they have an open kitchen. Highly recommended.
I went with a group for the lunch buffet. Many of the items that should be hot like the fish and veggie pakoras were stone cold. The butter chicken was ok but there was very little I found to be appealing. It is way over priced for what is offered. Won't go back as there are far better Indian restaurants in the area.
I reached this restaurant at 7:50pm i ordered chicken tikka for appetizer yum yum
vegetable spring rolls twice because they were so tasty. I ordered karahi paneer,Dal turkha were pretty good to eat and the non vegetable dish Butter chicken just topped the charts. The dessert was mango ice cream had a fair amount of sugar and was favourable to eat. The atmosphere was fabulous as well as the seating arrangement was private. All and all the experience to this restaurant was amazing.
We had guests from UK and they were treated to a dinner at this place by North Vancouver resident. When we heard that people from North Vanc visits this restaurant. It made us curious and decided to try it out. On that stormy nite we went there dinner and the quality of food and service was way better than other indian restaurants we have been to. Food was so good that we have been to Desi Junctions twice in one week. So far so good.
Great food, service is sometimes excellent, sometimes indifferent, but always polite. Fun to watch the Bollywood videos, too. We've had chicken and veg. curries, but goat & lamb are also offered and would probably be just as good. The garlic naan & the basmati rice are nice additions, but they do add to the cost. (Sometimes we're offered complimentary chapati & chutney, but not all the time. Don't know why it's so irregular!) We drive quite a long way to get to Desi Junction, but it is worth the trip. A solid favourite!
My partner and I had dinner here last night. What a wonderful surprise. I had the Butter chicken, very tasty. The chicken was cooked perfectly, moist and tender. The curry was very good, with just the right spices. My partner had the Seekh Kebab and loved it. I tried it, very flavorful. Everything was delicious. We stuffed ourselves and had some leftover to take home with us. Good quality and value for the money.
Very good service, not smothering or neglectful. A warm welcoming establishment, with big tables to accommodate large parties if needed or small ones for two. We will definitely be back to try more of their
excellent Indian food.
i really like the food its one of the best food i ever tried at indian restaruent flaver is there price is good different than any other restarurent.great lunch buffet lot of items fresh naan i really like the food of desi junction.i say if u never went to desi junction and trited their food u should do it
while i've never dined in, i typically go for the take out and there are no complaints, other than the price i think is a bit high. consistency is good and the chili chicken is the best dish.
also the chicken tikka masala isn't what i'm used to... no vegi's what so ever and they refused to add any when i asked. instead they recommended some other dish that was horrible and i couldn finish due to the salt content.
Have eaten here 2 times. First time: reasonable food, price, but ambiance was not for our family (music was a bit loud, and there were some lively goups of people.
Second time (w/ coupon): very good food (well-spiced, heat level - just what we ordered), service OK, ambiance was toned down to family level. Result - we will return for the yummy dishes. (butter chkn, veggie dishes, nan - perfect).