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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant

1905 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J1Z3
Tel: (604) 736-8180 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Delivery, Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11:30AM - 10PM
  • Akbar's Own serves up authentic original and traditional Indian cuisine. We are located on Broadway, near Burrard Street, only minutes away from the downtown core.

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Dine-in vs take-out experience
By michwilliams of vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:28pm [Take-out]

I never really ordered takeout from here until today. My roomie and I were hungry but had the usual dilemma of "too lazy to cook and too lazy to go eat out, just wanna chill".

So after what must have been 40 minutes of discussing how much we hated chem and needed some food to feed our brains, we called up Akbars for some delivery. It was my roomie's choice and was not going to argue there. She is Indian and has grown up with that food so I took her better judgement.

We ordered just a couple of things, aloo gobi and chicken tikka. I have eaten here once or twice before and found these two dishes to be safe bets. Everything good until then but the delivery took so long to arrive. Maybe it was because we ordered so late, Friday around 5 pm. The food was sloppily arranged and a little cold but still managed to taste good after heating, esp chicken tikka. Delicious. Thank God we were at our apartment because they forgot to include eating utensils! 3 stars because I thought they could've done better.

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By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 27, 2007 - 8:07pm [Dine in]

Not much to rave about and I know Indian food! The service is odd, at lunch due to how dead they get, its almost too attentive, at dinner, when they are busy, food becomes slow and forget about take out, they often reject any take out once there's 2-3 tables filled, that is ludicrous to hear in this city. They get swamped once more than a table fills in. The food is flavourful but portions too tiny. There's a far better place called Raga just east of this place and I was told by my friends who are South Asian that its the place THEY would go.

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Indian food for lunch time
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:02am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I came here a little after 1 pm on a Wednesday and had no trouble getting a seat. We found this place while passing by Broadway and trying to settle on a good place to get some lunch. When we arrived, there were already a couple of tables occupied which was an encouraging sign. We both decided to get the lunch specials: a curry of your choice accompanied by rice, naan and a salad. For $11.00, it is not bad. The fact that we got to choose from a variety of options for lunch was good. I went for the lamb curry and the GF choose the butter chicken. Good choices both. As promised we got the best bang for our buck, and it was so tasty. This is yet another great Indian restaurant with delicious food. I’ll definitely go back for lunch one day and maybe even try more of their dishes later on for dinner.

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Our experience the second time around here
By gabaqueen of ottawa (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

We were here for dinner first in May and felt that I didn't get the proper attention despite having made a reservation. I was a bit disappointed; the food took 30 mins to arrive, but in their defence the restaurant was full. The second time around though was last week, and oh what a difference it was. The restaurant was like half full and the owner greeted us and sat us down.

Once they took our order, the food still took a while to arrive, but our waiter kept checking in on us for snacks (calamari) and drinks. The lamb tikka and chicken curry was what we had this time around. Both were good, especially the chicken curry. It was very creamy and rich in taste, and made a perfect pair with the rice and naan. We took some naans come and ordered some more to go because they were so delicious.

I guess I would not mind coming back here again. The service was very good thanks to our waiter and the food was as well. Price-wise speaking, it was normal for Vancouver's standards. The portion sizes added up to what you were paying for. Second time's the charm?

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Flavour: food and service @ Akbars
By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

We had a really nice dinner here the other night with a couple of friends. Our reservation was for 6 o clock, but didn't get seated for another half an hour. Luckily, to spare us of our boredom, the manager came and started talking to us.

Fast forward to the 'meaty' part: the food was really well presented and perfectly seasoned, not to mention it smelled great! The chilli paneer was terrific, and the dal shorba had good flavour. The gulab jamun was rightly sweet. The restaurant was nearly full and many clients were Indian, which always is a good sign of authenticity. So it must taste like home? Service was attentive and friendly too. Our waiter was always giving us suggestions but not to the pushy/annoying point. All in all, dining here was a great experience and I would gladly do a repeat.

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Best Chicken at an Indian restaurant
By dreww_ of North Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Two words: CHICKEN METHI. I would stop right there, but I don’t think Dinehere would be okay with that.

We came in for an 8 o clock reservation and after a bit of a wait, finally got a seat. It was a not so busy Sunday so the wait was not too long (thankfully). We ordered paneer pakora two times and both times they came out good. Not greasy. The chicken methi stole the show though. To be honest, they were the best I have had.The curry was simply delicious and it was not too spicy but not bland either. We also had the korma and other chicken dish and they were not as great, the latter was kind of soup-like and could have been adorned more with more chicken pieces. i had to remove a star from service because the waiter seemed to be confused at times. But besides that, he was friendly and attentive.

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Saturday dinner meal
By bevrh of richmond (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2015 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

Took the girlfriend out here for dinner the other night. To set the scenario: Saturday night, it had been a long day at work and I decided I wanted to treat myself to a grand dinner. I didn’t want to cook, or drive too far so we decided upon Akbar’s. I called before to save us a spot so that we would not have to wait too much to get something in our stomachs. Luckily there was some space for us when we arrived.

Food was a little slow, I tend to be an impatient human being, so for me 15 minutes felt like a stretch. There was a aloo gobi, chicken methi, naan and rogan josh, and some cheese cake at the end which gave it a nice touch. What I liked was that there was some real complex flavours which tasted like what Indian food should taste like. There usually is a problem differentiating the spiced up and spicy food when it comes to Indian food and luckily we had no problem. I actually ended up taking some of the naan home.

Dinner came out to be $14 a dish which was up to par for the quality of food and atmosphere, so if you are not in the mood to splurge on other spots…

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good good
By josephbotto2805 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2015 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

i like this indian place, has proven to me that there is still good indian places here. i love the way they use the suficient amount of spices, makes it really good. the service is great also, really useful sugestions and were really polite. totally recomend it for everyone, its the best place for the peolple trying indian for the first time

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love it
By anikathompson687 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2015 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

i love this place, has the best indian food ive try so far and thats because its fresh and has that taste of original indian food. the service is really good too, the people are really nice and helpful so i really recomend it, is gonna definitely exceed every expectations you can have.

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Solid take out option
By gellerso8 of Toronto (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2014 - 2:02am [Take-out]

Coming from Toronto, we really enjoy our curry houses and do know a thing or two about them. So after playing tennis, we decided to head back to our friend's place where we are staying and ordered some Indian. We were too tired and lazy to get dressed and eat out.

Akbars food tasted just like the one back home. There were a couple of places that came to mind while I devoured the vindaloo. I would have liked a higher chicken pieces to sauce ratio, but the sauce was pretty good. We opted for rice this time and it smelled delicious. Not sure about the prices here but for my usual standards they were not too bad.

Would I order again? If in the area, yes.

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If it were not with Groupon, I would say it's pricey
By nhvangurl of Kitsilano (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:09am [Dine in]

Came here through Groupon with a group of friends. I wouldn't say its the most expensive Indian restaurant in the city, because that would be plain right lying, but it is not cheap either.

The food was actually not bad. For appies, I had the calamari. Everyone else went boring and ordered samosas/pakoras. But I liked my choice. The drink menu had some local and indian beers, which I found to be pretty neat in fact. For main dishes, we had many things, but what definitely stood out was the garlic naan and lamb saag. The lamb was tender and with the right amount of spice - not overly spiced, but not underspiced either. Each dish was normally around 15 dollars (not on Groupon), so it is definitely not up my alley in terms of price. Besides that, I would recommend it. Service was good, and so was the food.

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First time ordering take-out from here
By coopb34 of Buranby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 3:20pm [Take-out]

There are times when I like to go unconventional and go for something completely out of the blue, and then there are days when I settle for a simple, predictable meal. This restaurant falls into the second category. Nothing wrong with that, but in a city like Vancouver where the number of asian/indian restaurants are too many to count, I figured restaurants would want to stray for the norm and stand out. I rarely order take-out, but when my preferred choice for Indian restaurant wasn't available, I ordered take out from here.

Food came rather quickly, I didn't have to wait much after making my order. I have not eaten here, so this is solely my experience from their take-out. For starters I had samosas. Presentation was great. A little big for my taste, but crispy, so great. The chicken tikka was a tad bit spicy for my liking and I had to pass it with naan and the other dish I ordered, palak paneer. Thankfully it was not a spicy second dish.

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Lovely Indian food
By louie of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2014 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I came here with my boyfriend for a late evening meal. We were around this area and couldn't decide where to eat, so decided to check this place out.

We had to wait for like 40 minutes to be seated. Not bad for the time and location of the restaurant (busy road), but since I was starving, every minute felt like an eternity.

When we finally got a table (we got one far from the window, which was what we wanted) we went for the appetizers. I had a round of paneer pakora and it was delicious. It tasted like true pakoras. The butter chicken was also very tasty, and decently priced I must add. The curry sauce was the perfect combination of creamy, hot and not too greasy. There was also a great variety of drinks to choose from, alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike, which are not mentioned in the menu.

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Great Indian on the West Side
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:29am [Dine in]

We decided to try Akbar's based on reviews here and we weren't disappointed. We have gone 3 times now in the last few months and can't get enough.

The service is very friendly and they are always willing to help out with menu decisions. The actual restaurant is quite boring inside, but it feels clean and comfortable.

For us, this can be closely compared with Maurya (which is just down the street). The food is cheaper and much better in our opinion. While we do have better places we like to visti (Tandoori King on Fraser), this is the best this area has to offer and is well worth the visit.

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Best Indian Food in Vancouver
By pleaselouise of Gastown, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

Akbars has always been our favourite for East Indian food. The dishes are superb and we have never been disappointed. The service could be a tad more attentive, but this can be overlooked as the food is really that good.

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Memorable night, because of the service
By yellowcf of Mississauga (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

Eating at Akbars has been a great experience. The waiter that we had was extremely cordial and nice. We never had to call him or remind him of anything, which was good because we could focus on the important part: the meal.

I specially loved the malai kofta with basmati rice. I’ve had Indian food many, many times, and one dish I had never grown to love was the malai kofta. I decided to try it here and was absolutely delighted. By far, the best kofta I’ve ever had! The mango cheese cake is pretty good too.

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I ordered too spicy
By dianalee of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

I have ordered take-out from Akbar's a couple of times in the past and liked their food but never really had the opportunity to eat in. Vancouver has so many places to eat that it's hard to try them all at out.

So this time around, I ate at Akbars. To be honest, the restaurant didn't look anything special from the outside. JUST OKAY. Once inside it was better, not to mention the fact that i like spicy food. We arrived at around 7 pm and the place was kind of full but thankfully we had a reservation. Thinking i was a champ, i ordered butter chicken with palak panner at the most spicy level and suffered. I should've known! Grasping for water, I asked the waiter if i could be changed to something less spicy. Thankfully they did. Once my plate was changed, I was able to enjoy my meal :)

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Too dark a room...can't even see my food!!!
By carrotstop of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

I'm a huge fan of Indian Cuisine...so much that I've flown to New Jersey just to try some traditional. Upon arrival at Vancouver, I was stoked to find Akbar's Own around the corner from my house. I thought "a place with a good rating and very close to my house...nothing can top that." My friend and I decided to give it a try.
From what I could see under the candle light, the place was somewhat nicely decorated. It was just sooo damn dark in there...I couldn't even make out the words on the menu. That was pretty bad. So I wanted a channa masala with bhatura, uthappam and masala dosa but they had nothing of the sort. On the random, we asked what the waitress thought were the best veggie dishes around. We ended up ordering Nauratan, eggplant bharta, and alu gobi with a whole bunch of naan on the side.
The food arrived. Each dish was pretty small, about the size of an eyeglass case. We dipped in. The Nauratan was a mushy mess...you can't even make out what the hell was in it (the poor lighting didn't help). It was so salty that I knew my health would be compromised if I had another bite. We moved on to the eggplant bharta. It was alright, I don't remember anything significant from it. The alu gobi was the only item I recognized both by sight and by taste. But it wasn't anything special.
On the last note, I was shocked to find the naan to be a safeway-type-flatbread. Granted, I was spoiled with tandoori-made naans back in the states...but I thought a place with this type of reputation would at least cook something representative of its native cuisine. The bhatura was yummy enough...probably the best item we ordered...which doesn't say much, it was like a small inflated fried pita bread.
(sigh)
Overall, it was quite a disappointment. From now on, I will take my time to bus all the way to Punjabi Market on Main St. to get the real treat.

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Excellent Food!
By lori-o of Point Grey (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 3, 2007 - 12:48am [Dine in]

We were looking for a good Indian restaurant. Based on the consistently good reviews on dinehere.ca, we had high expectations for Akbar's Own. We were not disappointed! Friends who joined us (somewhat uncertainly, as they aren't big fans of Indian food), were equally impressed. We will certainly return!

The food is extremely flavourful — so much so that we ordered extra naan at the end of the meal so we could mop up every bit of sauce in each of the dishes. The portion sizes are reasonable — not too big, not too small. The way the meal works is that everyone shares the food, serving themselves from the various dishes. We ordered five dishes for four people, plus an order of rice and a couple of naan breads, and it was the right amount — not so much that we were bursting at the seams, but enough that we were all satisfied.

We went on a Tuesday night in early January, and all but one table was occupied, so reservations are a good idea.

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Just ok.
By jb0803 of Delta, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 11:09am [Dine in]

It's a nice, cozy little restaurant - I really enjoyed that part. However, after reading the reviews I find this place highly overrated. The butter chicken was 'just ok' - I've definitely had better. I'd go to a different Indian restaurant next time.

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