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Ashiana Tandoori Restaurant & Sweets Shop

1440 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5N2R5
Tel: (604) 874-5060
Fax: (604) 874-5061
  • Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Ashiana serves authentic Indian cuisine in a restaurant decorated with Indian art and sculptures and tranquil ambience.

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Hard not to like
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

When we dine out for Indian food, the only problem that arises is portion control as we always overdo it. A spur of the moment excursion to Ashiana gave way to much of the same.

I had heard good things about them and when we entered, I felt a little tentative seeing the lack of customers, amplified by the fact that it's a larger capacity floorspace. Lighting is dim, and the decor feels a little 1980's despite the little ethnic touches everywhere.

As for dishes, hardly original choices but without regret. The lamb tikka easily the best dish. Grilled cubes of dry seasoned lamb over a sizzling plate with some sliced onions on the bottom. While tender, we focussed on the great flavour. The eggplant Bhartha was a great meatless compliment with a nice balance sweet balance from the onions, peas and tomatoes. The butter chicken was a different take for us. It had a bright yet mellow tomato base over the usual rich, cream base. It was welcomed though we found the chicken chunks too small. Combine these with the ubiquitous rice, naan and raita and a great meal was had. I thought their naan was on the "thin" side of naan, which made many parts more crispy and blistered while lacking that little bit of chew.

Service is surprisingly attentive despite basically the lone woman on the floor, with the odd kitchen staff coming out to bring orders. I wouldn't want to know how they would cope with a large party or busy night.

Ashiana makes things hard not to like, a good find for Indian food in an area buried with Vietnamese noodle joints.

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Very very good, not superlative
By marymac of Delta, BC (138 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 9:47am [Dine in]

My adult son and I stopped in for supper on a Friday evening. Expecting the place to be very busy, we were surprised to find just one other table occupied. This was 6:30 - 7:00 pm. There was a lot of take-out happening, but not too many dining in. It did get a bit busier later, but not crowded at all for a Friday night.

The lady greeting and serving was very, very sweet and friendly. We were seated and drink orders taken promptly.

The menu is similar to just about all Indian restaurants in the Lower Mainland, at least the ones I've been to. We ordered 1/2 a tandoori chicken, saag paneer, rogan josh, raita, plain rice and garlic naan. We asked for "Indian medium" spicing, not "Canadian medium". The server laughed, but we got closer than we usually do, not being brown.

Tandoori chicken was excellent, among the very best I've had. Saag paneer was very good, made with broccoli to supplement the spinach, but lots of paneer. Rogan josh sauce was rich and lovely, the meat was boneless. Rice was dry and fluffy, naan very fresh. Lots of cucumber in the raita, and a decent-sized serving. Only quibble would have been to have more garlic flavour on the naan.

Our water was filled up regularly, our server (owner?) checked on us unobtrusively.

Ambiance - nicely decorated, low lighting, clean.

I found the prices a bit higher than some similar places in Surrey. We did have a few bits leftover, but my adult son dealt with most of the meal.

On the whole, a pleasant experience. I would go back if I were in the area.

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Wow, so it really is good. One of the best in town so far...
By EatsFats of Vancouver (314 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

We keep driving by this place and never going, until this time.

Inside, hmm...well, exactly what I expect from most Indian restaurants here. Clean enough, but not amazing. Nothing to give me worries at least. Looks a bit dated, so they could definitely use a refresh.

Service was acceptable, friendly if a bit inefficient, but hey, again, for this kind of place, no complaints.

Food, well, "Indian" is a pretty broad term as India is such a diverse place. I'm no expert, but I'm going to nail it as Northern style. I guess sometimes the reviews are spot-on. This place is great! The naan was fresh, one of the best I've had in recent memory (at least in this town). We had a tandoori dish and a paneer mahkti (?). Something like that. Also one of the best in recent memory. Tasty, flavourful and fresh. Doesn't sound like much, but we were very stuffed afterwards. And very satisfied. And to top it off, we never got that bad, bloaty feeling we get from many other Indian places. Nice!

Of course we will always keep looking, but this place is probably the best in town so far, and with such reasonable prices and reasonably diverse menu, it gives every reason to come back. Okay, so maybe 4 stars is slightly on the generous side, but if not them, then who? I will retract later when I find better...
Most heartily recommended here!

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So Small...~whimper~
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 12:51am [Dine in]

Food: had the samosas, chicken tiki, butter chicken, naan, chapati, alu gobi and vegetable biryani. we actually didnt order all that at once but had to add on top as the dishes were surprisingly small!! flavour was good (hence 3stars), but def not a "value" meal. i think for the same amt of money spent here we wouldve enjoyed even better food elsewhere.

Service: very polite and attentive...altho there were only 3 tables i expected nothing less.

Ambiance: interior decor is very nice w/ the soft lighting, pictures, statues, etc. a real authentic feel.

Overall: i dont think i will return anytime soon just b/c i believe there is better valued indian food out there. i'm sure there is another restaurant w/ good food at a good price.

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Pretty good
By fingirl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

We went here for dinner tonight. The place was maybe one third full, if that. The service was okay. One guy watching the hockey game at the front greeted you. Two women did all the orders and serving.
The chicken tikka was really tasty as was the alu ghoobi (although the latter was a pretty small portion for 9.95) The chicken tandoori was really dry and so was the naan. Overall the food was solid but not as great as our last time. Still, it was good enough that we would go back.
I have to mention that I found the bathrooms unusually clean and was impressed with that.

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Still the BEST Authentic Indian in Vancouver
By skye of East Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

Ashiana's continues to be the best authentic Indian restaurant in town. Having tried and frequented all of the typical favorites (Vij's, Rangoli, Raga, Red Fort, Maurya, etc.) we still come back here at least once per week to feast. Whether we choose to eat in or take out, the food is simply outstanding and the value unbeatable. The atmosphere is always warm and welcoming and the service is prompt. I find they have mastered the right amount of "there" time - I dislike it in restaurants when people hover. The decor feels traditional and well-suited to the personality of the restaurant. As mentioned by others, the Butter Chicken is hands down the best you can find anywhere with a unique and fantastic blend of spices. We also love the samosas (heavenly!), the vegetable pakora, lamb rogan josh, vindaloo and nawabi, and the paneer saag, alu gobi, and the phenomenal garlic naan. I highly recommend it for anyone.

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Favourite So Far
By aureaz of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

I first tried Ashiana's food from the EatVancouver food fest and it was really good, so i decided to try the actual restaurant. I've only really tried 3-4 Indian restaurants and this is my favourite probably because i love their butter chicken dish/basmati rice/naan bread. You do need to order everything seperately though, they don't come as a combo meal. Service is pretty personal since there's not usually a lot of people there. Ambiance is nice with a little rose lighting. If there's a canucks game they're usually playing it in the front of the restaurant near the door :) I've had better Indian appetizers like the chicken pekora elsewhere but butter chicken is the best. (i haven't really thought of ordering anything different). Everything is made from scratch so you might be waiting a tad longer for the food to come out.

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Rude Customer Service
By devika of S.Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 12:26pm [Take-out]

We bought a groupon deal on 13th January which was, for $20 worth of food you pay only $10. When we reached there having driven from surrey, the lady at the counter kept nagging for us to buy more, and that Groupon makes $5 out of the deal and they only get $5 themselves and so frankly she said “We Come and Eat For Free”. She also boasted of opening another restaurant in Scott Road soon. My husband didn’t say a thing out of politeness and I was waiting in the car with the kids. I just want to pass this message to the lady that people put deals on Groupon so that customers get to know you and the restaurant and that way they can come back if you please them and you build more customers. As we are living in surrey we didn’t know of this restaurant at all. When we opened the order, the food was very limited and the lamb was very hard to chew. Even if the food was great, we lost our appetite because of the lady’s rude comments!!

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Not a good experience
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

In our quest to find the best indian food in Vancouver, our next stop was Ashiana Tandoori, and we knew pretty quickly that our search would need continue. Walking into the place, it felt like stepped into a time warp. Decor isn't that important but definately helps with first impressions.

The staff throughout the night was fairly helpful, but also somewhat absent. After we ordered and waited, what seemed to be like a long time, the food came.

Everything unfortunately was dissapointing, even my regular Mango Lassi wasn't as good as most other restaurants (and very warm). We read good things about this place but we will not be back. The search continues...

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Delicious food; we usually opt for delivery, though.
By everydaycamille of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

Some of the best Indian cuisine I've had, not overly fancy or creative but straightforward classic dishes. My must-haves are the vegetable pakoras (which come with a very tasty spicy-sweet dipping sauce), murgh makhani (butter chicken), paneer saag, and a rice dish called peas palao. With some naan and papadums and raita and mango chutney, it's more than plenty of food for two -- the portions are generous and the food is flavourful and delicious.

We usually call for delivery, and I'm guessing they do most of their business as delivery/take-out or catering, because the one time we ate in the restaurant it was almost empty -- the service was prompt and pleasant, but the one server did seem a trifle bored when not actively serving us (possibly to be expected with only two tables occupied), and eating with so many empty tables around us did feel a bit odd.

It's not a cheap meal, but the value is good in terms of the quantity and quality of the food -- this is definitely my top choice when I feel like Indian food in the comfort of my own home, and the delivery service is excellent (the food is always delivered steaming hot and the delivery driver is very friendly and polite).

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Excellent Service
By Patie of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant many times and enjoyed the food very much. The staff is excellent and the owner makes you feel like family. The service I received at this restaurant is absolutely incredible. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Indian food or would like to try it.

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Simply the best!
By CK_Japan of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 1:13am [Dine in]

The Ashiana is the best Indian food in town, hands down. As soon as we entered we were greeted very friendly and sat down. The decor of the restaurant is quite authentic and you can tell they put a lot of effort into design. Most importantly, our food was delicious! My favorite, of course, was the Butter Chicken. In terms of quality, Ashiana's food is leagues above its competitors (Vij's, Maurya). Service, although decent, could have much been much better. I had a great time at the Ashiana and I would highly recommend it to anyone look for the best Indian food in Vancouver!

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Amazing!
By FoodLover999 of Richmond, BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 11:45am [Dine in]

Dining at Ashiana is an experience in heaven! The food is outstanding, and although the service is not divine, it is not terrible either. It is hard to believe that such a place could be almost empty on a Saturday Night at 6:00. The cheese pakoras are elegantly flavored with an exotic blend of spices, as to make them perfect in every way. The fish makhni is an excellent choice for the person eager to sample curry, but on the mild and cautious side. The cauliflower in the gobi pratha is meager, but nonetheless it is the best I have tried. The portions are surprisingly liberal, as the size of the metal serving bowls are quite small in diameter. The food is quite saucy, as is most indian cuisine however, and i recommend ordering some naan or other such related dish. When the bill comes the price is steep, but when you reach your finger out and try that last bit of sauce stuck to the tablecloth, you are willing to pay the bill, and happily do so. Overall, Ashiana is a culinary masterpiece.

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The BEST Indian Rest. in Vancouver!
By T_Deacon of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

I have been a lover of Indian food ever since I had my first taste a few years back. That being said, I have been to many Indian Restaurants here in Vancouver and in my hometown of Toronto. I can confidently say that my search has ended for the best tasting Indian food ive ever had. My wife and I frequently dine at Ashiana Tandoori and have nothing but good things to say about this establishment. The decor is as authentic as you can get. Statues and carvings everywhere which really enhance the Indian experience. The food is always of excellent quality and cannot be matched by any other Indian restaurant in Vancouver. The service is also friendly and welcoming. In conclusion, if you're looking for well priced, quality Indian food, look no further. Ashiana Tandoori has all you need!

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Dependable, cheerful and cheap!
By antilynnie of False Creek (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

We love this place -- great service, charming decor, and above all else -- excellent food. Anne Garber recommended this place on her evalu8.org website and she was SO right! Lots of choice, and what I guess I liked best was that they would season or spice-up or down to order. Lots of places either don't get it hot enough or make it too fire-y, but here, they take the time to get things right for each customer. And all the ingredients taste super fresh, and custom-made. Certainly for family-style Indian food, this is the best in town.

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Peaceful and tasty
By Hungry_joe of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

The decor is awesome in it's authenticity. I was told everything inside actually came from India and the statues. The ambiance is tasteful and the artwork is arranged in a relaxed manner making you feel comfortable.
The FOOD IS WONDERFUL! Being a vegetarian I love the spread Ashiana has for people who don't eat meat. Anyone who likes butter chicken but is looking for an alternative to meat, the butter paneer is fabulous. I also recommend the Aulu Gobi (I'm sure I spelt that wrong). Everything has the perfect blend of spices and is a must try for any Indian cuisine fan!

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Incredible Indian food
By silent_ibis of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 7, 2006 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

Ashiana is, hands down, the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. The service is quite laid back and the décor has some nice touches, but what stands out is the food – oh, the food: The butter chicken is wonderful, the chicken tikka is a sizzling tangy delight, while the eggplant and bhindi (okra) dishes, both of which I always order, are culinary masterworks. I eat here quite regularly, dining in and taking out, and I’ve yet to have anything but stellar food.

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Failed to Meet Expectations
By foodhedonist of East Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has been on my "to try" list for a few years now. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations. Arrived at 6:30pm on a Saturday evening and the empty room should've been a clue. Seated immediately but then from there everything seemed to be a long wait. The servers (only two) were friendly and nice, but not very prompt. The menu was surprisingly limited. We ordered the chillies curry and the eggplant, one was a bit too salty and the other a bit too sweet. Although we ordered our food medium spiciness, it was more like extra extra mild. Arrival of the food, chai and bill seemed to be on Indian time. The highlight of the evening was that they honour the entertainment card all year long. Maybe for that reason we'd come back if in the neighbourhood again, but there's also the Red Fort up the road which beckons....

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Where was the cook?
By bart_weisser of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

Where could we start? The ambience was pretty decent and clean, and the decor were very pleasing.

But the food was sub-standard. Too little food with way too much sauce. Everything seemed overboiled in water before putting it in the sauce. Drinks and side dishes (e.g., rice and naan) were expensive considering the portion they served. On top of that, it took more than 40 minutes for the wait staff to come up with the food, which, provided the tiny portions, was consumed within 10 minutes.

In summary, the food was slow, the potions small (for the price), and the quality rather poor.

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What happened to this place?
By FCC of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Went into Asiana on a friday night........empty. We were the only family dining there. Service was decent considering there was no one else to wait on. The food, extremely poor quality. Tasted like it was brought out of the freezer and re-heated. Didn't have a freshness to it at all and that included the NAAN.

This place used to be great when it was located on Victoria Dr. and used to go there regularly. Since the owner has started focusing on the catering end of things the restaurant has gone down hill. I know I won't be going back.

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