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Handi

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

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Another of Dunbars' best kept secrets
By a5a96561 of arbutus ridge (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 11:18am [Dine in]

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.

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Nice people, good food.
By AlexandraBishop of Point Grey (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

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.

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Delicious!
By MsDiva of Victoria BC Canada (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

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)

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Great restaurant
By hungryandthirsty of Kerrisdale (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2008 - 1:00am [Dine in]

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.

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Impeccable!
By KeladryCooper of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

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.

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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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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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Place. Is. AWESOME.
By kleenexb0x of Richmond , BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

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.

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More of a special event place.
By curryeater604 of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

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.

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