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Handi

4432 Dunbar Street
Vancouver, BC V6S2G5
Tel: (604) 738-3186
Neighbourhood: Dunbar-Southlands

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This is how you should treat your customers
By as_545 of surrey bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

This place really deserves 4 stars. Handi is a pretty good restaurant, but lacks a bit in drinks...but that is alright as the service made up for it. The service is good. As soon as we stepped in, the staff greeted us and took us to the bar while we waited for a table. Here is where I found out that drinks aren't their finest point! The service was extremely courteous. Our waiter offered to help at all times and checked on us regularly (not going overboard either, which can be equally annoying). He gave us recommendations of food. We ordered four dishes to share: butter chicken, chicken vindaloo, aloo gobi recommended by our waiter and some lamb. The food tasted authentic, I really liked the way the lamb was seasoned. Surely worth a visit.

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Not the place for a business dinner
By jbgirl21 of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

I have been visiting Vancouver for the longest of time, mainly for leisure but lately for business. A couple I was doing business with decided to take me out to dinner here. I know of other Indian restaurants but let them lead as they are locals. I shouldn't have. We arrived for our reservation on time at 6 pm only to find a couple-filled restaurant. The restaurant is more set up for couples and families, NOT business! In fact, we were one of the only tables that was not a couple. Skipping that part though, food was good. Prices are about $15 a dish, which is okay for dinner. I went for the mixed platter and then onto a chicken methi with rice. The timing was perfect, my main arrived as soon as I was taking my last bite off of the pakora. I felt that the chicken was good, but it could have been a bit more spicy. The coconut curry seemed really good, but I didnt try it. I will consider this restaurant for indian food when I come back for non-business related issues.

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Not too much value for money
By scaly of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

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.

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Slow and spicy
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Someone recommended me this place for good Indian food, so I expected it to be top-notch, at the least. First of all, I had to wait an excruciating amount of time to get a table. And to make matters worse, we were only two people waiting for a table.
When we finally got a table, we ordered out appetizers and drinks. Then, it was another wait…for our actual food. When I told the waiter he made a face like if he had forgotten or something. The meal starts to get expensive when you start to order sides and drinks. The lamb vindaloo was too spicy for me. I had ordered medium, so I don’t know why it was so hot. The prawns were okay in terms of taste and size. The matter paneer was too much sauce for me and so I had to give it to my friend to finish. In their defense, their breads were really good (naans).

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Amazing food...!
By rajesh kumar of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had!! All of the dishes were very flavorful and fresh. The service was very attentive and they make you feel like your right at home. This is my new favorite Indian restaurant.Absolutely wonderful. I have always enjoyed Indian food, the kheer variety and the fixed price made it so I could try far more dishes than I normally would. I would recommend this to anyone seeking excellent food for a great price

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Great every time!
By autwrn of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 3:39pm [Take-out]

I usually order take out from Handi, I think I ate here once only? But I vaguely remember, so I can't really opine on that aspect. As far as the take-out goes, its been great so far. My order always comes relatively fast and most important of all, it comes hot!

The curry sauces are really delicious and tasty. I usually get the lamb curry (or something of lamb) or the palak paneer, and accompany it with some Indian rice. The take-out portions are quite generous and can easily fill one up. I usually end up with leftovers when I order from them but I just re-heat the food the next day and its all good.

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Lovely food!
By eileenf of Olympia, Washington (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:32am [Dine in]

Lovely Indian restaurant in Vancouver. I was looking at options for ethnic food and I friend of mine who stays in Vancouver recommended me this one.

When I first arrived (without making a reservation), there was a lot of people in the restaurant. It was a Sunday night, so it was understandable. Plus, I had already come all the way here, and with the aromas coming out of the kitchen, there was no way I was going to leave without having a taste of their food.

I skipped the appetizers and went straight to the main courses. I wanted to go for something light, as Indian food can be a bit heavy, so I asked for the aloo gobi and rice. It was simply delicious. I finished off my meal with some wine and was good to go.

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Great Indian restaurant in Vancouver
By lubrown of Edmonton Alberta (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

It was a pleasant experience dining at this Indian restaurant in Vancouver. Usually, the level of competition between these types of restaurants is quite high given the number of alternatives there are out there. Handi however, stood out for its food and service.

I had the tandoori chicken with rice, but also tried a bit of their naan on the waiter’s insistence. I am more of a rice person, but I must say, it was pretty good. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The dessert was also great; the mango cheese cake was simply delicious.

As for the service, it was excellent. The waiter was extremely polite and went out of his way to accommodate us. My daughter is a picky eater and can be difficult to please. This, however, didn't stop the staff from preparing special food for her. I was very happy with the attention they gave to us and so was she. If I am ever in Vancouver, I will come back.

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Good Indian food
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

Handi is a complete package of an Indian restaurant in the sense that it offers good food AND good service. The prices were a little high for me but then I am not much of a restaurant person.

I ordered the eggplant and the chickpeas with rice (I don't remember their real names). They were quite delicious. What was good was that the chickpeas were spicy enough to satisfy my tastebuds. As for the service, I have no complaints. The people who work there are really nice; they kept on refilling our glasses throughout our dinner.

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Mediocre at best
By JSoles of Vancouver (Dunbar) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 6:18am [Dine in]

Have tried Handi many times. Food tastes pretty good but a bit on the salty side. Even though menu pricing seemed reasonable, I found the portions to be way too small. Naan bread was very good however that has to be at any Indian restaurant. Other dishes were pretty standard tasting and lacked presentation.

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Wonderful dinner
By susanbeasley of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:31am [Dine in]

I went to Handi's on Dunbar the other day with my husband. We wanted to try something different so I suggested this place.

While the food was not organic, it had this fresh taste to it, which was great. I tried the vegetable pakora as an appetizer but also stole some vegetable samosa from my husband. The pakora was interesting but I think I liked their samosa more.

For the meals, I had the eggplant bharta (not really sure if this is the correct spelling) while Mike, my husband ordered the shahi paneer and aloo gobi. The taste was simply splendid. I did not know you could cook eggplant that way! It was interesting. The food was not spicy which was good.

The service was also good. The waiters were extremely polite and were very patient with us and all the questions we had about the food. They also gave us suggestions as to what to order.

I'm glad I chose this restaurant. We had a wonderful time here and I am putting it on my list of places to go back. It will take time for me to get truly accustomed to Indian food but so far, so good!

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My new favorite Indian restaurant in vancouver
By rlenova of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

So I tried Handi Cuisine when they had an special for UBC students recently. Saw it over their Facebook page. Thought some Indian friends would like it and it's close enough so we tried it.

First off, the place is great when you come in. The bar tender greeted us, stepped out and fixed a table for us right there.

After having the drinks, the food came - no appetizers, we were really hungry. haha - The food was divine really. I've been to enough Indian restaurants where the food is so spicy, TOO heavy, TOO greasy, etc. This place was just perfect. The service was outstanding with him at first and then the waitress taking our food and bringing more naan and stuff. Continuously.

Love the place and for sure I would come back in a heartbeat!

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