Mahek Restaurant offers Indian and Pakistani meat and vegetarian dishes in a modern family atmosphere.
Went here with the family and another couple for dinner. We all ordered the dinner preselected meals and I ordered the deluxe dinner meal on the first page of the menu. I believe that this is for the customer who do not know what Indian food really taste so that they have the tried and true dishes to play it safe. Dishes like butter chicken, some dish with chick peas, tandoori chicken and the deluxe dinner had lamb curry plus both dishes included naans. The food came out nice and hot. The taste was very good and the portion was a bit smaller than if you ordered it by itself. Pretty good value if you want to dab into Indian cuisine. It might not look like a lot of food when they place it on the table, but the richness of the dishes will fill you up in no time. The ambiance was quite nice. Modern and clean. Parking can be a little tight, just make sure you park in the middle parking spot as there is not much room for mistakes. Will return in the future as we left with a positive experience.
I'll get right to the point... this restaurant makes very serviceable Indian cuisine. I've already been to their OTHER Surrey location, and if you've been there, you'll know what to expect from the food. Their Tandoori chicken comes sizzling, and their butter chicken is always spot on. Make sure you get some garlic naan to mop up the sauce, it is DELICIOUS. Eeeevvvverrything else on the menu is very average though. Samosas, veggies, the goat meat, etc. All pretty ehh. If you go to Indian for the basics, you should come away happy. If you're looking to try something a bit more adventurous, maybe you better try somewhere else as well, because there are superior options out there, such as the Tasty Indian Bistro up on Scott Road.
Back to Mahek though. The service is average at best. This particular location seems to be staffed by a lot of very young, high-school aged servers. They seem very green to the job and don't do it particularly well. The room itself is nicer than the other location... it is clean and modern, but lacks any flair. Kind of like a small Earls or Cactus Club. And when you get the bill at the end, you'll find that Indian food isn't expensive, but nor is it cheap. I usually find it to end up around $40 before the tip for two... that'd be sharing two mains (they generally range from $10-14), plus an appy that I always regret and a mango lassi or a beer (their mango lassi is very hit and miss, but when they get it right it's very refreshing).
I'd recommend it if you live in the area and want to try some Indian. If you're up for a bit of a longer drive, try Tasty Indian Bistro near Strawberry Hill. Both are similar, but I find the latter has more range and a nice location and staff.
Went there for a going away dinner for brother in law as he was on visit fro NYC. Had called in as they had grand opening for restuarant , coupon in Surrey Now Newspaper for 20%. We made reservations for the 15 people
Lost the coupon so called the owner to see if was ok and we could still get discount as bringing in 15 people and its grand opening, perfect opportunity to advertise the business. He said ok come in and can honour the discount so made the reservations.
Went in ordered two fish pakora. Small serving. Two plates of fish pakora were between 10 people. There were only 6 pieces on each plate. They only brought one plate out first and said the next one would be another 15 min. Very odd as half people had to wait. Also they did not even bring out the utensil until we were done the appy. Also no napkins. First fish plate was very dried out fish. Second one was better.
We were a bit unfortable ordering more appy as they taking too long so we just ordered main course. Main course was very average.
We got the bill. The bill was not discounted by 20%. We asked waiter to go talk to owner, owner decided he only wanted to give us 10% discount. We weren't that upset so didn't really say anything but it comes down to your fundamental principles.... and obviously owner took advantage of situation.
Anyways that being said... overall experience could have been ok but owner not abiding by what he said.......... we will not go back. Do not like to promote liars.
A friend was visiting from Kansas and wanted Indian food, so we brought her to Mahek. It was also our first visit there. The place was not quite full but doing a good business on a Thursday evening. We got seated after a minute or two and started in on the menu. It's WAY bigger than the menu at most Indian places we've gone to, and had numerous items that I haven't seen on other menus. We tried their Dhai Bhalla (good but nothing spectacular) and then ordered 4 entrees so that we'd have lots of leftovers: palak paneer, chicken vindaloo, butter chicken, and aloo gobi, with rice and naan. Every one of these dishes was tasty and flavourful, perhaps not quite as good on the whole as those at my favourite place, but nothing at all to complain about.
Service was very attentive at first, but took a longer time than necessary to tend our table after we were done and waiting for boxing and bill. The server was amusing as he asked us for *each* of our 7 or so dishes whether we wanted that boxed up, too. We did. And I enjoyed the leftovers!
The atmosphere is very pleasant. There is a huge chandelier that drew my SO's and friend's attention for quite a while and numerous other Indian-themed decorations around the walls. TVs throughout the restaurant were showing an out-of-town hockey game, so the immersion was not complete, but the sound was off and there was Indian music at a reasonable volume over the audio system. The clientele was a mix of South Asian and caucasian, there were families with kids and dating couples. Seems to be a reasonable place for any kind of meal out. I would definitely come back
One tip: The menu items all have spiciness ratings listed with them. I don't know whether these can be altered to suit individual tastes, but two or three peppers is spicy enough that I notice (I *like* spicy food).
Seen this place for a while and went in on Friday night. I have eaten at their North Surrey location and would rate it above average. Seating area was small and busy. Looks like there is a back room and a patio that were not opened up. Seated right away. I agree with the previous reviewer almost completely. In my opinion is that the place is trying to be a pub and a restaurant at the same time. It is loud like a pub which doesn't bother me but keep that in mind if your expecting an intimate meal.
The staff are really young and the service is not organized. We didn't have a dedicated waitress. When we were seated we were almost immediately asked if we wanted an appetizer. In order to decide if I want an appetizer I actually need time to read the menu. I probably had the menu open for 15 seconds before being asked this question. When going to a new place I like to read the items and create a shortlist of options and then finalize the meal with my dinner companion to make sure she is happy. We were interrupted while clearly reading the menu on 5 different occasions in a 5 minute period. Kind of interferes with the selection process.
On the menu they don't do their combo plates on Friday and Saturday nights. Kind of weak. Goes back to the pub restaurant comment. We ordered the cilantro chicken, lamb vindaloo, naan, chili paneer and pulav rice. After ordering we were pretty much ignored until the food came. Pretty inconsistent on the service. Over served in the beginning and then nothing afterwards. My partner thought the food preparation was too long but I really wasn't watching. Maybe 20 to 25 minutes.
The food was hot when it came out and the cilantro chicken was sizzling. The flavour was average at best. The cilantro chicken was green like it should be but with no actual flavour to it. This dish was below average. Lamb vindaloo was very nice. This was what I would refer to as restaurant style so be prepared for less meat than you would expect and more gravy for the price. The chili paneer was dissapointing and below average. It tasted like the paneer was just chopped up and put in the dish. It hadn't had time to cook and marinate with the gravy. Rice was average and could have been done better. Naan was good.
Overall I don't think I would go back. Like the previous reviewer if you want excellent service and high quality restaurant style food, Tasty Indian Bistro is the best combination
I have been eating at Mahek for a number of years at the original location and at the new location in Panorama. I am forced to write a review based on my excellent experiences I've had here and also the somewhat biased negative reviews I've read on this place. I have always had a great experience at Mahek and this restaurant has been winning the No1 accolade since 2006 in the reader choice reviews and that should say something. Why do people which I presume to be rival operators stoop to this level I don't know. Whilst I agree with some of the comments that I have experienced they are very rare. The great food and mostly excellent service makes up for it. My recent experience was part of a group in the private room and all the staff were excellent as was the food. I recommend this place heartily!!!! Try for yourself then be the judge,
Came tonight. Total dissapointment, two chicken dishes were completely old, dried out chicken. The kind that you put in the fridge and hope to heat up a few days later and still be good but it isn't! Don't come here to risk getting sick.
We let the server know she walked away!
So we left $70 for our $68 bill and won't ever be back... Especially reciving that service!
Bad Service, and poor food quality
I have been a regular customer for over 5 years, usually ordering food up to 3 times a week from Mahek without any issues. April 23th, 2012 went to this location with my wife and baby, order a Paneer burger, after my third bite, it tasted like it was full of salt, I could not take another bite, call the waitress, she came over after 5 minutes and I complained about the burger, she asked if I wanted a new burger, I said yes, she went over to speak to the manager or owner ??..came back and said "this is what it should taste like" and we served it to other customers without issues". (I had tried this burger before it didn't taste like salt,). My burger was not replaced and I was charged for it, along with the part that I was a regular customer. The worst service and inexperienced staff..I left very disappointed, and had made plans to cater from this restaurant for a birthday party next month, now booked another restaurant for catering today. Very poor service!!! I went to Tasty Bistro for lunch right after this place. I wish I had gone to Tasty Bistro in the first place, Food and service was amazing. Mahak has lost more than a few regular customers today.
We went into Mahek resturant one night to enjoy some food amongst some friends only to be served by a waitress/bartender (with no bartending skill). The butter chicken was horrible, the chicken was very chewy and didnt taste right at all. The drinks were horrible and when asked to return it after one sip the waitress/bartender claimed it was nonrefundable because it was a promo. Even McDonalds would let you return your food/drink if you are not satisfied. We asked to speak to the owner, the waitress said she would let him know. We waited for him for about 15 mins, he just sat there at the bar laughing away with another waitress. He was highly unprofessional and didnt have the courtesy to come up to us and let us explain what the problem was. I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone living in this area. Horrible service, unprofessional staff and a owner who does not know how to run a business and does not have any customer skills. Also I have heard from many people that this restaurant freezes their food weeks in advance and just warms it up prior to serving it to customers. I would recommend going to any other restaurant but this one!
They have a restaurant on Scott Road in Surrey. Food is crapy,service is poor and owners
are arrogant. Place is dark and servers have language issues.
One thing I have learnt is that the Indian restaurants have no consistancies. Food is
basically stored in freezer and served next day. Avoid these restaurants !!
We visited this place on Friday night and came away impressed. We have been long standing customers of the North Surrey location and it was the first time we came here. We had also read the reviews and all I can say is that don't believe everything you read. We were seated promptly and our server was brilliant We ordered the chicken pakoras and seekh kebab for appetizer and for mains some butter chicken palak Paneer and some rice and nan breads
The food was delicious and flavorful. The appetizers were sizzling and fresh and the mains were to die for! Definitely worth the visit and loved the decor. I've been to all the new restaurants on Scott RD and by far the Panorama Mahek has them beat for taste service and ambience
Only one problem now do we go to North Surrey Location or Panorama Hmmmm!!!