Himalaya Restaurant offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian delights. They offer a daily lunch buffet, a la carte menu and desserts a plenty.
Ooops, I forgot to mention the inconsistent part.
The first batch of the paneer was delicious! But when we went back for the second helping, the paneer was much mushier than the first time around. Almost night and day tasting.
I usually got to All India Sweets (practically next door) but when the AIS lineup is crazy long, Himalaya is my next choice. After all, I don't want to look for parking again. I’ve had a la carte dishes here (The fish pakora is tasty) but never tried the buffet before today. For $9.99 you get the meat (i.e. full) buffet, and for $7.99 just the veggie buffet.
The butter chicken was average good, and so was the chicken vindaloo. The lentils, peas, and other veggie dishes were similarly good, as was the basmati rice. The naan bread was average. I had a lassi, which was slightly better than average.
The desserts were kind of greasy, and not so good at the end of a meal.
Overall, I would say this place is about what you would expect. Not fancy, and not the worst. If you want to eat a lot and you aren’t a gastronome, this is the place. If you are particular, it is not for you.
Had the lunch buffet and went straight for the butter chicken. Pretty good quality with huge chunks of chicken and with creamy, yet not overpowering sauce. They had veggie curry, lentils, tandoori chicken, samosas and a few other dishes I didn't try. The samosas were fresh and of a good size. Too bad they didn't have any paneer. Major plus was the super fresh naan bread. YUM! Didn't try the small salad bar but did have some desserts like the galub jaman (dough balls in syrup) and some colourful pastry cubes similar to a petite four. I find Indian desserts too sweet to my liking but it didn't taste bad. Service was ok where they bring you water and clear away used plates. The servers constantly replenished the food to keep it hot and fresh. Value was pretty solid at $12 pp for the buffet with meat or $10 for vegetarian only menu. Setting is a bit dated with 80's looking furnishings and wall colouring. Very spacious though and nice natural lighting flowing through. They have this huge open space adjacent to the main dining room, not too sure what it's used for...maybe a private room or dance hall? The restaurant also doubles as a take out counter and sweets/bakery retailer. Very casual environment.
Overall a good lunch buffet experience.
Went there for dinner and chose not to have the buffet option and ordered off the menu. Ordered the fish curry and the lamb curry for the mains with the Samosa's as a appie. The dishes were quite small but for $7 I guess that's Ok. The curries were a bit on the bland side but I did enjoy the fish curry. The samosa's came with some chick peas and they were very average. The Nan came out like elephant ears, huge and not cut. I don't know if this is the norm. Overall, there are many better Indian restaurants. The place needs a remodel as it's more like a giant cafeteria.
Was here last week after being recommended by a friend. Vegetarian Buffet for under 8 bucks, with Meat, under 10 bucks (before taxes). I chose the Vegetarian option and was a bit disappointed with the selection available when I first lined up to get my food - this was no extravagant brunch buffet at the Hyatt. But then I realized, after sitting down and eating my food, for the money, this wasn't too bad at all - the focus is on curry, and lots of it. You can also load up on Basmati Rice and peas, and slightly greasy naan bread - as well as some chutneys and chopped veggies from their limited salad bar.
The service and ambience is what it is - cafeteria style buffet - with old brass chandeliers hailing from the 70s. Walk into the eatery, walk to the buffet, grab a plate, and start scooping. Then find a seat, sit down, eat. A server may come back to offer you a jug of ice water - they probably have an alla cart menu too, but I haven't checked it out yet.
I will come back for the convienence of the location, and the good pricing.
Four of us, one vegetarian, had the buffet and we all loved it. The naan was amazing, the butter chicken had big pieces of white meat in a delicious sauce, the veggie curries were excellent, especially the pakora in a yoghurt sauce. The chicken vindaloo was fairly mild, and everything was just about the right level of spiciness and also hot and plentiful, frequently replenished. The desserts were nice, and the selection of sweets to buy separately was really good.. The only thing that wasn't wonderful was the lassi, and that was not too bad. The service was fine; nobody harassing you to buy more, but always there if you needed them, even though the place was full. The washrooms were clean and seemed like those in any other restaurant. The decor is a bit diner-like, but what do you expect in an all-you-can-eat buffet, especially one with such reasonable prices? It seemed appropriate, and everything was clean and tidy. We all enjoyed ourselves and we'll be going back.
I have been here about 4 times for the buffet because it is quick and on the way home, but everytime Im done think to myself what little it would cost for them to seriously improve the buffet:
First: peel the carrots you use in the cauliflower curry dish, its not very appetizing, or better yet for an extra $3 a day buy some higher quality carrots - I can tell you use the lowest quality carrots available.
Second: your dahl is very watery, also: do you soak the beans overnight in water before making the dahl to get rid of the anti-nutrients?? your always suppose to soak lentils at least 8 hours before cooking. It would also be great if you had 2 types of dahl - it is so cheap to make -- have a yellow lentil with zucchini and a bit of spinach, cilantro, fresh ginger --- and not so much water.
Third: change the oil you use to deep fry samosas more often, I can tell you use this oil for weeks, it is not very appetizing -- and put some more vegetables in the samosas - a few diced carrots, spinach or green bean, cauliflower would be great -- not just so much potatoe
Fourth: make palak paneer -- a few years ago you always had saag - now you dont, it is very cheap. Your version was kind of watery, go to RAGA and have their saag if you want to know what a good saag tastes like -- how expensive is it to make spinach ??
Fifth: also have some roti's - whole wheat would be nice
Six: sometimes your rice is kind of hard, make sure it is cooked enough, make sure the rice is also soaked overnight to get rid of the phytic acid - makes it healthier. Read on the internet about this
If you make these simple changes that dont cost very much will improve your image and will probably get more customers, better yet get a new buffet cart and add 4-5 new dishes -- be the best in town and people will come, believe me. Everyone that I know wants a good indian buffet, people are busy nowadays want to grab some food quick, a buffet that is healthy is what people want.
There is a buffet at All India Sweets a few doors down, but is too spicy... and rice is always hard undercooked. A couple of their dishes are watery.... what can I say ??
The Dosa is the best meal to eat for those in a hurry and don't want curry!
The sweets are very good, especially the gulab jamon and the gelebi... okay, so I'm biased 'cause I like them the most.
I've been there with family and friends, and we consider it good value for quality food.
The restrooms could use some regular cleaning though!
this is one of favourite indian places in the city, falling in a close second behind the davie street all india. definately go for the vegetarian buffet. it's about $8.50- all you can eat and includes naan, rice, dessert and vareity of veggie dishes (dahl, chana masala, etc..) just be careful not to overeat.
have tried a lot of indian food in vancouver and found it laking, but himalaya is solid restaurant with a good buffet and decent spice (though i still found the curries in need of a little more indian heat).
and don't be fooled by the ambiance- while it too looks like an old dennies and is somewhat worn down, the food is amazing and the place is always full.
great place for good indian food at a good price.
Whenever I'm around Main Street around lunch I head over here. It is a decent buffet. I don't agree with the price, but it is not overpriced.
You usually find happy service. The buffet is usually full, sometimes there is a wait for Naan or Samosas.
I have had better Indian/Himalayan buffets in Vancouver, but it is the best for the price in the area. There is a Vegetarian one nearby that I have heard good things about, but I'm far from a Vegetarian.
this is one of my favourite Indian places!
Food- It's really good, but the best time to go is at lunch or on the weekends when the turnover is highest. Sometimes there's some old gunky looking stuff out, but meh, it's a buffet. I've come to expect it.
Service- It's a buffet primarily, so you don't need much help. The servers are always walking around if you need them, but you have to be willing to ask.
Value- One of the cheapest places on main. I can always get full for $10 and stay full for hours.
Ambiance- They're tearing the place apart! It's for the best though, the dining room is pretty skanky looking. But as I've said, it's a buffet and I go for the food not for an enchanted evening.
Perefctly located betwen my school and my house, I'm there almost once a week. Reading all the other reviews it looks like my stomach has love goggles on, but I don't care because it's tasty and cheap.
We came about 1:30-1:45 and choose the menu. Most of the food was cold or old, the bathrooms are disgusting. There is some sort of weird construction going on in the back, exposing dirty ceiling. The staff is cordial at best. Don't go there. A better place is across the street.
I live in Mexico and there is very little good curry down here (except for that which I make myself!) When I get up to Vancouver (every 2-3 years) this is one place I make a stop at every time! Good food, good value!