I haven't had Indian food since I moved from Toronto to Gabriola Island five years ago. My husband is a great cook and makes nice Indian food, but he's not Indian.
I discovered a listing for this restaurant on "Dine Here" when it first opened and was only serving lunch. I was thrilled when dinner reviews started to show up, because I figured if I were ever in Vancouver, I probably wouldn't have the time or be in the right place to have lunch. There were some rave reviews from when the restaurant first opened that for some reason were deleted long ago. However, I had written down this restaurant on my list as one I wanted to visit if I got the chance.
I have only ever had my husband's butter chicken, which is nice enough, but I always wondered why people raved about the dish. So I ordered the butter chicken dinner to compare. It was quite different - much more sauce, different taste. However, reading up on butter chicken I realise that there are so many different versions.
It came with rice, naan, some cucumber, carrot and lettuce with lemon juice on it, and a spinach and chick pea(?) stew.
I also ordered kachumber salad, though I didn't know what it was. I ordered raita because I love raita. I was asked if I wanted the katchumber mild, medium or hot. I asked for medium since I'd never been to the restaurant before.
Everything was fabulous. The chicken seemed a bit dry, but we usually eat boneless chicken thighs at home which melt in your mouth, so I don't take off points for that. The sauce had a bit of a tomato soup flavour to it, but this being my first time having butter chicken other than my husband's, I can't fault that, either. Whatever the spinach and chick pea mixture was, it was excellent, too.
The naan was wonderful. Yes, it was a bit crispy on one side, but I could easily have just sat there and eaten naan all night.
The raita was wonderful also. The kachumber salad was delicious, although I should have ordered it hotter.
Service was excellent - I must have had my water topped up half a dozen times. When I know I'm dining alone I try to pick my restaurants carefully so I don't feel out of place. I felt very comfortable dining alone here.
The prices were very reasonable. Salad for $4 and raita for $3, and I could easily have shared those if I hadn't been eating alone. In fact, I didn't need to order them at all, but I ate everything, anyway - oink, oink, oink!
The place wasn't too crowded. I had a window seat and, as I've been living in a rural area the past five years, it was wonderful to watch the "ballet" of cars, buses, taxis and pedestrians down on the street below.
I was hoping to go back tonight with a colleague to try something else on the menu, but we had a reception at the hotel and I am stuffed from that. Hopefully I'll get the chance to return, though.