Green Lettuce serves Chinese and Indian cuisine fused together for a symphony of flavors. The Chinese proprietors lived and cooked in Bombay, India for many years before moving to Canada.
Plenty of sauce for most to the point of having a little too much for some. It would be a plus if they do indicate somewhere on the menu which orders/dishes of meat items are actually battered up and fried before being drenched in the sauce of whichever dish you fancy. My guess is all of the dishes that state "sliced fish" equates "battered-deep-fried ling cod slices"--and some of the chicken--(my guess of fish type) possibly to prevent the delicate pieces from crumbling upon being tossed into the sauces/mix of various dishes--also speeds up the cooking and prep time & keeps longer.
If I recall correctly, the Ginger Beef actually shares the same base sauce as the Curry Fish dish (which I assume all "curry" + choice of meat dishes share) except that the curry has *drumroll* curry powder mixed in. Both are alright so long as you don't order them together otherwise it's an overdose of similar sauces.
Love the pakoras, papadums & mini deep fried buns! The rice bowls are generous in portion. A small is enough for 2 while medium serves 4-6 (soup/noodle sized bowl) for only $1.10 & $2.25 respectively.
The Pili Chicken is nicely flavoured but it still means you're getting a whole lot of sauce with chunks/slices of chicken mixed in some pepper greens, etc.. The veggie dishes are mainly stir fried w/too much oil.
The Manchurian Style Chicken Chow Mein is tastefully simple without the usual thin crispy noodles expected of "chow mein"'s of any variety. It's a slightly thicker noodle used.
The hot & sour soup does definitely pack plenty of heat & not too much thickening agent.
Drinks are either bottled or canned & quite reasonably priced. The deep fried banana is quite average so I tend to skip the dessert course.
Service is as good as it could possibly be when it's usually fairly hectic as it's busy even on wkdays, but especially so nearing the weekend. They take reservations, so that is advised.
Have heard of this restaurant for some time and finally tried it tonight. It was very good and solid food. The service was prompt for a busy restaurant. I expected to see more Chinese people at the restaurant and pleasantly surprised to see the majority of customers are South Asian. Tried the Curry Beef, Masala Beef, Chili Fish and an eggplant veggie dish. Very tasty and highly recommended. The prices are quite reasonable too.
I really wanted to try this restaurant because I have never tried Indian/Chinese fusion food. It was a great dining experience.
Food was good. It was a good spicy! We ordered deep fried mini buns, ginger chicken, beef curry with vegatables, crispy noodle with seafood and rice. The mini buns were tasty and fluffy. Not spectatcular, but something to try as we wanted a small item to start as we were very hungry. However, that item came after all the other food items arrived. The beef curry dish and the side order of rice came first. It's more chinese inspired to me. Lots of gravy sauce to go with the rice! It was really mild and went well with the rice. The next dish was the ginger chicken. Seems like the chicken had been cooked in advance and wasn't reheated properly? The sauce was warm, but some of the chicken was not. The batter on the chicken was soggy for the parts that didn't have any sauce on it. Nevertheless, it was very flavorful. I would have prefered it if the dish was actually warmed up properly. I might try that dish another time just to see if they can make it better. The last dish was the crispy noodle and that was the best dish! The noodles was so cripsy to the very end. Just enough sauce to make the nooldes soft so it was a mix of texture in every bite. I will definitely order that dish again.
Service was standard. They didn't come by to clear out dishes so we stacked everything ourselves. The restaurant was really busy though.
Value is about the same price as other chinese restaurants. The portion is slightly smaller. Rice was well-priced when I compare it to other restaurants. You will need to order rice to go with all those dishes unless you ordered noodles.
Ambiance is nice. One side of the restaurant is painted with a mountain scenery. The other side had some Indian inspired frames of elephants and such. Decor is pretty good. Much better than what I expected from the outside of the restaurant.
Will go back again.
My family and I came here tonight for a casual birthday and anniversary dinner and had a wonderful time. This was our first visit to the restaurant, and were pleasantly surprised.
The food was deliciously SPICY! The prices were just right (average for chinese food), and the quantity was decent.
The service was really good. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. He recommended a few dishes that turned out to be our favorites for the night.
This restaurant definately solidifies the whole saying of "Don't judge a book by its cover"..well, in this case exterior.
Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant if you want a casual fusion experience!
One of my favourites in the City. I don't really care about decor. If the food isn't good or if portions are skimpy, I couldn't care less how pretty the place is. As others have mentioned, if you're bored of Chinese food, indian spices really infuse a cool twist to this overly familiar style of cuisine. The fried rice dishes are amazing and plentiful. Make sure you ask the servers you want the meat dishes stir fried, not deep fried. If you spend 40 bucks for two people, I guarantee you will have leftovers for at least a couple of days. Peter doesn't skimp on the portions! The vegetarian dishes are also good.
The chicken or beef pilli is delicious! I've yet to try some of their tofu, noodle and rice dishes. I usually get take-out and cook some rice at home. A nice treat when you've got a craving for greasy, tasty Indian style Chinese food.
This family-run business makes you feel like you're having a home-cooked meal in their home. Great service, great food - spicy! What an array of unique dishes. Everything on the menu is good. If you like Asian and you like spicy, you will love Green Lettuce.
I stopped by here with a party of 6. I've been to this Restaurant before, and, was pretty sure I ordered the same foods as last time. What an absolute disappointment. The Group sized Wonton, it was group sized, but, it was just all dough and no dumpling inside. To top it off, what little meat inside wasn't really all that great tasting either. The Ginger beef was also a disappointment, it was fried dough with a piece of meat every 6 pieces. The house fried rice was good, a bit too spicey for the other guests, but, good imo. All of my friends and I pretty much felt the same way... "What happened?"
The Service was fine. Servers were quick to refill our water. Food came out quick and hot.
As far as value goes, how can there be any value in food that's just dropped off in quality. Honestly, it would be a tough sell for me to go back there. Or for me to recommend Green Lettuce to anyone I know.
I’ve ordered take-out before and I loved the taste and value. However last time I dined in a couple months ago, I found an object in the food (due to dine here rules, I'm unable to specify what). It was cooked with the rice, melted and tasted like plastic. Since I’m also pregnant, I almost threw up at the table. The guy who seemed like the manager was defensive, insisting that the item is not allowed in the kitchen and hinting that I must have put it there myself. After my husband yelled at him for blaming us for the complaint, he reluctantly took the rice off the bill. Poor customer service and food safety. Will never eat here again!
I just don't get the hype around this restaurant...
Our group ordered the Manchurian Fried Rice, Green Lettuce Fried Rice, the Spicy Chili Eggplant Chicken, and the Kufti Ice Cream.
Both of the rice dishes were mediocre at best. The vegetables in the rice were peas and carrots (obv from the frozen packets), and each dish had very little meat/shrimp. Oh so disappointing...
The Spicy Chili Eggplant dish was the best dish on the table that night. The vegetables were fresh, and the eggplant was fired perfectly.
The dessert was HORRIBLE. The ice cream was freezer burnt and had an overwhelming taste of rose water. The ice cream also comes with a cheap store bought wafer on the side.
The staff were kind, but unfortunately good customer service cannot make up for lousy food.
Attended in a group of four at a friend's recommendation.
We had lamb curry with naan and steamed rice,
broccoli and green beans,
crispy noodles with chicken,
shrimp and fish masala,
their spicy crispy tofu (not sure what the name was),
hot & sour soup.
all of us were very impressed at the quantity and quality of the food.
the flavors are new and interesting - familiar both in the chinese and indian sense but creating something completely unique to this place. the lamb was stewed and an incredible softness. the curry sauce was appropriately spicy and it had many vegetables I wouldn't normally get with an indian-style curry, but it still tasted very indian in nature. This dish really stood out to me as impressive.
In fact everything was pretty equally appreciated on the table!
But also notable were the fish masala and the dumplings to start. They dissappeared between the group really fast.
Note that we did get quite a bit of food with this order and both sides went home with a lot of leftovers.
Several staff made sure our drinks were full and that we were all enjoying the food. They were very polite and the service was fast.
I would go again, for sure, and I am interested to try their take-out.
The decor is nothing really fancy, but that almost adds to the allure. It doesn't seem like it's trying to be fancy, just wholesome and reasonably priced.
One of the few places that serve fantastic Indian style Chinese food. They’re consistent with their food and I appreciate that very much. No scary surprises anywhere.
One of the popular dishes in India is momos, I’m not sure if any of readers have tried it. They are basically chicken dumplings cooked in a spicy sauce. This place has them and they’re absolutely amazing. They take me back to the east Indian street food with one bite.
They also have really good chilli fish. I love that the fish is cut into to shreds and then deep fired as opposed big chunks of fish that other places serve. This makes it retain its crispiness for a longer period of time.
The portions are alright. One suggestion would be to change the serving plates. The way they’re designed at this time is they lay flat and therefore can’t hold a lot of gravy. I’m a lots of gravy kinda girl so would like for the gravy dishes to be served in bowls instead!
I've eaten here once and taken out twice since than. Every time that I have eaten here, I have been satisfied. That says something because I am a picky eater!
The first time, I had the Gobi Manchurian (which i asked them to make dry), with vegetable fried rice. The Gobi Manchurian was exellent. However, it was so good that it was gone so fast. The Vegetable Fried Rice was good but nothing special...as I would have liked more egg and vegetables.
The next two times, I got the same dry and not too oily Gobi Manchurian with Naan Roti and Vegetable/Egg Fried Rice. The Manchurian was as good as the first time, the Roti was really good and the fried rice was alright. I really like the roti, but my friend told me that the roti is store bought. I really liked it so I bought it -"Reya Naan" the next time I went to Superstore.
The food also gets ready quickly, even though it's always busy every time I came here, and the staff is friendly and jovial :).
btw I accidentally wrote this review for the Surrey restaurant instead of the Kingsway restaurant in Vancouver. I've only tried the Kingsway place.
If I can't decide where to go I always come back here. You just cant go wrong with this place. This is the only place where I eat any kind of meat.
Food: I always order their chili fish which is delicious. I love the fact that they cut it in strips as opposed to big chunks. It's crispier when its in strip form. Plus their chicken dumplings are so good. I've never tried better dumplings anywhere. My mom loves their vegetable manchurian. The gravy is just right. Its nice and garlicky but not too overpowering. Also their vegetable chowmein is the best chowmein ever. It goes great with their manchurian sauce.
Service: It;s alright nothing very great about it. The servers always know our order which is nice. But nothing that particularly stands out for me.
Ambiance: This place is always busy. The decor is not all that great. The tables are sometimes sticky. But whatever, the food is awesome !
Will always come back for more.
Came for dinner Mar.29 and was once again delighted with the food. There were three of us and we ordered the Marsala shrimp (FAB!), honey garlic chicken (nice), shanghai noodles (very good) and the Manchurian beef (not on menu, but ASK for it). Wonderful meal, we were all stuffed and had take home for 1 person for lunch. I've never been disappointed in their food, always fresh, hot and beautifully seasoned. I swear they put in magic spice in that Marsala shrimp to keep us going back. I've been here 4 times in 6 mths and always fab!
One improvement I would suggest is that they bring the bill when asked. It seems every time I come, I have to ask twice and wait about 10-15 minutes.
I had been to Green Lettuce last year for lunch. Having been to authentic Indian-Chinese restaurants in New Delhi, I was hoping to have an experience. I tried the chilli chicken, hakka noodles & gobi manchurian. The gobi manchurian was deep fried and came out rather soggy. The chilli chicken had a nice flavor but not up to par with a good Indian-Chinese restaurant. It was missing something. The noodles were ok ...just very oily and missing the hakka flavors. If you haven't been to an authentic Indian-Chinese restaurant then you don't know what you are missing so you may find this good. For me it was just average. A good place I recently found was in Delta on Scott Road. It's called Hakka Masti and the flavors came on par with what you find in Delhi.
One last thing, I noticed they don't have the green chillis in vinegar at each table. It adds a hint of sour and spice to the food and is typical for an Indian-Chinese restaurant. I asked for some and the jar they provided had very old and soggy chillis. Seemed like they'd been in the jar for the past year.
This place just didn't cut it for me. It was just average at best.
I wouldn't have heard about this place if someone hadn't of told me about it. It is very easy to pass by such an inconspicuous looking restaurant, especially in that part of town.
Food: Believe them when they say it is spicy. Its not like the kind of mild spice you find in upscale fusion restaurants, but an authentic sweat releasing mayhem you can only find in a traditional home cooked meal. If you're feeling masochistic, feel free to finish the entire plate by yourself, otherwise, share and get LOTS of rice. I don't frequently eat spicy food, so going there was quite refreshing. A different spin on the type of food I've grown accustomed to. Btw, the food portions are quite large (think chinese food).
Service: I got what I wanted when I wanted it, which is a good thing. No complaints here, but also no commendations either for doing anything out of the ordinary.
Ambiance: Typical, but also kind of odd. One would look at some of the decorations and think "why?".
This place gains my recommendation as one of those "dinning in the rough" places where the food is original and ambiance is akin to dinning in someones house. Even if you hate spicy food, go and order something hot. Ask them to start you off with something more moderate to ease you into it.
I have to say that green lettuce is one of my favourite restaurants. It never fails to deliver delicious, flavourful food. I must admit that I have never strayed far from my usual of kung pow chicken, chicken hakka chow mein and green beans, i guess it has become a kind of comfort food for me.
Visited this restaurant based on the reviews here & I must ask, seriously? I don't know maybe being of Chinese/Indian origin my expectations were too high, but I was truly & utterly disappointed. I went on a Saturday night, party of 7, mix of adults & kids. We were greeted & seated promptly. Our server was different to say the least. Every time we asked for anything she seemed bewildered, like we were speaking some foreign language. The other servers & the manager however were very nice.
We ordered quite a few dishes, 3 appies, 9 mains & 2 desserts. We started with the Hot Chilli Chicken Dumplings w/Garlic which was okay. The chilli garlic sauce was quite flavourful but the dumpling itself lacked in flavour. There wasn't much meat filling which seemed to be the theme of the evening. We also had the Veggie Pakoras & Chicken Pakoras, again where was the filling? The veggie pakoras were mostly batter with a piece of onion here & there, the meat in the chicken pakoras was so mashed it kept me wondering all night whether or not there was any chicken in it, it was not identifiable in either taste, texture or look. Authentic Indian pakoras are hands down far better than what we were served, & you couldn't even call it Chinese/Indian as there was nothing Chinese or Indian about it. So far we were batting 0/3.
The main dishes we had were ginger beef, again where was the meat? It was soggy pieces of batter in a somewhat tasty sauce. Next was the Dai Ching Chicken, oddly enough the sauce tasted very familiar, oh yes it was pretty much the same as the sauce on the Ginger Beef. The chicken was tender, but diced, so needless to say the bits of meat were just that bits. The 3rd dish was the Fried Green Beans. This was probably the best dish of the evening, flavourful & cooked perfectly. The 4th dish was the Bombay Style Garlic Prawns. The prawns were battered so you think they would be crispy, but no they were soggy, again another theme of the evening. The sauce was surprisingly good & once again familiar, oh yes because it was exactly the same as the dumplings we had earlier. Good portion & size of prawns but so sad how they were treated. The 5th dish was Gobi Manchurian or Crispy Cauliflower. I was really looking forward to this dish, but alas was extremely disappointed. The cauliflower what little of it there was, was again battered & deep fried, & the sauce was again somewhat familiar, oh yes because it was the same sauce as the Dai Ching Chicken & the Ginger Beef. For some reason whatever was deep fried, could not stay crispy, I wonder if everything was deep fried ahead of time to save time? The 6th dish was the Chicken Hakka Chow Mein which was okay, nothing special. The 7th dish was the Crispy Noodle topped w/Beef & Vegetables. Again okay, the noodles were definitely crispy, & clumped together, so it was very difficult to serve. The Beef & Vegetables had good flavour & for once a unique sauce. The 8th dish was the Hawaiian Fried Rice w/Chicken & Pineapple minus the eggs. It was terrible. The vegetables were of the frozen variety, there was very little chicken, the pineapple was flavourless & the rice was a weird yellow colour, too much turmeric perhaps? The 9th dish was plain steamed rice, which was great. What I found really odd was that even though the dishes all had different names most of the dishes had the same if not very similar sauces, so it was like we were eating the same disappointing dish time & time again.
The desserts we had were the deep fried banana & pineapple w/vanilla ice cream, it consisted of 1 thin ring of pineapple battered & deep fried & one small piece of banana, not half a banana not even a quarter of a banana, it was approx. a 1 inch piece of banana battered & deep fried with a very small scoop of vanilla ice cream, the flavours were good, but the portions were embarrassingly small. The 2nd dessert was a very small scoop of mango ice cream, with a cheap store bought wafer cookie, very disappointing.
I am still trying to figure out how this restaurant not only stays in business but is actually fully booked with a line up on a Saturday night. If this is what is out there representing Chinese/Indian fusion, then I think I’ll pass, and make my own @ home. That or stick to Chinese when I want Chinese & Indian when I want Indian. Seriously!
This is our family favorite restaurant. We went here for Mother's day and most birthdays in our family. Our favorite dishes are the chicken fried rice, eggplant, shanghai noodles & the hot and sour soup. For desert, I reccommend the ice-cream on friend bannana. Often immatated, never duplicated, the taste at Green Lettuce is hard to beat.
The value for the food and service is simply incredible. For 10 of us in two families, the cost came to $180 with drinks and dessert.
Their ambience is descent. The lighting is great. However, they could do with a larger restaurant, since there almost always is a line up.
But perhaps the best reason we repeatedly visit Green Lettuce is because of its service. This is a family business, mainly operated by husband and wife. Despite their busy schedules, they don't hesitate to stop by at our table and ask us a question, not just about our food, but about our lives. Makes things so much more personal. They are always smiling and their service is prompt and effecient. Many times they have allowed us to stay past the closing time of the restaurant.
In summary, Green Lettuce is as good as it gets. They say you can't have the silver bullet, you can't have butter on both sides of the bread, but at Green Lettuce you can have it all - good tasty healthy food,amazing value for your money, decent ambience and best of all a personal and smiling service and that is something you can't possibly put a price on. It's priceless!