Full menu, licensed restaurant serving Indian food. Lunch specials.
We came to A Taste of Punjab on a weeknight and were surprised to see they were fairly full. After tasting the food, we could see why.
Our group ordered the butter chicken and a platter which consisted of a bit of everything - tandoori selections, saag, butter chicken, tapioca, daal, and some other items. The food was definitely above average and deserves 3.5 stars. All dishes were tasty and portion size was good for the price.
The only complaint is that the food took a while getting to us (30 min) but we'll definitely be back.
Following up on reviews here, my husband and I decided to try this place out for lunch. It was after 1:00 pm, but still quite a few people there. We were greeted very pleasantly, and seated immediately.
Decided to try the lunch special plates...hubby had the tandoori plate with lamb, chicken tandoori and chicken tikka. I had lamb curry.
The lunches were served thali-style. Along with the main dish, there was spinach paneer (VERY nice), rice, naan, raita and kheer (rice pudding) for dessert. My lamb curry was tender and complex in spicing. The tandoori was good - fresh and flavourful. A very filling lunch for $9.99. They had spicy wraps listed for 8.99 (paneer, chicken, lamb), and another short page of more lunch specials. All seemed to be in the $8-10 range.
Only one lady serving and answering the phone for take-out (brisk business), but she was most pleasant and efficient.
Very satisfactory. A new favourite.
My wife and I tried this restaurant last night on the advise of a co-worker who is Indian. We got there around 9 pm for a late dinner and there still a few tables in there.
Firstly, I have to say that the Mapquest directions to this place is completely off. This restaurant is located at the intersection of East Whalley Ring Road and 100th Avenue. The restaurant is located in a dodgy area of town, but worth the trip.
It's a very nice restuarant, inside. Clean and well kept. The waitress brought us a jug of water, which was a nice touch and some papadaams (spell??).
We started off with an appetizer of veggie pakoras for $3.50. They came out nice and fresh and hot, pretty standard stuff. ONly wish there was some chutney to dip the pakoras in though.
My wife had the butter chicken for $10.99, it comes with rice (apparently as much as you can eat, as the waitress told us if we wanted more, just to ask for it). I had the mixed grill for $15.99, which came out sizzling on a hot plate with tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, lamb tikka, fish tikka, some prawns and seehk kebbob. It was a huge plate and i later found out from the waitress that people normally order the mixed grill to split as an appetizer. We also ordered a naan for $1.20 and garlic naan for $1.75. My meal was excellent and in the end, my eyes were bigger than my stomach, as i took 1/2 of it home. My wife's butter chicken came in a pretty big bowl, with a large plate of rice, which I shared also. Butter chicken was excellent, mild like she ordered it, and not too tomato-y. She declared it the best butter chicken she had had and up to that point, the Bombay in Coquitlam had the best butter chicken...not anymore.
Service was good and the owner came afterwards to ask us how our meal went...nice touch. Overall, an excellent restaurant and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a good meal, not just an Indian meal. We will definitely go there again and bring friends next time.
This place is in a little shopping center across from Central City. I've come here many times with visitors and family, and I'll keep coming back again and again. It may be my favourite restaurant in Surrey. Every single visit has yielded some of the tastiest food you'll find. EVERYTHING that I've had here has been good, including veggie dishes like daal makhni and saag paneer, and chicken and lamb dishes as well. The spices are blended perfectly to create a full, rich flavour without leaving a sharp aftertaste in the mouth or heartburn later.
Service before the meal is fine; after the meal is delivered, it is sometimes a bit slow. It's not a large dining area and I've never seen more than 3-4 tables occupied, so the one server shouldn't be too busy, but still it can take a while to get her attention, get packed up, and pay. Meals are priced very reasonably (most items are under $10), and the interior is pleasantly decorated. If it were closer to my home I would eat here even more often than I already do.
My third visit for lunch. Each time the food has been consistently good. Several good-sized lunch specials under $10 available. If you have limited time for lunch, ask the server for serving time as some dishes take decisively longer than others to cook. My favourite so far is the lamb curry lunch special which comes with rice and naan.
We've been here several times....and no lie "It's Very Good."
Go figure, we live on the North Shore but it's certainly worth the drive.
Sure there are other great Indian establishments and we've tried several but this one is a jewel.
We stumbled on it a few years ago and love eating here.
Not only is the food great but they genuinely seem happy to see us.
With all the new high-rises being built in the area, not sure how long it'll be before these folks have to relocate.
Third visit to Taste of Punjab; last visit was six months or so ago. This place is completely different from our last visit. We ordered two dishes and nan, this restaurant was not particularly busy but food took 40 minutes to come out. That was ok as it took that long during both our other visits so we were expecting that.
What was not acceptable was a single plate of rice was brought out to us even though we had ordered two curry dishes. It was hardly enough; when we asked for another plate, a charge of $2.50 was added. This makes no sense at all since one person ordering a curry dish would get the exact same plate of rice so two curry dishes ordered would include enough rice for two people rather than charging an extra fee.
Chicken Vindaloo was dry but acceptable. Food is ok but could have swore it was better before.
Got the $2.50 charge reversed but based on common reasoning, the charge should not have been there in the first place.
Wondering if this place has a new management team? Gone downhill, service is non-existent, they just don't seem to care about running a restaurant. Poor experience, really too bad as we were actually looking forward to eating here. Meal came to $24 and change. Left $25 on the way out; haven't rebelled by not tipping for more than 10 years but this place didn't deserve any.
This is one of my favorite Indian Restaurants in Surrey. The food is great, the service is attentive and the prices are reasonable. What's there not to like?
Taste of Punjab is located across from King George Skytrain Station. Makes it easy to get to. They also have lots of free parking available in front of the restaurant.
The house speciality is their Butter Chicken ($10.99) Which is made fresh from scratch. Its amazing and it must be tried. They make it based on your preference (hot, medium, mild). I like to order the medium, I find that it gives the dish the perfect balance of spice and flavour. I had the Butter Chicken Thaali ($9.50) which is a smaller portion of Butter Chicken, and it comes with rice and naan bread. Delicious!
Another dish I would recommend is the Channa Masala ($7.99) which is garbanzo beans cooked with special spices. Also you must, must try the Spinach Naan ($2.99) which is stuffed with spinach and cheese and spices. So amazing.
Another house specialty is the Tandoori Chicken ($7.99) chicken marinated in yogurt and traditional spices.
Their menu has a large variety of vegetarian dishes, including Aloo Mutter, Eggplant Bhartha and vegetable Korma. They also have great imported Indian beers such as Cobra and Raj. Raj is my favorite Indian beer, a delicious pale lager.
What makes this restaurant stand out? well, their prices are very reasonable and the food quality is excellent, but also the service. The owner makes it a priority to visit each table and ask how people are enjoying their meals. This attention to quality is what makes this an extraordinary place.
I agree with the others, the food is excellent, fresh, authentic and tasty. However had runny tummy afterwards both my wife and I. Location is easy to find, parking is so-so. The ambience is good and clean, strange seat designs though. Service was friendly, kind of average, but sometimes this changes as is one's state of digestion. One of the better Indian restauarants, and the price is reasonable.
This is our go-to place whenever we want a guaranteed delicious Indian meal. Sure, it is a little out of the way if you don't live in Surrey, but it is well worth it. I think we've been here at least 5 or 6 times and we will keep coming back.
Everything we have tried on the menu has been good. Last time we had the Lamb Korma and the Chicken Karhai. Both were fantastic. The Chicken Karhai is tandoor-roasted and then fried with green and red peppers and a spicy tomato-based sauce. It had a really unique flavour.
Portions are very generous here, not those tiny flat serving dishes you get at a lot of Indian restaurants. The serving dishes for curries are fat little pots and the Tandoori platters are always piled high. They don't give you a pot full of sauce with your curries, either.. there's always plenty of meat. 2 entrees for 2 people with naan and rice is usually too much for us to finish so we have to take some back. Also, despite the rising cost of rice, it's always free with the entrees here, and good quality.
Ambiance is nice, it's clear they have put a lot of effort into making it look classy. I don't like the booths because if some kids sit on the other side you can feel them bouncing around, but the tables are just fine. The giant chandelier is a little ostentatious but you will be too busy stuffing your face to spend much time caring about such things.
Service is good, not outstanding but not lacking either. Sometimes they can get a bit behind if it's busy, but it's usually not that busy when we go there.
Overall a great value, and a solid, reliable restaurant. Consider us regulars!
This place is great. I've been for lunch with friends several times, dinner with a large group once and ordered out a few times -all have been good experiences. I've gone there with both south asian people and white people and everyone agrees that it's really good.
The quality of food is excellent.
The staff really seem to care that you enjoy the food -the portions are excellent.
The price is more than fair.
I've been to some Indian places that seem to be all sauce and no meat and veg in their dishes -this is not the case here.
I recommend this place for sure!
In the mood for Great Indian food? This place is it! Taste of Punjab offer many Veg and Non-veg options. The owners are very personable and run the restaurant well. Dining in is enjoyable and Take out is always great. We love ordering many of their dishes, such as: Paneer Makhani, Saag Paneer, Naan, Samosas, Pakora, Chana, Daal, and Lamb Tikka Masala. We also like that their jamine rice is scented with saffron. Close to a skytrain as well.
Was their today for Lunch... ordered Lunch Thali.
One of the worst waiter service by any Food place... this lady waiter was doing us great favor by bringing us food... lol
Although food was great... but expensive $35 bucks for 2 Thali & 2 soft drinks. If you do not mind poor service for good food try it out, otherwise think twice if you are taking someone special with you.
During a busy shift at work, we ordered a take-out. Butter chicken, lamb curry, Vegetable jalfrazie and paneer as well as naan bread. It was fresh, well spiced and received great reviews from everyone here. Will order here again.
I also ate in the restaurant at another time and the atmosphere was good - decor typically East Indian with East Indian music. Service was reasonable.
I've been there several times, eat in and take out. Taste of Punjab offers solid Indian food with great taste. The butter chicken is always a welcome but for those who doesn't know what Indian food to begin with, I recommend the special platter which serves up 6-7 different kinds of Indian cuisine (including Indian desserts) in smaller portions so you are able to taste a variety in a sitting. Rice is also included.
Service is also solid - the usual normal wait and if you just want to take out, I recommend calling ahead. Value is consistent with the food served. A regular set meal with Nan bread with set you back 10-12 dollars for dinner. The special platter mentioned above will set you back roughly 15-17 but it serves at least two. Lighting in the restaurant is acceptable.
We are regulars at A Taste of Punjab, because it is the best East Indian food we have ever had. We have tried other places, but we have found it to be simply the best and most consistent at this restaurant. We have found the service to be prompt, however not overly friendly. Great value for what you get.
We frequent this place atleast once a month. Being East Indian ourselves, we can be very picky when it comes to dining at East Indian restuarants.This place however passes the test with flying colors. The butter chicken is done just right and I love the Saag Paneer.They have some good lunch specials too.The quantities are generous and it is value for money.
Taste of Punjab offers a variety of tasty dishes. In my opinion it has some of the best butter chicken anywhere. The food and the presentation is outstanding and authentic. The service is friendly and makes you feel at home. The ambiance is average, with decore being little dated (early 1990's), however there is a few big screens to watch the game on etc.. The vibe is authentic but in no way trendy. Overall I would recommend this resturant to anyone, as I am a regular myself.
I have been to Taste of Punjab about half a dozen times and am impressed each time at the consistent quality of the food. This is one of my favourite East Indian restaurants in the city. The food always tastes fresh, the portions are sizeable, and the service is that of a friendly family-run restaurant. We have never been disappointed with this restaurant and neither have our guests that we have taken there. My partner and I are both vegetarian and particularly like the good selection of vegetarian options available. This is a true gem in an area of the city that is in dire need of good restaurants such as this one.
Taste of Punjab is the best restaurant for north Indian food in Surrey. It wins in all departments.
-Taste wise, this has to come closest to the food actually served in Punjab. (Except the dal makhni which is nowhere close to what it is suposed to be)
-The food is priced right and the quantities are generous.
-You get free rice with every entree and papadoms if you order a beer. -The booths are tall enough for privacy.
-Each time the owner personally comes to ask if everything is to our liking.
So Taste of Punjab offers an unbeatable combination of value,taste and ambiance. The only minus point is the location. That could have been better.
Please note that we are vegatarian so the comments about the food apply only to veg dishes but I feel it is safe to assume that the meat would be as good looking at the popularity despite a bad location!