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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 :)
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
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.
Lounge with curry? Check. Akbars has been a constant for me and my boyfriend for lunch and dinner as well. The currys are good here and come in a variety of spice levels. Chicken methi, roganjosh and of course the butter chicken, to name a few. Super tasty but can hardly do anything after! My boyfriend likes very spicy food so he has no problem, but I cannot take so much...Be sure to specify how hot you want your food because then if there is a mix up no amount of water in the world will save you from the spiciness! Waiters are very helpful and constantly bring you water (because you will need it). And if you are vegetarian, there are lots of options to try out. Just tell the waiter you are vegetarian and he will help you out picking some options. Depending on when you go, your might get a seat directly or have to wait, but recommended still.
I'm not going to lie, I have to admit this was not my first choice... Vij's was. But the +1 wait time put us off so while driving off we decided to take our date to Akbars. I have found the food to be pretty good nothing "WOW" or exceptional though. But a safe choice I guess.
And bam, when we arrived we had to wait around here as well. It was late and we were w/o a reservation, so what choice did we have?
We had the rogan rosh, vegetable korma, butter chicken, rice and naan. The lamb was okay, a little unseasoned in my opinion, but the vegetable korma was delicious and kind of made up for the lack of taste of the other. My boyfriend did find the butter chicken good. For about $13 for a main, prices are not bad. Service was alright, the server was attentive but not too the point of being annoying or clingy.
I have only been here once but I already LOVED this place. The restaurant doesn’t look like anything special from the outside, but when you try the food, you will realize it’s good.
Thankfully, we had a reservation so did not have to wait (Tip #1: get a reservation!). Once we were seated, at first I was undecided on whether I should order samosas or pakoras, as I am a huge fan of both, so the waiter suggested I try the Mixed Platter. It came with samosas and pakoras together, and could serve two people for a price of $10. I also had dal turka (dark lentils) with rice pulao. Lastly, I had yogurt called raita and a crispy cracker called pappadum for $2 each. Was impressed with everything I ate! The food was amazing and SOO GOOD. Seriously, Akbar’s must have some of the best Indian food in town, if not THE best!
All the restaurant workers that we interacted with were very polite and well mannered. Our waiter was very thoughtful, making sure we were comfortable and giving us good suggestions when asked.
We had an unexpected dinner at this restaurant when a friend and I were strolling around downtown. We did not have a reservation so we had to wait a little to get seated, which only made us hungrier as we could smell the food. While we waited for our seats, the waiter suggested we order some drinks and so we went for it.
When we finally got our table, we ordered some calamari and a mixed platter for appetizers. The food was delicious. The shahi paneer was extremely good; the sauce had that thick, creamy characteristic, orangey look that it is supposed to have. As for my friend, she had beef saag. The food was brought promptly and hot, an important detail for any food to taste good. Half the taste goes away if you bring the food cold! Would come back for Indian food if I lived here.
One of the best Indian meals I’ve had here in Canada. Decently priced, the food was extremely tasty and fresh. I had the lamb saag as was blown away by it. The spinach added just the right touch to the dish. The chicken vindaloo was no less; the curry sauce was very creamy and good.
As for the service, it was spot on. The waiter would come just at the right time, either to refill my glass or when either or my friends would want another serving. Prices were fair so I’d come back.