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Jolly's Indian Bistro

2928 W 4th
Vancouver, BC V6K1R1
Tel: (604) 730-6929 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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good value , average service
By breakyguy of kits vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

I gave them a mediocre for service but solid for everything else. The waitress's are a bit blank, when our meal arrived that was it, no description of the sample menu we ordered (1 chicken, 2 types of lamb) when she finally returned after we were half done we asked for some info on the lamb dishes so when/if we returned we would know what to order.... "umm ummm I really dont know that much about the dishes, those two are lamb though i know that"
our meals arrived on a huge stainless steel tray that looks like a dog dish, the only place ive ever been served on a dog dish is tim hortons when you go out of necessity once a year on holidays for the lunch meals.
good food, naam was better than others for sure, ambiance ok, cold frosty glass for my beer so a thumbs up, the ice water had no ice and when i had a sip it came straight from either the hot water tap or its been sitting all day and the ice melted.

tough call on this one, the only hard part is Atithi on Burrard is just that much better than a medicore/solid

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Nice to look at.... and that's it.
By Emileigh of Point Grey, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

Jolly's has an appealing menu, and the decor is beautiful with artwork and jewel-coloured saris filtering the soft lighting.

Too bad the food and service aren't as well turned out.

I appreciated their attempt at authenticity with the steel plates, but the food was very bland. When I told the waitress I wanted the food "desi," I got a blank stare. Uh-oh.

To be fair, I went with a group of 12 people. We had a reservation. The restaurant was full. But that doesn't explain why we had to wait for over half an hour to get our food, a full 20 minutes after we'd gotten our appetizers. The bill came fast enough, though.

The staff was friendly, but either they were short a cook, or had a small disaster in the kitchen shortly after we placed our order, or they're just very slow. Dunno.

I can think of several other nearby places of comparable price and superior quality if one is really craving Indian food.

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Poor service, but decent food
By Caera of Main, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

The two of us went to Jolly's after reading a lot of good reviews on another site; we should have known to check here first.

When we arrived, there was a couple waiting ahead of us. It took them 15 minutes to be seated, and the servers didn't even acknowledge until 15 minutes after that. During that time, they set up the table, including menus, filling water glasses, etc, before even greeting us. I found this incredibly rude. From there, the service didn't really improve. I have to admit that they were very busy, and had only two servers. But given the previous reviews, this doesn't sound atypical.

The butter chicken was comparable to the ones served in other Indian restaurants where I've eaten. It was $10, which included a very small salad, a small portion of rice, a large slice of naan, and some butter chicken. We loved the naan and the mango salad dressing. Unfortunately, there were only 4 small pieces of chicken in the butter chicken; that doesn't seem like a great value.

My partner ordered the prawn vindaloo, because he wanted to eat spicy food. When he got it, it had no spice at all; it was like eating something seasoned with a bit of pepper. The coconut was not discernible, and there were only 4 prawns. We were also surprised that there were no onions, which are typical in vindaloo. He left feeling unsatisfied.

The atmosphere is very nice and clean, pretty table cloths and lovely cloth draping from the ceiling.

Although the food was decent, we probably wouldn't go back because of the service and lack of authenticity in the vindaloo.

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Best Indian I've had in Vancouver
By victorianaylor of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 8:08pm [Take-out]

Being from Birmingham, England, I know my curries and this is the best I've had in Vancouver so far. The main dishes are very good, we haven't had a bad one yet. There's also a good variety of vegetarian mains which are pretty delicious. Portion sizes are also great, we only need one main between the two of us! We'll definitely be revising this little gem.

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Great food, poor service
By mbuhler of Surrey B C (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

I know these guys have been busy with the Groupon deal, but I had an awful experience this past Sunday, Dec 16. Got there around 530, half hour wait we were told. No big deal, we hung out at the coffee shop down the road waiting for a call. No call after about 45 minutes, so we walk back to see two or three set tables, with the waitress telling us "we were just about to call you". Fair enough.

So then we sat for over an hour before our order was taken. The couple that was seated minutes before us was halfway through their meal before we had our order taken. The gentleman eating alone that sat down 10 minutes after us had his order taken first, then was almost done his meal before we even got our appetizer. All in all, it was a 2.5 hour experience, hardly worth it for the small portions even with the Groupon. I normally would never stiff a waitress on a tip if there was some problem with the menu, food, whatever, but for the first time in my life I didn't leave a tip because it was solely the problem of the waitresses obviously forgetting about us (which is weird because there's only like 12 tables in there) and then doing their best to avoid eye contact and our attempts to wave them down. Not even a sorry afterwards, once everything was finally served.

Food was great, but no way was it worth the dine-in experience.

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Great Discovery
By PointGreyGirl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 3:56am [Dine in]

Tried Jolly's because of a Groupon deal and we were not disappointed. The place gets really crowded as there's limited seating. Put your name down and they will call your cell once your table is ready. We had the butter chicken and the okra dish. Great presentation, great taste, great service! This is a real neighbourhood gem! Their naan bread is to die for! Garlic flavoured and amazingly tasty!

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A Kits gem!
By monimoni of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 9:13am [Dine in]

Jolly's is one of my favorite spots in Kits. There are some real tummy pleasers on the appetizer menu, including the pakoras (served on a bed of chanah masala) and stuffed naan (served with a perfectly spiced dhal)! The menu is a great for sharing -- pick your favorites and pass them around the table, or try the Thali platter, which is big enough for two.

The bistro is small, so keep that in mind. If you don't want to wait, show up early (6pm) or later (8pm). OR, if there's a wait, ask to put your name on the menu, give them your cell number, then grab a drink at the Pub down the street :) Problem solved!

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Great value for thali (sp?)
By indianlover of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Large portions, starter, full thali with mutlple curries, drink all for an affordable price. Anywhere else would order dishes and share but always go for the thali here. Nothing special food wise but solid and tasty. Recommended for value.

How can 3's make a 4 rating? There is no value rating (which is stupid, dinehere should add this because there is a difference when you pay 5x as much you expect more so having value would really help. Hopefully someone from this review site will add this).

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Great Food, Great Value, Poor Service
By PromQueen of Kitsilano (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

The first thing that hit me when I looked at the menu, was the prices were insanely cheap. I figured that probably I would have to order 2 entrees to be satisfied, but no, one was more than enough. The butter chicken was delicious, tender and moist.
The presenation was wonderful and simple, and for 6 of us for dinner the bill came to less than $100, which is unheard of nowadays.
The one failure is the service. Very indifferent, slow and seemed uninterested in the customers. If the owner can keep the food the way it is, and fix the service, this would be a 5 star restaurant for sure.

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Charming owner, but the food isn't up to scratch
By aftaab of kitsilano (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 23, 2006 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

First of all let me say that I'm Indian and I've been raised on excellent Indian home cooking. That said, I'm always searching for a place to go out to and get good Indian food. Unfortunately, this restaurant really does Indian cuisine injury. I'd have to agree with the first reviewer here and say that if you really don't know what Indian food is, then you might find this restaurant to your liking, but I'd suggest you try other restaurants. If authentic Indian food is your quest then you might want to travel outside of Vancouver to get it as most Indian restaurants in Vancouver don't cater to an Indian clientelle. Try Simba's, Al Watan or some of the Surrey establishments.

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Pretty good
By cats of Kitsilano (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 1:43am [Dine in]

The food here is pretty good. It's not like real Indian, but it's still tasty for the most part. The prices are cheap, last time I went you could have an entire meal special-including a glass of beer for $9.95.
The service SUCKS. Much like the NAAM. You better be in your hippy, there is no concept of time mode to make it through this meal without twiching! Line ups are crazy. I've sat inside watching poor suckers stand at the door for a long time while there were empty, uncleared tables. Maybe the servers are stoned and/or have tunnel vision. Once you get your food it's fine, just don't ask for anything else, like your beer to be cold, or to get a clean fork.

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Good Value - fresh flavours
By Chantal of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I love Jolly's. I first discovered it when I got fed up with the line ups at the Naam. The decor is adorable, so is the staff - and check out the kitchen! The price is right, the portions are perfect and a pitcher of beer is cheap. The whole package is an awesome indian/cafe experience, sure it may not be authentic, but I appreciate the fresh flavours that he uses and I appreciate it that much more when I get the bill!

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Fun, good value
By rubyblack of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

I like this place. It's reasonably priced for food and drink. My food has been consistently good, same with my dining companions. I wouldn't say the food is too traditional Indian, but why is that a bad thing? Nice atmosphere too.

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Terrible Service
By goober of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 8, 2006 - 11:27am [Dine in]

I was expecting this to be a great restaurant but it ended up being the worst dining experience of my life. First we order some chai and it doesn’t arrive for 25 minutes. It took 45 min to get our appetizers and a an additional 45 min to get our entrees! This was an obvious mistake so I kindly inquired about the delay. Instead of acknowledging the mistake the waitress insists that this is normal service. It isn’t normal service when parties of 8 arrive 30 minutes after us and get their meals before us! By this point we have missed a show that we were planning on seeing. We finish our meals and we wait an additional 15 minutes to get the bill. We get the bill and they didn’t pick it up for 30 minutes even after walking by our table several times. It became so comical because they didn’t even acknowledged our presence in the restaurant. So I finally go to the bar to pay. I open it up and there is no discount for the atrocious service and no apology from our server. We missed our show and spent nearly 3 hours in the restaurant. Our date was completely ruined.

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