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India Bistro

1157 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1N2
Tel: (604) 684-6342 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Central

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Great Indian
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 11:15am [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a few times , twice in the past three weeks. The delicious smell of curry hits you as soon as you open the door. I must say they are very consistent. I love tandoori chicken and theirs is some of the best I have ever had. The right amount of spice, pipping hot and juicy, never dry. Quite the feat as I have had some very dry tandoori chicken at some places.

Their curries are delicious as well and always spiced the way you want it. If you want hot be warned , their hot really is hot. I also love their naan. Always order the garlic naan, hot and fresh.

As for service I have never had a problem. Usually there when you need them. For me, this is one of the best Indian Restaurants in Vancouver.

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Home delivery experience
By weremorro of van (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 3:23pm [Delivery]

My husband and I contemplated eating-in, but our son decided that he wanted to get take away. It had been a long day at work, so as long as I didn't have to cook I was fine. Plus, there was a wine bottle that had been eyeing me for a while..figured now would be a great time to open it.

The delivery took longer than expected, I had almost finished my glass when the doorbell rang. It had nearly been an hour, and starving would not even close to describe how desperate I was for food. The food was okay though, albeit a bit cold. The tandoori chicken, which is usually my favourite new dish, was a little spicy and lacking elsewhere. The rice order we made came a little unnecessary as the garlic naan garnered all the attention. It was delicious and fell short for the three of us. My son ordered the vindaloo at normal spice and found it to be very good. A perfect combination of spice and meat. For the price, I think it was a good take, although I would rather eat it hot and not have to re-heat.

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Our pick for date night
By mannyb of Van area (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

Dee and I are doing a thing to kind of help us bond/ spend more time together and tonight (well, yesterday night to be honest) it was date night. It was my turn to pick the restaurant of choice and so this is the product of it.

I dragged my fiancee to India Bistro yesterday because I wanted good curry and knew that if not now, then never. She was a bit hesitant at first because of the calories and whole "trying to stay fit" attitude but I somehow managed to convince her. Whether it was the weather or her tiredness, she caved in.

Lets just say that the leftovers still satisfied my tastebuds today. We had a banquet consisting of veggie samosas, chicken tikka, palak paneer, biryani and jogan rosh. The classics played well their part and delivered taste. The chicken blended magically with the spices and sauces and just dipping your spoon into it made you hungry. As for the jogan rosh? It was on fire, literally. Lamb and chills apparently make you feel the burn. The waiter watched me gulp down glass after glass of water. Dee also had trouble eating it despite having built a huge tolerance to spicy food.

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Could have been more spicy
By louie of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 1, 2016 - 9:53am [Dine in]

Walked in for their lunch buffet on a weekend. For it being 2 pm on a Saturday, there was a wait. I can take that as a good sign since it is a popular place (also, being West End and Davie, what more can you expect?) We didn’t wait too long for table for two which was nice.

I’m not new to Indian food but this is my first time at their lunch buffet. We ended up trying almost about everything. For it being $11.95 per person, it was pretty decent.

I did like a bunch of things but found the butter chicken to be a little under-spiced, something super common in Indian restaurants here to appease the Canadian tastes. Good thing is, chicken to sauce ratio was good. Even the rice (plain) alone was good enough to eat on its own. Water was always present, although I could handle the spices a lot of others seemed to really need it. I would give its buffet 8.5/10

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Butter chicken craving
By bevrh of richmond (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2016 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

I came to eat here yesterday to satisfy my girlfriend's butter chicken craving, and it did just that.

The place had an empty spot when we arrived (which is why I chose it to begin with) so we sat down immediately. We knew what we wanted: butter chicken for the lady, and some lamb for me. We also ordered some plain naan and rice.The food did not come out pretty quickly, and the restaurant was more than half full. I don't know whether I made a bad choice, but I must say that the butter chicken was immensely better than the lamb rogan josh I ordered. Still good enough to satisfy me for the next three hours in class though. It may not be the best Indian in town, but I'd probably say it was amongst the top in West End.

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First impressions date night
By jonesh19 of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 16, 2015 - 12:05am [Dine in]

I seriously don’t know what the hype is about this place, I have ordered before and didn't find the food so wow. So when by boyfriend and I had to change our plans and he suggested this place as the next best (and closest alternative) I wasn't particularly jumping up and down.

There was a 30 min wait minimum which further discouraged me, but seeing the food being served at the patio and the smells entering my famished system, I slowly started developing a liking (or a softer heart at least). One of the staff members started talking to us, and led us to the bar to make the waiting a little better.

After a couple of drinks, we finally got our coveted seat. Appies flew by, and on we were for the food. It was mattar paneer and chicken coconut with some naan to pair it with. The coconut was a suggestion from our waiter, and had this creamy texture that was very enticing. The meal didn't come out too bad for two, and we're thinking about coming back to try the buffet. Let's see how it goes!

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Second time is the charm?
By yellowcf of Mississauga (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2016 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

Had delivery from them once in my last visit and found their food to be decent in terms of sauce and taste. Not too over the top, but not flavourless and/or watered down either.

This time around, we checked out their locale for lunch. There was a buffet going on and we decided to give it a try. The restaurant looked clean and the number of people inside already ahead of us gave us confidence that the buffet would be good. Would have liked to have been the first ones in to get the food when it was freshly made.

Overall, the buffet was decent – flavours and sauces were really well balanced. I did find some taste lacking in the vegan/vegetarian dishes, but I my eyes were all in the chicken. Chicken tikka masala was wonderful and not overcooked to the point of being dry, which was a plus. Prices were fine for Vancouver standards.

I would give this place a 4/5

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Friday night take out
By nguyenp of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 9:01pm [Delivery]

Heard the rave about this place before and had never tried it out, some of my Indian friends said the buffet was really good so with a good word on it I took a leap of faith. Seemed like a safe Indian place and it had been a while since I had spicy hot food so I said "why not?" After my Friday night shift I decided to call in and order and just watch a movie to relax.

The person on the phone took my order rather quickly and even gave me suggestions. Not that I needed because I am all for the chicken tikka. I also got the chana chickpeas with rice to have some food for the next day. If only the delivery came as fast as the order.

The chicken tikka was alright but a little too unspicy, I must admit I was expecting more but maybe I should have ordered an extra level. Dunno if they make difference between the restaurant food and the one they deliver but I think a bit of taste was missing from the food.

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Our choice for Indian food
By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2015 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

A couple of friends and I decided to meet up for lunch to discuss some issues regarding our music and business ventures. We decided to try India Bistro because the buffet is an easy pick and tastes good. We came too late and by the time we got a seat it was over. Since one of our pals was craving Indian from the city, we decided to stick around and just order from the menu.

We ordered some drinks to begin with and the appys gave it a nice touch. Pakoras were very good, tasted even better than the samosas which is weird. As far as the menu is concerned, it is pretty standard in terms of selections - you can get what you normally do at Indian restaurants. We got the butter chicken which was a no brainer but the other dishes (lamb vindaloo and tandoori chicken) did not fall behind. The spiciness is not too much but the taste still manages to be there. The bill did not come out too expensive if you don't count the drinks.

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I got a fish curry - with a twist
By as_545 of surrey bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 2:00am [Dine in]

We walked in on a Friday at around opening time only to find the restaurant almost empty. It was pretty early for authentic curries, but our hunger got the best of us and we just went for it.

There was an open buffet going on, but we decided to skip it and order straight from the menu. Having been to countless Indian restaurants before, we knew exactly: garlic naan, fish curry (or at least that’s what I understood from the server) and some aloo gobi.

We started off our meal with some drinks while we waited for the food to arrive. The first to come was obviously the naan, which was delicious. The fish curry came medium spicy, which was great to still feel the flavor, but not get overwhelmed with the taste and have to be constantly resorting to your drink to bring down the level of spiciness. It was a little different from what we are used to, because it was brought in a different kind of preparation, but whatever they did made it extremely tasty. This goes without saying, but the aloo gobi was on point, as always.

Overall, it was a very gratifying meal. The taste of the fish curry, although different to what I have usually experienced, did wonders to our meal. A great way to stretch the limits of my experience with Indian cuisine.

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An All you can eat that you can actually eat
By michwilliams of vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

For a place that advertises themselves as having an all you can eat lunch buffet, it is pretty good. The food did not look soggy or old and untasty. There's lots of places that are close to university which are cheaper but this one takes the cake for the food. The chicken curry is delicious - I love the fact that they have made the sauce thick and consistent and not too watery. I got the low spicy level and still managed to enjoy the taste. My roomie opted for the aloo gobhi and eggplant and found an array of vegan dish dishes to try from. The dine-in menu can be a off our budget to make it a regular place to eat, but for the lunch buffet or daily deals it is good enough.

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AYCE Indian buffet
By radsah34 of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

Decided to try out the lunch buffet at India Bistro. Every day they offer an all you can eat. I headed at there at about 1pm. As hungry as I was, the line up and fullness of the place made me believe that I was going in for a joyride.

After talking to a couple of people, I headed out to serve myself. The buffet selection is decent, at the least. A mix for both vegan and non-vegans alike, it is a meal to please everyone. You can find vegetarian curries and meat curries as well. I went conventional and served myself some butter chicken.

The chicken was great. Not too spicy, and not too cooked. Just perfect. I loved going back for a second helping. The rest was okay, but the chicken really stood out for me. Good for going on an empty stomach.

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Service lesson to be learned here
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2015 - 9:11am [Dine in]

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.

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Accidental Take out
By dreww_ of North Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:47am [Take-out]

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.

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Lunch buffet success
By autwrn of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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This Place is Always a Good Deal
By nhvangurl of Kitsilano (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good Value Lunch
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 5, 2007 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great Service, Outstanding Food
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

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.

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Best Indian Restaurant Hands Down
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

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.

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Dine here if you're afraid to leave the West End for Indian Cuisine
By sushiman989 of East Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

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.

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