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.
It is rare to go to a restaurant and feel so good about it that one wants to do something in return for a fabulous evening. We were a group of 4 of Friday evening and had reservations booked through open table. Our group had never been to this restaurant but my sister in law had recommended this restaurant and hence we decided to try it out. The appetisers were exquisite. The prawns and the Mussels were unbelievable. The manager suggested us the dishes and I must say it hit the spot. For the mains we got Butter Chicken, Eggplant, Rack of Lamb and a Prawn dish (can't remember the name). Everything was excellent. The naan bread was perfect. The only downside to the whole evening was that we wanted to try a wine and they were all out but other than that it was amazing. It was fairly busy inside(a good sign usually) and one thing to that my wife observed was that there were a lot of Indian people which is always comforting to see when you dine at an ethnic restaurant. We don't eat out regularly but do so on special occasions and this restaurant really stood out.
Our second visit - last time we were the only table in the restaurant, this time the place was full for Valentines. We were disappointed at first to be handed a $50/person set menu but when we asked for the regular menu, they obliged. The naan is possibly the best I've ever had with a crispy underside. Butter chicken was as good as you would expect. Also had an appetizer that was similar to pakora, was okay. Halibut Masalla was good but not great. A must have is the Mango Martini (also called Mango Madness) but it's a little pricey at $9.95.
Went there 3 times for lunch buffet with my co-workers--excellent service (plates were taken away in a timely manner), food especially the butter chicken..so deliciously. It totally worth the money and definitly will go back! A plus, when I asked for hot water, it came with a slice of lemon and honey! That was awesome
I don't understand why this place gets so many good reviews; the food really isn't that great. It's GOOD, but it's not GREAT, so I don't think it's worth the price you pay. I can get way better Indian food at many other places in Vancouver, for much less. The service was mediocre, too; the server was never around when we needed her, and she seemed indifferent at best. The decor and ambiance are really nice, so maybe that's why people like this place so much. But it was also freezing inside; half the people in the restaurant were wearing their coats, and when we told the server how cold we were, she said she'd do something about it but obviously didn't; we were there 2 hours and never took our coats off!
I've been here a few times now (always with friends who want to go; I'm happy to give it a miss) and each time, the food was OK but definitely not outstanding.
We went to Maurya for dinner the other night after reading all the great reviews. I will say that the restaurant is tastefully decorated and the high ceilings make for a nice open atmosphere. However, the decor does not make up for the fact that the food is overrated and over priced. We live in a city that offers a variety of Indian restaurants and Maurya, is far below average. It's location on the westside is great and convenient, but I'd much rather drive an extra 10 minutes for far superior food. Don't like the reviews fool you. I have no idea who is giving this place a good rating.
My girlfriend and I came here last month for a dinner run and were stunned by the dining room when we walked into the restaurant. However, the dim lighting did not do the room justice and before long, we were seated in a small corner near the left/middle of the restaurant.
Our first server was a total douche. I believe we ordered the butter chicken along with rice/naan and their special chicken curry that won some sort of an award in 2009. Both were delicious but we just couldn't wash out the taste of glares and attitude from the waiter earlier. The two waitresses that were helping us for the rest of the night were much nicer, but this guy really killed it for us.
Overall, the food was awesome but I really don't think it's ""better" than Tandoori Kona in Richmond, which serves good curry, in larger portions, at almost half the price. I definitely recommend Maurya if this is your thing but unfortunately I don't think I will be coming back.
Been here twice. Earlier this year for Dine Out Vancouver and for their w/e buffet.
Didn't realize they had a weekend buffet, so my sis and I tried it last w/e.
Was it ever good. Got there when the doors opened, and the place had lots of diners.
Lined up at the buffet, and there was many dishes to choose from--too many to name. All the dishes were hot. I saw the cooks constantly adding dishes to the warmers. I had seconds.
Go there. You won't be disappointed.
I have to say that this was probably the best Indian meal I have had in Vancouver. Admittedly I've never been to Vij's (refuse to go to a restaurant that doesn't take reservations) but I've tried many of the others out there.
Started with the Lasuni Gobi (very good) and probably the best samosas I have had. For the main had Chicken Chettanad (excellent), Jal Farezi (very, very good with extremely fresh vegetables) and the Aloo Gobi (very good but too similar to the previous dish). Excellent Naan.
I read another review and agree - Maurya may not be the most inventive of Indian restaurants, but they execute their more traditional menu really well.
The service was ok and the ambience, althrough a little big and not adequate for a couples dinner, it was OK.
Just when I wanted to be surprised by the food and headed out to the buffet, I found a big disappointing table full of kind of old and cold food.
When I asked the waitress if they can replace the food with new one, she said "Yes sure..." I never saw her again. I guess she just finished her shift or something and didn't care about what I said? Or did she tell someone and he/she didn't care?
First timer there but don't think I'm coming back...
Reserved a table for 10 the day before. Arrived on time for no table reserved in my name. Restaurant wasn't full so they joined an odd shaped table to form a table for us. After we ordered starters the complimentary papad arrived - they were stale so after pointing this out a new batch came out - they weren't even cooked ie:raw.
Sent these back - third set did not arrive ......fortunately!
Half the starters arrived. Very poor to say the least and tiny tiny portions. The mushroom starter for example consisted of about 6 mushrooms which for about $15 is $2.50 for a button mushroom.....no they weren't portobello mushroom size! Samosas were oily and worse than the 50cent ones you get in surrey hole in the walls.
We upped and left. Manager was fine. He apologized and didn't make us pay but really disappointing when you have a big group and had expected more. Lord knows how there are any good reviews for this place. Our friends who are local and have visited before several times did tell us this was particularly poor and they are better when they are busy for their buffets.
I would describe myself as an experienced Indian restaurant goer having been to many here in BC and moreso back in the UK where the standard is way higher but this was amongst the worst experiences ever. Maybe this was a one off bad day for the restaurant - I can't comment on that but I wouldn't return for sure.
This was our first time trying Maurya and we will not be returning. We made a reservation and were disappointed with the table where we were seated - in the middle of the restaurant underneath a large plant that was almost in our faces - we asked to move to a more comfortable table.
We ordered a pop and an appetizer. We waited about 15-20 minutes and did not receive the pop - I noticed that other tables had received a basket of papadums upon being seated - we had not. We asked another server about our pop - our own server then came back and asked if we wanted to order any beverages...I reminded her we already ordered pop and hadn't received it yet. I also requested some papadums. She said that she must have missed our table on that. When I went to order a second drink, I was informed that the restaurant was "low on pop" and didn't have any diet coke available. This was pretty strange.
We had the chaat as our appetizer - it wasn't traditional chaat, but tasted alright. For our mains, we had a coconut prawn dish and a coconut chicken dish. We had a conversation with the server about spice level in which she said that the "hot" wasn't very spicy so that's what we ordered. The food was way too spicy! We always like to order spicy dishes, but this was so spicy that we could hardly taste the underlying flavour of the food. We had requested roti instead of naan with our dishes but we were served naan anyways. The server was certainly not taking very good notes.
The food was not very traditional overall - there were plain green peas on top of the rice and the salad was mixed greens with stringed beets and a raspberry vinaigrette - a first in an Indian restaurant!
She brought us our bill before asking if we wanted any dessert. We love gulab jamun and so we ordered one of those ... it was tasty but poorly plated - they put a small bowl with the gulab jamun on a tray that had some whipped cream and chocolate drizzle on it - never seen such a thing at an Indian restaurant - far from authentic.
We had a chance to mention to the manager and also to our server that we had noticed quite a few mistakes throughout our visit - when we received the bill, we were not offered any complimentary items for all of the inconvenience. To top it off, after paying, our server almost forgot to return our credit card to us.
We discovered after talking to some staff, that Maurya changed ownership/management about 6 months ago - prior to that, it seemed to have rave reviews. However, it's apparent that the quality and service has without a doubt gone downhill.
After our dinner, we were pretty exhausted from correcting so many of our server's errors - not a very relaxing date night, that's for sure!
My husband and I dined at Maurya last night, and it was a terrible experience.
The experience started well, with lots of attention from waitstaff. But as soon as we placed our order, it went downhill fast.
After a 20-minute wait, my husband's tandoori chicken was served. A further 20 minutes went by before the waitress came to ask if the food was okay. She looked only at my husband, and totally disregarded the fact that my side of the table was empty -- no food! I pointed that out to her and she went back to the kitchen to check on my order (daal). Another 10 minutes passed before my food was served. At that time, the rice that we both ordered arrived as well -- a full 30 minutes after my husband received his meal!
Now, I was SHOCKED at the size of my meal. ONE small pot of daal for $12.95?! Nothing else? We have eaten at Maurya before and enjoyed it. We have also eaten at other Indian restaurants that serve at least salad and naan with the daal. This was very poor value.
And at the end of the meal, the waitress apologized for the problems, but offered NOTHING to compensate us for the waste of time -- not a comp of one of our meals, not a coupon to return at another time, nothing.
We decided to eat at Maurya again because of the Groupon offer. Clearly something happened between yesterday and the last time we ate there many months ago. Because of the apparent disinterest in us as return clients, we will certainly not eat at Maurya again.
I have been there many times, every time food is different, but bearable. But this time I took my wife's cousin with us and the food was dreadful. Every single dish was awful.
Lamb chops tasted as they had gone bad. They had a very strong smell. Lamb pieces were like washed in water in lamb rogan josh, in every spoon lamb came out washed and there was no body or taste to the suace. Palak paneer had no taste what so ever, not even enough salt. Angoori prawns were so over cooked that they even refused to come off the skewers. We had to break them to get them off.
To top it off, they offered their terrible service by far. We three were still munching on our leftovers when every single busser and server came and ask if we were done. There was no communication between them, if we have told one person that we were still working on it, they should have told other servers before they all came and ask with in 2 minutes. Finally we had to tell them to take away everything.
Don't get me wrong, I don't normally slander about a business. I have worked there for three years with the first owner and I know what to expect from that restaurant. They could do better. I think it was because there was no owner or manager or may be because more than half of the staff was new from my last visit, which was in last week of October.
We have ordered from Maurya a handful of times and each time we are astonished by the unbelievable flavour of their dishes. Hands down this is not only the best Indian cuisine we’ve ever had, it’s one of the best meals we’ve ever had period...and delivery at that!
We wanted to take a moment to express that we are thrilled to have happened upon this establishment, and we will be loyal customers for a long time to come. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND!.
Also, it was a nice touch that they gave us two complimentary mint chutneys (after we asked through our online order for this item which didn't come with anything we had ordered, but we've had it once and we wanted it again).
Also, the Butter Chicken - "Hot" was absolutely perfect, as was the Vindaloo - "Medium". Garlic Naan is a must have! Enjoy!
While I've never eaten there off of their regular menu, I can attest to the value and scrumptiousness of Maurya's weekday lunch/brunch buffet (11:30am until 2:30pm).
I won't go into lengths about the great ambiance and the great variety of the buffet menu (garlic naan and tandoori chicken are high points).
However, I must suggest that you try to arrive early (around noon) because some of the (best) dishes are gone by 1pm, which makes the $12.99 all-can-eat a little less valuable, and the dinner a little more redundant.
In an ideal world, you'd arrive at 11:30am and have the best choices available (seating included), and fresh food steaming in the serving dishes. Unfortunately - and more realistically - it's pretty tough to digest curry that early in the day and "all you can eat" really isn't all that much.
So, either get up really early and fill your morning with enough activity to make the all-you-can-eat buffet worth it and enjoyable by 11:30am (i.e. go there during your lunch break or after a morning run); or, risk eating lukewarm butter (sans) chicken at a more reasonable time for Indian food.
That said, do try it! It may be quite possibly the best place in Vancouver to go and try out different Indian dishes before you let loose and order straight from a menu written in a foreign language you may not understand.
I have been eating at Maurya for atleast 3 years. Let me tell you since their new management took over Sept 2009 they have taken the service and food to a new level. I took 2 gf's there on friday night. We ordered mini samosas and aloo chaat. Then ordered butter chicken, chicken chetnad, pallak panir with naan bread and rice. We were stuffed the food was so tasteful . The ambiance is so graceful with classy indian music playing in the background to their decor. They have a huge flower peice in the centre which makes it cozy and high ceilings with beautiful drapes. Our server was really good. He was kind, smiling all the time and we got prompt service. I ordered mango ice cream for desert...mmmm very tasty. I would absolutely suggest this place to friends. The management has rocked this restaurant to newer heights. Also the other day I heard Mauryas add on THE BEAT 94.5 which totally brought back that butter chicken taste..cant wait to go back for more :)
I don't even know where to begin.it was sunday nite, me and my friends visit this indian restaurant,I wish every indian restaurant would have the quality and quantity this restaurant creates. The food was amazing....specialy tandoori szzilers,i loved it.... We order the rack of lamb and tandoori chicken...it was at their best i ever had.and in entree chetenad and butter chicken was delicious....that is why i wrap'd up the disapointment of service.they should improve in this area as well...what i suggest. The ambiance was plesant . The value was the best of the night, tandoori chicken at 16$ i guess.....was absolutly more than value for money i spend . The best quality I've ever had in Whole Canada! I recommend this restaurant to tourist or anyone who love indian food.simply love the food
My father in law took my husband and I for dinner here a few weeks ago. I was very excited to try this restaurant after watching it being put together on "opening soon", and after hearing good reviews. I've eaten at many indian restaurants in the greater vancouver area, and I'm sad to say that this was one of the worst. I don't even know where to begin....
The server we had was terribly rude. Didn't even attempt to crack even the smallest smile while we were there. The girl filling our waters was quite nice, but honestly topped off our glasses after each sip we took...not even kidding,every sip, it was bizzare. The food did come quite quickly, but was mediocre at best. I ate the smoked eggplant, and the cheese balls in a korma sauce. The only thing I could taste on the eggplant was the smoky flavor. The cheese ball dish was quite good actually, but the portion was so small I only got to have a couple of bites.
I would definetly not go back.
I think Maurya is a gem in its own right-one of the best indian restaurants I have been in the Lower Mainland. The food is indian in all its spiciness and flavors of East India. The lamb curry was especially memorable as was the vegetarian platter. The chicken tendoori was hearty and tender (not at all tough and overcooked) Although I think the naans could have been bigger.
Overall great food and experience!
My husband and the kids all agreed that the food was wonderful, but we felt that the portion sizes were a little too small for the price. We will come back for good warm curry if in the neighborhood.
My husband and I took my mom for a Mother's Day dinner and everything we ordered was so bland and tasteless. I've heard great things about this place, so I was expecting a lot and was highly disappointed. The butter chicken was bland and runny. We ordered a fish dish was again quite bland. The naan was fine and we ordered these lamb kebobs which weren't that bad, but overall, very bland food. I am Indian and love Indian food and I think I'm a pretty good judge of it, therefore I wouldn't recommend this place at all.