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Mahek Restaurant

9470 120 St.
Surrey, BC V3V4B9
Tel: (604) 585-3331
Fax: (604) 585-3332
  • Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Romantic
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 10PM, Fri: 11:30AM - 10:30PM, Sat: 12PM - 10:30PM, Sun: 12PM - 10PM
  • East Indian meat and vegetarian dishes in a modern family atmosphere.

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Shrimp Biryani
By sweethot of lower mainland (162 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 12:23am [Dine in]

This place has changed ownership or it's under new management. The original owners tend to open up new restaurants in other locations such as Vancouver.

Now the restaurant is all young faces as servers and cooks. It tastes close enough to before but not as good. Before it was super yummy, it used to be one of the top restaurants for Indian food in Surrey.

We always get the shrimp biryani here, it's delicious and the portions are large. I like that they put red and green peppers in it and it's not swimming in to much grease.

Like the other reviewer I was puzzled by the server, as they didn't ask how spicy we wanted it either.

Also when the dish came it was just biryani, with no accompanying yogurt or mint sauce or small complimentary salad of sliced onions, slices of radish, tomato's or fresh chili's.

When we asked we were just told they had to be ordered off the menu. That seemed odd as those little extra's are usually included.

Their vegetarian dishes here are very good as well. Now to track down where the original owners of this place have opened up their new restaurant...

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Lunch specials
By Huge of Surrey (138 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went this restaurant due to all the reviews from dinehere. We both had the special, mine was non-vegie and her was vegie. Mine had the lamb curry, 2 tandori chicken, rice and 2 pieces of naun. My friend was 2 dishes of vegetatiarian dishes, rice and 2 pieces of naun. Both our dishes were good. The naun was excellent, fresh and hot. The service was great and the restaurant was very clean. The dishes was not the best East Indian food that I ever had but it was overall very good. I was impressed with the whole package. Would recommend to others.

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great value, a favorite of ours
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

I admit it, we drive all the way to Surrey from Vancouver just to eat at this place. And it is worth it! We only have ordered the vegetarian, so not sure about any of the meat dishes here, but the veggie curries are very large portions and usually quite delicious. We especially like the paneer tikka (grilled panneer -- sort of fajita-style) and palak paneer. Naans are delicious, except the garlic naan because they use fake powdered garlic which ruins the taste. Veggie pakoras are again, a very large serving and quite yummy. Watch out for the chilli baji (breaded and deep fried chillis) they use whole serrano chilis for this and they are SUPER HOT!

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New favorite Indian restaurant!
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 7, 2006 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

Food: incredible for the price. It's no wonder that it was packed. Large enough portions. Ordered their variety type platter and chicken biryani - just so delicious! The most perfect naans I've ever seen had - no grease and nice and crispy on the outside but moist and fluffy on the inside - I've never had anything like it before. Samosas are really good too. The food is spicy so be careful!!

Service: Quite attentive. Never once had to ask for water. They seemed a little unorganized though as the owner and two other waitresses kept asking up for our drink orders. Other than that, they were completely wonderful! When they misunderstood our order, they fixed it right away with no questions asked!

Ambiance: lovely restaurant with a really neat waterfall bar. Dark enough to add ambiance but with enough light to eat. Def a place you could bring a date.

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Worth a try in Indian-spoiled Surrey
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 25, 2011 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

Surrey is home to a large Indo-Canadian population and has the restaurants to go with it. That being said, there is no clear-cut winner and many will swear by different Indian restaurants leaving a newcomer to the rich foods confused where to start!

Mahek is as good a place as any though. Although the quality of Indian food (in my mind) varies wildly between the various restaurants in Surrey, Mahek is a solid choice. The butter chicken is delicious, the nann bread is decent and the samosas do the trick. The rice can be a little on the dry side however, but overall, Mahek works for me.

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Outstanding food
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

The food here is outstanding.

We had the Onion Rings (for the kids, surprisingly GOOD), chicken vindaloo, chicken tandoori and assortment of naans. Everything was very good. The chicken vindaloo was spicy and full of flavours (most places are just spicy) and tandoori was probably the best I've ever had (not that I eat a lot of Indian). The chicken tandoori was red in color. In most other restaurants I visit, it is more orange. Perhaps my memory is failing me.

We had mango lassi for drinks and different ice cream for desserts. Everything was outstanding.

Service was what let me down. The lady server looked like she would rather be somewhere else, while the other 2 male servers were more enthusiastic.

Return? Definitely. But not before I try Asian Spice across the parking lot.

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Must be changed management, DOWNHILL food and service. Worse service!!
By foodcritic-mssae of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 1:59am [Dine in]

Tried mahek almost a year ago, and have been several times. Tonight was the last!!! And will never go back. I give them the fact that they are pretty clean and tidy for an Indian cuisine... Since usually they lack in ambiance, but this place has an nice interior.

Now what goes on in the kitchen is a complete different story and is quite concerning. My boyfriend and I ordered quite abit, garlic naan, rice, chicken tandoori, shahi paneer, mahek wings and butter chicken. The butter chicken and garlic naan were good, but with butter chicken you can't go so wrong! The paneer was flavorless and the chicken tandoor and wings were unbeatable. They seem to be in recooked, old wings and tandoori that were put back in the fridge than reheated. We took one bite of each chicken dish and left it aside, as we tried to enjoy the others. When the server came by I did let her know that, that portion of food was not editable..... Seriously If you saw this meat and ate it , you would probably be sick in the hospital! (That's how bad it was) She said sorry and walked away. No offer to make a new one or make things right? Seriously she didn't even care. A few minutes later the table beside also complained about their food was reheated old food. Hot outside..... Cold inside. Gross...... This place use to be good..what happened its not even decent, not even the service.

My boyfriend has a good personality and even though he knew the food lacked he complimented on the good and pointed out the bad(comon no one else should experience this) As I agreed and was talking the server walked away! Are you serious? We always always tip atleast 20 percent. At this point no one cared we were unhappy... Do not waste your money here, you catch them on a good day and have one decent meal but risk getting sick from their low health standards.

Our bill wa 68$ we left $70. And really it wasn't even worth that. If I did that anywhere else I would feel horrible, seeing how they didn't care to make things right or even offer to make something new or fresh... Or yet not charge is for it but of course.... No care in the world.

Go here be prepared to be dissapointed. You been warned!

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Great Tikka Masala
By djkorben of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 7:21pm [Take-out]

After reading all the great reviews on here I decided to try it for myself.

Being a fan of butter chicken I tend to never stray away, but I decided to try the chicken tikka masala (extra spicy) it was awesome. definitely not as greasy and heavy feeling as the butter chicken dishes I've tried. the side order of rice I got must have been 2 pounds, there's so much.

also got an order of garlic na'an and regular na'an bread. both were delicious. fluffy and chewy at the same time. the veggie pakora was very tasty, and the portions were huge. there's probably 30 pieces of pakora in this take-out container. I'm excited for leftovers tomorrow

you also get a 10% discount when you pick it up, so for all this it was just over 20 bucks. i'll definitely be going back

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Best butter chicken I've ever had
By JusClassic of New west minster,Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

My favorite place for butter chicken hands down. I always pair it with garlic naan, basmati rice and green chutney. The decor is really nice too. It does take time for the food to come out so im usually prepared to wait for a good 15-20 mins.
Ultimately if I want to eat a nice east Indian meal this place my first choice.

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Meal was ok
By foodforlife of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 11:57am [Take-out]

The meal we had was a good standard indian meal. Nothing spectacular and is good for a first timer. For my family, we have experienced better tasting indian meals. Mahek is acceptable,, but we woiuld rather go elsewhee for better value and taste. Mahek sells tandoori chicken on full and half portions. A customer would think a full portion would be a full chicken and a half ;portion would be hal\f a chicken. No! A full portion is only 4 thighs and 4 drumsticks and half chickn is half of that. It was sort of disappointing when I had a party of 8 people and could only serve one piece to each person. I think the restaurant should make that clear and not deecevie their customers. Not happy at all!

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Good Indian
By incognito of downtown (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

We live in Vancouver but found ourselves in Surrey recently and wanted to try Mahek on 120 Street. It has an inviting stylish sign that is a little hard to see as the restaurant is set back from the street. The interior is dark but not too dark with numerous Buddha heads that we found unusual for an Indian restaurant. We shared a Mahek dinner plate, eggplant bhartha and okra dish (bhindi do praza). The Mahek dinner is very good value at $16.95. It comes with butter chicken, lamb curry, chickpea curry, rice, naan, raita and a rice dessert. This dinner is ample food for one person. We had the leftover eggplant, okra and rice packed up to take home. Service was very accomodating for the two of us, as we had many questions about the menu. The food was not up to Akbar or Vij standard but was as good as Rangoli and better value. If you're in the area, try it for the good food, value, friendly staff and comfortable surroundings.

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Best Indian restaurant in the Lower Mainland
By abby309 of white rock (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

We have tried many Indian restuarants (including the popular high priced ones in Vancouver) and nothing compares to Mahek. We eat there often and have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious..we get the Chana Masala, Dal, Naan, rice, samosas and different chicken dishes. What value! Ever when I get the $10 mini meal, I still leave with enough for another meal. The staff is always pleasant and unlike many Indian restaurants out there, the decor is modern and clean. I cant recommend this place enough if you enjoy Indian food!

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Fabulous food
By mugwump of Surrey (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

My family and I decided to check out Mahek after reading the reviews here. We've become fans of East Indian cuisine since moving to Surrey three years ago, so we're on the lookout for the best.

The first thing I noticed when pulling in was a banner the restaurant had hung that read "Voted #1 by the Now!", where the Now is a large circulation local paper. That was a good sign! And I can say that this is the most flavourful food in any Indian restaurant we've tried.

We had the Mahek dinner to sample some of the more popular dishes. It includes butter chicken, lamb, tandori chicken, rice, salad, dressing, chef's choice vegetable dish, a rice pudding dessert and serving of naan. All of it was delicious and wonderfully spiced, and the serving sizes were ample. The butter chicken is to die for. Just thinking about it makes me want to return now!

The owner spoke with us for a few minutes, and he was very friendly and clearly loved his work. He's from the UK and took over the restaurant three years ago. Interestingly, he travelled to India to find and select his chefs for the restaurant.

Service was adequate but as bit on the slow side, particularly after finishing the meal when we had to wait too long for the bill. This could be because it was so busy. Also the waitress didn't understand what we meant by a "dry" red wine, so we asked her for a sample before ordering.

The ambience was pleasant but don't expect to have a quiet dinner. My largest criticism is that it is too noisy. I'd apply some sound damping material to the walls to help correct this.

Overall an excellent restaurant with outstanding fare.

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One of the best Indian restaurants in the Lower Mainland
By pheonix of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

First of all we were pleasantly surprised by the decor of the place. Most Indian restaurants in the Lower Mainland do not exactly focus on ambience, but Mahek's done a pretty fine job in that area. Sufficiently Indian without going overboard.

The food - really good, really solid. We had the 'chaat' as an appetizer, which is a mix of chickpeas and chips (which I think are made of chickpea flour, although I'm not sure), with a yogurt sauce and 2 chutneys, 1 hot, 1 sweet. Classic Bombay street food, and the flavours are to die for. For our main course, we had the Vegetarian dinner which is actually what is called a 'thali' in India - 2 vegetarian entrees, 1 dal (lentils), rice, raita and naan, with dessert. All for the grand total of $12.95. If you're really hungry, order this, otherwise it is big enough for 2. The food wasn't overly oily and the spicing was balanced. Their chefs certainly know what they're doing.

Now, the service - we found this to be the only slightly sour note in an otherwise pleasant experience. The service wasn't very slow, but you got the distinct impression that service was an afterthought. Also, our server forgot my husband's order (in spite of going over this with us :)), so we had a bit of a wait for his food to arrive.

Anyway, the food and ambiance definitely made up for the so-so service and we will definitely go back again. Our friends are always asking us to recommend Indian restaurants to them and this one will be on the list for sure.

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Surrey Hidden Gem
By axelsahabundhu of surrey (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 4, 2006 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I'd never hear about this place until I saw it reviewed on this website. I like Indian food so I went for it. Its a VERY nice looking place, decore is interesting and engaging. The service was great, dont have a single complaint when it came to the staff, they were always there taking care of us at every turn, constantly checking up on us, which is more so impressive given how busy it was when we went in. The food, OH MAN! the food, was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S-E, true authentic SE Asian food. Will definitely go back first chance I get!

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Best Palak Paneer and Garlic Naans ever
By scarlet of Delta (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

I know this place may be a bit expensive than the other Indian restuarants located near by. But the food is worth the price. I ordered Palak paneer it cames with so many pieces of paneer and was thick and well flavoured. The garlic naan was soft and edible. My brother had the tandoori chicken which he enjoyed. The restuarant is pretty extravagant and worth a visit if you want to try high quality Indian food.

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Great Indian food & Great Service
By vanvan of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

I have been to Mahek numerous times, and will continue to go here for the great food & service.

Unlike other Indian restaurants I have been to, this place has a pretty modern setup, and the owner/manager seems to be on top of things hiring nice courteous service staff.

The food is great. Never had any complaints about the food. My family and I always rely on Mahek when we're craving Indian food and it has never disappointed.

The service has always been great and attentive. Probably the best service staff out of all of the Indian restaurants I have been to, which is probably one of the main reasons it stands out when compared to other Indian restaurants.

Overall, I will definitely go to Mahek again & again!!!

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Decent Indian food
By mostly_vegetarian of Vancouver/Burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

I have been to a lot of Indian restaurants and there is one dish that i crave the most which is Shahi Paneer. I didn't find one place that served good shahi paneer until i ordered it here. This place really makes good shahi paneer. Which is the only reason i drag my boy friend here.

There is nothing else that i am particularly fond of. The other curries are alright nothing special. We've tried their chicken biryani, Paneer tikka, dal makhani and chicken vindaloo. They all taste alright. I wished they;d have a bit more originality to them.

Service: So so. The servers never seem interested. The food comes after quite a wait.

Ambiance: The place looks good overall. Has a nice lounge feel to it.

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Very Impressed
By Reddy of Surrey (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

I read the reviews on this Surrey restaurant a while back and have been waiting for a chance to check it out. With a friend visiting from out of town that also like indian food we had our chance tonight and I'm happy to say we weren't dissapointed at all. Well, except for the screaming 1 year old at the next table.

Things didn't start well with our drinks. Both the beer from the tap and the rum and coke were totally flat. That was fixed with no problem. We started with appies and the "Chaat" as someone else recommended along with a fish pakora. The Chaat was incredible and certainly the hit of the evening. The fish pakora was very good.

For the entree's we ordered Chicken Korma and Lamb Tikka Masaala. As well, some Naan and rice of course.
Everything was great. The service was very good. Staff were very cheerful as well as helpful explaining what was in the dish. Never had Chaat before and we asked what it was before ordering.

For the quality the price I thought was very reasonable.
The interior was very nice as well.

A very good restaraunt that will now be my #1 Indian choice.

Surrey needs more quality restaurants.

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Definitely not a solid indian food
By marspball of Coquitlam (38 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

I tried this restaurant based on the multiple good reviews on this site. I was very disappointed. I tried ordering the vegetable pakora and the butter chicken. The vegetable pakora was decent, nothing special. The butter chicken however was runny and blant. The only thing that I can taste is the sour. The prices are quite expensive for an indian restaurant and certainly didn't live up to the quality of it. Ambience is quite nice and the restaurant looks freshly redecorated and modern. But I will definitely not come back to this place for the food.

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