Simple Indian food with reasonable prices. Lunch buffet.
Went here with a friend who had a Groupon coupon. We ordered the Vegie Samosa for appetizers and Butter Chicken and Curry Lamb that came along with rice, naan and salad for the main course for dinner. Both dishes were very delicious and fresh. Came out piping hot and the service was decent. The price is a bit steep (average$15/dish) but to be expected as it was in Vancouver. The portion sizes was on the smaller side but since it was so rich, it was filling for the average person. When we received the bill, they added another $5 for lamb. When questioned about the additional charge, they stated that on the Groupon, the deal excluded lamb and prawns (which was like 40% of the all the dishes). A little disappointed that we had not read the condition for throughly, but was overall satisfied with this experience. If there was no Groupon coupon, they I would say that this place is very pricey for what you get.
Or at least it felt like I did because the value was so good. I am almost tempted to give the value a 5 stars but I am not sure its quite there.
I went here for their $8.95 lunch buffet. I have to admit I came in with medium expectations mostly because of my friend who said how good it was. Turns out, it was really good.
The restaurant is fairly small with about a dozen tables. It is clean and had some relaxing Indian background music on. The buffet has about 8 dishes with the classic Indian staples you would expect to see. They didn't try to offer too many items, which is maybe why it was so good.
The food quality was great and the buffet items were tasty including the tandoori chicken, butter chicken, lentils, etc. They even offer a couple of deserts including rice pudding and a mango desert but I was too full to try either.
When I am in the mood for Indian AYCE, I will definitely return. I might try their dinner one night; I noticed they had some very reasonably priced set course meals on their special board.
We finally had a chance to sample dinner instead of the lunch buffet, and my evaluation of this place has just gone up. Way up, I definitely concur with the rest of the reviewers.
Service is always excellent, they really do make you feel like you're an honoured guest stopping by.
We sampled the butter chicken, a paneer and another okra dish. Enough spice, but not enough to kill us. Every dish tasted freshly made, and on that day, even the roti, definitely tasty fare that I've not had elsewhere, makes me think it was made in-house. It also came with a slightly innovative salad (with blueberries :-), not expected from an Indian joint, but nice.
Even the okra dish was not over-cooked. You could taste not only the main ingredient, but all the subtle little spices that went into it. That's a lot more than I can say for almost any other Indian place I've been too in town. Really let's you know what proper Indian cooking could/should be!
For 2 people, it ran under $40 and it was enough for dinner and to feed us for lunch the next day too (granted, under this hot weather, our appetite is not what it usually is). Still, significantly less expensive than any of Vij's places (as good as they are).
If you were ever looking for a hidden gem, this is one of those rare places. Great food for not a lot of money. I would rank this as one of the top 5 Indian places in GVRD, maybe the top 3. For the money, it would have to be the top rank to date.
Definitely recommended, in fact, I'm giving it a rare must-go recommendation.
I had lunch with a friend today and it was amazing!! $8.99 for all you can eat! And they replenished everything quite often.
They had 8 dishes plus rice pudding and creme caramel for dessert. The butter chicken was unbelievable, roasted potato in cumin was awesome, curried beef yummy . . . everything was great!! I can't wait to go back for lunch. Best deal ever!!
Had passed by on the weekend and saw that they have a buffet on weekdays. Tried the buffet and it was not bad. They had butter chicken, tandoori chicken which was very average, beef ball currey which was a bit salty. The vegetable disher were not bad. The rice was good and the dessert were excellent. This place was busy at lunch and service was good. They served fresh roti at your table. Not bad for value as it was $8 per person. I am not sure about dinner but lunch was not bad. I would try again.
I normally have my food delivered and the first time I order I had my expectations low because I was not a big fan of this type of cuisine (now I am!). First of all the delivery arrived minutes before the scheduled time and everything perfectly packed in a big bag and labeled. Some labels were mixed up but is not a big deal. Also a $10 off coupon was attached to the bag. The food was very hot so I didn't even have to heat it again. Ready to serve and eat. The servings were huge enough to have lunch the next day =D. The food was so good, flavorful, spicy enough for my taste, I was amazed about the quality totally unexpected. Price is very affordable and considering the amount of food you get, the price is just right. Whenever I crave Indian cuisine, this is my first choice.
Food is made fresh. Tastes is vibrant. Spiced moderately but flavorful. Fantastic food for a great price! One of a very small group of Indian Restaurants in the lower mainland that are actually GOOD! Love the Goat Curry Punjabi Style. Servings are large, and come with rice and a naan.
food is great, service is much better than average, atmosphere is so-so could use a little help... but the rest make up for that. feels like eating at your friends house when mom is cooking, yum... lunch is by far the best deal going, dinner is good value to but a bit more.
we've been back 3 times already
We were looking for an Indian place at the last minute on a Friday evening and dinehere.ca delivered the goods. This place should be busier on a Friday night but that was good for us. The menu is definitely much smaller than a lot of places, only a couple of pages, but enough choices and also reassuring, as one would suspect that things would be freshly done. (You can google the restaurant and see the menu.)
After slow deliberations, eating our pappadams, we went with the pakoras - very nice, not too dense or too oily. A small portion, but enough, and the price was inexpensive enough we could have ordered more if we needed too. It comes with three sauces, so something for everyone. We finally went with the Lamb Palak which was tender and pretty much all meat and the spinach sauce was nicely spiced. The Chicken Biryani was okay, with plenty of chicken and raita, although not much in the way of curry flavour. The Aloo Gobi was very good, not very saucy but good flavour. Nothing was highly spiced which worked for the people I was with. I also had a mango lassi - delicious. It all came with rice (perfectly done) and a generous serving of naan.
Would definitely go back to try some of their other dishes which were very tempting. Waiting for the bill was rather slow and we finally had to go up and ask for it, but other than that, quite enjoyable
My wife and son (who slept in a stroller) went to this restaurant on a January Saturday night and the restaurant was full, a good sign. The hostess is the owner, and she was very accomodating to our son sleeping in the stroller and parking the stroller by our table. We ordered a salf lassi and a frankie for starters, and being Indian I can tell you the lassi was very well made and the frankie was delicious. We ordered the Railway lamb curry which my wife loved, and also the butter chicken. Being a butter chicken connoisseur, this was one of the best butter chicken's I have tasted in the greater Vancouver (incl Surrey) area. Nans and rice are included, which is nice. Total bill was less than $40 for white table cloth service, a great value. We will be back to Atithi again.
We just ordered for delivery, after our favorite Indian place for delivery (India grill) closed down. We were really surprised by the spead of delivery and the quality of food. We had the Bombay Biryani (with chicken) and Chicken Chettinad. Both was very good, but the Chettinad was excellent and special - very well spiced without being overly hot and an interesting combination (hot curry with some strawberries). We will definitely order again!
PS.: They will only deliver in a radius of 3km. We were just lucky on Pt. Grey Road (3.2 km).
PPS.: The ratings for service and ambiance are irrelevant - this was delivery only!
This restaurant was a great find. We stumbled upon it by accident and were very impressed.
We had a butter chicken (obviously) and an Okra plate. Both had a nice kick but was not too overpowering. We were in for lunch and it was busy but everything came in a timely fashion. Lunch for two with a drink each was less than $50.00 with a nice tip. Great value Indian restaurant.
I've been here about 4 times so far. This place is cleaner than most Indian restaurants. That's a major plus.
Also, their entrees come with rice, salad and a floppy naan. I'm not sure what it is but it's not the typical airy non-greasy naan. I also like the jackfruit appetizer.
I'm a fan of their monday to friday lunch buffets for under $10 (plus HST of course). The buffet has both vegetarian and non-veg dishes, salads and dessert. I filled up on 1.5 plates and didn't have room for dessert. Next time, I'll pace myself more. I think that time will be Monday.
We were a party of 3 and ordered 2 appetizers and 4 vegetarian dishes to share. Unfortunately, the veggie samosas were sold out so the server recommended the jackfruit pakoras along with fried cauliflower for our appetizers. The jackfruit pakoras had a different texture - slightly starchy - compared to the usual pakoras. Tasty but a bit over fried. Same with the cauliflower, tasted ok with the spices but it was also over fried with the result being too dark, almost burnt.
The portions for the main dishes were just right. We had a chana marsala (chickpea in tomato base curry), alu gobi (potato and cauliflower), paneer and jackfruit in a tomato based curry and one other curry dish but I cannot recall the name nor the flavours.
We had difficulty distinguishing the flavours between dishes as they seemed to share a similar base for the curry. The non-curry dishes were deep fried to the point of being almost burnt, the potatoes and veggies were not a roasted golden colour, but brown, which overpowered the delicate flavours of the spices and veggies.
Service was friendly and attentive. While we were being seated, the owner/manager noticed what appeared to be a few sprinkles of ashes on the tablecloth and replaced the tablecloth immediately. The server was attentive and explained the dishes to us. We originally ordered 3 entrees but the server made a mistake with one of our orders (hence we could not remember the name of the 4th dish) but she quickly brought us the correct dish and did not charge us for the error.
The value is average only because the food was average. Ambiance is typical for the size and type of restaurant. It is small, cozy and appeared clean. Nothing to write home about.
I love this place and can't wait to try some of their menu items rather than always go for the incredible lunch buffet deal. The servers are very gracious and willing to explain all the menu items for the inexperienced Indian food-goer. The food is unbeatable -- at least from what I can tell, it's not overly greasy, ingredients taste fresh and not overspiced/bland in the least. The restaurant is small and the ambiance is low-key -- but that doesn't detract from the experience much at all. A favorite.
Tempted by the smell of spices from the restaurant, so we decided to give Atithi a try. Usually mediocre Indian restaurants just smell like grease and onions but this one didn't.
We had the fish curry ( goan?), butter chicken, rice pilaf and naan. Solid flavours, good size portion, great value.
I order spicy fish curry, and it sure tasted like everything was made to order.
Keep up the good work and please don't change your flavors to match the usual indian fare here in Vancouver.
I must admit that I'm not an expert when it comes to indian cuisine, but I know what appeals to my taste buds... and this place hits the spot each and every time!
I was brought here by a friend for lunch and this place is amazing. Attentive and friendly service from all of the staff and they gave you a feeling that they were pleased to have you as a guest. The ambiance was very comfortable and relaxing. The lunch buffet is made up of a few select dishes which are always fresh and full of quality. I love their herbed potatoes and paneer dish is very tasty.
I'll be sure to come again and I'll be sharing this little gem with all my friends. Thanks for an amazing lunch!
I was so excited about trying Atithi after reading the glowing reviews on dinehere. So we came one Friday for dinner. What a disappointment.
The flavours of the curry seemed off. Like the food was geared toward a Western palate rather than an East Indian palate. The focus seemed less on the food and more on presentation (and selling wine). There just wasn't that deep integration of flavours you would normally see from this type of food. We should have been tipped off to the type of restaurant this was by the lack of curry smells coming from the kitchen.
The samosas were decent enough and well presented. Just too plain jane for my liking though, and the spices tasted like they were thrown in as an afterthought.
I suppose my expectations were already too high even before we arrived. It's not a terrible place. I have to say the hostess and waitress were wonderful, at first. The hostess greeted us right away and poured water fairly quickly, but they seemed to get more and more disorganized as the restauarant got busier.
When it came time for the bill, we had to wave them down and it's not a big place. We tried to wave down the waitress again to take our credit card, but they seemed distracted now that the restaurant was full. We ended up digging for change to pay our bill and just left.
Ambience and service wise, it's a decent place for a date. I just wouldn't come here expecting fantastic food.
Oh, and the food gave us both heartburn. Needless to say we won't be going back.
I really love this place. We've been there probably about ten times now and have never been disappointed.
The servers are incredibly nice, the prices are great, and the ambiance is good.
But the food is what keeps me coming back.
The vegetarian 4 course meal is a great deal, and I really love each part of the 4 course meal. The pakoras are amazing, and every curry I've tried is really good. The food is a bit rangoli-like - a bit more experimental than your typical indian fare.
What a feast! Service was incredibly fast and the food was still crispy and fresh when it arrived. As starters, we ordered the chicken "frankie". It's good food and bit of a fusion adventure. The Jack Fruit Pakora was also very tasty and Atithi gets a few bonus points for putting them in a cardboard so they didn't get soggy. Atithi's Chettinad Chicken made my mouth explode with flavour and I've got a real Pavlov reaction while writing this. I might dream of swimming in a bath of curry tonight. Each dish is accompanied by a nice salad with fresh plums (YES) and a mild dressing, a bed of basmatti and some tender soft chapatis.
Overall, a fantastic success.