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Kurumba Restaurant

3003 St. Johns Street, #107
Port Moody, BC V3H2C4
Tel: (604) 461-2245
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Tue: 11AM - 3PM & 5PM - 9PM, Wed: Closed, Thu - Sat: 11AM - 9:30PM, Sun: 11AM - 9PM
  • Kurumba offers a South East Asian menu inspired by cuisines from China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

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aye kurumba!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took some friends for an end of week feast, and the idea of Sri Lankan food sounded interesting. As it turned out, this place is basically a Malaysian restaurant, but it was a decent meal at a good price.

We ordered beef and pork curries, yellow rice, chicken wings, Szechuan green beans with pork, stir fried diced roti canai with beef and an order of regular roti canai.

The service was good and the chef himself checked on us at the end of the meal. Ambiance was just okay, but it was clean, including the w/c.

The food was all good, although the curries were nuclear hot, and we had trouble eating them. The curry sauce was really more of a broth, but I was told that is the style. In fact, the roti canai (both kinds) had the same sauce. The chef explained they grind the spices on site, and patrons clamor for the hot curries that they make from scratch. The chicken wings were very good, as was the green bean dish. Even the lowly rice had an interesting flavor. I almost gave 4 stars for the food, but the curry was just too hot, even though we asked for mild.

Will I be back? Maybe, but I will avoid the hot hot hot curries.

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Good food and service but the place was rather empty
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

Having read some of the past reviews, I think I have to consider myself lucky. I and some friends went there for a late lunch last Saturday. When we arrived, there was only one table of guests in the entire restaurant, and they finished their meal and left halfway through our meal. Perhaps the waitress only effectively had to serve our table, service was decent. We had curry from 3 different countries, and they were all good. My friends ordered when I went to the washroom and didn't know that I couldn't take spice, so when I returned, I ordered a non-spicy Chinese dish, and it, too, was very good, although the chicken soup with corn that came with that Chinese dish was a bit on the salty side. The decor was nothing outstanding but the place was clean and neat. Given the prices they charge, I thought we received very good value for money.

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Cheap & decent eats from SE Asia
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Place is very clean looking. Good sign. Everything seems new and well kept. It seems to be run by the chef and one waitress, that's all. They're very friendly.

Most of the stuff seems to be Malaysian style stuff with a bit of Sri Lankan goodies sprinkled in. I can't comment on the authenticity though.

Food came relatively quickly. I would say for the kind of restaurant it is and the pricing, the quality of the food is pretty good. The "outstanding" notes here would be some of the specialties, which we haven't seen or tasted elsewhere yet, and followed by the value. We ordered one of their supposedly popular seafood "hor fun" dishes (and to be honest, we saw a couple of other tables order it as well) and it was huge. For about $12, you could feed 2-3 easily. In fact, the 3 at adjacent table ordered just that dish and had some to spare.
Also tried a Sri Lankan dry curry noodle, which was very tasty. Also quite spicy, but not enough to overwhelm the flavour (and mind you, we are very, very sensitive to spiciness, I don't normally tolerate much at all).

I think I would give it a recommendation here. I wish it had more outstanding food ingredient quality, but then I've never seen an Asian restaurant do this ever. It has some interesting dishes and the proprietors look like they are putting in a good, honest effort here and they have some unique items on the menu. You certainly will not leave hungry that's for sure, so it would take quite a few trips back to properly sample the menu.

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Good value, food only OK
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

The price for what you get is very reasonable here, but I just wish there was more focus on quality and making good-tasting food. We had Roti Canai which was good, but the spring rolls were greasy and flavorless. I had a main called "spicy sizzling garlic pork" of which the name was the best thing about it, it was undersalted and underflavored overall. My husband had the Sri Lankan dry curry with Tofu instead of the beef it usually comes with which was quite poor, there were lots of leftovers because the portion was so large but he didn't want to take it home so it went to waste. Would probably not go back here.

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A good find
By royalsam of burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 6:52am [Dine in]

This apparently is Sri Lanken fare and if so is very good. The prices are reasonable, service is attentive and pleasant. Most importantly the food is plentiful, fresh and above all spiced right. We like it spicy and the dishes we ordered had far more heat, in a tasty way, than many places who prepare similar dishes.
This will become a regular for lunch, when I'm in the area .

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Five different types of cuisine. One big mess.
By Von_Delroy of New Westminster (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

I think this is what happens when someone tries to offer cuisine from five different countries under one roof.

We ended up here by getting lost in Port Moody while going to a restaurant in Coquitlam. My wife had heard about this place so we decided to give it a try. We thought, hey getting lost and finding this place may turn out to be all right after all! No.

The inside of the restaurant is pretty decent: spacious, lots of natural light and a view of the mountains. The service is decent: one of the waitresses smiled, the other one didn’t. We were making due with “decent” when the food came out and everything started to roll downhill. Fast.

We ordered the chicken and corn soup (something I always try to order if on the menu), beef rendang, deep fried whole fish in sambal sauce and rice on the side. The soup was tasteless, watery with tiny bits of chicken and even less eggs but the lack of everything else was made up with the amount of frozen corn that was put in it. I get it, corn is cheap. The beef rendang smelled good but tasted worse than the soup. Chunks of old beef mixed in with new sauce, overly spicy and sour without even a hint of coconut. We did not (could not) eat more than a few bites. The fish was pretty decent in size but it was fried almost to the texture of burnt toast. There were no slits cut into the fish before deep frying so it was really hard to cut into it without ripping it into bits and pieces. There was too much oil everywhere. Even the rice was the worst I have ever had at a restaurant. It was dry, lumpy and tasted like nothing.

If one dish was bad or even two I would chalk it up to not picking the right dishes but everything we had there was awful. I noticed the table next to us had to have one of their dishes substituted because there was something wrong with it. Suffice to say there was quite a bit of leftover. I ALWAYS bring leftovers home even if the food is not that good. My theory is I paid for it and if I get hungry enough later I will eat it. I did not want that food in our car or our home. The value was terrible in its own right and not just because the food was bad. A dish that would be $7 some place else is $11 here. The final bill was almost $50 with NOTHING to show for it.

A disappointing and pathetic experience.

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Delicious curry, horrible service
By aquachick of Burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times now and I always get the same dishes - green beef curry and small chicken & corn soup. It's so good that I haven't ever wanted to try anything else.

Service is not great. On one visit, I ordered the same green curry. She came out with red curry, which is completely different (different beef used, different vegetables and different taste). I told the server that I ordered the green curry. She stared blankly at me. I repeated this at least 5 times. After awhile, she started saying "Please?" I was confused. I told her the beef in green curry is different (slices rather than braised). She said it wasn't even though it clearly was. I told her "I'm sorry but I don't like red curry". Honestly, if I did, I would have just ate it. She continued to say "Please?". She finally brought the dish back. I was in shock! I wasn't going to force myself to eat something I didn't order!

I come back for the food alone!

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delicious sri lankan and malaysian style food
By jackfruit of vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 26, 2008 - 12:50am [Dine in]

Ate here recently and we ordered the sri lankan noodles, malaysian mee goreng, and curry. All were very tasty and authentic. Not too spicy but that can always be asked. Chinese tea and side of hot sambal regularly refilled. Highly recommend the food, and you also get a nice view of the mountains at this very clean asian restaurant!

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Terrible service!
By pocomama of Port Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 1:22am [Dine in]

I recently came here on a Friday night. We were seated and given menus. We waited for the servers to come and take our order, however no one came. They passed by us, several times without a glance in our direction. Our menus were closed and at the edge of our table--still no response. After 14 minutes, we were SO appalled, we left. I can understand if the restaurant was busy, but it was 1/4 full on a Friday night. I wouldn't be writing this review, if the wait staff had come by to let us know that they would be with us shortly. Unfortunately, I will never know if this place has decent east Asian offerings. We went to another restaurant and the food and service were both outstanding....

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Somewhat disappointed
By food4u of Port Moody BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

A friend had read an article in the Vancouver Sun about Karumba and was anxious to try it out.
We shared an order of pork/shrimp springroll which was served with a chili-like sauce. The rolls
were hot and tasty.
We both ordered the beef rendang and a bowl of rice.While the beef was good, the presentation was sparse. I later commented to the waitress it would have been better if pineapple, or banana, or chutney
would have been offered as a condiment. She commented we could has asked for it. Hopefully the
establishment will take the suggestion to heart and include it. Rice and beef with broth on a plate
just doesn't do it for me.

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Great Place, Great Value
By foodkritic of Yaletown (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I've been here once to try the lunch special based on the reviews and can confirm that it's tasty! For $8.00 i got a very fresh salad, large serving of rice, and some excellent red chicken curry. Overall very fresh and excellent value. I took the food to go, but had a quick glance around the restaurant and it is very clean and comfortable. Would have no hesitation popping in for lunch or dinner with some friends or family. Overall great choice for Port Moody. PS did not find the red curry hot at all - I should have asked for the hot.

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Good Southeast Asian food
By rocks of Port Moody (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Food: Ordered Thai red curry chicken and Szechuan beef with vegetables. The curry was delicious and on par with Chada Thai over in Coquitlam (at half the price) while the Szenchuan beef was average. Based on what I saw ordered at the restaurant, the Thai/Malaysian orders are probably the best bet here. Great value, lunch for 2 came out to $18 with tips.

Service: The server (owner?) was very attentive and had a big smile whenever she came over to serve us.

Ambiance: The restaurant is very clean and well decorated. The lack of many other diners (there were only 2 tables) was strange but did not detract from the lunch.

Overall: I would highly recommend it! Not sure why this restaurant is not more popular, it's as good or better than most Asian joints in the Tri-cities.

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great little restaurant
By danohearn of coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

Our family has been here twice and each time we left satisfied with the value, and tastiness of the food. On one occasion 13 of us arrived for lunch and we were accommodated very well. As this place becomes more popular we'll have to make reservations I'm sure. The decor is upscale compared to other Chinese style restaurants and bathrooms are clean.

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Great service for big parties
By foodl0ver of coquitlam (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 12:57am [Dine in]

I catered for a huge party (30 people approx) and met with the owner to discuss menus. He was extremely nice, fair, and very accommodating. In addition, he was very generous with the portions and gave us great value for the price we paid. The owner (cook) and his wife are sincerely nice people and I was very pleased with their service. Although I haven't eaten in the restaurant yet (only catered to go), the ambiance seemed very clean and nice. The food was not bad - I would say it was more quantity over quality, but the quality was definitely satisfying. I would recommend the curries (chicken, or beef) and his fresh made chilli sauce.

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Port Moody's Best Kept Secret
By foodnazi of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I love good food, especially spicy asian influenced dishes. My first visit to this new restaurant in Port Moody was a pleasant surprise. The restaurant itself is small, but the menu is huge with selections from various asian origins.

I have eaten here twice in the past month and the food has been excellent. The portions are very generous and the prices are very affordable. I especially loved the Chicken Curry... to die for in my mind..but beware..you have been warned, it is very spicy but delicious. I can't wait to introduce my friends to Kurumba Restaurant.

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What a rip off bad owner
By Wk of surrey bc (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

This place has good food that's all no service poor attitude of the owner my wife and I went there for dinner we ordered appy and 3 main dishes and asked for 2 roti on the side for the main dish..well we enjoyed our meal with poor service wife got up went to the kitchen to get some attention so we can get service finally she came out well when we finished our dinner time to pay I ask the lady why are with charged for roti at $6 a half of the roti which is one roti separated and the guy come out with guard on said well that's how it is I said but the roti is on your apply section which is roti canai ...he said well that's how it is again so I said well as we both know that flour does not cost that much he said that's the cost of business well I am in business also but will not choke my customers..well says it all here this guy is hurting with his business there were also 3 other tables only having soup ..this guy has zero business ethics and very aggressive un- professional business men..good luck serving soup..

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Bad Kothu Roti
By ishneka of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 1:00am [Dine in]

Went twice to try out the kothu roti/kothu paratha that was recommended to me by friends.

The first time i went, two months ago, it was mediocre so i thought I shall give it another shot. But the second time that I went, it was even worse. The kothu roti which is suppose to be dry with a little bit of curry sauce coating it, was too saucy. The roti was not like roti, but more like noodles and kind of slimy. The flavour was not any better. It was bitter and bland.

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great place for chinese food
By server86 of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

This little restaurant in Port Moody is a great place that not many people know about. Unlike other Chinese restaurants that are crowded, noisey, and uninviting, this place is smaller and not very busy most of the time. The service is good, although on one occasion one of the cooks came to our table to take our order. I'm guessing because the servers English wasn't very strong. Green Tea is not always served, but when it is, it is always full. The food is excellent and the portions are very good for the price you pay. The food is also not greasy like other places, and it is actually flavourful. I suggest the Kung Pao Chicken and Sweet and Sour pork.

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Great food, Service unpredictable (vegetarian options)
By asiafreestyle of Port Moody BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 10:36am [Dine in]

I have been going there for a while now and I find that the food is very good for a nice nite out with family, but not for a fancy dinner party. The service can sometimes be a bit iffy sometimes and it can get frustrating. As a vegetarien I think it is a perfectly good option for a nice toffu curry or chow mein. It also has lots of meat options. The ambiance is soft and comforting, but lacks general style. I will still continue to go there regardless because of it great location and easy parking.

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I love this joint!
By ryusan of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has all the key elements to good dining! I go here almost every week cuz i appreciate the service and the quality of the food. Even the chef is willing to lend a hand at serving the food at peak times. My favorite would be Mee-Goreng! Excellent dish to have for lunch coupled with a chicken-corn soup to start. The lunch specials are great too! Pork and beans is my pick (yes it tastes better than it sounds). Overall its an excellent restaurant and well balanced! Give it a try! Happy Dining!

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