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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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Fabulous
By xhypn0tizedx of North Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 20, 2006 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I love this restaurant. The food is excellent and even though the restaurant is small, it is well worth the wait for a table. Everything on the menu is incredible and even though the food sometimes is SO spicy your nose is running and you're about to cry, it is so good it makes you want to eat more and finish it. I highly recommend any prawn dish. There is also an eggplant dish that may not sound appealing for those who don't like eggplant, it surprisingly doesn't taste much like eggplant and is really good. The atmosphere is enlightening with nice furniture.

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Curry gone right
By madkins of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2014 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

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.

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Definitely Not the Best, But Not Bad Either
By radsah34 of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

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.

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Came in not really expecting much...
By jsmoore of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

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.

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Delicious Indian food
By hbing of Savannah, Georgia (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:51am [Dine in]

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.

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Tasty Indian food
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

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.

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The Other "East is East" on Broadway
By gastropod of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

My companion and I finally tried Akbar’s Own for dinner the 1st time. For starters, we had the mixed appetizer platter ($10): Aloo tikki, vegetable and chicken pakoras. It was served with tamarind and mint chutney and complimented nicely with potatoes and spices especially the chicken pakoras. Pakoras are similar to fritters or croquettes but these were not greasy.

Make sure to try Nann bread with your meal to enjoy the (curry) sauces. We had the Aloo Naan ($3.00) stuffed with potatoes and spices as well as Palak Paneer Naan ($3.00) stuffed with spinach and cottage cheese. They were fine but my companion felt he had better; they could have been more generous with the paneer. If you never had nann, it’s like a pita bread. I enjoyed the leftover again at home with my own stuffing.

For our entree, we tried the lamb rogan josh ($13) and fish goa curry ($15). My companion enjoyed most of the lamb while I was quite taken by the fish curry. It had a wonderful tangy taste and coconut curry flavor which simply made me want to come back. Some may consider the serving relatively "small" compared to North American dishes but it's the flavour that will satisfy your tummy. The service was attentive and the restaurant atmosphere is relaxed. The menu has a good selection for vegetarian and meat lovers and prices are reasonable compared to Chutney Villa and East is East.

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The best Indian food in the city
By gcb of False creek north (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 10:45am [Dine in]

My wife and I eat out a lot (Asian cuisine is our favorite) and we have been to almost every (clean and respectable) Indian rest in Vancouver including Mourya, Raga, Vij's, Original Tandoori grill, Ashiana, ....... and we can truly say this is THE BEST of them all. The chef/owner used to own our favorite Indian restaurant in Calgary back in the 80's called MOTI MAHAL until he decided to re-locate to Vancouver and change the name to Akbars's Own. The food has more flavor and texture than is usually found in Indian food. The place is also VERY clean (check out the spotless washrooms) which is a rarity with Asian restaurants. Check it out.... you won't be disappointed.

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Great Restaurant to Frequent
By CnP of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 12:05am [Dine in]

This is by far one of the best Indian restaurants I have been to in Vancouver. This place is very cozy but the food is just amazing. I highly recommend the lamb dishes; especially the lamb vindaloo. The tandoori chicken is just as delectable and the naan is always perfect when it is delivered to our table. Make sure to try out their desserts as well. The rice pudding is just perfect and the gulab jamun is divine.

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Akbar's Own
By peachesbandb of Tsawwassen (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

My husband and I were treated to dinner at Akbar's Own a few weeks ago.
There were six of us, and we shared a delectable combination of about eight dishes. We are very familiar with Indian cuisine, and this was positively the best Indian meal we have eaten in a restaurant. My mouth waters just thinking about it!

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Akbar's Own
By Chillnthemost of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

I have now been three times in 2 weeks. My wife and I are so glad our friends introduced us to this gem. We're VERY fussy about food and restaurants and Akbar's is excellent. The fish Marsala, tandoori chicken, nand and the dal was to die for. Real home cooking. The fact that just writing this makes me want to go back should tell you how we feel about their food. The best Indian food I've had so far.

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Amazing food, but bad service
By Seall of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

I went there with a friend couple days ago. I always wanted to try it, but whenever I go it's either full or they will close in a bit. However, the food was amazing. I'm familiar with Indian food, but this one was fantastic. I order Kashimri lamb, kashmiri pialu, lamb tikka, some kind of desert I forgot what it was and orange juice. They have fresh orange juice. The lamb tikak was ok, nothing special, but the kashimiri lamb and rice were really good. My friend order lamb biriyani and it was great. The service was bad though. One of the waitresses was friendly but the other one doesn't reply to thank you! I'm sure I said thank you more than 12 times and I didn't get any reply. When we got there, she came and dropped the menus without saying anything. I'm definitely going there again, because the food worth it. If the service is bad again, I will talk to the manager. I recommend the restaurant.

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One of the best in Vancouver
By sanjay69 of SE Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

I've been to Akbar's Own three times in four weeks, 2 dinners, 1 lunch (one of the best deals in town). After my first meal there I realized that it has been long time since my taste buds have been so stimulated. The mix of spice and sweet will leave you wondering why you've been eating such bland food for so long.

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Boring
By katherine of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 10:16am [Dine in]

Lets start with the good news, the people were very lovely and the service was very good. The only thing I would say about that is that they didn't ask us how spicey we wanted our food and everything seemed a bit rushed. (we like our food spicey and evening slow)
The ambiance is well... quite boring. My friend said "stuffy" and I agree. Seemed clean and well organized, but missing something vital to move the energy in the room. It was too quiet-you could hear people's shoes on the carpet quiet and I feel it's too close quarters with your neighbors which makes conversation hard to enjoy. Seems like an older crowd.
Okay the FOOD: Well I was a little shocked that our food came out so fast which lead me to thinking it may have been pre-made. The food was not that impressive. I have traveled to India and did not feel there was much authenticity to it. The prawn pakora's were quite delicious. The chicken tikka butter masala was bland and lifeless. The fish Goa Curry was curdeled and made my stomach turn a bit. Very good Naan. The autralian chardonay was a good match for Indian food with it's touch of sweetness. Our dinner came to $64 a bit expensive for two glasses of wine and a couple entrees. Sorry guys.

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Great food but...
By milkcookie of West End (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I do love Akbar's Own, the curries are great!! The good thing about the menu selection is that there is a variety of dishes with different spiciness to choose from, so anyone who cannot take spicy will be satisfy there. The sesame naan is superb, and Shrimp Pakora is a must try item. And fish cury...yummy. However, I cannot believe they charged me for a little bit of extra mint chutney!!

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Delicious
By tamara of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2006 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

The food was really really good. I suggest the prawn jalfraize, panir makhani and the lamb goa curry (with the staple butter chicken of course.) Take friends HERE if they've never had Indian food before. They'll definately fall in love.

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Take out Mistake
By emcee2 of Riley Park, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2013 - 7:01pm [Take-out]

I happened to be picking up something at an computer store nearby... and thought perhaps I would get an early take out dinner for the family. Butter Chicken, Lamb Jalfrazie, Veggie Biryani, a couple of Naan and a small plain rice. The kind of stuff that should be second nature to any Indian restaurant.
The place looks good, but of course given the mid-late afternoon hour there was no-one in there. My order was taken, and the food was prepared quickly (as one might expect). However, when it comes to take out, it is really all about the food.
Driving home I (oddly) found the smell of BBQ sauce (or ketchup) wafting around the car. When we finally sat down to eat at home both the Butter Chicken and Lamb Jalfraize had this over-tone of tomato soup... there was a lot of sauce, but the meat chicken/lamb content left a little to be desired. The Veggie Biryani was basically coloured rice with a few veggies that probably came out of a bag of chopped frozen veggies. The Naan was limp, as if the oven hadn't been up to temperature. The small plain rice was absent from the order.
It was just pretty bland over-all, and it made us think it came out of a can or something. It did not help that it was all made "mild" (or so the take out ticket said)... though I was never asked how I wanted it (and of course didn't think to mention at the time the order was made).
For just short of $50 (tax in), the food really just wasn't very good. I thought it was poorly executed. Given the reviews I expected WAY better than this...
Next time I'll stick to the Fraser Street establishment we've been to before...

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Nice food
By David H. of Seattle WA (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

The food choice was good, so was the food. Only complain is the price of Indian food had always been pricey in Vancouver. Not sure why. Sure hope there is some reasonably priced Indian restaurant would start in Vancouver. Quite similar to Jolly's which is on 4th Avenue.

We liked the prawn masala and the lamb briyani.

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never had this type of yummy food
By cris of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

when my friends came in Vancouver,we decided to go for dinner from an INDIAN cuisine.One of my friends told me that there is very good restaurant in Vancouver & its name is Akbar's Own (1905 West Broadway @ Cypress). We all went there and was surprised by realizing the original taste of India here in Canada...we ordered one of our favorite dishes like BUTTER CHICKEN , LAMB VINDALOO, PRAWN GOA ,PALAK PANEER along with the AKBAR'S MIXED GRILL which consists of delicious Tandoori Tikkas...WE had the Naan breads as well with Pea Pulao and Lamb biryani an that was amazing... we all enjoyed the real indian delicious food from there and we are very thankful to Chefs and the person who served for us.Once again thank you AKBAR'S OWN for giving us a mind blowing treat..In my opinion ,I wil tell you...If u r searching for a real Indian food in Vancouver you should definitely consider Akbar's Own to have along with your family and friends.....And one more thing... try the vegetable pratha, an incredibly tasty whole wheat bread, stuffed with potato, onion, carrot, and green pea, its too good over all

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Disappointed...
By mama of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

A friend of mine recommended this place to me as it was his 'favorite indian restaurant in town!'..What a disappointment! Walking in the door, the ambiance was lovely, but a bit dark. It was warm and inviting and the staff were friendly. We ordered some traditional indian dishes but were very disappointed with the portion sizes of each dish. In the middle of our meal, we had to order seconds; therefore, making it very pricey. And...the taste of each dish was just 'o-kay'...definitely not memorable or out of the ordinary. I don't see myself going back there again or recommending this restaurant to anyone.

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