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.
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!
I had been looking for an Indo-chinese restaurant in Vancouver in search of the kind of Chinese food I'd had in India (sweet and sour and lots of garlic). I didn't get the same taste at Green Lettuce, but it was excellent nevertheless. We ordered a number of things among which the chili paneer and fried rice stood out. The food is also very reasonably priced, and they take 15% off the bill when you take-out.
Since we ordered takeout, I can't comment on the service, but one look at the restaurant is enough to tell you that ambiance-wise, this is not a hip/sophisticated place. But you might be too busy smacking your lips to notice.
I was a bit unsure before going to this place. The idea of Indian/Chinese fusion food didn't really appeal to me. But after having my arm twisted I gave it a try and I am really glad that I did. We started off the the chicken kebabs and the veggies spring rolls and they were deleicious! We moved on to a dish with prawns and egg plants which was amazing, and a chicken with cashew nuts. The flavours are so rich and exciting. If you like Indian food, and Chinese food, then you will love this place.
I was recommended this place for the food, but it was a disappointing experience.
After a relatively long wait we got our appetizer (Vegetable Pakora), which was ok, but I had better Pakora before. Shortly thereafter the main dishes arrived, one at a time with the rice being the last one. The way the dishes were served was really bad, they just put them on the edge of the table, without further comment. We asked the server what it was and he didn't know it! One dish came with veggies only even though it was ordered with chicken - on our request they added chicken. Two out of the 3 dishes were good, Manchurian Chicken and the eggplant/chicken dish, but the Pili was simply too hot. Even though I am used to cook hot Indian food at home and order the spicier dishes in restaurants, I could not finish it. The waitress asked how the food was and I replied that I found it so spicy that I actually cannot say if it tasted well at all. Her reply was that I could have ordered it in 'mild' (but she did not offer the choice, neither did she warn me that this is more than the usual restaurant spice). The amount of food was huge.
So far everything would have been quite fine with me. But upon taking away our dishes the waiter dropped a knife right into my water glass. The glass broke and the water went all over the table and onto my pants. The waiter's solution to this was to take away the glass, use _one_ paper tissue in a ridiculous effort to clean up the mess and then bring the bill! The water was standing on the table and he did not offer to bring me a fresh glass of water which I just had gotten refilled.
There is one funny thing in the restaurant though, watch the staff handing dishes from waiter to waiter, nobody knowing where to get rid of it...
I always go to Green Lettuce to get my hot and sour soup fix - very spicy and very tasty, especially when it's cold and wet out which is at least nine months of the year here. I've tried a variety of other dishes which are reasonable, but nothing else stands out as a signature dish.
We've been going to Green Lettuce occasionally for about six years, perhaps once or twice a year, and have never been disappointed. The food is a unique fusion of Chinese and Indian food, a bit closer to Chinese in ingredients and preparation but with Indian seasonings and flavours. By all means try the garlic eggplant with ground chicken, or whatever suits your fancy. Patronage of the restaurant is diverse, many East Indians as well as some Chinese and "Westerners". The hosts/proprietors Rosie and Peter are wonderful, friendly, helpful, and they may remember your name even if you have not been in for a year. Physical ambience of the place is fairly plain, but pleasant and comfortable. Don't miss this place if you like Indian and Chinese food and want a real treat!
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!
Went on a friday night with my girlfriend, the place is not that big but very cozy. My guess the place could seat about 50 people or so. The service was pretty good but we went around 5:30 and it was dead only 2 other tables were filled. It did however get busy after 6 tho.
The food was pretty typical of any other chinese restuarant. We ordered the lemon chicken. It was ok nothing special, it had white meat chicken chunks deep fried and lemon sauce dumped on top my GF said it tasted like chicken McNuggets but that was a good thing. We also ordered the Green lettuce fried rice. Not bad it had shrimp and chicken. Both dishes were under $10. Infact all dishes are under 10 except for the seafood items.
There is one special thing that makes this restuarant stand out from other chinese restuarants and it is that all their meats are HALAL. That is what drew me to the Green lettuce in the first place. I had verbal assurances from the staff when I called them.
I would go back and try some of their other dishes, but the one thing that was weird to me was that they dont have chopsticks!! It's a chinese restuarant you'd expect to see some chopsticks and bowls on the table but nope only forks and plates.
It was a very pleasant dining experience-very family oriented. The location is not the greatest, but the service & food make it a place that i will go to again. The servers are very courteous & helpful. They never have an issue when I ask for them to make some changes to a dish to be made to my preferance. I always feel very welcomed. My fave is the chicken-black bean, szechuan prawns, various chow mein & their shrimp( which i have them cook) fried rice. mmm.Check it out!!!
Okay, so the food tasted all right, I will say that. It wasn't anything outstanding, or even truly memorable, but it was very flavourful and came in a large quantity. I had the manchurian chicken chow mein, and sampled many of the other dishes on the menu as I'd went with a big group.
Anyway. The problem with this place is the people who work in it. They often seem very bewildered and take a very long time to ask you what you want and to then give it to you. At least twice, food was placed on our table that nobody had ordered. We were left to ask ourselves whether or not we should eat it. i hadn't anticipated a moral self-evaluation with my dinner out, but c'est la vie.
Anyway, yes, it was a neat little fusion place with a pretty inside despite the tacky outside. Eating the food when it finally showed up was nice, and all the free water was good. But yes, it's rather disconcerting when the people serving you wander around in some kind of daze instead of dealing with patrons in a more professional matter. I was left to wonder what that chef might be up to back there.
We went to the restaurant on December 21, 2005. It was my birthday and friends of ours told us how wonderful the food was and it was!
We spent two hours there, the servers did a great job serving us and were friendly, the food was awesome. We will be going back. The food had so much flavour, not too hot, you just order your food according to the amount of chilli's you want.
We checked out the reviews before going there and had some reluctance after reading one person's review which wasn't very complementary however most of the others were very positive. I just want to say that everyone has a bad day and the person that gave the bad review should go back and try it again she might want to change her mind.
I had heard of the Green Lettuce and was happy to finally get a chance to visit this highly praised restaurant in Vancouver. But upon my visit, I was unpleasantly surprised by the service, the food and the overall experience.
We skimmed through what looked like a straight forward menu and we decided to order the vegetable pakoras, Manchurian noodles and fish with garlic sour sauce. The first dish, we were already familliar with, while the latter two, were intended to feed our adventurous side.
What the menu and the server failed to mention was that the Manchurian noodles were topped with deep fried vegetable pakoras and that the fish was encased in a soggy deep fried batter. Our deep fried dinner made me question the expectations I had of this restaurant.
And then when I decided to CALMLY give the manager an explanation of what we were just served, she became very defensive in her tone when she told us that we were responsible for telling our server how we would like our food to be prepared. This was of course, a ridiculous suggestion as neither the menu nor the server gave us the appropriate description for the food we wanted to order.
Finally, she rudely gave us the option of not paying for it. Shocked at her reaction, I was speechless. Any manager of any restaurant who does "not have time for this" kind of criticism, should not deal with the guests of the restaurant. All in all, this unpleasant experience has driven me to share this experience with everyone, and more importantly, to never set such high expectations for hole in the wall restaurants like the Green Lettuce.