A generous co-worker decided to treat us all to lunch, and GM was the 'go to' place. The decor was not terrific, but it looked clean inside, and we were doing takeout anyway...
Service was great, and we got good advice from the friendly manager on the best items to order and on the correct spiciness level. Our order was processed quickly, which is important if you are in a hurry. We got butter chicken, garlic naan bread, and vegetable samosas with a tangy tamarind sauce. All were just right. Not too hot, not too mild. The flavours were great and the portions were big. As for value it wasn’t too expensive, but in this case it was free for me ;) Thanks to co-worker C!
A good choice if you are in Mayberry. Um, I mean Maple Ridge.
I've had GM many times, both eat in and take out. Their take out orders feed a crowd and there are always delicious leftovers for the next day!
GM is probably one of the first restaurants that I experienced Indian food at, and that is just it - it is a good "intro restaurant" to Indian food. The flavours are there, but not at all spicy. You need to ask them to make it hot if you like things spicy.
If I were out in the Ridge for some Indian food, I would prefer Shan over GM - better flavour and better selection.
What can I say about GM restaurant. I will never ever claim to be a connoisseur of curry or of Indian cooking all I know about GM restaurant is that the food is always good it is always hot and I have never not enjoyed my meal. I have never eaten in at Gm always to go and the Owners are always extremely friendly and the staff always helpful. They show me my order when I get there so I never get home missing something. there is always plenty of chicken and potatoes in my curry and the quality of the saag is always one of my favorites. I will always be a customer of this restaurant because it has never steered me wrong 20 dollars gets me enough to feed 2 and for that price point it is a hell of a lot better than McDonald's. Keep it up guys you are one of the best around!
I used to love GM restaurant. I tried a different dish everytime and discovered that perhaps being a vegetarian (which I was considering but am not) was more than beans and tofu. The owner seemed so incredibly nice and the food was spiced nicely and the meal was cheap.... then they 'upgraded'. I moved away and came back to find the yummy cheap food was no longer.
FOOD: The spice seemed to leave the menu and everything was mild to tasteless. The last two times I went the food was cold and the 'medium' spice was non existant. I even tried to up it to 'super hot' the Aloo Muttar was like yogurt with food colouring and some curry perfume.
DECOR:The decor was and still is tacky and looked like a 70's Indian garage sale with a garden fountain in the midst. They seemed to make an effort to fulfill every stereotype that Indians are saddled with.Empty all the times I went or else completely packed and noisy as hell with no sound barriers or absorption (except the FOUNTAIN)
VALUE: Previously you could get a nice sized 'dish' with rice and roti for under 12 bucks now you pay for everything separately and rarely get out under 20 bucks a person. Don't bother ordering water just bring your own the service is that damn slow (see below)
SERVICE: It is like they pride themselves in beating down their employees until they are broken ghosts of humanity that only come to work to pay for whatever bill is pressing. The owners wife gives you amurky greeting then when she wakes from her nap she may come and take your order or you can wait for the teenager that comes for the next shift. I used to see this awesome tiny philipino girl and she was amazing then when I moved back I see these lifeless kids that obviously hate their jobs and exit through the revolving door that GM has for its wait staff. All the old staff that were there for years are gone and the new staff is lacking of course no worries they quit within months anyway. I think it is fairly telling when you see employees constantly quit a job, the food went downhill so I am assuming the chef left too.
All in all I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone anymore and will not go back myself. Sad but the once great 'gem' of a restaurant has turned into a food court buffet with crap service.
My husband and I eat at GM at least once a month and are always happy with the meal. The meat that they use their dishes (including the lamb) is always very lean with all of the fat trimmed off. I cannot recommend their cheesecakes enough, I think we have probably tried every flavour at one point or another. If you like your curry hot (as we do) be sure to specifically ask for it that way otherwise they do make them quite mild.
As far as their prices, I am always pleasantly surprised when we receive the bill as it seems like a bargain considering how much food we get and we always have leftovers to take home.
The service can be slow but if you go before 5:30 it shouldn't be a problem. I personally enjoy to draw the meal out as my husband and I don't often get a night out to ourselves so for us the slow service is a plus.
I would highly recommend this restaraunt to all Indian food lovers!
This is proper Indian food. Haven taken my friend here, who lived in Singapore for many years (which has a massive Indian community), he declared it the most authentic Indian cuisine he's ever had outside of India and Singapore - high praise!
Such praise is evident too - there are awards on the wall from local papers, even the Province, Vancouver Sun, and (no joke) the New York Times!
Food is indeed special - a HUGE menu of both carniverous and vegetarian Indian food is available, always served fresh-made (no pre-made powders/pastes here) and with fresh-baked Naan bread to scoop up all of their sumptuous sauces. If you like it hot, ask for it "Indian hot", but you'd better have cast-iron stomach; it isn't so hot that you cannot taste the flavour (that would be pointless) but it will absolutely drive the unsuspecting up the wall. Fresh-made and baked Indian deserts are plainly presented in view under a glass casing; try them!
Service is (as has been noted before) relatively slow; I have no idea why - they usually have enough servers, but my best guess is that because everything is made 100% from scratch, it can take quite some time to prepare - after all, proper curries and such are not exactly as simple as a burger or sandwich.
The decor is the weakest point - it doesn't look very "ethnic" inside, chairs and tables are small and uncomfortable. Still - the food is what matters most, and it's fabulous - the best Indian food I've ever had outside of the Far-East myself, and I've travelled a lot!
Been here two or three times - all for dinner and each time relatively early (around 5pm) so service was quick as the place was pretty much empty.
The food was great - I remember a tomato/lamb curry dish that was very good.
Don't find that we're in Maple Ridge very often for dinner and as a result don't return as often as we would if it were closer to home.
Very definitely worth a try if you've never been.
My favourite place to go when I'm craving Indian food. I will never try cooking my own curry or butter chicken because I'm sure it won't compare. Only reason why I think the value is just ok is because I don't like how you have to buy the rice separately... for an almost extra $7.. How can you eat curry without rice?? The rest of the experience is worth it though. Also, if you come here... you absolutely must try the strawberry cheesecake. Best cheesecake I've ever eaten!! I highly recommend it, if you are wanting a tasty dessert.
I ordered $50 worth of butter chicken, saag, chicken pakoras and aloo tikka to take out for my husband's birthday. The food was horrible and after eating a bit of it, we all threw it in the garbage. It tasted like the food was pre made and sitting around for a long time prior to picking it up. The chicken pieces in the butter chicken and pakoras was very dry and old tasting. The aloo tikka was extremely salty and my husband spit it out. We order Indian food regularly and can make better food at home.
I called and let the restaurant know that the food was not good and she said sorry and that was it.....couldn't care less. What a disappointment for a birthday dinner and waste of $50.
The naan was good however if that is any consolation.
Avoid this place at all cost.
My husband does not enjoy curry. Crazy fellow. But I do! And when he goes out of town, I go to the GM Restaurant. I love it. Great value, great food. Actually, I know he really loves me because one day he took me there for dinner and a movie. I think he actually enjoyed the food, although it is not his thing.
We've been going to GM restaurant for 4 years now and order take out almost weekly. The service is a little slow but the owner is lovely and always remembers us. He always asks about my husband and our kids. The restaurant is lacking in decor but don't eat it anyway. It's a lot better since they expanded into the restaurnt they have now.
We are both English and love the European style of the dishes. My husband's favourite dish is lamb dansak which many curry houses have never heard of. We always order the same items so can't vouch for all entrees, but we love their garlic naan and GM rice.
I would highly recommend this restaurant but leave lots of time if you're going to eat in and give them an extra 15 minutes on the quoted take out collection time!
Some girlfriends and I went to GM a few months ago. It was my first time. The food is amazing! The staff is very friendly. It was a little chilly in the restaurant, I brought a sweater so no problem. Parking is pretty hard to find. We had an great time, and I would recommend this place to anyone.
They also have takeout.
I went a while ago but when i went i was not impressed at all and im not one of those people that pick everything apart i usually could care less. So First off I walked in and they were redecorating the place so i cant judge them for that but it was very messy inside, there were many children running around and throwing chicken fingers at eachother at a table near by. I tried to avoid it and order the butter chicken. It didnt taste that bad but i found a peice of plastic in the sauce. I'm just wondering how it got there? i dont know..im not going back
Lately we've been really disappointed with the GM. We used to be regulars, but have found the service declining. We were there recently with friend and the two guys ordered beers. We were never asked through the whole evening if we would like more water or beer.
The food is okay, but seems impossible to get anything really hot, "Indian Hot". Always comes out medium. We also like Indian restaurants that include naan and rice with the meal. Everything here has to be purchased separately which makes the price add up for what should be cheap-ish Indian food. There are only a few combo meals, which get a bit boring after a few visits.
Ok, this is my first review. I signed up specifically to rate this restaurant. Normally I take the reviews posted here with a big grain of salt but the previous posters were bang on about the food.
I'm a bit picky when it comes to food, I hate eating super watered down versions of traditional foods to meet the caucasian taste. I also can't claim to be an expert on Indian food, but I did grow up in Surrey!
I don't really care about ambiance and decor that much. This place here wasn't too bad for either of those really, but the food was great. We ordered chai tea for four and got four cups full of tea delivered and a pot to go along with it! And, it was the best tasting restaurant chai tea I've had. Every dish we ordered was excellent (if you like it hot, you have to ask for it otherwise it comes out quite mild), the naan bread was perfect, service was pretty good.
I'm pretty sure I've eaten at every Indian restaurant in the tri-cities and this place is my fave. Definitely recommend it to anyone.
food is consistently good. Ask for an 11 on the scale of 1-10 if you like hot food. Service can be deplorably slow, I have waited over an hour for food after ordering... Not recommended for lunch for this reason
Since the dawn of time (Or about 1 year after opening) My Family, and friends have been going to this glorious place. The owners are wonderful, hugs not withstanding, the food is great, service is what you need, if you want a belly busting fire inside, ask for it, otherwise hot is tamed for the westerners, but if you ask for heat, you will surely get it! good food for the price, cheesecakes are to die for, The kids who were so young once (The place is named for their initials) are grown up now but the owners have never stopped providing good food! My Niece will never forget the youghurt/cucumber sauce they kept plowing onto the table when she was 4, and drinking it like a milk shake, and we never saw it ever on the bill............Joginder , you are great , your wife, is the same, but she always changes her name whenever I am there, keep it the same, her face is forever in my memory! She should not change it to satiate the white man, she is wonderfull enough as it is!.............keep up the great work!
I would drive the distance for sating my curry cravings. Ambiance doesn't really matter to me, because I order take away. The staff are courteous and always remember me. The portions are quite generous, for instance two meals can easily feed three people. The curry is fresh and flavourful, better than I can make at home. Although I have no room for desert, I can't resist the homemade cheesecake, for later.
I went to GM Restaurant recently with my girlfriend who was craving butter chicken; since this place was just up the road from me we decided to give it a try.
We walked in, were greeted and sat down beside the window. First thing I noticed: It was COLD! Cold, dark, dreary and boring! I actually had to put my jacket on.
After waiting 5 minutes or so to be given menus; it was another 5 before we were offered drinks and then another 5 to be given the drinks. It was obvious the waiting staff were all very young and not passionate about what they do nor wanted to be there.
Our server took our orders and scurried off never to be seen again until he brought out our starter; which was tasteless except the overpowering amount of cilantro added.
Once the food came; neither of us were very impressed. It all just tasted like your standard food-court Indian food. Very generic and uninteresting. Nothing really bad, just nothing really outstanding. Judging by the other customers in the restaurant decked out in their
'Sunday best' (Maple Ridge style of course, sweat pants and flannel shirts); this isn't a fine-dining hot-spot in Maple Ridge.
GM Restaurant offers great Indian food. The food isn't overly spicy (it caters to westerners) and as someone who can handle a lot of spice, I am sure I could handle "hot". Last time I ordered "medium" and it was good but, definitely not a mouth-burner. As for price, it is not cheap however, not expensive. My boyfriend and I can go on a Friday night and order a few beers with dinner and get out of there for $60 which is cheaper than dinner for us anywhere else (the only time we get out of a restaurant for $37 is for breakfast). The service has always been good. As for decor, it is not the worst but, not very good either. However, anyone who goes to an Indian resaurant expecting great decor is as crazy as someone going to a Japanese restaurant and expecting great service (especially outside of the city). The restaurant is family run and the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. The food and atmosphere at GM is better than any of the Indian restaurants in Abbotsford. My boyfriend and I eat out FAR too much and often at fairly expensive restaurants such as The Cannery and Bluewater Cafe and we still both LOVE GM restaurant!!!