Mumbai Masala has moved to a new location and is now open. Mumbai Masala serves fine Indian cuisine in a family run atmosphere.
It was a damp Sunday and we were hungry after poking around MEC and the Park and Tilford area so we thought we’d give the Mumbai Masala a try. We love Indian food and I’d read some reviews on Dine Here that raved about it. Arriving just after 5pm, we were the first patrons there but it quickly filled up until there were only a couple empty tables by the time we left. The restaurant has 9 tables for 4 and 5 tables for 2 so it’s a relatively small and quaint place with a subdued Indian decor and music. There was a stream of customers coming in for takeout so that appears to be a popular option.
Since it was our first visit we ordered some familiar dishes: chicken tikka, vegetable jalfrezi, lamb korma, naan, and basmati rice, at medium heat. A complementary basket of fennel papadums arrived first to enjoy with our Cobra beers; a nice start. The tandoori chicken tikka arrived sizzling on a flat iron with the familiar red and black seared chicken chunks scattered with onions and peppers. The vegetable jalfrezi was a mix of cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and other veggies in mild brown curry sauce. Lamb was a bit scarce in the korma but the sauce was nicely mopped up with the charred naan. Service was adequate and friendly but nothing outstanding or horrifying. $64 including tip.
Overall we found the food to be very light on the spices, flavours and chili heat of India that we’re very familiar with. The chef clearly holds back on the ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, and cardamom and although we ordered medium hot, we couldn’t detect any significant chili heat. Disappointing to our particular palates but it’s clear the Mumbai has many fans and many of the tables were occupied by people who were regulars, so I think they are strongly catering to a non-Indian crowd that might be easily overwhelmed by traditional Indian spice levels. If you want a rich mouthful of palate searing and sinus clearing Indian food like us, there are better places to explore around Lonsdale. But if you want Indian food that even the kids and grandma can enjoy, the Mumbai is a good choice.
A great way to try Indian food if you don't know what you like. They normally have 2 meat dishes (beef and chicken) and about 3 vegetarian dishes. Some cold salads to start, basmati rice and naan bread. Very good deal at $9 for lunch and very quick as the food is already prepared.
Overall I would say the lunch fare is pretty standard in terms of quality.
Came here for the first time and loved it. We ordered the Bhel Puri appetizer - very delicious. Light and tasty. For the main course we ordered butter chicken, Tofu Tikka Masala and Kashmiri Pulao Rice with naan bread. I was thrilled to have a choice on how hot we wanted it (mild, medium or spicy) and we chose spicy for both dishes. It was interesting how although both were supposed to be spicy the butter chicken wasn't as spicy as the other dish but for me it was perfect (the butter chicken). We ordered too much food for two people, could have ordered just the butter chicken or the Tofu but now we know for next time. The servers were very friendly, a very pleasant atmosphere and the prices are very reasonable. We definitely will return.
I went to MM for some takeout because the weather was just too nice to cook. I tried the online ordering and it went quite smoothly. When I got to the restaurant I took a moment to check it out. Nicely decorated, clean, lots of staff.
I got my order from the friendly server and was on my way. I had lamb curry, butter chicken, and some garlic naan bread. The naan bread was okay, but a little hard. The butter chicken was a little bland, but the lamb curry had tender chunks of lamb in a savory curry sauce. However, as a previous reviewer remarked, they put tons of sauce and not enough meat. Must be a cost cutting measure. That was a disappointment.
All in all not awful, but there were some big shortcomings. I won't be back.
Was looking for parking on Lonsdale to eat somewhere and happened to find a spot right in front so decided to try it as they had a lunch buffet and I've been meaning to try this place for a long time.
The buffet was $8.95 which is a great price for a buffet. Thought it might just be vegetarian but was surprised to find 2 meat dishes. I was however dissapointed in the food. There wasn't a single dish that I thought was particularly tasty, and I usually love Indian food. One dish seemed like butter beef, which was a bit weird to me. A basket of fresh naan arrived and I was looking forward sopping up the rest of my sauce with it. However, the naan tasted funny to me, I'd say it actually tasted like sourdough naan if there was such a thing. My wife then commented how sour it was too without me saying anything so I wasn't imagining it. Maybe its not bad but it was not what I was looking forward to eating. This was also the first time I've went for a buffet that I never returned for a second helping if that says anything.
Service was OK but they brought me a coke instead of the diet coke I asked for. Otherwise they seemed friendly.
Compared to the food and selection at the Saffron in Burnaby this buffet paled in comparison. The selection is similar at All India in west van, but I found their food much tastier, and service/ambience better as well. So All India is my current north shore pick. Palki isn't that great in my opinion either.
For the price, I guess you can't complain though. Even my pop was only $1.50. I mean a meal at McDonalds costs about the same and I might rather take the Indian. I don't think I will ever return but if I was in the area and poor and starving it would be OK.
I had to make an account to just rave about this place. It recently opened up in Park and Tilford mall and I have to say I am delighted. I heard about this place from friends and I just wish I found out about this place before...I've been missing out on delicious Indian food! The restaurant looks very nice inside and very "indianish" with all of the Indian inspired designs and pictures. I went with a group, and I had Beef curry, eggplant bartha, and daal with some naan and rice on the rice. I can honestly say that it was the best Indian food I've had in a while! I definitively recommend this place with great pride.
This place is awesome in every way-food,atmosphere,value, and service! A couple of my friends and I went on a Sunday night after deciding to eat-out. Once we seated and given menus, we received a complimentary appetizer ( papadum + chutney ) which was a lovely surprise. We decided on chicken vindaloo, eggplant bhartha, daal mumbai, and garlic naan which were huge and really fresh! After, we had gulab jamun for dessert and went home completely satisfied. I highly recommend this place for newbies and Indian food lovers!
Just went to MM tonight and it was great not average but great! I used to go to MM weekly but after a few mishaps with new servers I stopped going but after hearing that the old MM was back I had to go check it out. I walked in and wow the changed the place up but it still has that cool calm feel that MM has always had maybe even better. We were greeted by welcoming staff this time and I was happy to find out that they let go of the certain waiter who they had received complaints about and hired new staff. Just a little note, the owners of this place are great and always make you feel welcome. My wife and I sat were seated at our table and we immediately noticed that they have have mogo fries back! I ordered my favourites which are chicken masala , Prawn Di Piazza , mogo , naan , a beer to drink. my wife on the other hand ordered something she didn't try before, she ordered papri chaat , the mumbai mix , kuku paka , vindaloo , rice , naan , and a lassi ( yoghurt shake ) to drink. For dessert we had kulfi ( indian ice- cream), it was a nice end to our meal. I have to say that the food surpassed our expectations coming in and from now on I am a loyal customer to Mumbai Masala. The food had the right consistency , amount of spices , portions , price, and flavour. What more could you ask for. All in all I highly recommend Mumbai Masala and if your unsure about what to order just order the dinner thali its great for new customers to find out what they like. Sorry for the long review but I just love this place so much.
I would recommend making a reservation just in case because it was packed the day I went!
I love this place! I've been here over a dozen times and I keep coming back for the flavors and the prices. The food is tasty, fresh and relatively cheap. The Chicken Masala, Vindaloo, Dal, Chana Masala, Lamb Korma & Garlic Naan are all regular choices. But try the Tandoori Lamb (one of the more expensive dishes on the menu at $16) it is a taste sensation.
Some North Van folk swear by Palkis on 15th, not me, I've tried both and keep coming back to Mumbai Masala.
If you are ever in North Vancouver looking for a nice restaurant definitely try Mumbai Masala. They have amazing Indian food, and the atmosphere is very romantic and comfortable. We went on a Wednesday night and the place was completely empty, which was a bit odd but also nice. Other then that It was great, fast service, the waiter wasn't exactly super friendly or anything but it was still very nice.
Wow! Took me long enough to find this place! A couple of my friends(6 of us) and I were craving Indian food but we didn't want to miss the game either so we decided to do take-out but to our surprise MM had a T.V, so we ate and cheered the Canucks on as the won the game! ( one more till we win! knock on wood.) Now let's get down to the main business-food!. The food here is one of the best in Vancouver, the dishes are so flavourful and fresh and most importantly delicious. We dined on lamb chops,kuku paka(coconut chicken),prawn di piazza,vindaloo,chicken pakoras, chicken masala,naan,rice, and knocked down some cobra beers. Honestly, this place is great- the food is amazing, the staff is welcoming, the staff are well versed in Indian cuisine, and the place has a great feel to it when you step inside. I highly recommend this place to all Indian food lovers in Vancouver. If you don't like spicy food don't worry you can get dishes that aren't spicy at all! Two-Thumbs Up!!!
I had a few meals at MM with friends just after it first opened. It was excellent, with great food and plenty of space on the table - which is essential for sharing a selection of curries with friends. More recently the curries have a bit too much sauce for my taste - but this seems to be quite a common approach with the Indian restaurants I have been to in Vancouver. I would like to see a few more raw fresh spices in the meals such as fresh chillis and ginger. That said, the flavours of the curries are really good and the atmosphere is relaxed and spacious.
I was in the resturant thursday Lunch with my co workers ,and it was the awsome Lunch thali I ever had ,oh my god portion was showing chef has big heart for his custmers ,flavour oh yummmi ,PRICE WAS $ 8.95 ,could not belive it ,they have vegie & Non vegie Thali we tryed both it was amaging ,they used to have lunch buffet ,but lunch thali rock, we all going back next week for work lunch again ,i hope they will have special thali forever , just ask the waitres u want to have lunch special ,and it comes with butter chiken,beef with spinch,dall,mix veg,veg pakora(app)& desserts for $8.95. Go try it and share your experience here.
Last night was our fourth dinner at Mumbai Masala and it has never dissapointed us. We've been a couple of times with a non meat-eating buddy who eats fish, and there is lots of lovely dishes to choose from. A few times we've asked the server for recommendations for his favorite vegetable or prawn dishes- and his suggestions have been great. Last night's chicken tika was moist and lovely, and the prawns in coconut milk were succulent. The rice dish, I think that it was called special punjabi rice pulao, was full of nuts and fruit and was a real star. Our bill for three was $80., and that included 3 beers and leftovers to feed two for lunch. I don't think you can expect to get quality food for less than that. I highly recommend this spot.
I've been to Mumbai Masala several times now, and have always had a good experience. The food has always been very good, and the service is usually pretty solid as well. We've just about tried all the dishes on the menu at this point, and the vast majority have been very good.
My only real complaint is that the prices are a little bit high.
Wow! I don't know why it took me so long to get to this place. Don't be fooled by the humble exterior. The food, service, and ambience are GREAT.
We ordered the mogo chips to start off with. Delicious. I don't know of anywhere besides Vij's in Vancouver where you can get mogos...and Vij's doesn't even have them anymore! As for the veggies dishes...I'm a vegan, so I was over the moon! Great Bartha, excellent okra, and tangy veggie vindaloo. The best Indian food I've had on the North Shore, and perhaps the best traditional I've had in Vancouver.
We had a great bottle of Riesling too, and our server, Lalite, was super helpful. I'd happily recommend this place, and can't wait to go back myself :)
tried this restaurant for the first time and i will be coming back.
I went here on a the weekend and it was busy but the servers were attentive and seated us quickly. the food was great especially the butter chicken ( the best that I've had in a while) and i was surprised to find that they had a great wine list to compliment their food. service was good and the price was reasonable too. ill be back for sure!
My son and I decided to try another curry restaurant in North Vancouver and Mumbai Masala was recommended to us.
Both of us consider ourselves "butter king" experts and although the dish lacked salt, we were satisfied with the meal.
We visited the restaurant on a (very) quiet Monday night and although we enjoyed the restaurant to ourselves, our server was not attentative to our need for salt and extra water.
The price of the meal for two (without liquor) came to $35 with the gratuity. Good value for a pleasant evening and we will be back.
I've been to this place on several occasions and every time i go i never want to leave. the food is great the service is good and the place is really calming. I love their food its great it's the best Indian I've tasted on the north shore. my friends and me went for a little get together and we were surprised that owner came and talked to us. our server recommended the lamb and it was delicious one of the best . i would recommend this to anyone who loves Indian and would recommend their lunch buffet for anyone trying it out for the first time
This place was alright. It was not as good as the last reviewer makes it out to be. I agree, the food was really nice and tasty but this place was not affordable at all. It is under the 10 dollar or less category as many dishes are under $10. However, when I ordered one of the paneer dishes they had as a main course I was shocked. I was expecting enough for at least one person but it was barely the size of an appetizer at most other indian restaurants. I was greatly disappointed. Once again food, and atmosphere were good but portion size was terrible.