India Bistro offers a menu of North Indian cuisine.
J, her hubby and their son stopped in while enjoying the sunny Vancouver weather. For an early dinner, the place was packed. After a good half an hour wait, we finally managed to get a seat. Normally I wouldn't feel the wait but the kiddo was really getting worked up about not getting served. Really want to thank the server for being comprehensive and talking to him all the while. Brownie points for that!
Once we were seated, things moved rather quickly. Our order was taken and appys started arriving. For the first time, I liked the pakoras over the samosas. Kudos to the one who recommended it. J and I especially enjoyed our chicken methi. It was probably one of the best I've had in a while.
More than the food, the service was excellent. The waiter was patient with us, even when the kid spilled all his drink on his shirt. Water constantly refilled was probably a sign from J who found the food a bit too spicy.
We had a pretty good meal here on Monday with a couple of my co-workers. I am no first-timer here, but what first captivates you of India Bistro is the ambience. Nicely decorated but kind of small, it worked. Where we get seated didn't really matter. Keeping our voices down wasn't really a speciality.
The food is made to perfection each time, I have yet to catch them serving something half-hearted. Portion sizes justify the price. The naan is soft and pillowy, and their chicken dishes are superb. But what really blew us away this time was the rasmalai. Thanks to the persuasion of the waiter, one of my co-workers finally tried it out. His tricks to adding water or milk to make it more edible for others.
Having ordered from JustEat in the past and content with the food and service (delivery boy brought it on time despite our mess up on the address), we decided to head out for dinner here. We thought Monday night would be good enough in terms of finding a seat and not having to wait in line for too long but when we arrived it was a whole different picture. Speaking to the staff, we figured it would be at least an hour before we got a table, which would be too late for us. We ended up going for take out and taking the food back to our apartment.
It was the turn for fish masala, aloo gobi and rice pulao this night. I'm not a big fan of the fish masala but since it was ready we just went for it. Funnily enough, it turned out to be the most tasty of the two dishes. The portions actually lasted us two days so we were happy. For $31, it was a great deal.
This place is the standard when it comes to serving quality lunch buffets. We came for lunch at 1 pm on Saturday and there was a bit of a wait. A good sign as it is a popular place, and since we were not famished we just waited it out.
I am not new to Indian food at all and order take-out quite often, but since my aunt was visiting from out of town I decided to take her some place nice and eat in. India bistro was a safe bet; you can’t go wrong with the food served here. The food is always prepared fresh and doesn't overdose on spices. My aunt tried almost everything and helped herself to second servings while I just kept it conservative with the butter chicken. I would highly recommend it for people looking for a more than decent lunch option.
The negative reviews about the India Bistro surprise me. The lunch buffet at $8.95 was good value. We went at 12.15PM and the food was fresh, varied and tasty. Not the best Indian food I have eaten but not the worst by a long way. The restaurant was clean and the server polite and helpful. For a quick West End lunch I would recommend this place to others. It was my third time there and the food has been consistently good.
From the moment we walked into the India Bistro, we felt very welcomed and the service was very attentive. When I asked about the lamb dishes, the manager asked questions about what I liked and made a fantastic recommendation based on my answers.
We started with the samosas, which although quite small, were packed with flavour and served piping hot. The accompanying sauce was a fantastic complement to the samosas.
For our entrées, we chose the butter chicken and the lamb methi. I've had butter chicken many times before and this was one of my favourites. I think it could have had a few more pieces of chicken, but the portion was still quite generous. I noticed the dishes actually have little tealights under them to keep the food warm - a great idea - you can enjoy your meal at a decent pace without the food going cold.
The lamb methi is now a new favourite of mine - the lamb itself was very tender and flavourful, and the curry & garlic sauce was outstanding. The basmati rice was very nice, seasoned with spices - a welcome change from standard fare (plain rice). I also really liked the garlic naan which was served warm and packed with garlic.
I will definitely come back here to try a few more of their dishes.
All the dishes are great at this place. I'd go only for the lunch buffet as the value is awesome - I believe it's something like $11 per person or something. Selection of items is decent and the Butter Chicken is yum yum yum!!! I believe the Naan is unlimited as well - at least we've never been told there's a limit.
I would avoid dinner as it can get pricey. The portions are smaller than the typical East Indian Restaurants, which are pretty damn small to begin with, so you'd definitely need to order like you're ordering tapas dishes.
Ambiance - Interesting decor, looking like a movie set out of The Arabian Nights.
Service - They did not fill our water at all. We ordered a bottle of wine and they keep pouring our wine glasses up to the top. We feel like they are rushing us (or they were). They try to buss our table as quickly as possible so that you will pay the bill and get out of there. One more suggestion, smile should be free.
Food - I have to say is average. Don't get me wrong, food is good but ... is average good. It didn't leave an impression stamp in my head.
Overall - When it comes to food, I am a pretty easy marker. But there are better Indian Food out in West End like "All India" which is just across the street. Also one more note, we ordered a bottle of white wine which they suggested to be their exceptionally well rounded white wine for spicy food. With tax it works out to be $50 and BOY, we had a big disappointment.
I first discovered this place when a friend and I were on our way to another restaurant. We decided to go here before we got to the other one and I can honestly say it was a good idea to do so.
The food is great, albeit the servings are a little on the small side when it comes to appetizers. As for service, it's been hit and miss for me. Sometimes the server is quite pleasant and other times I've had a server that was pretty cold.
Overall though, I still come to this place for good eats. Looove the extra spicy butter chicken!
I ate here with some people from work. The server was rather surly and suggested that we go for the buffet even though half our group wanted to order off the menu. The buffet was average with series of generic Indian dishes and little for dessert. The a la carte food was slightly better although it took nearly 30 minutes to arrive. The decor is ok though. The main drawback was the servers attitude and poor service after our initial seating. I won't be back since I'd rather make the trek to Main Street or Commercial any day.
We went out for some indian food tonight after craving it for a week.... this place had great reviews and was suggested by someone we asked at a local gelato shop. We had some potatoe stuffed naan and garlic naan which we both very very good. We had some veggie samosas which were very uniquely wrapped and very good. Our main courses were nice but could have been a bit spicer. We definatly got our moneys worth and were very happy and full when we left. The servers were very friendly and helpful. Definatly worth a try for good indian food!!!
We have been happy and well-fed customers of the India Bistro for many years and would like to echo the praise so many have for this wonderful little gem on Davie Street. The people who own and run this restaurant actually care if you are having a great dining experience! They are kind and helpful, engaging in conversation without being intrusive, and well versed on the history and preparation of the dishes.
Asking a question or specifying preferences will get you exactly what you want to eat. The quality is consistent, regardless of whether it is lunch time at the buffet or an evening dinner party for a birthday party. The staff are very, very pleasant and it is a pleasure to be so warmly received and richly fed in such an interestingly furnished room...
We knew nothing of Indian food or spice before becoming customers and are now very happy to have more knowledge every time we visit.
Our family has an amazing time. The restaurant was very busy and the music was very nice. We were welcomed by a nice gentleman who seated us and explained the menu to us. The food was very delicious and we just loved the butter naan, th laasi, and the tandoori chicken. I must say we eat a lot of east indian food but this place just amazed us. I know for sure we are going be regulars at this place. The servers were very polite and our food came out hot and sizzling. Its the best indian food i have had in Vancouver. This place is a must try. Just make sure you tell them how hot you want the food. Here are some tps, try the butter naan, butter chicken, the daal is smashing and the fish is rocking.
Bruce and Samantha Damask & Family.
Cant say enough about the food! The minute i called to the moment i finished eating the experience was fantastic!
Food was great quality...I asked for extra hot, and got it just the way i like it. The desert and Naan was done to perfection as well
Will be back when i am back in Vancouver
Just ordered two butter chicken. One was extra spicy for my wife, which she absolutley loved, a little too hot for me. My Medium spice was perfect. The Naan bread was so good. I have never had better basmati rice, so fluffy and delicious!! KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO!!!!!
This place is a must try for all those that crave good East Indian food.Lots to choose from on the menu. The Chicken Biryani was just too good. Try the Butter naan with butter chicken and the nice indian salad with tamarind chutney on it. The laasi and the tea were also very.....let me see how do i discribe them....authentically Indian. This was our first time at this restaurant and i know that the next time we come to Vancouver we are definately coming back. The staff was very helpful in explaining the menu. The owner Kamal was very nice and welcomed us very warmly. I wish he could open India Bistro in Kelowna. My wife and i would eat there just about every night. Thank you Kamal and all the India Bistro staff was making this an evening to remember..
Damian & Samantha Wall From Kelowna BC.
This place is one of my favorite place. The service is also really good. The food is incredibly delicious and reasonably priced. The service is always great. The food although nothing too unique is pretty consistent and good. We always try to head out here for staff birthday lunches. A great place to go to after shopping at Metrotown.
Took the in-laws out for some food over the weekend . Ended up at his nice cozzzzy Indian restaurant called India Bistro(on Davie Street). They were very nice to my famiy and friendly with my young kids. We are vegetarians they had great options for us. The naan bread was just amazing best naan ive had. My wife enoyed the mixed vegetable dish. The place was lit with candles, the staff was helpful, the surroundings were very comfortable. I felt the food was well priced. We ended the night with some indain tea. We had to wait about 5 mins to be seated , but at the end the wait was worth it all. We are definaely going to back there. Chris
I ordered the mutar paneer and the peas in the dish were not cooked properly. I told the server and she got the manager to come over and I told him about the peas and he assured me that they were fully cooked. But I asked to have the dish replaced and he declined and said that he would not replace the dish unless I pay for the second dish. He told me that I can take it home if I want. Why in the world would I want to take it home when it was disgusting.
Ordered online through yummyweb.
They didn't call me, after 20 minutes I called them. The man talking the order tells me after he quickly confirms order after I've been on hold for 5 minutes that there will be an additional $4.00 added to my purchase for an 1.80 km delivery distance. Ok Fine, I'll pay, I really want Indian food. I request riata, butter chicken, Veggie pakora ($5.95) and a side of rice.
The delivery was quick, I'll grant it that. The driver comes in I give him (stupidly) a more than $5.00 tip (on top of the $4.00 delivery fee, as I am a generous person). He leaves I open the bag and find that for $5.95 I have recieved only 6 peice of pakora, 6!!! Are you Kidding me! A dollar each for little peices of deep fried veggies)!??! Ok, I put rice onto a plate, and the butter chicken on top of that. I open the Riata to find it is (riata is yogurt) lumpy and I believe by the white chucks, curdled. Nonetheless I have to throw out my first plate of food not wanting to potentially ingest rotten riata.
I would not recommend this place to anyone. I am the guy that never complains when my food is wrong at a restaurant and still gives a tip knowing its not the waitresses fault that the kitchen sucks.
Please don't eat here, very depressing and dissapointing.