Chutney Villa, a restaurant that brings the soul of South India to the heart of Vancouver. We’re cooking up a storm in our kitchen. From authentic spice combinations to zany new concoctions, be prepared to discover a flood of flavors and textures from the rich heritage of South Indian cuisine.. Near Main Street.
We used to love this restaurant because it is so hard to get decent South Indian fare in Vancouver and the dosas were very yummy. The service was cheerful and we got lot of chutney selections with what ever was ordered. But lately the attitude has changed. No one comes to ask if we need anything more once the food has been served and they were hesitant at serving chutneys with some dishes.
Disappointed and not going back there again!
So the decor is ok- but everything on the walls is for sale! And there are big ugly tacky tags on everything!!! So bad!
The servers don't pay much attention to you- I have been there twice and both times I had to walk up to the servers for more water.
The food is ok- not great. the appetizers are overcooked and dry. I was surprised that they don't serve standard chutneys like cilantaro or tamarind. The chutney choices are odd but ok. But they only give you a dollup - what if you want to try them all? Or if you want more? The server doesn't come back to check on you.
I will not return.
The first time we visited this restaurant soon after they opened, I was quite impressed. When we went back, it had deteriorated ... the dosas had been made and left standing for sometime before we were served ... so they were cold. The waitress never came back to serve us more chutney.
They were busy with some people who came much later than us, who were probably acquaintances or friends. They probably didn't remember that we were paying for the meal too.
I'll never go back.
This was my first experience with souther Indian food, which I thought was spicy, right up my alley. We arrived for dinner to a near full house. The place was full of Indian artifacts, which kept the eyes busy while we waited for our orders. I chose a lamb dish with all the accompanying side items, and found some brand new tastes within. My tongue danced with intrigue, and my brain was puzzled, spot on! The new seasoning grabbed my attention, but the food was not spicy at all. Perhaps I didn't order the right item, but I was satisfied with discovering something new.
Service was forgettable. Once we ordered, we were approached once when the chutney came around, then never again. I guess this is their standard for servers, but the prices made me expect better attention and maybe a smile or two. I still liked the food enough to be willing to come back, if only I knew what item was the spiciest...
We've been here twice. In the summer, the room was too hot. In the winter, I found the food too hot! But I'm a wimp - my wife found the food great. I should have known what to expect from South India. The service was quick and responsive, the presentation unusual and elegant and the decor very nice. This restaurant is leading the way in upgrading a grungy area.
I'm confused by the last few reviews here - almost thought I had the wrong restaurant! Chutney Villa on broadway around main st. Is definitely worth a second visit. There is ample selection for vegetarians and almost all the 'Tiffins' are vegan.
I was greeted very politely at the door, and received impeccable service through to the end. I had a Masala uttapum, which the server explained was made with the same rice and lentil flour as dosas, but is topped with lots of veggies and some delicious spices.
I will go back and try out the rest of the tiffins and some of the entrees looked interesting - ragi roti, here I come!
My wife and I were on Broadway and happened to notice this restaurant, whose sign prominently features the words "Vegan & Vegetarian". We're both vegan, so we were excited to stumble upon a vegan restaurant we weren't aware of.
Once inside, we were given menus only to find out that very little of the (very pricey) food was vegetarian, and almost(?) none of it vegan. There were lamb, chicken, egg, etc. in most dishes. When we asked the waitress which dishes were vegan, she didn't know what the word meant, despite it being right there on the restaurant's sign. Even as we tried to explain what it meant she didn't seem to understand. Finally we ordered one appetizer and one item from the "light meal" section of the menu--basically the only two things on the menu that sounded vegan.
Then we waited for our two items to come while a group of four people who had entered and ordered after us were served a table full of food while we were still waiting for our two small items. When our food finally did arrive, it was fine, but nothing special.
We left this pricey restaurant feeling like we had been manipulated--tricked into entering by the false promise of vegan food, and then guilted into ordering anyway despite the false advertising. Overall an unpleasant experience.
So if you want a cup of grease like how Rachel from Friends drinks grease to gain weight, by ALL means step foot into this restaurant.
Service is barely there, had to go up and ask for water. Wanted more chutney, but didn't rcv it.
There is absoluetely NO ambiance. I THINK they're trying to go for a romantic setting, but its not really working; and the romance is pretty much thrown out the window when I walk out of there smelling like Indian spices ALL over my body.
All in all, nothing great to drive down to this shady alley for.
I have now been there a number of times and I must say that my favourite dish is the Mysoore Lamb Thaali with two pratas added on. I was actually introduced to that dish (after having ordered chicken curry previously) by the very friendly waitress (I am 99% sure her name's Chindi but I could be wrong...) whom I think is also the owner. Mysore Lamb is a little drier than the traditional curries, the blend of spices and tender pieces of lamb really completed the soft and flaky bread called prata. Personally, I did not find it too spicy but then again, everyone has their limits. I also enjoyed the other side dishes that came with the thaali, especially the rasaam and spinach and lentils (the vegetable of the day). Throughout the entire night, the waitress was very jovial and really made an effort to stop and chat at each table even though it was a VERY BUSY Saturday night. Not sure how she managed to do that but it was very nice of her to check in with her guests. For appetizers, I ordered a Masala Dosa which was a no-brainer. Crisp throughout and golden brown in colour, the dosa was second to none (hope my mother does not read this). Not only were the dishes super delicious, but the price of that Thaali ($16.95 I think) was very resonable considering the amount of food that was served that night, enough to last me through the next day's lunch and dinner. Anywhoo, all I can say is that I am too happy that I finally found a real, authentic South Indian cuisine, one that actually has good-tasting food. If there is one area of improvement that would enhance the Chutney Villa experience, I would say that perhaps turning on the air conditioner to cool the place would be nice. But then again, I guess the hot environment is just part of the ambiance to capture the authentic South Indian heat!
This place is okay. We enjoyed the flavors but found the sauces too soupy. The staff are nice and the service was good. The carpet looks like it hadn't been vacuumed in a while. Will try other Indian restaurants next time.
I went here for my birthday with high hopes, but the flavours did not live up to my expectations. This is my first experience eating South Indian food. The dishes lacked salt. My husband order the lamb. He said it was chewy. I ordered the dosas to start. They were OK. The filling was sparse. When our entrees came, the server did not take our appetizer dishes so the table was a bit cramped. I ordered the lentil dumplings dish for my entree. The sauce was tasty, but the lentil dumplings were hard and inedible. Dessert was good. Both the gulab jamun and mango ice cream was nice. The mango ice cream appeared to have some freezer burn on it. This should not happen at a restaurant participating in Dine Out Vancouver.
Not quite impressed when we brought a clipped discount coupon and the staff didn't honour it, said it's old but there's no expiry date on the coupon itself. This made me wanna go to the Currey Express at the foodcount in Lansdowne.
I would expect they honour for that puzzy ten percent discount and we'll order dessert with a 20% tips. Food is ok, not great, place is small, I went to the Tandoori King on Fraser and 64th the following week and felt much better, good luck to your business Chutney Villa.
My first visit to Chutney Villa was awesome. At the end of a long search for a good indian restuarant serving more indians than wasps, we were thrilled to find Chutney Villa. The food was excellent, different than your typical indian fare. The selection was fab. And the service was great. One of the owners (Chindi) visited every table at least once. She even took the time with us to explain what each item of our dish was and how it's traditionally served. By the time we left it was all I could do to not give Chindi a hug goodbye. For me, a true dining out experiene is one where you feel like you've been invited into someone's dining room. I definately felt that here.