Handi features award winning fine traditional East Indian Cuisine in an elegant, relaxed atmosphere.
Beautiful restaurant with a really interesting, creative menu. Tame enough to appeal to alot of people, but in no way pedestrian. Went with the mixed grill that had great flavors across a variety of proteins, including halibut , barbecued shrimp, lamb and amazing tender chicken. Also delicious vegetables,bread, and rice. Really enjoyed the mint chutney and tamarind served with the appetizer. The dessert was also a delightful play on smores, with mango ice cream, falooda. Would definitely return. It's one of the best places to eat in Vancouver.
We loved our experience at Handi. The ambiance is very nice. The food was excellent. The flavours were spicy and delicious. Service was very smooth. I would highly recommend this place for a romantic evening out, or a fun group dinner. Being a vegetarian, I had a lot of options. We ordered the pakoras and aloo chaat for our starters. The aloo chaat was lacking the crunch factor but the flavours were there. The pakoras were awesome! For our entree, we had the shahi paneer with raita and garlic naan. All 3 items were perfectly made. The shahi paneer had authentic flavour (not the westernized creamy buttery sauce), and the naan had so much flavour. I am definitely going back to Handi!
My husband and I go to this restaurant on a regular basis. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Vancouver. We have been to QUITE a few Indian Restaurants in Van, and I would have to say that this restaurant is one of the best by far. It's a small place and the decor is a little bit outdated, but very comfortable with cushy benches. It's extremely well run and very clean. Tables have glass tops for easy turnover and the napkins are fabric (love that). I also love the heavy silverware and cutely designed plates. The only negative thing I have to say about the restaurant is that it seems to always be a little chilly inside the restaurant, so dress warm!!!
BEVERAGES: They don't have a huge wine list, but the wine is good. The chai is awesome (need to add sugar), and water refills are prompt.
FOOD: We ALWAYS order the same thing, so I can't comment on the entire menu, but they have a great selection. The cucumber, tomatoe salad as an appetizer is really good with a tasty dressing. We have had the pakoras once before and they were also good. Our most favorite dishes are the Chicken Masala and Chicken Spinach (Chicken Murgh). It is the BEST Masala I have ever tasted, and my husband LOVES the Murgh. We think the portions are an excellent size (we usually go home with leftovers), especially with rice and Naan. Their garlic Naan is AMAZING. We have tried the Butter Chicken; however I found it a bit bland compared to the Chicken Masala, so I've only ordered it once. We've also tried the Coconut Prawn Goa, and that was excellent!!
VALUE: For the amount of food you get, and the quality, I would say you definitely get your money's worth. I would say the menu is mid-range in price.
SERVICE: The service has always been excellent every time we go. Staff are friendly attentive and extremely polite. The food comes out quite quickly and is always hot, as the dishes come with heated candles underneath to keep the good warm.
We go to this restaurant about once every month, sometimes more and are never disappointed. Well recommended. You will love it!!
Surprisingly great food for a Dunbar st.I've never had a bad meal here. Great atmosphere with golden table clothes makes a great date. Restaurant sports a full service bar in the center, with reasonably well made drinks. Food is fantastic They are great with spice scaling Lamb dishes are always a win and you of course can't go wrong with Handi's Naan. I specifically recommend the Lamb Methi and Butter chicken ask for dayle spacial
What a find!
Don't let the rather nondescript front facade fool you.Beyond the entry lies one of Dunbars' best kept secrets.
The interior offers a cosy ambience belieing the exterior.
It appears to be family operated.(i doubt one could find staff so toally committed to ensure ones dining pleasure were they not family).Handi suffers perhaps by location.The two adjacent eating establishments are certainly not as up scale,viewing either of the others might encourage one to give the Handi a pass.
As this was our first visit,we didn't ovedo the order.I selected the butter chicken(done to a turn)the secret being the bird is first barbecued.The wife ordered the lamb methi.It was equally as good,We were asked at first what degree of spice we'd prefer,mild,med or hot.We opted for medium and I must say the 'after burners were still firing some 6 hours later,not uncomfortably so.
The entrees were served in candle heated trays,keeping them warm until finished.Served on a bed of basamati rice with enough naan to take care of the residual sauces(which were excellent) provided more than an adequate meal.Topped off with great cups of chai.
Count on approximately $20..p.p sans alchohol
Little things that matter.
No paper nappery
Water refills nonstop.
With the departure of each guest, the tables are sanitized(sprayed) and wiped clean.
Ceratainly worthy of future visits.
This is our new go-to for indian food. Clearly, the family that runs this place is made up of time-tested pros. Super friendly and knowledgeable from the cute gal at the bar to the efficient wait staff. The manager keeps everything running seamlessly. Food was incredibly good and the naan was piping hot, chewey and fresh. Sauces and chutneys were outstanding. So, another reason to just stick around Dunbar.
We have ordered food for delevery twice from this place. All the food was excellent, the sauces incredible. The only problem was the first time we didn't order enough rice so that we could sop up all the sauce! We recified this with tonights order. My husband is looking forward to Chicken biryani for breakfast!
Delivery was very fast. I can't comment on the service or ambiance in the restaurant as I haven't eaten in.
Overall, very good restaurant.
Personally, Handi is one o my favorite restaurants. I always order the chicken coconut, but I've tried the butter chicken, both of which are creamy and delicious! I'm not a big spice fan, so the food is just right for me.
The serice is friendly and competent. I have never been faced by an empty glass for more then a minute before it was replentished, a service I find often lacking in other restaurants. I can never tell whether the wait for the food seems long because of the aromas floating from the kitchen and the surrounding tables and my impatience stomach, or because it actually is a long wait, but either way I find the wait well worth it.
The decor is cute and the music is very apropos, which sets up the food very nicely. My only complaint would be the out-of-place and dusty floral patterned currtains in the from window, and the painly fake plants, both of which are major turn offs.
Overall, I think this restaurant is worth visiting, because you'll leave satisfied and full! Pricey? Perhaps, a little. However, I find it worth every penny.
Recently we have ordered takeout twice.
Plain naans with Fish Coconut curry and Chicken Vindaloo.
Both times the naans were burnt. The first time for the two curries they NEVER asked us the spice level so it was quite bland. So, next time we asked for medium .. still not that spicy.
Service is quite slow .. whenever we came to pick the takeout the food was ready but it took them 10 mins to give the change even though the restaurant was empty @ 6pm.
Handi is IT. By far the best Indian restaurant I've been to in my life. Ambiance of the restaurant is great, staff is professional, place is pristine clean, and the decor is great. The texture of their curries is awesome, I don't know what they put in it, but it's not watery at all, very creamy. Chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, and saag are great. Definitely recommend this place to everybody! Even non-Indian food lovers will change their minds.
I have eaten here several times. The food is consistently delicious. We like the butter chicken and coconut chicken, and often take home the extra sauce! The naan and chutneys are also terrifc. The service is very attentive and the decor is nice too. It is a great little neighbourhood restaurant. (note this is the one on Dunbar, not the North Shore)
I'm a Curry aficionado that prides herself on trying most of the Indian restaurants - if not all - in Vancouver. This was a nice little find near Ambleside park...
The Atmosphere is nice and the ambiance is great, being so close to the water has something to do with it!!! I had a Tandoori chicken which was juicy and flavorful, nice and sizzling when it came out so you could tell it was as fresh as you could hope for. However, I found that the Naan bread was a bit on the overcooked side... a bit dry and crunchy... Nothing beats a fresh fluffy naan bread, so it did definitely detract from my experience.
The waiter was friendly, although forgot our drinks, not that big of a deal really.
The problem with most Indian restaurants is that you rarely have a combination of atmosphere, great food, and price. Handi had a great atmosphere, not the best value and the food was good, not the best, but still good. My friend had ordered the butter chicken and it tasted a bit too sweet for my taste.
But still, it is a great place to go for a special event when you want to enjoy the North Shore and then have a great meal. - I'd go again.