Sorry, did not try the butter chicken. The Other Half and I stopped in for dinner on a Wednesday evening. We ordered palak paneer, chicken tikka masala and rogan josh. Rice "came with", and we ordered raita and garlic naan.
As it was our first time there, we asked a few questions about heat level and such. We asked for "Indian medium" not "Canadian medium" in spicing. We were told that their "hot" is actually "Indian medium", and were steered to THEIR version of "medium". Which was OK, but I think I would have preferred the Indian level.
On the plus side, the service was friendly and timely. They asked if we had any questions or wanted any help choosing. We had an idea of what we wanted, and ordered it with Indian Cobra beer (which was very nice indeed!).
Palak paneer was nicely spiced, the spinach not cooked to a grey mush. Rogan josh was a generous portion of tender lambin tasty sauce, and the chicken tikka masala was very tender. I asked if they would substitute methi (green fenugreek) for the fresh coriander, and they complied gladly. Raita was cool and rich, rice was dry and just the right "chew", and the garlic naan used minced garlic, not garlic salt. For dessert, the OH ordered rice pudding/kheer and a black coffee.
We ate until pleasantly stuffed, and still had lots to take home for another supper. A good experience in a friendly, clean restaurant with tasty food. We would go back.
If this is the best Indian food in Langley, then I think that says more about Langley than it does about Ashoka. We came here with some enthusiasm, looking forward to a birthday dinner treat. We left shrugging our shoulders.
First to the ambiance: it is in a sliver of a building, so there are maybe a dozen tables in two neat rows from front to back. There is bare duct-work showing on walls and ceiling and a long buffet table that occupies space even when not in use. Seats are oriented to have a view either of the bar/cash register/kitchen or the garage-door style window that presumably could be raised of pleasant days. Pictures on the walls and some music were all that I saw in the way of ambiance. At our table we were greeted with a plastic water pitcher. I can't see how this could be rated even average. (Accidentally rated this a 3 the first time around...)
Despite sitting at the table right next to the service area, we sat for over 5 minutes with menus closed waiting to order. Some time later a server came back to ask how spicy we wanted the food. After the food was delivered we got a fresh pitcher of water without asking. That was the only non-essential visit made to our table the whole evening.
The food was just fair. There was nothing unpleasant about the flavours; they just were not inspiring. The Samosas were packed with potato, but had little cumin or other spice. The crust was fairly nice, although the inside of one was still cool. The Hyderabadi Chicken is described as having onions and cashews, but it came in a creamy sauce, like a Korma (not in the description) and there was not a hint of nuttiness to it as there should be with a good Korma. The Rogan Josh was in essentially the same sauce as the Chicken Hyderabadi. We couldn't tell them apart without examining the colour of the meat. The Daal Maharani tasted primarily of clove. The highlight was the Butter CHicken, which was a fairly tasty version of the dish.
The prices for chicken and lamb dishes were $12-$13, which is a little more than what one could get at a lot of other places. Considering the lack of excellence in the food, I would say that was too much.
I would not avoid the place if we were in the area and just dying for some Indian food, but we'll make no special effort to get back.
I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried this restaurant. I have eaten at many different places, always being referred to "the best". I have definitely found it now and I won't go anywhere else. If you like to order dishes with lamb, you will think you are in heaven! They obviously use fresh, quality meat because it melts in your mouth when you eat it, no knife required. There is nothing worse than a piece of tough, chewy meat. If you are there at lunch, there is a wonderful buffet which includes rice, naan and tea. Our usual dinner order consists of Butter Chicken, Lamb Korma, Mutter Paneer, Garlic Naan and Rice. My husband loves their butter chicken, it doesn't taste like all the other places (I find every other restaurant I've tried tastes like they cook the chicken in tomato basil soup). Ashoka uses only white meat ~ again, the quality of the food there is fantastic. I can't say enough good things and I'll be eating there again tonight :) Enjoy!
Wanting something filling, spicy and not the same ole same ole, we opted to give this new little restaraunt a try. The super friendly staff were very pleasant, accmodating and made sure we knew what we were ordering and what spice level we wanted.
Before our food arrived, we had to leave to attend to a family emergency. The staff here went above and beyond to accomodate and help out. They actually wrapped and delivered our dine in meal for us a few hours later. The wonderful staff even sent a little note wishing us well and thanking us for coming in.
The food was out of this world. We choose , Butter Chicken (medium heat), Lamb Vindaloo (extra hot), Basmati Rice, 2 Samosa, 1 Roti, 1 Nan & 1 Alu Paratha.
Putting the exceptional service aside, the food was to die for. Spicy yet flavourful, warming but not insanely hot and filling. The Best somosa's we have ever had.
A very clean and well run establishment, that we will definatly be back to many times.
They even threw in a couple of cups of Chai Tea for us with everthing else . Thats customer service and a good heart.
Their food and value is fantastic. The garlic naan is to die for and my boyfriend and I crave it when we haven't eaten it for a while. It makes me eat gluten(and pay for it) when we go there. I love their butter chicken and recently tried their mutter paneer which was also excellent. I love that it comes with rice (you don't have to pay!). My boyfriend orders tandori chicken which he loves, and loves the sizzling platter it comes on. Again it comes with rice.
The samosas are delicious as well, but I find I get too full having an appy, Indian food is filling.
The buffet during the lunch time weekdays is good value and gives you a chance to try other dishes. Fridays they have butter chicken!
I loved the food from this place. The food was alive with spices at just the right blend. Didn't burn my mouth and didn't leave me thirsty afterwards because of too much salt, a problem most other restaurants have. Not too much sauce, the meat was not dry but tender and moist. Very very good.
I have been here three or four times, and got something different three or four times. I didn't get something different each time because the food was bad, it was because the food was so good that I wanted to try other good things on the menu. One of the best things i have ordered from there would have to be the Paneer Makhni. The description of this is A vegetable delight chunks of fresh homemade cottage cheese cooked in a tomato based sauce with fenugreek & delicious blends of chefs secret spices. (I think the grammer may be wrong in that description but is just what the menu said) The cottage cheese in the paneer makhni was unbelievable. The cheese alone could be 4 and a half /5 stars. I have to be fair with the rating system though and say that the food was amazing but the service did not blow me away, the value did not blowing away, or the ambiance did not blow me away. The food was so good here though that all the other things don't matter. I will be eating it again tonight and I am so excited.
We have been to Ashoka a handful of times and were pleased every single time. The food is yummy, I tend to have the same dishes over so I can only tell you that the garlic naan, butter chicken, rogan josh and rice are really, really good. The service is good as well, the wait staff all very friendly.
Was out for a late meal last evening and ended up in Langley and down Fraser Hwy. in the old section "one-way-street" part. Ashoka was one of the last left that was open and we decided to give it a chance seeing that it was very busy when we did the drive-by.
Looked nice when we walked in and the immediate smell gave us our first clue that we made a good choice.
The service was very polite and nice but very inexperienced. Wouldn't take any marks away for that because of how pleasant they were but had to laugh when they brought us a couple of beers in bottles (caps opened but left sitting on top) and asked if we would like glasses. You bet, as we weren't at a BC Lions tailgate party. Few other gaff's that made it obvious this was probably their first serving job and just started that week but again they made up for it for effort.
Ordered two entree's of Mixed Vegetable Korma and a Lamb curry dish. Lamb was incredible. On the menu it described the lamb as succulent and was it ever. Sauce was excellent. The vege Korma was good but I have had better. Rice and Naan bread were both great and we were stuffed and didn't need an appetizer.
Very enjoyable experience and wouldn't hesitate to go back or recommend to others.
Looking forward to exploring a few other restaurants in this little strip that looked really interesting but unfortunately had already closed as it was after 9.
I also saw that crib board by the window and was wondering about it.
We have been here several times over the last couple of years & have enjoyed good food & good service every time. There are fancier East Indian Restaurants, there are bigger ones, but this suits me fine. It's home cooking south Asian style. It's also nice to eat on Fraser Hwy & walk up & down. Relaxed & informal. Keep it up.
Came here with family for some Indian food. Was extremely satisfied. Tried their lunch buffet. Although there were not that many varieties, it was still an outstanding presentation of delicious and typical East Indian food. There was even hot Chai tea and tasty Naan. The staff were courteous and helpful. I was surprised at the cleanliness of the washrooms, which was a stark difference from the what one of the prehistoric reviews described below. I definitely would return to this restaurant!
My family and I always look for an opportunity to eat at Ashoka or order for pick up. The food is wonderful and the staff friendly and the prices are ok too. My daughter's friend from North Vancouver said the food at Ashoka is far better than any of the restaurants in North Van.
My wife and I went for a 6pm dinner last night and found the place to be empty but with a steady line of take out customers flowing in and out we weren't concerned. We chose our seat and water was brought to the table right away. We ordered a few samosas, pricey but very fresh. A short while after our mains arrived. My wife ordered the Lamb Rogan Josh which she greatly enjoyed! I had the Lamb Biryani which was flavored perfectly, great portion(1 and 1/2 meals) and piping hot! We used an entertainment coupon which was accepted without a hitch. Highly recommended, great Indian food!
I read the "Orsito" Review and decided it sounded so good that
I would do the same. (Cobra Beer & Rogan Josh and finish with the mango shake)
I did and I want to say what a great experience
it was. My husband and I invited friends to join us and we all were
pleased with our meal. Very tasty, very relaxing and nice staff.
We are visiting in Fort Langley and spent some time looking for Indian food .What a delight to find the Ashoka !
Although the decor leaves a bit to be desired, the food has been excellent on all of our visits.The service is pleasant and friendly and we would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Indian cuisine.The best so far in Canada! (We drove coast to coast this year!)
After my third visit to Ashoka, I am still convinced it is the only place to have Indian cuisine in Langley. The Butter Chicken is nicely cooked and the herbs are just enough but leave you wanting more. The rice is generous and the Naan is soft and delicious. It is a small but cozy restaurant and the waitresses are friendly and attentive. The portions are generous so I have enough for leftovers which makes the value well worth it. But it's really about the food and I have yet to have better. Ps. The takeout is ready within 10-15 minutes after you call which is the time it takes me to drive there..perfect
We have eaten here a couple times, and ordered take out for a large group once. The flavours are great, the portions are great, and the service is friendly. Don't let the little out of the way place fool you, this is exceptional Indian food, and they will take the time to explain the menu items to you if you are a little worried about what to order.
No need to go to Surrey or Vancouver for good Indian food again, we are so glad to have this little gem in Langley, close to home. Several of my friends also eat here, and we have never had a bad meal. Love it!!
My husband and I went to Ashoka last night after having seen reviews on it here and decided to try it.
We had once thought we had found the best Indian.......until last night. By far, the best butter chicken we have ever had, and we've been to a lot of Indian restaurants. My husband doesn't even like butter chicken that much, because usually everywhere we have been it is bland for him. But not this time. It was absolutely amazing, and the service was bang on.
We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an amazing meal. The restaurant itself is clean, but nothing fancy. For some it may be more worth taking out than dining in, but it all depends on how picky you are!
My husband and I own a restaurant and feel it's rare to find a really good restaurant in the Langley/Surrey area. Ashoka is one of the best!
We never eat inside the restaurant since we usually have to pick up just before closing, but the dining room is always beautifully appointed when we come in. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful if you want to try something new and our food is always awesome! Butter Chicken, Aloo Gobi, Samosas, Garlic Naan, Palak paneer - it's all great!
Tried Ashoka the other night for dinner with my husband. We were the only ones in the restaurant during our stay (it was a weeknight) other than one persone that picked up a take out order. Decor was outdated to say the least. Service was great - very friendly staff. We ordered the fried paneer appetizer with tamarind sauce to start and it was delicious. We couldn't finish it all though as we wanted to save room for dinner. We both ordered the butter chicken with rice and garlic naan. It was some of the best butter chicken we'd ever had. We asked for it to be prepared mild and it was perfect for us - not overly spicy. The portions were huge and we probobly could have split one order between the both of us. For dessert we were given a small dish of complimentary candy coated fennel seeds?? Interesting licorice taste. Overall we were very satisfied with the food quality and service and would defiantely go back.