I hardly ever go to Richmond and g-friend K and I decided to stop by to shop. Having a massive cravng for Indian, we agreed on looking for an Indian restaurant for dinner afterwards. Luckily for us, we didn't have to go very far. As we walked, we noticed a sign for Chutneze Indian Cuisine, and we went to go check it out. I thought this place was new, but apparently, it's been there for years. I was surprised to find them serving flat roti (chapati). We were told that tandoori indian restaurants wouldn't carry this kind as they are in a different region of India. G-friend K ordered a butter chicken bowl to go and extra rotis. I ordered two samosas (chicken and veggie) and papadum and we each had a large chai tea.
The owner of this place was extremely nice and very helpful and outgoing. The only reason I gave the service a 4 rating was because he kept pushing us to buy other things. He was very nice about it though and wasn't forceful about it.
I will definitely be back the next time I'm in Richmond to try some other stuff. Their zucchini masala looked damn good!!
Btw, their meat samosas do not have fillers inside...just good ol' all meat!
Really friendly and wonderful people work here. So welcoming and helpful. The locations not great, as it is in the mall, but at least it's away from the food court. The butter chicken is nice. Samosas are nice and thin skinned. The lamb kabob is really nicely spiced with good heat. Good lunch choice. Definately the only place in the mall I would eat a meal. Cranberry chutney is unique and my favourite of their offerings. Huge drink selections, slushies, lassies, Indian sodas, iced coffee, chai, herbal teas.
I was looking forward to trying this restaurant after the reading the reviews but I wish I hadn't. The portion were so tiny and not worth the $6.49 I paid. It was served on a styrofoam plate which reminded me of a baby's plastic plate divided into 2 tiny portions and 1 larger area for rice. 2 curries were served into the 2 small divided areas and I got a naan instead of the rice.
The naan was pita bread- a huge disappointment and let down as I love real naan bread and the curries were such a small portion.
The butter chicken was alright, not the real butter chicken taste from other authentic indian restaurants and the other curry, coconut chicken was decent. However, as mentioned, there wasn't enough of it to get a good idea.
The ambiance was horrible, right outside of the place (which is like a food court even though I was told it was a "restaurant") is a orange juilious type drink stand so all you hear is a loud blender the entire time you dine.
Don't go here if you want a good meal, you'll leave hungry.
I use to go to chutneze all the time when it first opened. I enjoyed the large portions, the friendly service, and the value. The portion size is the first thing I noticed has changed lately... Tiny half scoops in the 2 plate dividers, and then some sauce on your rice...usually ends up coming to almost 10 dollars for the 3 item and rice combo. Are they aware that there are buffet restaurants in richmond and vancouver with a way better quality of food, as much as you can eat, for $10?
The one thing that keeps me coming back to this restaurant is the great family that run it. They're friendly, welcoming, and a pleasure to talk to. I hope they take any criticism that is posted here and make the necessary changes.
I had lunch there today, my usual Butter Chicken and rice with a side of naan. I probably eat here a few times a month and have never been disappointed with my meal.
Since it seems to be a family run business there is a more personal touch to their service that you don't see in some other places. I always find the staff very friendly and the service is quick.
A great place to get a meal for less than $10.