Submitted Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 11:10am [Dine in]
Dining at Characters is an experience in heaven! The food is outstanding, fresh and hot, you can order 2 eggs traditional breakfast for 6.95 and lunch special for $7.95 / dinner special for $9.95 comes with amazing presentation butter chicken two vege / lentil curry and basmati rice-pilaf , naan and salad and not to mension very friendly and excellent service. Since this location is only open three months back it was pretty busy at 7.00 pm. The vege pakoras and vege samosa were elegantly flavored with an exotic blend of spices came with mint and temaric sauces, as to make them perfect in every way. The fish Vindaloo is an excellent choice for the person eager to sample curry, but on the mild and cautious side. The cauliflower in the panner naan and Characters naan is the best I have tried. The portions are surprisingly liberal, as the size of the metal serving bowls are quite reasonable in diameter. The dish has lot of meat with sauce, came with rice pilaf and naan as is not common in most Indian cuisine however, and i recommend ordering some naan or other such related dish. When the bill comes the price is steep, but when you reach your finger out and try that last bit of sauce stuck to the tablecloth, you are willing to pay the bill, and happily do so. Overall, Characters new location is a culinary masterpiece.
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Submitted Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 12:03pm [Dine in]
This restaurant has been in Vancouver longer than I have. In the eighties it served up decent greek food, in the nineties it was a bit heavy on the garlic and the oil, early new century not too bad but lacking a bit of ambiance. My husband and I were regulars here in the eighties, we could walk there from our place on the hillside. Just last week we were in the mood for a bit of something different and decided to give the old haunt another go. Well some things only get better with age. No problem getting in without reservations, it was a Sunday at about 6:30. Were seated at a table immediately ... but the service after this point was very slow. Nearly 15 minutes went by before we could place our drink order. We ordered a bottle of Australian red (under $30), which did come quickly after the order. Perhaps we arrived in the middle of a shift change. Placed an appy order for the Kalamari (must have) which was so much better than we remembered it. Only a couple of 'tents' mostly 'tubes', served piping hot with lemon wedges and a generous portion of tzatziki. This came out with two piping hot pieces of pita bread, fresh form the oven and smoking hot. Delicious. For dinner we each ordered an entree, the Kleftori lamb for the gentleman and the Dolmades for myself. The lamb was advertised as a shank but came out as a braised 3 rib rack with a generous amount of meat attached to it. Well received and well eaten, he is still talking about this lamb days later. The Dolmades dinner is very large, six well seasoned perfect little bundles in a nice sauce. (I remove the leaves before eating). Both entrees come with the same sides; steamed carrots tossed in butter, broccoli florets (a bit long in the stalk), rice and roast lemon potatoes. Neither of us could finish our meals - either we are eating less or they have bumped up the size of their portions. So, food was terrific. No garlic breath in the middle of the night or the next day. The service could have been a bit better when we were first seated although progressed toward nearly efficient as the evening wore on. Value for the food is incredible, plan on taking some home with you or split an entree and a couple of entrees. Ambiance was good - they still have belly dancers on the weekends (not Sunday). Place was very clean and recently had some upgrades. Objects of interest in and outside of this place. Will certainly be going back soon.
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