Planet India Restaurant serves authentic and fresh Indian dishes for lunch and dinner.
A co-worker and I went for supper on a Wednesday evening. We arrived around 7:00, and the place was pretty empty.
Lots of booths around the perimeter, with a couple of long tables for bigger crowds. Bollywood and sports on the big screens. The place was tidy and clean, lots of room. Washrooms were very clean.
Service was excellent. Very friendly lady, and very attentive. My friend is a bit timid with heat-levels in food, so we settled for "Canadian medium", not "desi medium". Very little heat at all.... but the food was tasty.
We ordered butter chicken (their newspaper ad said "best butter chicken" - so of course we had to try it), dal tarka, raita, garlic naan and rice pullao. Butter chicken was tender, but the sauce was very, very thick and tomato-y. Dal tarka was excellent.... nice balance of spices. Raita was standard, naan was lovely with a bit of a "chew". The rice in the pullao was perfect, with sweet peppers, peas and onions added.
Dinner for two, with a beer and a glass of wine, no dessert, was just over fifty dollars. Lots of leftovers.
We stayed chatting for quite a while, but the staff did not rush us. The place was very busy when we left just after 9:00 pm.
Nice place, good food, nice people. I would return.
So back when I first reviewed the restaurant they truly were still working out the kinks. I've since become a regular. By regular, I mean that I drive 30 minutes out of my way to go on a regular basis. Walking in to Planet India is like coming home to visit my lovely extended Indian family. I don't work there, but I feel so strongly about the quality and "head and shoulders above every other Indian restaurant in Surrey" food that I actually am making the effort to come back and review it again. SO here we go...
If you're reading this, you're probably considering what you want to have for dinner or lunch today, and I can tell you without any hesitation at all, that if you are even pondering Indian food... you need to stop looking and start driving.
What to have? What not to have. I've had nearly everything on their menu at this point, with the exception of a few that I will absolutely be trying next week when I"m there. Here's my standouts.
1. The vegetable pakora is better than I've ever had it. Ever.
2. The chana masala is easily the best I've ever had - and I'm a fan. Eat it the traditional way with bhatura and you will not go wrong.
3. The tikka masala, korma, and muttar paneer all stand out as crazy delicious.
4. The chicken karahi was awesome last time we got it.
5. Have their Garlic Naan --- where other garlic naans come off as "meh" theirs is outstanding, loaded with fresh garlic. If you're not a big garlic fan, eat the regular. It's out-of-this-world good, with a great crispy exterior and a soft, tender interior.
6. If you are dining with a friend, get a pitcher. It makes sense since you will easily go through one beer and when you order your third beer for the table you've already exceeded the price of a pitcher (but don't tell the restaurant that!)
Ultimately, it's a nice, family owned restaurant that bangs out excellent food time and time again. We have truly never had a completely failed meal here.
I just found out about this website, so I don't have many reviews, but I have been to many restaurants. Those other restaurants always had some flaws, whether it be poor service, cheap/tacky food, even one with no heating. We have never been to a local restaurant more than once. I love Indian food, but I had trouble finding one to commit to, till I heard about Planet India, an up and coming restaurant.
The food was simply amazing. Saw an ad of Planet India stating they had the "Best Butter Chicken", which i hardly believed until I tried it last night on Christmas Day. I ordered Medium-Hot, as I like things spicy, and boy it hit the spot. Although there were a few tears, I handled and the sauce was perfect. The naan was nice and chewy, the way I like it. And under $30 between me and my wife, we were full to the stomach and we still had some leftover!!! The service was exceptional. My server was very attentive and gave me recommendations on what should i try, and she always had a smile. And it was pretty busy too! The value was what I expected, because this isn't just another cheap indian restaurant, it has quite high class. And overall the joint was clean, washrooms were surprisingly clean, as if no one had even used the toilets. And the lighting was good and it was a fun experience. I will bring my kids with me next time, which might be on New Years.
Overall, if you are a family man, or even a single dude out with his buddies(which I also saw when I left), you will like this place.
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