i was hyped up by the reviews i read below. after 2 years of searching for an outstanding indian restaurant in vancouver (sorry vij's, but your modern fusion never blew me away), i was excited at the possibilities.
first off, the room. a very classy, airy, white table cloth kind of place - it feels like a fine dining room but not stuffy.
next, the service. to say they went above and beyond wouldn't begin to encompass it. they explained how they're still just testing a very limited menu, and there's a couple new chefs coming from india before they open for dinner with a full menu.
after our meal, the manager took us through the kitchen and introduced us to the chef, showed off his tandoor oven... basically made it feel like he was honoured to have us in his establishment, which is a feeling you rarely get in this town.
and the food.... yes, it's definitely edging more towards the fusion side of things, with dishes like elk for offer. but there's also plenty of traditional stuff, all with a more southern indian palate. i felt like i was eating what the chef would cook for himself, not what he thought an unadventurous public would want.
lots of new flavours, not overly oily like so much indian, very nice presentation... and damn tasty. and the portions left me stuffed.
definitely the best indian meal i've had in vancouver, and beyond that, one of the most positive restaurant experiences i've ever had.
they do have an extensive, rather expensive wine list, and will obviously be attracting a higher end clientelle, but i can't wait to go back once the kitchen is in full swing to try their dinner menu.