Maurya is a fine dining Indian restaurant on Broadway. They offer a reasonable priced lunch buffet between Monday and Friday, a great way to sample a variety of dishes and make plans for an evening at Maurya. Maurya‘s wine list is among the top in the city with over 225 wines to choose from.
My gf and I were invited to my friend's graduation dinner with his family recently. I have been to Maurya several times for lunch before and had always felt it was lacking, especially given the fact that I had watched Maurya appear on Opening Soon and the overall hype at the time. This time around (and for dinner) it was a complete difference in dining experience.
The room is stunning. It's understated yet loud while table settings are formally decorated. Even the floor staff display formal elegance with serving food, etc. The only negative I find is that depending on where you sit, the tables are cramped together.
We went all over the menu with dishes including butter chicken, lamb korma, lamb roganjosh, eggplant bharta, chicken chettinad, kalonji chicken curry, vindaloo, rice, many orders of their fantastic naan and several starters and desserts. It's hard to say whether it's leaps and bounds above some of the standout Indian restaurants in town but a top 3 ranking would more than suffice.
Service is a notch above the cut as it balances between formal and casual, whether or not by design or the lack of formal dining training they have it doesn't seem to matter. Checkups are timely and different floor staff appear with different tasks assigned. I find that the service at Indian restaurants in town are consistently good and yet they to take that to another level.
Dinner service certainly redeems itself from the lunch portion and personally I don't think there is any better endorsement that Maurya is worth visiting than an Indian family who suggests to go there.
Went to Maurya for a weekend brunch. The room is nicely decorated and very clean.
The buffet was good but not earth shattering for their prices. Good selection of the usual dishes including Butter Chicken and Lamb Curry. Service was attentive and the servers were all nice.
Would go again for lunch.
Wanted to try out Maurya mainly because of good dine out reviews and we like Indian food. It is a bit on the pricey side, but well worth the little bit extra.
We decided to try something other than butter chicken so I had a very authentic Lamb Vindaloo and my hubby tried something called the Chicken Chettinad. Can't remember what the sauces and sides were but mmm, both dishes were excellent. Very very spicy but very good. Love the ambiance and awesome decor. Service is okay - but they did refill our waters quite quickly.
Overall a nice and yummy spicy experience. =)
I went here for the lunch buffet the other day. The room is very attractive and would probably be even more stunning for dinner with the proper lighting. Service was fine, although we didn't order anything off the menu other than a couple drinks so its hard to guage, plates were cleared in a timely fashion which was a good sign. The food was average, even for buffet food. Nothing tasted great or really stood out but it was all edible and there wasn't anything poorly done either. I would like to try this place for dinner and maybe I would give it higher marks.
Having eaten at Maurya several years ago I knew the food quality was excellent but having them cater a retirement party for 150 people at another location was a bit of a gamble. When we negotiated the meal to fit our budget both the owner (Maurya) and chef attended and were extremely helpful and accommodating. The food for the party itself was amazing; they brought a portable clay oven and made fresh naan on site. We asked for the food to be mild to medium in order not to upset anyone who did not like hot spicy food. There were countless compliments and I would not hesitate to use Maurya again for a similar function.
I've been to Maurya a few times (some for Dine-Out Vancouver) and all times, they have been very accomodating. One time we had a dinner there with a few friends I haven't seen in ages. By the time we were finished dinner and catching up with each other, it was 4 hours later. Not once were we rushed and even had an endless supply of water refills!
The food is delicious (even an indian friend said it was just as tasty as home-cooked meals), however you do need to order the meal add-on if you want rice, dahl and papadum with your entree.
The prices are fair considering the location and decor of the restaurant.
There was an entree that I wanted (from a previous special menu) that they didn't have on the regular menu, I asked about it and my server said the chef will happily make it.
Ventilation in the kitchen must be good because I never leave here smelling like spices.
Was here when it first opened. Called to ask if we needed resos, the hostess said yes, when we got there the place was half empty. My friend and I ordered martinis, which I think were like 9 bucks each, fine whatever. We ordered our food and never saw our waiter again. Our drinks were empty and for 9 bucks a pop wouldn't you want to sell some more? I guess not, not that they were busy or anything. Well the food, the curry? I pretty much couldn't have gotten the same quality at the food court. Overall experience sucked and left a bad taste in my mouth.
one of the higher end places to eat for indian cuisine and the food was good, but not great.
i decided to stray away from the typical butter chicken so i ordered the goa chicken curry which was decent, it did not stand out very much in terms of taste and simply had that everyday curry flavor to it.. my gf had the butter chicken which she enjoyed, i probably should have gone with that as well.
the price you pay is the real downfall to Maurya, expensive for what its worth when you can just go to a hole in the wall place on fraser and eat indian food that is much better and much cheaper.
its a loud environment, a little dark in the restaurant.. overall, the ambiance contributes nothing to the dining experience.
i would probably not return here again unless i wanted to waste money on sub-par food... and there are lots of other places in vancouver for that.
Had a craving for some East Indian food, but didn't want to travel to downtown to my usual place - India Bistro on Davie - so the crew decided to try Maurya. We were all glad we did!!
The ambiance is very nice. Took a peak at the a la carte menu and the prices were on the high side... we ended up doing the lunch buffet @12.99 - a great deal considering the quality, ambiance and service.
They had a good number of entrees available... I believe about 10-12 entree items... a few more than the typical East Indian lunch buffet - I believe India Bistro usually has only 8 items. Anyway, the butter chicken had just the right spice and tang for my palate! I'm typically just a butter chicken guy, but I tried all the other items. They were excellent and fresh as the traffic was constant and the kitchen pumped out small but frequent amounts to replenish the entrees.
Anyway, for lunch, this is a definite recommend! The norm East Indian lunch buffet is $10-13 per person. Maurya is easily gourmet east indian and well worth the price!
My sister and I decided to try this restaurant as one of our DOV picks. The place was almost full when we arrived at 6pm. We were seated quickly and offered a choice of water (tap, sparkling, or bottled). Next we got some roti with chutney. We didn't get around to trying it cuz we were busy talking. We ordered coke and mango lassi for drinks. We noticed that most people were only drinking water. I guess it goes well with the curry for them, but I really wanted to try the lassi. It was creamy and sweet. Very good.
For appetizers, we ordered the chaat tikki and angoori murgh tikka. The chaat tikki was really good. Mildly spiced. Angoori murgh tikka was a bit on the dry side. The chicken pieces were a bit over baked. The salad was nicely presented.
For entrees, chicken chettinad and malika-e-dariya (treasures of the sea) were ordered. They came with rice pulao, lentils and naan bread. The entrees looked small, but acutally when you include the other items, it was enough to satisfy our appetites. The chettinad was really good. It had just the right amount of spiciness. The seafood was okay. Lots of mussles, and prawns, but I found the sauce to be a bit bland after trying the chettinad.
For dessert, we ordered crème de caramel and mango kulfi. Both were amazingly good and beautifully presented. The crème de caramel was one of the best ones I've ever tried. It was like a creme brulee with cream on top. The mango kulfi was good too, but it tasted like a solid version of my lassi drink with pistachio bits.
Service was great. The server came by regularly to check up on us. There was extra staff to take away the dishes and the meal progressed nicely as we didn't have to wait too long between the dishes. Overall, a great dining experience. Will go back again.
Went there last night for a date with the hubby. Not a place to go for a cheap meal, it's aplcae to go for a good meal and a nice evening. Room is very nice, clean, a bit cavernous but delightful and tasteful, not tacky. Service was professional and sincere. Food was above average. Wine list is extensive, wish there were a couple wines under $30, also wish I could have ordered a half liter of some. Ordered a paneer as an appetizer, it was interesting. Butter Chicken was really good. Rack of lamb was suprisingly good, did not expect it to be good upon first impression. Naan was tasty. Not really that much more expensive than your typical hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant, but the quality of food, ambiance, and service make up for the cost. We'll go back and recommend this place to our friends as well.
The night started well, we were the first ones in and we received our appetizer and bread promptly then it was downhill from there. We waited exactly one hour for our main entrees and when we got them it was literally 4 bites per entrée which makes it even worse that we waited one hour for it...hence my title, do not go if you are really hungry. It was about $16 for each dish enough for 4 bites.
The reason my family and I went there was to celebrate my dads birthday. I made this clear upon making the reservation and arranged for a surprise dessert to arrive after our meal. It never came. Before leaving I spoke with someone I assume is the manager only to find out that they never took note of my request and he tried to justify it by saying they had 130 ppl coming in that night.
For a high class restaurant, you would expect a much higher level of service.
We have been wanting to try this restaurant for sometime now, so 5 of us went there last night for dinner. I cannot tell you how disappointed we all were. Each and every dish was just not that good. I have had better Indian food at a food fair before.
Besides the food being really not that good, the decor was really run down. Even though the restaurant was not that busy, we were stuck in the corner at this old very lopsided table. I actually thought that the food was going to roll off onto my lap. Then right beside us was this huge hot serving cart that just had a big table cloth over it. And then when we looked up there the a large chunk of plaster on the balcony was all dirty and damaged.
I think that a few years ago this restaurant may have been nice inside but it looks like they haven't spent a dime on up keep. Everything just looks like it is kind of old and tired. Even the menus were dirty and the paper was all wrinkled and had food marks on them. Oh ya, that reminds me, on their menu they have an appetizer that says "Voted best appetizer 2009" right under the dish...ah, that was like 4 years ago people. After last nights experience, I think 4 years is a long time for this particular restaurant.
Sadly, we will not be back.
This restaurant was recommended by one or our girlfriends and it was a very pleasant surprise. Ambiance was truly great - the decor was nice although a tad dark inside. Parking at the back was minimal, however street parking was ample.
The 4 of us decided to share our meals together Asian Style. We had a bottle of red wine, 2 appetizers which included the Dine Out award winner Karawari Prawns - very savoury with a nice crunchy coating it had a good blend of spices and a Potato Chick Peas with Salad dish. Both were yummy and enough for all us. The Papadaam basket with Chutney was replenished several times which we all loved. It tasted like a well seasoned floury chip and our server brought us a piece that was raw so that we could see what it looked like before it was cooked.
Our Main courses consisted of the Chicken Chettinad, Peshawari Rack of Lamb and the Tikka Halibut all were very good and tasty. I thought the spices were very good and not over powering. Our server asked if we wanted our meals to be Mild, Medium or Spicy, we chose Medium - abosolutely perfect although we could have gone spicier. We also had the Basil and Garlic Naan along with the Saffron and Peas Pulao rice dish.
The Naan was very good while the rice dish was not over the top. We all loved the Main Courses and my favourite of the 3 was the Chicken Chettinad - a must try.
Service was top notch from the moment we entered the restaurant. Our server was very attentative, our water glasses were filled frequently and our wine glasses topped off. She even made a fresh pot of decaffinated coffee for us - wonderful !!!
Our meal was very well worth it and I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you crave Indian food and want good service.
Cannot really find anything to be either excited about or to complain about.
Maurya's serves fairly good food, although not spectacular or memorable. I found their food tasty; it was prepared quickly and service was about average. I did feel a bit rushed by the waiters to order quickly. A bonus was the free parking behind the restaurant.
I have certainly had better tasting and better priced indian food however, in the end, I will return to Maurya's and try some of their other menu items.
Some family members took us to dine here, and it was very good.
The chipati has a very nice texture to it, and there was some good dips and sauces. A good favorite of mine was the lamb biryani. The food was served fast, so we did not wait long.
Nothing was excellent good, but defenitely a fun food night.
The lightly breaded shrimp appy was best. Dipped it in a green sauce. Had a mediocre chicken curry and lamb korma. Asked to go really spicy, neither were. Chai was good, not as sweet as I'm used to. Hair in naan...
The candy dessert thing that you spoon into your hand on the way out was kind of neat.
Authentic food here! Love the room and the service. The chicken appetizer was delicious. Didn't care too much for the vegetable sizzler but the rest of the dinner was very good. The naan bread was the best ever. It was crispy on the back and soft on the top. The main course was excellent with the prawn dish being the highlight. Also the rack of lamb was very good.
The service was very good as well. Surprisingly the restaurant was almost full (tuesday) and the server accomodated all our special requests including hot water to drink and chilling our red wine (I know it is unusual to do that.) The manager checked up on us as well.
I was in for a little shock when I walked into the washroom however; the music was way too loud.
The coffee took a little long but atleast it was fresh and hot.
Would definitely go again.
Maurya is one of the easier restaurants to review. The ambience is obviously the staple factor. I have been going to Maurya for lunch for the past 3 years and about 2 years ago there was drastic improvement in the food and the service and all of a sudden I could tell easily that they were getting busier. At first reservations were definitely not necessary and today we had to wait over 40 minutes for a table. (granted it is Christmas time and a lot of the office crowd was eating out)
The food is not over-powering and is not under spiced either. Somedays it is definitely better than others.
Chai is not included and I wish it was.
The best part about the lunch is that it is a buffet and hence it can be fairly quick if one wants it to be !
This is a great Indian restaurant in the Broadway area of Vancouver. It is an upscale Indian restaurant with a full bar so my first impression was that it was going to be Americanized or "Canadianized" but I was wrong. It was exceptionally authentic.
The Chicken Tikka was by far, the best and most generous portion I've ever had. It came on a sizzling plate and had just the right spices and was extra juicy.
For dinner, we had the Butter Chicken which was outstanding and is a must order. We also had the palak panir which was a good complement to the rest of our order. The Garlic naan was delicious as well.
Food grade: A
Service grade: C...... there was a huge gap in the time that we received the chicken tikka appetizer and the entrees. Once they brought the entrees out, the naan did not show up until we were 1/2 way finished with our meal which nearly defeated the entire purpose of ordering naan. Their service definitely needs some tweeking but the food is exceptional.