India Bistro offers a menu of North Indian cuisine.
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.
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
Being new to Vancouver I visited India Bistro on a recommendatio from a friend. Overall I was very impressed with the decor, service & food. Manager was friendly and a great host, food was top nosh and value for price was spot on.
In comparison to Curry Houses in England I thought India Bistro would give any one in Broad Street (Curry Mile) a run for their money.
Great place, will definately visit again.
We ate here around 2pm today for the buffet and i gotta say that the butter chicken tasted like cardboard...it was DRY. pretty much everything looked 5 hours old and the guy working there confirmed it. I've been to other indian buffets on main and they routinely refill their buffets with fresh food. When I complained to the waitress she told the guy and he came over and I asked him if he would make a new one and if he tasted it himself so he can see how dry it is he said "no...we make it fresh every morning...you are the first person to complain about it" He repeated himself three times about the fresh every morning thing..hmmmm...
So assuming that the buffet stuff was cooked ONLY in the morning, that makes the food 5 hours old??? he didn't even apologize about it, he just told me to go and eat something else off the buffet. =(
I didn't bother, all I had was just a few bites of the mushroom salad and our pockets are out $19.15 for two.
Besides all that..the selection is poor, flavours are bland, the service is a disgrace and I'll never set foot in here again.
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.
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!
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
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My friend told me about this restaurant. I tried it out and it was just fabulous.
Best India food i have ever had. The food was yummy, i mean really yummy. The fish curry was amazing. They actually have like a real clay oven that they make the naan in.People you must try it out. If you enjoy Indian food this is the place to be. Very good service also. Good staff . Im definately coming back for more.
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.
Both me and my friend visited India Bistro over the weekend. We were very impressed. The food was finger licking good. The Methi Chicken with the naan roti was too good. The server was very polite and did a great job explaining the menu to us. The Aloo Gobi was fantastic- i even ordered some to go. The place was packed and happening. cozy and relaxed ambience. A nice warm welcome by the host. Service was on time. Great Indian Food. I will go back again & again & again.
S.Dukic from North Vancouver.
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.
Had dinner at India Bistro last night. We were off to a good start, with a warm welcome by the genial host at the front entrance. The interior of the restaurant has a a nice ambiance, very cozy. I liked the food (channa masala, naan, basmati rice) and there was a good selection of wine, beer, and cocktails to choose from.
But the service was awful. The waiter (while fussing over the table of four next to me) completely ignored me. He delivered my food and never once checked back with me, even when I pushed my empty glass all the way to the edge of the table as a clue that I wanted another. One other minor issue: I found the menu difficult to read. Someone tried to be too artsy in layiing it out. Tip to restaurant owners: Clarity and readability are key elements in menu design.