If you have a craving for Indian food, the Oven is sure to hit the spot! Located on Maple and 4th, the restaurant has been a kitsilano institution for over a decade. From creamy kormas, to tangy vindaloos, to flavorful masalas, to sizzling tikkas, we got it all.
The Oven is a hidden gem: it occupies the second floor of the building, and you can easily miss it, unless you look up and make your way up two flights of stairs. Once you are here, however, the view of downtown and the mountains will be a pleasant surprise.
Today I had a late lunch at the Indian Oven on Fourth Avenue. I decided to order two appetizers - paneer pakoras and veggie samosa - and mango lassi. The mango lassi was so sickly sweet it was like a milkshake. The paneer pakoras looked unappetizing and tasted bland like deep-fried bars of something white. I was able to finish only half of them. I asked the waitress what kind of milk paneer was made of… cow, goat, what? She didn't know. I asked her to ask the cook, who said he didn't know, but that he orders it in. They don't know much the food they serve? Whoa! Within half an hour, I noticed a stench around me. It was me! It was the worst body odour imaginable. I never have body odour, so it was obviously the result of eating the questionable food I ate at Indian Oven. Yuck!
I come here often since its close by.
Their chicken tikka masala is the best I have ever had. So is their palak paneer.
Their fish curry is a must miss though, overcooked and so salty.
Once I came with 8 people and they actually used the same sauce for 4 different dishes, thinking we wouldn't notice. we did, but didn't say anything because it was good and we didn't want to seem like a**holes.
their naan and rice are a total rip off so I get takeout, which is a larger serving that what they serve in the dining room (tip).
Delivery is always quick, hot and delish!
Their butter chicken isn't on our list of favourites but their lamb korma rocks! Their chicken vindiloo, tandoori chicken and samosas are YUM! You must have their spinach naan bread! They even deliver dessert! The mango ice-cream with pistachios and almonds is mouthfuls of sugary goodness.
The delivery guy is always friendly. We've only ever had delivery here and walked by the place a few times; so, one of these days, we're going to have to actually go into this place for dinner.
My first visit to indian oven , not a bad experience , i went to this restaurant with my 2 friend. first we were in mood to dine in but as it was getting late we had take out. food was cooked very fast. very quick staff. we were greeted very warmly by indian lady. nice statues in restaurant too . after paying bill which was no too much and not too less also , we found our dishes were tasty and good portion, but bhindi were most home less. cant chew even. only bad part.
rest every thing was fine. will there soon , and will recommend it , hope next time bhindi is good ,
Was searching through this site when I settled on ordering from Indian Oven for dinner last night for the family. I eat Indian frequently -- most often when I travel to the UK. Looking for a decent Vancouver equivalent, I picked up the phone and placed my delivery order. Overall, the food was quite good. We ordered the Lamb Vindaloo, Butter Chicken, Aloo (potato and peas...forgot the rest of the name), and Garlic Naan. The order was around $40, arrived in 30 minutes, was well packaged and hot. The flavor of all of the dishes was great -- nothing out of this world but for delivery I doubt you could do much better. This morning, the leftovers were as good as last night. :)
Overall, I recommend the food for delivery.
Last night, my girlfriend and I had a craving for Indian food, so we decided to order in. After riffling through our various take-out menus, we decided on Indian Oven, because of the lower minimum order compared to other Indian resturants ($25). We ordered two butter chickens, one hot and one mild, and several pieces of naan bread. We were told it would arrive in 40-45 minutes, which seemed fair, and the food arrived piping hot and on time, about 40 minutes later. We've never dined in at the particular restaurant, but we were pleasantly surprised by both the quality and portions of the entrees. The butter chicken was delicious, the hot was properly hot, and the mild properly mild. The substantial portions were actually more than we could finish, and well worth the wait and money (12.95 per entree, and 1.75 for each naan). My only complaint is that the naan seemed a bit on the doughy side, not as light and fluffy as I'm accustomed to.
The restaurant was able to accomodate our group, approximately 20 people.
Service was good.
I was surprised to find out that the main course did not include rice and naan with the meal.
Basically if you order a meat or vegetarian dish, you still had to order rice and naan bread to accompany your meal. Unless that's what you want, I prefer to eat rice with my Indian meal.
Otherwise, my lamb masala was delicious. The lamb was very tender, and the portion was good. I had a glass of wine with my meal and the bill was reasonable. And the rest of the guests enjoyed their meal. There was one guests who did not enjoy their bbq chicken, stated it wasn't tender.
But, I would go dine here again.
Ever since the wonderful Delhi Darbar closed, we've been looking for a suitable replacement. Although not at the same high level of taste and quite a bit more costly, Indian Oven does comes the closest. After hearing all the raves about the butter chicken, we found that dish bland and uninspiring. The chicken tikka masala was quite good, however, as were the onion bhaji, raita and naan. Until the Delhi Darbar reincarnates elsewhere, I guess Indian Oven will have to do.
I was craving butter chicken and on this cold, wet, rainy night, and opted for delivery. We ordered two dishes, one of them being Butter Chicken.
I was quite surprised to find it smoky - I've had butter chicken all over town and I've never had it taste smoky before. Very strange.
The Malai Kofta was pretty tasty, and the paneer pakoras were good as well.
Really really disappointed in the butter chicken though. I ended up throwing it out and sharing my friend's Kofta instead. We ordered enough naan that it was enough (portions are large).
Value wise, it's a bit on the pricy side ($50 for dinner for two people) but we're both full and didn't have to leave the house.
I rated everything as 3 - Solid, as I don't think anything was 'outstanding' or 'incredible', but for delivery Indian food, it was solid (minus the butter chicken).
Delivery was within the stated 45 minute timeline.
I may order from here again, but I'm going to avoid the butter chicken.
I had ordered delivery from Indian Oven once before and found the food decent; tonight I did not get that far. I placed an order for myself that met their $25 minimum delivery standard and provided a VISA number for payment. I received a call back a short time later to ask if I would pay by cash instead since it was such a small amount and would save the driver a trip back to the restaurant with the credit card slip. I explained that I did not have any cash hence the use of a credit card in the first place. The disappointed employee reluctantly ended the call. Had I been depending on a credit card because I had a negative cash flow as opposed to simply no cash on hand I might have been deeply insulted and was nevertheless annoyed by the poor customer service. I called back and cancelled my order and will now look elsewhere.
Being from west bengal, and growing up on indian food most of my life I'm always looking for a taste of home. I discovered the indian oven last year and have found my self routinely selecting it for take out, over other indian restraunts in vancouver. The Indian oven specializes mostly in north indian cuisine, which is quite common among Indian restaurants in north america. The indian ovens curry is something that I was less than impressed with. Given the time and preparation it takes to make curry fresh, it is quite difficult to prepare in a restraunt environment. However, the tandoori/tikk/kebab specialties of this restaurant are far above most of the other restaurants in west part of vancouver. Simply because they actually have a tandoor oven, which many of the other restraunts do not.
The texture and taste of tandoori depend directly on this oven.
If one is looking for a authentic indian dining experience, take heed of the name.
Having grown up eating Indian food, with parents being chefs and having lived in India - this place is not very authentic. That said, the food is good - not outstanding or anything out of the ordinary. We had 1/2 tandori chicken and bhuna ghost - both good. Nan lacked the 'it' - it was a little dry and heavy.
For what, and how much they serve, I found the menu to be quite pricey - as is the case with all place in Vancouver.
The service was nothing to comment on, the owners themselves should be ashamed. Our sever, was not Indian and didn't seem knowledgeable about the food, spicyness - and said she doesn't eat Indian food. She didn't refill our water, ask us if we wanted more nan, or roti and ignore us the entire night - chitchatting with other servers at the front of the restaurant.
If you want to eat here - get take away. I can't deal with service like this.
My girlfriend and I had been craving some Indian food (especially Ras Malai for dessert) for awhile, and we saw that the Indian Oven had good reviews here. We went for dinner, and either it was an off night or the restaurant is overhyped.
We ordered the Daal Amritsari and some dish that resembled Palak Panir, except without the Panir and with vegetable pakoras.
We also had an order of roti and pratha - one piece each for $2 or $3.
The two entrees that we ordered were EXTREMELY salty, and overpriced for their size. I think the curries at "Curry Express" at Lansdowne Centre are more tolerable (not to mention a lot cheaper) than the meal we had at the Indian Oven.
The service started out fine, but once we got our food, the servers totally ignored us. We ran out of bread & water, and all we had left was curry so we wanted to order some rice... we had to wait 15-20 mins for service.
We've had dinner here a half dozen times, trying various dishes on each occasion. They've all been very good, very flavorful. Examples: Lamb vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, malai kafta, palak chana, all in wonderful spicy sauces. The portions are large by Vancouver standards. The quality of the lamb and chicken used in the dishes seemed very high: In other words, low gristle factor with tender and tasty meat. Indian Oven also offers about twenty vegetarian choices. The service is very friendly and prompt, but not overly so. The decor is definitely nothing to write home about but certainly adequate. Apparently not too many people know about this place because there's never a wait and usually the dining room is half empty. So at least, for now, it's one of our favorite spots to enjoy a quiet dinner.
Having moved from England, we're always on the lookout for a decent curry. The Indian Oven is just that. Slightly pricier than other curry places we've tried, the Chicken Tikka Masala had all the right ingredients including lots of chicken!
The service could have been a little better, a bit slow and my plate was warmed but my partner's was cold.
The ambience wasn't great but we were there early on a Friday. The decor is nice although the room seems too large and feels a bit like a smart dining hall.
We've also had takeout from there which appeared to be a little oily.
Apart from that though, its the best Chicken Tikka Masala we've found so far on our Best of Indian Hunt!
Whenever we dine here or get take-out here we always get the same few things:
As far as authenticity goes, this place has gotten a few bad reviews from people who claim to know Indian cuisine really well. I'm no expert in Indian cuisine, and neither is my boyfriend, but the food tastes pretty darn good to us. My boyfriend gets a craving for this place every month or so, and it always satisfies. I don't doubt the other reviewers' experiences or knowledge, but I'll just add that when one of my friends visited from out of town, I brought him here and he judged the food to be very authentic and high in quality. He's an Indian guy, and also something of a chef himself, so I believe him.
I do agree that sometimes the service can be a tad flaky. They are generally very nice and friendly, but sometimes slow to fill water. The room is huge with high ceilings and not very Indian in feel, but still comfortable.
Overall, decent value, and good hearty food.
Indian oven has smaller portions than I am used to at Indian restaurants, but the food is also higher quality. For about 11-14 dollars you basically get a small pot of curry, meat or whatever dish you order. Naan and rice are extra.
I ordered a veggie dish- everyone else at the table ordered chicken which was delicious. You can pick the level of spicyness for each dish from mild, medium, hot to "Indian Hot"...I thought the hot was spicy, but fairly mild by most Indian food standards.
Overall a pretty good restuarant- a little pricey for what you get but it's good food.
I am always happy whenever I order from Indian Oven. The malai kofta (vegetarian) is awesome and the muttar paneer is great too. It's always good food and never fail. I find the service to be really good and have even seen them adjust things to our likings just by our body language. They waitresses come often, and the people there are really friendly. My friends all like the butter chicken there too a lot of people say its the best butter chicken in town! The veggie food is great too!
Good food to share with friends. If you think Indian cuisine is all about spicy food then you are wrong. They have a couple of mild dishes for the not so venturous. I often find myself swiping food from my friend's dishes because everything tastes so good and have you wanting more. A little over priced since the price for the meat dishes doesn't include rice. A order of meat dish and rice will cost you around $15 before tax. The portions are small for the price, but damn they taste good.
Spinach Naan Bread
Went several ties with friends from outta town. Was always a succes. The places has always a table available, food seems to be fresch, cilantro is delicious.
the appies are well sized and the pakora crispy. The very diverse curry varieties are all very tasty. A reasonable choice for a decent, unpretentious and relaxed evening.