Palki is a fully licensed Indian restaurant located just off Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver.
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!
If I wrote this review a couple years ago I would have described the food as excellent. I used to recommend this place to everyone.
The food quality is on a serious decline.
I ordered pick up today and was sooo disappointed!
1. The rice came in approximately 5 dry, clumpy portions. Yesterday's rice obviously. You think they could at least provide fresh rice as it's so cheap to make.
2. The chicken korma was dry (actually we ordered the Navrattan Korma but they made a mistake),
3. The Tikka Misala was dry (I ordered hot but they brought mild).
If we were eating at the restaurant I would have refused to pay.
The part that really puts me off is that when I called to express my concerns the person on the phone just indifferently shrugged it off. He told me that he would give me credit for rice...but I get the sense that he didn't really care about satisfying a long time customer.
I'll be looking for a new Indian restaurant in North Van.
Had a lunch buffet there today. Havent been in years, but used to frequent it . Perhaps my tastes have changed in that time, but I did not find it as enjoyable. I must echo another reviewer in saying that small numbers of buffet items (4 or 5 main courses and stupid dal) isnt automatically a turn off. That said, they have to taste somewhat individual or unique from eachother.
I too have been spoled by saffron, but being stuck in north van today I thought I would try it instead. For 9 dollars you are getting ONE basket of naan, and a mediocre buffet. Generally, I will not go to indian "buffets" as most are a cut corners slopfest. I must say it was better than that. The beef was overstewed, the buttered chicken was tasteless, uninspired and no chilli pickles were provided to fix it. Aloo with carrots was passable. The pakoras were well fried, not soggy or but not spicy either. My wife who cannot take any level of spice also agreed that the food sort of blended together. The tandoori was flavourful at the beginning, but towards then end became smelly and repugnant. In a good buffet, the meal will stay savory untill the end. In a bad one, the taste changes as your body gets used to the somewhat exotic spices - the food in bad restaurants hides behind this initial appeal to non-conformity.
That said, it wasnt that off. The naan was excellently oiled and the perfect texture. The one or two tastes that spread themselves over all the items was not offensive and actually quite enjoyable. Salad bar was a joke, but riata was good.
Service was frequent and quiet which is how i like it. Water was filled multiple times.
I feel like this restaurant is a 3. Go there if your far away from saffron by willingdon, or not in surrey. Its probably akin to mediocre surrey quality food. Best indian ive had on the north shore at least.
My god, the vindaloo was tasteless, and vindaloo is supposed to be spicy! We ordered fish masala and got fish tikka which was also bland and very dry, albeit served on a sizzling plate. If I needed sizzle, I would have gone to the Sizzler. Service was decent but nothing great. These guys purport to have all kinds of awards, but I don't know how. Anyway, after forking out $80, the two of us were still hungry for some good food. Last time there for sure!