Aroma offers a menu of authentic and tasty Indian dishes for lunch and dinner.
Why do people go to all the trouble of opening a restaurant and squander the opportunity to do something with it? The Asian population around Metro Vancouver is big, and yet all these places can ever do (no matter where in Canada) is serve every possible permutation with the selected pre-cooked chunk of meat drowning miserably in the selected pre-blendered sauce, then (barely) microwaved.
You would not eat this at home, so why serve it in your restaurant? It is bad. A menu like this is not lots of choice, it is anti-choice. If you want to save money, cook 6 different dishes and that's it. Let people choose from those. Cook fresh. Cook simple.
These places need a kick up the backside from Gordon Ramsey. You have an opportunity to excel, to really show what you can do and be brilliant, to have a packed house or to be shipping out dozens of take-out orders.
But like every other similar place, you find the lowest common denominator, and halve it. You figure out what people will put up with, and scrape over that bar. Buck up!
The ladies filling the glasses and taking the plates were great, but the (proprietor?) taking the order took service lessons from Basil Fawlty. If you don't want to be there on a Sunday night sir, just shut the doors and stay home.
This place had promise when it opened, and slid down hill. I will not go again. How sad that Port Moody, lacking in Indian Restaurants and PRIME location for a successful one, is laboured with more of the same.
The past beautiful sunny and warm Saturday afternoon my husband & I ended up outside this restaurant just because we were curious as to where the road led. We are from New Westminster where we have a favourite restaurant to patronize for Indian food. We expected the food here to be just as good. It was better!
We enjoyed Garlic Nan, Palak Chicken, Butter Lamb, and Pulao Rice. The flavours were pure and warm. The 'medium' spice of the Palak was a little too spicy for me, but just right for the Butter. My husband commented on the quality of the meat (he loves to cook and eat meat - swears by Sterling Silver Beef).
The host & server was running from guest to guest and the Kitchen doing his gracious best to attend to all.
We tired this place on a whim one night when we had planned on going to India Bistro downtown Vancouver but didn't want to make the drive. What a great evening!
As we walked inside, we were greeted by an older Indian man in a suit and a fedora. He was thrilled to see us and we were sat right away even though the place was pretty busy. The servers don't seem to have specific tables and they all look after every table they walk past. Their service was very friendly and it was nice to go to such a welcoming place.
Soon after being seated, another older man began playing a guitar in the corner and singing old jazz songs. He was really good! And the servers had fun stopping to sing with him too - very cute.
The food is incredible. We had a chicken appetizer to start that was delicious and then we had butter chicken and chicken korma with rice, naan and roti. The portions were very good sized and so we stopped before getting too full so that we could have desert too. They have traditional Indian items and also a really great cheesecake that was surprisingly low priced. We left with enough food for another meal and definitely planned on coming back.
We went back the next weekend and they actually remembered us! We were greeted by Sir Fedora again, had excellent service again, enjoyed great music again and had another delicious meal.
We used to swear that India Bistro was the absolute best but this place is just as good, closer to home for us, has free parking and has exceptional service. If you are looking for Indian and like jazz then this is the place for you. The only thing that I would change about this place is the lighting as candles or dimmer lights would make this place absolutely perfect but that's just me being picky. I love this place!
We have been dining out from Aroma for lunch quite frequently for the last 6 months. The food is always delicious and spicy. We ask for medium to hot, and it's almost always bang on! Consistency and speed is great and the owner is friendly. Highly recommended if you're looking for some delicious Indian food.
PS. You MUST try their butter chicken.
Love this place! It's been our go-to Indian fix since it opened in its new location in Port Moody. I believe the same restaurant used to be in PoCo. The service and personal attention from the owner is always top notch. He is very sure that you are getting what you want and is happy to make recommendations. It was on his recommendation that we first tried their vegetable Manchurian. OMG these things are luscious! You gotta try these. The Vindaloo, Korma, and Tikka sauces are spot on. You can order to your spice comfort level and, in our experience, the chef is accurate in hitting this target. I really love the Palek Paneer dish; not the most appetizing looking dish but I do love the flavour. Value is good but you'll do a bit better with portion sizes if you order take out. This is especially true of the rice which I find the portion size a bit on the skimpy side. Caesars (drink) are a bit too sweet for my taste. Still, all in all, a great place that I would have no problem recommending to anyone.
We ate here last night. 4 of ordered a selection of appetizers/ entrees all were very nice and authentic. The lamb roganjosh dish was not quite as flavourful as i would normally expect but the chicken khorma dish was nice. The musician who was in singing and playing guitar which was a very welcome addition to the already nice ambience of the place. We will happily return.