Palki is a fully licensed Indian restaurant located just off Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver.
I always ignore reviews for restaurants based on lunch buffets...totally different experience from an a la carte dinner. Palki had some poor reviews largely based on lunch buffet experiences so we three decided to give Palki a try for dinner on a Friday night, being lovers of good Indian food and never having been to Palki before. The restaurant is nicely decorated, muted brown tones, a few Indian wall hangings with Indian bollywood music playing in the background. The aromas when you walk in the door are spicy and mouth-watering. So far so good. There were only a few other tables occupied so service was friendly and efficient provided by our two servers.
We started with two mango lassi’s and an IPA, then ordered 2 sides of tandoori naan, 2 bowls of basmati rice, lamb rogan josh, tandoori prawns, channa masala, and murgh vindaloo, all medium heat which turned out to be just right for us. All the food was excellent. The red tandoori prawns arrived sizzling with black char marks on an iron plate with a bed of seared onions. The lamb rogan josh and murgh vindaloo were very rich and well spiced and the sauces were nicely mopped up with their lovely tandoori grilled naan bread. Delicious. One of the best Indian meals we’ve had for a while and we’re already planning to visit again soon to try some more of their tandoori dishes.
Total bill was $96 including a nice tip for efficient service....we were out of there in just under an hour with a small doggy bag to fight over.
I went for Sunday buffet.
I love Indian buffets and I've dined at several others. By far the best is Saffron in Burnaby. I'm stating this because I think I've been spoiled by Saffron which may explain some comments in this review.
The buffet was fairly limited in selection, butter chicken, tandoori chicken, plain rice, yam(?) fries, a few other vegetarian hot dishes, and a few salads. Saffron has triple this.
I can live with a small buffet if I find the food tasty, but the food was a bit dissapointing. It was simply too bland for my liking. The butter chicken seemed a bit runny and a bit tasteless. The only thing they had that I felt like getting seconds of was the fries. The naan was quite good as well. Again if I compare the Saffron buffet, I'd take almost all 15 dishes there over any of the the dishes here.
There was one waiter (perhaps owner?) serving the place. It started getting busy, but he was keeping up. He had a nice friendly personality and made you feel at home.
While I didn't have any kind of horrible time here, it was a bit weak compared to the other buffets I've been too. I won't be back just because I'd simply rather go somewhere else.
Last week my wife & I went to Palki for dinner. We had eaten there fairly often previously and always enjoyed the food. This time we were reading the menu to try something different. Perriera was taking care of us and he asked a few questions of our likes. He said to leave the choice with him and he will ensure that we enjoyed the meal. He served us, amongst other, "Lamb Methi" which was not even on the menu. It was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Only suggestion is to space the meal between servings! Thank you Palki - Keep up the great food!
Came here with some friends who had been here before and liked it. We ordered lamb vindaloo which was good, curry chicken which was also good. The problem was the fish dish, can't even remember what it was but it was bad, like rancid bad, I had a piece of it and spit it out, it was just nasty like that ammonium smell when seafood is not fresh and off. When we told our server/owner he told us the fish was just marinated in vinegar and that it was supposed to be like that.????? Are you kidding me? who the hell doesn't know what bad fish taste like. Well he gave us some free desert (big deal) like some pudding or something that was like pretty cheap on the menu. Why lie to your customers??? Won't be back.
This is my second review of this eating establishment. I have eaten at the Sunday buffet on a number of occasions and have always found it to be quite good. However, I dined here yesterday and found the quality of the buffet to have deteriorated. Everything tasted bland and there was no spice or much flavor to anything. The butter chicken was bland. The tandoori chicken was also bland and had no tandoori flavor at all even though the red coloration was intact. The lamb dish was very bland and tasted like anything but lamb. The salads (all three) were quite tasteless and disappointing.
Overall, I was very disappointed in my most recent visit to Palki in North Vancouver. I would not dine there again based on this experience. What a shame to see this previously fine restaurant go downhill.
I took a new friend from Scotland to this restaurant. I raved about it to him from my past experiences there a few years ago. I noticed that the restaurant was almost empty although it was dinner time. Years ago it was at least half full. Sadly, this time the quality of the food had seriously degraded from the last time I was there about 3 years ago. I ordered a chicken with a spinach sauce dish. The chicken was surprisingly tough. I had to saw through it with my knife. The spinach sauce was bland and boring. The overall effect was that of a microwaved dish. I asked the waiter if the chicken and sauce had been cooked for my order. He replied that it had been but I didn't and don't believe him. For an appetizer, my friend and I ordered a dish that turned out to be onion rings. It was greasy and horrible. They replaced it with a plate of pakoras which turned out to be the most tasty dish we ordered. What happened to Palki? Did they just lose interest in preparing good food? Is everything pre-cooked and microwaved now? That's what it tastes like. There is no excuse for tough chicken. Palki is not the same as it once was and I will not be going back.
I have been here a few times and it is always a good deal. The fresh naan is excellent, the butter chicken is also very good: some of the other dishes today included a beef curry, a vegetable curry, and chicken tikka. From my experience it is best to get here close to noon, as the food is fresh; later if it is busy the popular items may be a bit depleted. At $11.95 is is an outstanding value.
Service wasn't the greatest, but the food was amazing, and not just for the cheap prices. Also, there's actually more than 2 wines on the list, unlike many other indian restos. Lamb vindaloo was spicy and fragrant, garlic naan was delicious and portions were large. Best butter chicken ever, enough said.
I had heard a lot about palki restaurant and that it has been serving the best indian food in north vancouver for the past 10 - 12 years. So i decided to give it a try. I was worried at the beginning because i cannot eat spicy food. The server was very polite and as soon as i gave my order he asked me spice level for all the 3 curries which was ordered, whether i wanted mild medium or hot. I went for mild and the spice level was just perfect for me and the curry was thick and had a rich feeling to it. The naan bread was soft and the rice was fresh and hot. I would definitely recommend it to everybody who is afraid to eat spicy food and loves indian food.
I've been living in Vancouver for about 5 years now, I have really missed my curry since moving from England. I've been to many Indian Restaurants but I have yet to have good Butter Chicken. The Butter Chicken was just amazing, perfectly spiced and the chicken was perfectly tender. We also had the Wings From Hell, literally they were from hell. They were hot but amazing tasting, it was quite the delight. The other dishes we had including the Channa Masala and and the Saag Paneer were also tasty. However the Butter Chicken was the highlight of the night. There service was good to. They had this one fellow by the name of Savian or Savion or something like that. He truly makes you feel like your at home. Even if your not from England, they have the best Butter Chicken and i highly suggest you to try this place out.
I've eaten at Palki three times over the past couple years, and I've always found the food and service to be very worthy of recommendation. I am no expert on Indian cooking, but I've thoroughly enjoyed Palki's wares. (I also really liked Indian Fusion, also in North Van.) I've never been for the buffet, but the chicken vindaloo, rogan josh, butter chicken, naan bread, and pakoras I've ordered in my visits have been delicious, well-cooked, and well-presented. The server (owner?) makes a point of adjusting the spiciness to my taste, and he's always hit the mark with the right blend of heat potency and distinguishable flavour. It is a little pricey, so I can't eat there as often as I might like, but it is a very nice treat.
i liked it, you want honesty, ok here it is. i have never had a lot of experience with the east india food. curry and all that spice stiff, but one day i walked into the place called palki. i asked for a food item called beef '' vindalou '' with medium curry, rice, and a bread called non, well you know a thick bread type . any-way i loved the whole meal. also the place had a nice decor. a pass, palki see you soon.
Great place, best butter chicken going! Buffet is amazing! Have been there numerous times, but the last time, I had some certificates for meals, and they refused to accept them! They stated they were not for the bufffet (Not stated in the numerous disclaimers on the certificates) waitress was rude that time, as she stated I should have mentioned the certificates when I entered (I did, and they said no problem!) but alas, after stuffing my face, and my friend and wife had finished, all was good, food is fantastic, be carefull not to light the place on fire with the heat candles under the food (DAMHIKT) enjoy yourself......good food barring other issues!2
If you try the butter chicken here just once you will never go anywhere else, great service, beautiful resteraunt, and amazing food, do yourself a huge favor and eat here. This is my wife's favorite all time resteraunt and it is closing in on my number one as well, I have nothing but good things to say about Palkis.
I ordered food last night for delivery as i had some friends coming over for dinner. I had heard a lot of good things about Palki especially their food so i ordered delivery. The delivery was right on time, food was hot and everything was spiced right. I will recommend this restaurant to everybody in North Van who loves Indian food.
Had dinner for 2. Asked about the special of the day, end up receiving the most expensive dish on the menu. Host was more of a salesman than anything else. The ambiance is very relaxing and calm. The food was amazing, had to take it home. Unfortunately, the host snuck in naan bread and rice, which cost extra. I recommend the Tikka Massala, wings from hell, and the butter chicken. The food did take a while to arrive, despite there being only 3 other tables dining.Bill came out to $80, as the host worked his sales skills rather than his host skills.
I definitely recommend this restaurant, as long as you make sure you know what you're buying and don't fall for any of the hosts sneaky tricks.
I've been here before for lunch where it was very busy and more of a buffet. Very tasty, but too busy for lots of service. For dinner, the experience was different. The restaurant wasn't packed, so the staff had time to provide truly good service, the food came out very quickly, and was, as expected, excellent. I'd vote this the best Indian food I've had. I left sweating from the spice and very satisfied with my meal.
It was a while back but the experience still haunts me.
Early evening on a weekday at about 7.30. The carpet was strewn with bits of food - not a good sign, but maybe they just had a really busy day. I ordered my stock test meals for when trying out an Indian restaurant that I hadn't been to before; a vindaloo, a rogan josh and a few appetizers, breads and bahjis. My wife and I waited in anticipation.
When the meal was brought to the table I couldn't tell the difference between the two meals so I had to ask the waiter. It took a few seconds but he managed to identify which was which. The two meals tasted almost identical except that the 'vindaloo' was hotter than the 'rogan josh'. Utter crap. Thirty years of eating curries and this was one of the worst experiences I can remember.
The bill came to about sixty dollars. A total waste of money. Pokey Palki.
I was looking forward to coming back to Palki...but it won't be happening again. The first time I was there, the food, eh, was alright, but it was their raita and naan that made me drive from Langley to North Van!
Last time, I ordered the chicken tikka masala and it had a good amount of spice, but it still did not measure up to KC's Tandoor's tikka. KC's Tandoor is this absolutely amazing "cantina" style Indian restaurant in Encinitas, California. I lived in California for many years and I still cannot find an Indian restaurant in Vancouver that makes a similar tikka masala....Since I don't give up easily, when it comes to food, I'm still on the look-out for my Canadian KC's Tandoor! :)
Ok, so back to the reason why I'm not going back to Palki...
Tonight I went back with a friend for raita, naan, and, of course, a curry fix. The curry was bland with a soup-like consistency. It was disappointing. No real body or flavour! I don't think food needs to be spicy to have taste! And this food was absolutely tasteless...
To make matters worse, the waitress was not the friendliest, forgot to give us our raita, and never asked if we needed more drinks - apparently, no refills [even if we want to pay for it] on soda or water.
And to top it all off, after I paid for the bill, the manager told me that I should have left, at least, 15% tip, even if I felt the service was mediocre. WHY SHOULD I? Let's just say he made me very angry.
I used to be a waitress, back in my college days, and I do know the distinction between good and poor service...and what I got tonight, was bad food, poor service, and a manager wanting to teach me a lesson on how to tip! Seriously, who needs this? I tipped the waitress 10%, which given the level of service, in my opinion, was generous. I could have not tipped at all, but I was with a friend, in a happy mood, and not wanting to be disagreeable.
It is sad, but after tonight, my love affair with their naan and raita has come to an end...
I used to love Palki for the complexity of the dishes and great flavours. We picked up several dishes tonight (Lamb Vindaloo, Gobi Aloo, Coconut Chicken, Pilau) and they were not only bland but probably the worst curry I have ever eaten. Watery, tastless and entirely insipid. Did someone lock up the flavour cabinet? When I called to voice my disapointment the response was a simple "oh,I'll pass it on". I will certainly not be back!