Jambo Grill offers the tastes of four continents, Iran, India, Africa, & Canada. The ingredients, tastes, & style of cooking are influenced by each of these unique places. Made to order dishes with only the finest ingredients & 100% Halal Meats.
I took my two children here (ages four and two) as they like Indian food (particularly chicken and rice).
I ordered two chicken tikki from the "children's menu" - the price was around $9 each. The dishes came with chicken tikki and fries. I asked the waitress if I could have them substitute rice. The waitress advised that there would be a $3 charge EACH for this substitution. Huh??? We are talking about a 1/2 cup of rice here per plate. This was not "in addition" to the fries - this was to "substitute the fries". In any event - I ended up ordering a side dish of rice ($2.75) which was more rice than what they would have substituted for both plates combined. Frankly - the substitution of rice for fries should have been gratis.
The food itself is served piping hot and is wonderfully flavoured. I really enjoyed it.
The service was slow - it took well over 1/2 hour for our food to arrive. I will forgive them as it appeared to be freshly made.
The total bill for two children's dishes, a vegetarian combo plate and a pitcher of Lassi was $45. This was by no means a "bargain meal" and it became less so because of the inflexibility of allowing a substitute of basic starch.
This restaurant might want to consider that there are fewer of us who are willing to dine mid-week during the economic downturn and there IS competition. I personally will not be back to this restaurant simply because it is too expensive for what I received.
Mrs. C and I wanted to try something different, and the reviews on this site were intriguing. Plus we checked out the web page for the restaurant. We found the place easily (it is next to the Raja theater), and we ventured in. The place is really big, and looked nice inside with comfortable seating, etc. They were playing an eclectic variety of music at a reasonable volume. The overall ambiance was good. Okay, the w/c could have been cleaner.
I ordered the flavorful mogo pili pili as our appy (cassava french fries, fried in a hot sauce), and we had mango lassi and chai. Both beverages were tasty. For mains Mrs. C went with the chicken tikka Caesar, and I had chicken curry. We had naan bread and rice and a side of coconut chutney.
The food was okay, but except for the mogo it didn't really impress. I could have had better Indian food at lots of other places. The service was well-intentioned, but scattered and glacially slow. Our mains arrived over about 25 minutes, and in no particular order. Example: My curry arrived 15 minutes before the rice. Still the server was friendly and didn't seem malicious.
Overall I would say it was a mixed experience. I might go back if they get their act together.
This is some sort of Indian style African (Kenyan?) food I think. After reading all the reviews here, we were all prepared for questionable service.
Luckily for us, no such issues. We got pretty decent attention, given what kind of place it is, and it wasn't empty. Didn't have to wait too long for anything and they took our orders quite promptly and responded to our requests. Hopefully our experience will not be unique in the future.
The place is, well, it's no fine diner, but it's decent enough and relatively clean.
The food, hey, can't complain there! It's quite satisfying and the stuff we ordered, well, we haven't seen in any other restuarant in town yet. There's a lot of meat type dishes (steaks, ribs, etc but it is not North American style) and some, what would appear to be African style Indian curries? Who cares, it's all yummy anyways.
It's definitely worth a 1st trip and probably a 2nd and 3rd just to be able to sample all the goodies.
Another place I wanted to try after hearing some good things about them. The food was only okay, not super memorable. It was different, but reminded me a lot of stuff I ate at Simba's Grill. We tried the Appetizer Combo- Mogo, Beef Samosa, Chicken Samosa, Veggie Samosa, 2 Daal Kachoris, 2 Fried Kabobs served w/ Coconut Chutney and the Mishkaki - 10oz of sirloin beef marinated in herbs & tandoori sauce. I think my husband enjoyed the food more than me. Anything spicy is his cup of tea. While Jambo Grill had some good features, like colourful menu and friendly service, the food was only meh for me.
Went here for dinner on weeknight and the restaurant was not too busy. Good food and service was bit slow. Many choices and we stuck to grill items rathe than trying the curry. Had a couple of their appys and they were good. Samoas were good and mogo was excelllent. Had the chiken tika and miskaka beef skewers and they were both good. Had a Mango lassi and that was also good. Too bad they don't serve any alcohol. All of this food came to about 65 dollars which is expensive for indian/african food.
We were craving some Kebabs, Cassava (Mogo) and Tamarind Chutney and the Jambo Grill did not dissappoint. The food was well prepared and competitively priced. Service was attentive and the place is nicely appointed. Staff was pleasant.
The Mogo (Fried Cassava sprinkled with Chili and seasonings) was great and the Ground Beef Kebabs were tasty. Chiken Tikka was good and the everything we ordered was quickly devoured.
We have been back since but the place was full and we could not get in so be sure to make a reservation on holidays or special occasions like Mother's Day.
Stephen Harper ate here, and you see a couple of photos of him posing with the Jambo Grill people as you walk in the door. I asked our hostess what he ordered, and she said butter chicken. Butter chicken..of course. He's a conservative, after all. I'm sure it's good, but I suggest being liberal when you come here, because they have an interesting and unique menu featuring many Indian foods, but also going beyond India into the realm of Africa, with some fusion going on. If you want butter chicken, there are hundreds of places to go in Vancouver. But if you want to try something really special, well... today I discovered a new-favourite restaurant food in Vancouver. Favourite of the month, perhaps, but still the current favourite. It's called Bhel Puri, and it can be found in its glory at Jambo Grill. It's a big Indian-style salad, vibrant with colours, textures, and flavours. There's puffed rice in there, something crunchy made from chickpeas, cilantro, green onion, white onion, a kind of crunchy noodle, some peanuts, and more, mixed together with a delicious curry-esque dressing, and served cold in a heap. So wonderful. The other foods we tried were standard Indian, with my vegetarian thali South Indian in influence. The stand-out of the thali was the yogurt pudding, a large bowl of something resembling rice pudding, but creamier, tangier, and very delicious. The best part about this place? It's a 5-minute walk from the place where I stay when I go to Vancouver. I'll be back.
Very nice Indian food,although I found some "African" dishes on the menu-I didn't try them.
The portion seem a bit on the small side and the prices are on the high side:(
The curries are very nice as well as their lamb Kebab, but after I finnished my meal I was still hungry...not a good sign, as I am not a big guy at all!
This restaurant has a great selection of Indian influenced East African food as well as the usual East Indian favorites. Great service too. The food is quite delicious and I particularly like the mojos. This restaurant is usually packed in the evenings so expect the watiers to be harried. Will be back.
• Food: Some of the dishes undoubtedly taste good. But I can guarantee you a 13 dollar dish will not be enough to fill your tummy.
I’m a big fan of their chicken seekh kebab platter with the red sauce they have on the table. It’s delicious. But all they give is 2 skewers of kebabs with some fries.
We also ordered chicken tikka. It’s supposed to be soft and spicy but it was tough and some what like flavoured rubber. I’ve had much better chicken tikkas in all other places.
Their fries are really good. That’s all my boy friend ate from there. He didn’t like any of the dishes.
• Service: The server had a smirk heer face all the time. It was grossly annoying.
• Value: VALUE?? WHAT VALUE this place a complete rip off.
• Ambiance: could be better
Based on the recommendation in the Vancouver Sun as a cheap and delicious place in Vancouver we decided to try this place out. We were shown to a table as the people before us were leaving- meaning they never wiped down our table. We ordered the Mojo fries which were supposed to come with a dipping sauce....but didn't. They were cooked well enough but came in a fast food style basket and no sauce. We were told we could season them with the chili salt on the table.....okay.
Our entrees were both butter chicken with Naan and at 12.95- not really a steal pricewise. They tasted alright but there was more sauce than anything. I counted five little cubes of chicken in my serving. My companion took her leftovers to go and she was given the container to pack it up herself. A bit of work on presentation and service would go a long way here.
The area to wait for a table is at the back of the restaurant which was odd cause it meant people kept being escorted past us and then just standing around at the back near our table. The waitstaff wander around a lot but don't really check on you and seem unsure of what to do.
It was pretty busy and all the patrons seemed to know each other so it must be popular with some people but don't go looking for cheap or delicious. With no drinks for two people the bill was $40.00.
We both spent the rest of the night and most of today with an uncomfortable feeling in our stomachs and the leftovers met the garbage can about 30 minutes after our meal when we started to feel gross. Keep going East on Kingsway...Saffron is worth crossing the border into Burnaby for what I guess the Sun would consider Cheap and Delicious.
I have been to Jambo Grill several times. The owners a very nice and humble people and the food is just amazing. You can tell they put love into their dishes. I wanted to write this review to compliment them on a job well done, they have definitely stepped up their game. They have renovated the inside with nice booths and comfy leather chairs. They also now have a liquor license and a great cocktail menu, must try the Jambotini. They have added several new dishes to the menu, always keeping it fresh. And most importantly they have stepped up the service. I guess it takes time to prefect things. I am very impressed with the growth of this restaurant. I even heard that Stephan Harper was their for dinner!! The food is great, you cant find this around town. Its something about the spices and how they use both the grill and tandoor oven, the food just comes out so tender and tasty. Cant wait to show off this place to some colleagues, I like being the one to spot out a new place. So here is to Jambo Grill, 5 Stars on a job well done!!
Jambo Grill is an interesting place to dine in. The east African and Indian mix is a totally different. It's not a fusion cuisine but the menu represents highlights from both backgrounds. My wife and I read about this restaurant from the Vancouver sun and decided to check it out.
We are glad we went the food was really tasty we started of with a dish called Mogo which was suggested to us from our server, it is fried cassava tossed in spices which was really crispy and had some nice heat to it. Then I had the Lamb curry with naan bread the lamb was tender and the server told us that the naan bread is made in the clay tandoor ovens that they have. My wife had the mishkhaki which is beef marinated in spices and grilled , this was so so tasty. they have the African pili pili sauce which really does add a kick to the dishes. All in all a great experience and look forward to bringing some friends with us next time to try more unique dishes.
I am an avid "Eating out" person and very recently visited Jambo Grill for lunch with my friends.
We ordered some appetizers and tea. When we received the bill, we were charged $ 2.75 for tea whereas the menu reflected the price of $ 2.25. When we questioned the server, she informed the Manager who told her that the price of tea is $ 2.25 only if we order Entrees - since we ordered Appetizers, the price would be $ 2.75.
I find this type of Business practice very unscrupulous, and would rather go to the Samosa Garden or Simba's Grill where the food is far superior and service extremely courteous. Bye bye Jambo Grill.
My first experience of Jambo Grill came a few weeks ago when, based on a friend's recommendation, my girlfriend and I decided to stumble in on a Sunday afternoon for late lunch/early dinner. To our surprise the place was packed: table after table of people feasting on a variety of dishes, all of which looked amazing. We decided we would wait for a table regardless of how long it took, however, to my surprise the staff rushed to get a table cleared as soon as they saw us walk in and we were seated less than 5 minutes after we arrived.
The food tasted even better than it looked: we shared an appetizer combo (the "Mogo" is so addictive I can't even begin to tell you about it), then I opted for the Lamb Curry while my girlfriend got the Butter Chicken. The man who took our order we later learned was the owner of the restaurant, and I'm surprised we didn't figure this out sooner by the way he smiled and patiently went over all the different dishes with us, even offering us a few of his personal favourites as recommendations.
Now the food did take awhile to arrive (about 25-30 minutes from when we ordered)... this is something I've noticed is a common complaint among the other reviews here. However, this is something the restaurant is fully aware of: there's even a disclaimer on the menu that states you can't rush good food! My final thought on the wait time is that not for one second did I see one of the staff doing nothing: they were running around taking orders and helping people all the time. This is a stark difference from other Indian restaurants I've been to where the food/service is slow because the staff are simply lazy and/or ignoring you. At Jambo Grill all the staff were friendly and responsive.
Overall the food at Jambo Grill simply cannot be beat: this humble restaurant on Kingsway towers above even the fanciest places in town. We had a great time and we're already making plans to return soon.
We passed by this restaurant many times while driving down Kingsway. Finally decided to try it. It was a quiet Tuesday. We were the only ones there for most of our meal - near the end there were 2 more tables.
Food: We both had the daily special - the jungle short ribs. The ribs had good flavor but were on the greasy side. I had the sweet lassi, which wasn't bad and helped tone down the heat when I added a bit too much hot sauce to my ribs.
Service: Should have been better. Our waitress gave us the menu, then hung around behind the counter for at least 15 minutes without talking to us or bringing us water - and we were the only customers at that point. However, when she finally came over, she was reasonably friendly and answered our questions.
Value: The food isn't that cheap, especially for this part of town. We had the special of the day, but they don't mention it in their menu (I found it on their website so I asked them), which I find a little bit sly on their part.
Ambiance: The room itself is nicely decorated - they have African ornaments and pictures. They use "modern" lighting. Unfortunately, they use chairs that make the place look like a diner. If they just changed the chairs, the place would look so much more upscale.
I guess I can now mark it off the list of "I've tried it" but I'm not sure if I'd go back.
I love the food here, it's an amazing mix of Indian/African food. The Chicken Somosa's are the best I've ever had. I would love to give this place 5 stars, but the service is generally terrible, there just isn't enough staff to cover the number of clients, especially on a Friday night. The ambiance is just ok, but I'm happy with that it's too busy there as it is, any nicer and I'd never get a table. Food is way better than Somosa Garden, and I haven't had great service there either. Over all I come here about once a month when I'm not too hungry to wait, if I'm desperate, I order take out. Either way the food is off the hook.
Have visited the Restaurant a couple of times, and both times, it took an extremely long time in getting a table, being served and getting our bill.
The Restaurant had only two servers serving approx. 80 guests. On top of this, the owner asked us to move to another table as he was expecting a large group which could be acommodated in the area where we were seated.
Also noticed that the two limited servers kep hovering around two large tables occupied by Guests who seemed to be regulars at the Restaurant.
Food was average.
We had lunch at the Jambo Grill a couple of weeks ago, and the four of us asked for a slice of lemon each for our drinking water. We were absolutely shocked when the bill arrived - we were charged fifty cents each (total of $ 2.00) for the slices of lemon (our total bill was over $ 50.00).
Looks like whoever owns or manages the Grill seems to be a "Trader" rather than a "Restauranter"with absolutely no clue about the Hospitality Business. We shall never visit the Grill again (this was our second time of spending over $ 50.00).
I visited Jambo Grill on Wed. March 18 to make use of my Entertainment Coupon of upto $ 14.00. I ordered the following Items:
1 X Halibut Masala Fish @ $ 17.95
1 X Chicken Biryani @ $ 13.95
1 X Chicken Cutless @ $ 7.95
1 x Chicken Kebab @ $ 12.95
After presenting the Coupon and receiving my Bill, I was accorded a minimal discount of $ 7.95 for the cheapest Item ordered - Chicken Cutless - the advertised discount was not honoured. When I questioned the Owner, he said "well, we only discount the cheapest Item off the whole order" - Considering that the most expensive Item was the Halibut Masala Fish @ $ 17.95, I expected a disount of $ 13.95 for the Chicken Biryani which would have been in line with the offer stipulated on the Entertainment coupon.
I ordered additional Items thinking that I'd I'd get the advertised discount for the second Entree ordered - this is a total rip-off .
On a previous occassion in the middle of our meal, we were asked by the Owner to seat at another table so that our table could be joined with other tables in the area we were seated to accommodate a big group (our table was only for 2 persons) - unbeleivable......