India Gate is Downtown's oldest Indian restaurant which specializes in North Indian cuisine.
The sour lassie smelled like sulphur and was missing all kinds of flavor (salt and cumin). The limp salad on an ice-cold plate was obviously pre-portioned and sitting in a fridge way too long. The main dish, vegetarian thali, was actually quite good. The place is old and greasy inside and they really need a make-over.
I went to India Gate for the first time two weeks ago. I ordered Shahi Paneer, which was advertised as chunks of cheese cooked in a rich gravy. What I got looked like blenderized tofu, no gravy, and no taste. I was completely disappointed. My companions ordered chicken, and told me that their food was bland and over-cooked.
The washroom was like going outside. The bathroom, painted canary yellow, has a door in the men's stall that only covers the small room from top to about 3 feet off the ground: just enough so that you can't see out, but just enough so that if someone walks into the washroom they have a complete view of you. The water was freezing.
The service was poor. The waiter looked like he wasn't even awake.
Food rating: 1. If there were a zero, I'd use it.
Service rating: 1. Again, so poor it's not worth discussing.
Value rating: 1. I was charged 15 dollars (before tax and tip) for a plate of over-cooked rice, frozen peas and blenderized something-or-other. Not worth it at any price, but certainly not for the price I paid.
Ambiance rating: 1, though could be a 2 if they were a little cleaner.
Basically, India Gate is a greasy spoon but the food isn't good enough to call it that. I won't be going back.
Okay, I have a distant memory of this place. I don't expect ambiance in an indian rest. but this was dingy to the point of being a deterrent and made me wonder about the kitchen cleanliness if the dining room was that bad. In any case, if the food was amazing I would have returned but it was only mediocre. Head a few blocks west for better indian on robson.
I cook indian food at home, and I can tell the difference between a meal prepared from fresh ingredients and one that largely comes from a jar. At this place, I tasted a lot of the jar in the main dishes. Plus, too much salt and butter for me in all 3 main dishes that my wife and I shared. The naan bread was even a little doughy in the center. (first time I've seen that!).
The servers were very presentable and hospitable, but somewhat uncommunicative.
In short, cheap food for unjustified prices. Personally, I could have done without the great service for the same quality food at a cheap takeout, for probably about 1/3 the cost.
We were looking for a good India resturant in downtown Vancouver, and a friend suggested India Gate. We ordered the Rogan Josh (lamb curry), and a creamy Dhal (forget the name, but only lentil dish on menu). Both these dishes were served with rice. We also ordered a garlic naan.
Well the lamb was passable. Not as good as we have had but okay. It went downhill from there. The Dhal was tasteless, and the naan was a disgrace - more like a thin crust pizza with no garlic taste and oily. The rice was okay.
Service was okay, and ambiance was okay. Don't know what happened here. Was it the chefs night off, but really there is no excuse. We won't be going back.