Namaste offers true Indian dining in Port Coquitlam previously located on Coast Meridian Road.
My wife and I went here a few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon. We were curious to try the new Indian place in Poco. I thought the decore inside was rather dull and the drapes were really gaudy.
We ordered samosas, veggie and chicken. The veggie ones were OK, but the chicken ones had meat in them that was rather dry. There was not much taste to them either.
My wife had a veggie main dish which she really liked. I had mixed grill. I was looking quite forward to it. The mixed grill literally came out a mixed grill. All the meats were pilled up on each other and everything was mixed up like a curry. I tasted the chicken and it was bland and dry. I then moved over to the lamb. I almost threw up as it was so dry and tasted horrible. I asked the manager to take it back. She agreed the lamb was very dry as she pulled it apart in the kitchen.
Oddly enough the manager/owner here is a vegetarian so how can she assess how good the food is. I would only come back here to eat veggie food and nothing else! Eat the meat dishes with your own peril!
I came in on a whim awhile ago. The food was ok, but did not suit my tastes. I think I have been spoiled by the flavours of The Bombay, also in Port Coquitlam. The owner was very very nice and attentive.
As for the poster who mistakenly asked how someone who is vegetarian can make a meat dish, and an indian meat dish at that...for someone who probably likes food (clearly enough to post comments on food) I would assume they would be a bit more culinary educated. You will find that the majority of indian restaurants have vegetarians as cooks, this is due their religion and culture. I may also open your eyes to Vij's indian restaurant in Vancouver. They have consistently been called the best Indian food restaurant in North America, with a kitchen staff of all women and wait for it......all vegetarians.
It looks like this restaurant has undergone a facelift or new ownership. I wish it the best and hopefully the flavours improve. I will give it a second shot.
I have been a regular here for quite some time and I absolutely love the food here. I especially love the butter chicken and the Namaste naan- AMAZING. The service is always super-friendly. I especially recommend the lunch specials as I think they are great value since they include the naan and the rice. I have eaten in numerous times (have taken my kids too as they love the mild butter chicken) and we also like to get take-out. Very delicious:)
I was really looking forward to trying this place, as there isn't a ton of restauarant choices in the Tri-Cities that are not chain restaurants, and I love Indian food. UGH - what a major let down.
Agree with previous reviewers that the meat dishes were terrible and overall the food was weirdly bland. We ordered the lamb curry and the eggplant bhartha. The lamb was horribly tough and dry. But the curry sauce it was floating in was even worse. It was strangely watery and had absolutely no flavour. I expect a lamb curry to be savoury and delicious, with melt-in-your-mouth tender lamb and thick rich sauce. This was disappointing in every way.
The only thing worse was the eggplant bhartha. I'm not sure it actually had eggplant in it, as all we could taste was the hard, undercooked onion that made up 3/4 of the dish, held together by an odd grey goo that I suppose was once eggplant...?!?! Really horrible.
The only enjoyable part of the meal was the naan. -- But note that none of the main dishes come with rice or naan - which I find to be really stingey - so you have to order it a la carte and pay extra for it.
We ordered this as a take-out meal, so I didn't taste the food until we got home. If we were dining in, I would have sent everything back - it was that bad.
Too bad, would have loved to make this spot a regular local hangout.
I joined dinehere.ca just so I could write a review about this restaurant! We're frequent customers and have been since they were in their old location too. They have the best butter chicken I have ever had and i've consistently tried it at many other restaurants and it never comes close to compare. The vegetable pakoras are addictive! Their tandori is okay but one time we went we saw our neighbours there (who are Indian) and they also love this restaurant but she mentioned she made better Tandori...and she did (sorry guys, maybe you should call her!) We've taken several friends and family members here and they all ask us when we can go back and now they only visit us so we can get butter chicken take out! The couple that own/operate it are very down to earth and sweet. Someone previously said the owner is vegetarian but when we were there in March she said she USED to be vegetarian, not anymore. It's generally pretty empty inside but we've gone on weekends during dinner and it's been full, they made a good move to their new location! We usually get takeout cause the portions are bigger but we've rarely finished all the food when we've eaten in also. I don't have much to say about the decor, it's nice sure, and clean, but these people are selling food - not interior design, so i don't care what anyplace looks like inside, i only rate places on food.
I was quite disappointed with the overpriced meal we had at this restaurant.$40 for two people which included two dishes, rice, naan, and two drinks. The portions were small and the prices inflated . The lamb curry was average at best and was the most expensive on our tab at $12.95. A small bowl of basmati rice for$4.95. The mixed vegetables was good but i later found out that there was an addtional fee for having extra butter sauce on the side. I didn't mind paying because the sauce was very good but i think all customers should be informed of any additonal charges at the time the order is taken. The garlic naan was worth every penny having the perfect consistency of crispness. Finally my mango lassi was not up to par - it had a watery consistency and was not sweetened properly. It was somewhat remedied after our server added some sweetener. Our server was a very well dressed and cordial lady, she was very attentive and pleasant at all times. I definitely would not return to this restaurant because I know that I will get more bang for my buck at other indian/pakistani restaurants.
I highly reccomend this place. This has been the best indian food I have ever tasted. I am in love with the Mixed Vegetables (hot), Palak Paneer, and Egg Plant Bhartha. The Namaste Naan bread is extreamy tasty as well. The service is very good and sometimes I get free naan in my to go orders and other times I have been given deals on prices because of frequent visits. Over all this is my favourite place to enjoy food at the moment. I find when you order out, the portion you get is much more than enough. I have yet to be dissapointed.
I've lived in Port Coquitlam, going to the Little Ceasers near you, the Pharmasave countless times...and I've NEVER seen your store. It wasn't until I looked it up on the internet that I even found you folks. For goodness sake, a black/white sign is not visible. There's no indian food in our area, just put out a nice big Indian Food sign!
The wife and I took a chance on a new Indian restaurant in town and were plesently suprised. Almost turnd around and left after walking in the door (decor is HORIBLE!) but decided to stick it out. Glad we did. Great Samosas, Pakoras and the best Butter Chicken in town. Decent prices too. Very nice family runs the place and were very gracious hosts.
We get take out there all the time now. They deliver too which is nice.
Note to the owners: Paint the place a new colour!! That washed out turquoise, teal-ish colour is less than appitizing. Some kind of entrance/reception area at the front would help too. Now it feels like walking unexpectedly into someone's living room. And lose the big sign on the wall with all the pictures of the food on it. Makes it look like a cafeteria and you're much better than that.
A little hole in the wall but a real find!
Have been to many Indian resturants in the tri-cities and this one is by far my favorite. Have been to the cozy and clean "Namaste" 4 times and have left satisfied on all occasions.
The menu is extensive and the food (especially the Eggplant Bhartha, vegetable samosas and the butter chicken) is piping hot and mouthwatering.
Servers are friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. Their recommendations have been spot on!
Portion sizes are of good value and having leftovers the next day allow the sauce to sink in more. If possible, even a more savoury meal!
I would like to put my 2 cents out there, I read the other posts regarding this restaurant but decided to give it a shot despite the last couple of posts. It is close to home and I didn't feel like driving too far but we were craving indian. I was second guessing myself on ordering take from this restaurant solely based on the previous reviews.
Then my wife said to me "not everyones tastes are the same; we can't go off of other peoples reviews" reluctantly I went ahead and ordered take out from here, I have to say the order took a little longer than i thought BUT was worth the wait. I waited approx 40 mins and I knew this was no fast food restaurant so waiting wasn't an issue. The hosts were very pleasant, and gave me water while I waited. I noticed how the staff interacting with other customers; noticing the positive responses from others and the first name basis the customers knew the hosts.
I knew rite away this place MUST have good food. Why else would people come back ? further more care to know and talk to the hosts the way they did.
My order finally came out and couldn't wait to get home (butter chicken, lamb curry, veg pakoras, rice, and 2 garlic naan) Gotta say WOW AMAZING......We were both pleasantly surprised as to how good every dish was. We have had indian at various other Indian restaurants around the Try Cities but I must say none can even come close to Namaste.
I can understand anyone reading my review can say this person might be out of his mind considering the previous reviews. BUT at the same time no two people will ever have the same taste buds. So I suggest everyone and anyone to give this place a chance for your self before you judge based on previous and or for that matter MY review .
I know on these kinds of posts rarely do people post comments on positive experiences, rather would go out of there way to post negative comments. That is human nature. rarely acknowledge the good but always highlight the negative.
My husband and I ordered take away from Namaste on New Year's Eve to enjoy at home. We had eaten take away from this restaurant once before when we first moved to the neighbourhood about 16 months ago and we thought the food was very solid. If I had written a review previously I would have given the restaurant a 3 or even 4 star rating. However, this time we were extremely disappointed.
The food was some of the blandest indian food we had ever tasted. We ordered the Mattar Paneer and Aloo Gobi both with a medium spice. Not only was the food extremely mild there was no depth to the flavours. The paneer cheese in the Mattar Paneer was bland and I suspect frozen peas were used so the dish overall tasted stale. The Aloo Gobi, which I had eaten previously from Namaste, was just overall boring. We also ordered garlic naan which was dry and cold. I wouldn't claim to be an excellent cook, but I have made more flavourful curries in my own kitchen.
The staff at the resturant were very friendly and efficient both in taking our order over the phone and when we arrived to pick up our order. The portion sizes were ample and had the food been more appetizing I would have said the price was excellent value for what we received.
My hubby and I love to order take out from this restaurant. They serve some of the tastiest sauces, lamb palak is so good. Butter chicken is my favorite, and the garlic naan is the best I have ever had. It is consistent food and remember to order rice on the side as it doesn't come with it. I recommend it, but I will say that on a budget it will be a great, but infrequent family treat. yummy stuff though
Really great food...good to find a good Indian Restuarant in Port Coquitlam.
The Butter is gteat, Palak paneer was good too...Unfortunately we found it way to pricy for what you get. Ver small orders, $10.00 for rice for 4 is WAY too much!
Doubt if will go for it again. Lower prices??? or larger orders!