East Indian meat and vegetarian dishes in a modern family atmosphere.
The food was delicious, the servers were all so pleasant and friendly. This was one of the best evenings our family had, and mind you we are fussy when it comes to good food. We were so pleased, the food was very tasty and well presented. The portions were also hearty, we were all so full and still took home plenty. They have also priced their items very fairly. 100% this place going to be our second home for good food and most wonderful hospitality. Keep up the great work Mahek Restaurant!!
i went to this place and it was alright the service wasnt great i got a glass of water after 20mins and my food 50 mins after that, and when i got the food the chicken did not taste fresh. the meat and veggie dishes had a very similar taste.i wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. dont bother maybe try a sushi place instead. if anything just drive by but dont go in. not that great
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!
My wife has been trying to get me to "like" Indian food for some time. We've been to a few and I haven't been all that impressed and to be honest intimidated by the menus. Not here. The staff are very helpful. Not being much of a curry fan I was able to order some very tasty dishes that we both liked. The Chicken Tikka is to die for served steaming hot on a sizzle platter. I also like the Cilantro Chicken Tikka. Vegetable Korma is another must have along with some Basmati rice and Nan bread. Very good. We usually end up taking some home. I have also discovered that their well priced beer is a great accoutrement to the spicy Indian food. We discovered that even though it doesn't say it, Chicken Tikka is considered an appetizer and will show up before any other entrees unless you specify otherwise. Now I must admit I do "like" Indian food after all
I have had my share of Indian food. I am afraid to say that Mahek is very heavy on the salt in all of their dishes. The only one I could stomach was the butter chicken but even that sauce was a little on the salty side. The chicken tikka masala, lamb tikka masala, chickpeas (channa masala) were all waaaaay too salty -- I couldn't taste anything but salt and a little bit of spicey. It's too bad because the meat they use is good but when the sauce is too salty, it just made it hard to eat and my tongue went numb.
The chai was not very authentic either -- was missing Indian spices in it. A very flat chai. Milky, though.
The naan bread was too dry and did not have enough chew to it.
The mixed appetizer platter with 1 vegetable samosa and assorted pakora -- the vegetable samosa was disgusting. It wasn't deep fried, it was baked in a toaster oven or something -- terrible crust/pastry, and the inside did not taste very good either. Even the samosa's from the corner of my house, 2 for $1.00, taste waaaay better.
Cleanliness is also a problem as there was a long black hair on my folded napkin and our table had caked-on spinach/grout on half of the "clean" plates we were given.
All in all I am disappointed in this restaurant. I think it caters mostly to people who don't know what real Indian food should taste like. I have eaten at much better tasting Indian restaurants in both Vancouver and in Toronto. I will definitely not be returning.
My family goes to this restaurant at least once every couple of weeks. We do so because the food is superb, the atmosphere is great, everything is clean, and the service for the most part is very good.
My wife likes the butter chicken and I like all of the lamb dishes. Chat is a family favorite and I think one of their best dishes. Lentils with curry is also very nice. All the spices taste so fresh and the sauces are cooked to perfection. I like the thick bold spicy taste of the Lamb Vindaloo, yet it has a delicate... if somewhat warm aftertaste. You could close your eyes and imagine yourself on the orient express enjoying an authentic gourmet Indian dinner on your way to the Taj Mahal.
The service is outstanding... however there are a few disinterested waiters among the group. The people taking the orders are always outstanding, but the people serving the food can sometimes be a little cold. I think it has more to do with new staff learning and feeling insecure more than the aloof feeling that you get from some of the dummies at your poorly run 5 star joints. The service is always fast and attentive however.
Overall I would give it 5 stars across the board, but have to hold some back for new staff. You could easily move this restaurant to south Granville and charge twice what is on the menu and it would still feel like good value.
I would suggest to go with a group, have the server help you with the picks of the menu and order one of the $13 pitchers of Stella to help the spice settle.
One caveat... this is a place with real authentic indian dishes... some are very spicy. There are dishes for those that are not into spice, but dishes like the Vindaloo will keep the flu (and any other living organism..) away. Great dish if you are into spice, but may be too much for the uninitiated.
My girlfriend and i went here to try some Indian food based on the reviews here. Place was pretty quiet so the service was great. Only flaw was that the waitress had problems with a "rye and coke" but alas I finally got one, sans ice, but no biggie.
The food was divine, simply put. We started with a Vegetable Pakora which was great. I found that the blend of chilies made it quite enjoyable heat wise, but not too much as to be too much for people that don't indulge much in hot foods.
For the main course we had the butter chicken (of course) which was great, maybe a bit more meat could be used but a lot of tasty tandoori sauce made up for it. Also, we had the shahi korma, a awesome lamb curry that had me addicted for days craving the stuff. Not a thin curry but a nice rich buttery curry with lamb so tender it literally melted in your mouth. We complemented this with a generous portion of jasmine rice that was cooked to perfection and topped with cilantro. To finish it the best part (maybe I'm plain) was the nan bread...wow wa sit good, soft chewy, fresh as you can get it. Just made the meal hit that extra bar higher.
I HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone that either has never tried Indian food, as you wont be disappointed or overwhelmed by spices. Or those that thoroughly enjoy this food. Everything was quite nicely balanced, this is where the professionalism of the chefs really shines.
Im going back...
We made reservations for a group of 6 of us. The hostess who sat us was extremely pleasant and very helpful. Then our server came, a young teenage male. Three of us ordered the mahek dinner special with extra butter chicken as opposed to the lamb curry which came with it because none of us ate lamb. The others ordered a vegetarian platter and the chicken korma which I did have a taste of and it was good. When he brought out our meals, he only brought two because he had forgotten to enter the third order. They both came with lamb curry and no extra butter chicken. When we told him he argued and said that wasn't what we ordered. Anyways, eventually we got the extra butter chicken but the third dinner special still had not been brought out 15 minutes after we received ours. It's not a big deal, mistakes happen but own up to them. Her meal finally came, there was no apology, no acknowledgement of anything on his part. Not once did he refill our waters and we didn't even bother trying to order a drink from the bar because after two attempts and him not bringing us our drinks, we figured forget it. Nothing was taken off the bill, nothing was said. I will not go back based on the service. The food was so so but there is definately better indian food around.
Do not order their Malai Kofta and Paneer Purji. I had ordered Paneer Purji from here before but for some reason the taste lacked this time. There was hardly any flavour and did not have the right type of spices. Malai Kofta and Shahi Paneer in general is hard to make as all the trick lays in it's sauce.
Even though you see these items in the menu, does not mean that it will be good. So far I can only think of Safaron on Kingsway that has done justice to these dishes! So overall, the above two dishes was not worth $22. Thumbs down!
I am such a big fan of butter chicken, I cannot say enough. I have only tried the chicken tikka masala, goat curry, lamb masala, and butter chicken here and I absolutely adore this place. I used to drive all the way out to Vancouver from Surrey to eat Indian because the only place I knew was the India Bistro. Let's just say, after I found this gem, I never drove out to Surrey for butter chicken cravings again. The sauces are rich in texture, tone, and just speaks for itself. The na'an is the best I've ever had here, and the rice is pretty good too. The only thing I'd comment on is that the chicken can sometimes be dry, I would let the owner know. He is such an awesome guy, loves feedback. He's the one with the British accent, love him!
We found that the lamb biriyani was too hot, we have had biriyanis in other indian restaurants, but this was the worst, bland no taste just hot. I had my stomach burn until the next morning. The person who took the order did not ask us whether we wanted mild, medium or hot, she just brought an extremely hot biriyani with tons of chilli powder. When we asked for Bhaturas, they said they dont make it. Bhaturas or puris are served in every other indian restaurant in Surrey. We thought this was not so Indian after all. Not worth the price, there were only a few people there on a weekend afternoon, which speaks for the quality of food.
I often have cravings for Indian food and Mahek always satisfies them. Whether I dine in or take out, the food is delicious! My favorites are the lamb makahni and the garlic naan bread. The samosas are amazing and I love the mango lassi's which are perfect for a spicy curry. The service is fast and the restaurant itself is very nicely decorated. The prices are outstanding and the portion size is huge, my boyfriend and I can usually split an entree and a side. I only have good things to say about this restaurant, I would recommend anyone to eat at Mahek!
I never even noticed this restaurant before, despite driving down that street many many times. I tried it out after reading the reviews here and must say that I was impressed.
The upscale decor, friendly staff and quick service only added to the enjoyment.
I tried the Samosas which were fine... average. Also had Chicken Vindaloo and Butter Chicken with both garlic and regular naan and was surprised that they were actually two completely different (and both tasty) flavours, mind you, it should be this way but unfortunately, MANY other indian restaurants use the same curry base with a variety of dishes, making them taste very similar... So I was happy with that.
The only fault I could find is that the chicken vindaloo was very oily, this is like many other Indian restaurants around here, but nevertheless, I enjoyed my meal.
Value: Food was priced on par with other restaurants but has very generous servings, so I gave them 4 stars. I just wish their price for chai included free refills like some other restaurants.
The first thing you notice here is that the clientele is mostly Indian and the servers and cooks are Indian. I've been here on several occasions and have left very satisfied. The butter chicken is delicious with the naan being just perfect. I also love the samosas! I'm not sure why so many people think that it's too salty. I usually eat salt-reduced meals at home (meaning that I do not add salt to the dish while cooking or at the table) and don't find any of the food that I've ordered too salty. The servers are quite nice but could be perhaps a little more attentive. Lunches, by the way, are a good deal.
I called Mahek to order some food and our bill was $28 bucks. The staff told my wife it was $38 trying to steal an extra $10. I would double check your bill when going to these guys, they seem to be criminals. Better yet..... go somewhere else where you can deal with ethical business people.
A new favourite on Scott Road
A quick little late-evening meal: our Chana Masalla ($8.95) had plump chickpeas in a delicious uniformly spiced (about medium) sauce, the vegetable pakoras ($5.95--plenty for two people!) were light, crisp and flavourful. I have to add that we also eat a sodium reduced meal at home and found that neither dish tasted "salty" at all. My chai was not overly spiced but still very enjoyable. The servers/bussers (we must have had six over an hour!--not that busy at 9:30pm) were all friendly and helpful if asked. Original Tandoori King (south on Scott Rd) is good but we now prefer Mahek.
Excellent lamb curry. Butter chicken is really good. Incredible value especially at lunch..around 7-8$ for curry dish, naan, rice, and tandoori chicken. I share the sentiment about the garlic naan though (powder!) stick with the plain or the potato. Also don't find this food too salty and I am also very sensitive to such things. Good solid restaurant over multiple visits.
I had two meals at Mahek. My husband and I had lunch here about a month ago. The lunch specials were good value, the food was tasty, and I found the ambiance and service to be much better than a typical Indian restaurant. Last night we ordered a bunch of dishes from the online take out menu. The overall flavours were good, and the sauces rich and thick, but the two meat dishes we had were really, really salty. If it hadn't been for the excessive saltiness I would have really enjoyed the food, as it was, I didn't care for it. Also, I found that the naan was a bit tough. I'll give Mahek one more try and next time ask them to go easy on the salt.
Visiting from out of town, we found Mahek on this website. We called and found that the restaraunt was open until 10 and they gave us perfect driving directions from Richmond. What a delightful Indian eating experience - the food was outstanding as well as the service and atmosphere. Everyone was extremely courteous and attentive to us and it was well worth the 20 minute drive. We will tell anyone heading to Richmond/Vancouver that this IS the place for East Indian cuisine and we will definitely be back!
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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