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.
This was a dine out dinner - which can be notoriously bad as staff are put to the test with overbooked sittings and mass produced food. Our waiter obviously was sick of his job, which he reminded us of several times he was just "so tired of being in the restuarant all day."
Times for the meal went like this:
40 minutes to get our table because they obviously overbooked (we had a reservation)
over 40 minutes to get our appies
50 minutes to get our dinner - half the orders were cold and we had 4 pieces of naan for a table of 8
over 20 minutes to get dessert that tasted like it had been bought at costco 3 days prior
The food did not taste fresh. It was also tastless. My friend had the butter chicken and it was sickly sweet - very odd. I just wanted to leave, but the food would not come and it was unimpressive when it did make it.
The Maurya exceeded all of our expectations. I am a red seal and cook Indian cuisine myself; I can be critical. The ambiance was perfect. Moody music and the delicate fragrance of exotic spices met us at the door, as well as the owner who offered to check if there was parking for us in the back. We ordered from the Dine in Vancouver Menue which had a good assortment of offerings. Our two servers came in and out from hiding unobtrusively and well orchestrated. The water came immediatley as well as our flat bread accompanied by two home made chutneys. Our appetizer of fried prawn with crispy curry leaves and freshly grated coconut was a wonderful start to our flavor balanced butter chicken. The servings were generous to a point where we had to leave a few morsels of chicken to the gods. No one can make creme caramel without some training in french cuisine - the chef is obviously very Indian, and thankfully so. Our meal did not need desert. My last sip of BC Gewurztraminner was a great finish to a sensual meal. This restaurant is not over priced.
This place has the most gorgeous decor and great atmosphere. Food is pretty good, quite tasty and delicious. Slightly expensive though.
We ordered the butter chicken and it was quite delicious. The lamb dish was alright, and the veggie dishes were good too. The pakoras were excellent!
Definitely worth coming back to.
I don't know if it's authentic, and I don't really care. I've had the vindaloo, the butter chicken, the chicken tikka, samosas. Over a number of visits over a few months. Everything is absolutely delicious. I love the atmosphere of the room, wonderful, elegant feel.
The service is very efficient and organized, but regrettably not very friendly. This is the only area I think they could improve upon. I think they are trying to be too much like earls (I hate earls). I like service to be friendly and sociable, maybe I'm unusual that way.
But the service is still well above average, and the food is spectacular. Reasonable prices.
I am sure I will return many times.
We're big fans of Maurya's lunch buffet. For $11.95, 7 days per week, they have an excellent all-you -can-eat buffet including an appetizer table (usually has pakoras, papadom, Caesar-style salad with spicy raita dressing, chickpea salad, tomato and cucumber salad), an entree table that has the best Tandoori chicken and as good butter chicken as I've had anywhere in Vancouver, a lamb or beef curry, spinach paneer, lentil curry, and various vegetable dishes); and two desserts (usually an excellent rice pudding topped with crushed pistachios and infused with a little cardomon, and some sort of custard). It also includes warm nan brought to your table. Almost all the dishes have some sort of subtle twist or more complex seasoning that elevates them over 99% of Indian food in the city. The only problem is that the food is sooo good one it is very tempting to overeat.
The restaurant is stunning aesthetically (one could be in one of the grand hotels in the days of the Raj), and the staff are very friendly and usually quite attentive. Dinner is pricier and in our (albeit limited) experience, a little less consistent in terms of quality, but the lunch buffet must be one of Vancouver's hidden treasures!
My friends and I had a fabulous time at the dine out. Boys had the butter chicken which they really enjoyed; girls had the prawn malai curry - soo good. Portion looked small, but it was quite filling. Naan was amazing. Samosa appetizers were pretty standard, but the shyam savera (I think that's what I had - spinach, paneer, tomato, yum) was really good. Nothing was too spicy, but I heard their reg. menu is more so. Overall, it was delicious, and a pretty good value at $25. Beautiful restaurant, too - very high ceiling, nice decor.
How should I start ? Absolutely stunning room. Good service and fantastic food is the best way to start the review.
Upside: The host was gracious and humourous. The service was good with papadum and water being served right away.
The starter (prawns with grapes) was excellent. We ordered a bottle of the Riesling which they were out of but they had another replacement BC wine which was very good.
The butter chicken was the highlight of the evening. The naan was very good as well. The spinach and lamb dish could have been better.
Service was quite attentive.
It is definitely not a very expensive restaurant as one might expect as one walks in.
Will be revisitng for sure.
Maurya is acutally is one of the easier restaurants to review. Nothing especially bad or good. The food is very typical of Indian food - nothing outstanding. However, their prices are high.
On the other hand, the service was quite good and the ambiance was also quite pleasant, especially in comparison to other Indian restaurants that I have been to in Vancouver.
So - it's really about what is important to you. If you want a nicer place with above average service, and you are willing to pay a premium for it, Maurya is your place. But for someone like me, who prefers better flavors and better value, Maurya's not for me.
First time trying Indian food (that I am able to recall) and it was phenomenal! Went there on a Friday night with my family, less than a minute after being seated, we were served with papada. Soon after ordering beer and a bottle of the Sandhill Merlot, the server brought them to the table in a timely fashion, and was served with a very professional demeanor. The food was great and having not seen my mother for a week, the atmosphere was ideal. The room is large with high ceilings, with unique decor. First time in a very very long time to dine on Indian cuisine, and it was just incredibly tasty! Along with a bottle of wine, it was a superb evening. Food was so delicious! As for the service, our server was great and very professional. The server's assistant was also very attentive and professional as well, however one of the bus boy/water refill guys had major problems. This busser asked to take my brother's plate away when he was clearly still eating and chewing ... ery good indication that he was not done eating, or done with his plate. Just felt that this is very common sense. My brother did feel somewhat rushed because of that.
As for the price, it is very reasonable for a place on broadway that has such exceptional food and great service!
Its too bad, I ate at Maurya about 3 years ago and it was not the greatest and then had their lunch buffet a couple weeks ago and think it went down hill even further.
Hello people from Mauya: go to VJ's Rangoli to see how your suppose to make great food, and go to RAGA just a few blocks down from you on Broadway to see how to make amazing parantha's and palak paneer, shahi paneer
There is a new restaurant is not bad: Dhroom on Fraser, kind of far out from downtown but worth it, order from the menu only.
I order consistently the Palak Paneer from this restaurant.
I have tried one other vegetarian curry from this restaurant only because I had ordered the Palak Panir twice a week for months in a row (ever since I discovered Maurya) and thought it was time to try something new, and the Chicken Chettinad. Every meal I have ordered from this restaurant has been a culinary delight. I recommend ordering from this restaurant. The spices and flavors they use are delicious and I am not confident trying my hand at Indian style cuisine after eating here as I am certain I will not prepare something of this quality.
General cost is 11 to 20 dollars per main. Absolutely worth the cost!
Let's see.. the delivery guy could not find our house. He called several times, asking for directions. They did tell us there would be a 1 hour wait, but it amounted to an hour and 40 minutes, by the time he finally arrived. The food itself was good, but very bland. Very watery too, mostly just different meats dunked in sauces of many colours. The rice was good, but that hardly merits comment. Very expensive, too.
That's about all I should say. In summary: Maurya! Dull, overpriced Indian food served at too long a wait..
The resurant is very nice with double high ceilings adding to the drama and a custom bar that is very attractive and unique for an indian rest. Food is solid but not amazing. Service is hit and miss as you can tell from other reviews. Good all you can eat lunch buffet.
Found this place just walking by and thought we'd give it a go. Had the Chicken Chettinad which is my new favourite Indian dish - amazing, and the Lamb Vindeloo - a perfect level of heat. I was working up a sweat eating that.
The Naan is cooked in a clay oven and it's really tasty. Very impressed.
We went on a Thursday night and didn't have any issues at all with the service, it was excellent.
I have been to Maurya on and off since it opened, and must admit that I never saw much reason to make this more than a very occasional thing. A week or so ago we had visitors in from out of town, and having brought them previously a few times to the incomparably better Vij's, we thought we'd try Maurya. This was early on a Sunday night, a day when they have no lunch service.
The menu seemed on the face of it perfectly adequate, if perhaps a bit limited for a mainline, 'traditional' Indian resuarant. Prices were a bit higher than many competitors, but the impressive if rarely dusted interior seemed to suggest a place a cut above.
It isn't; by the way, this is based on living a year or so in South Asia, cooking Indian food myself pretty well, etc. We ordered four main courses and one appetizer, along with nan and their 'fancy' rice. Let's start backwards with the favoured, lightly fried rice dish. Whoever prepared it had not even bothered to break up the clumps of steamed rice used to make it. But then heat seemed to be used sparingly at this restaurant, as none of the other dishes came to us even vaguely hot. A saag panir-ish dish was perhaps the best of the lot--assuming you had your magnifying glass out and so could actually find the tiny bowl it came in; all portions were very, very small. At the opposite side of the spectruum a so-called chicken vindaloo, which both looked and tasted as if its base was tomato soup. The four or five hunks of white chicken floating in this noxious brew had visited the sauce for such a short time they were still cold inside.
Still hungry after downing their minute portions? Just collect the year's worth of accumulated crud on the floor below.
Maurya was my first dine out stop. The restaurant had super high ceiling and expensive decoration.The portions seemed small at first; but a 3 course meal with rice and naan, it was just right. I did read reviews on DineHere.ca before booking a table at opentable.com and I was expecting poor service. However, service was excellent, very attentive, polite, and patient. Great experience.
We were so disappointed with our service at my Birthday dinner, I feel compelled to leave this review.
The food here is always terrific and was the reason I wanted to celebrate my big day here. You can't beat the ambiance, either - beautiful room.
Our service was profoundly dreadful - asked four or five times for things - dishes never cleared, confused waiter...the list goes on.
In addition, we were charged for five extra orders of Naan bread(!) and an extra bottle of wine - very tacky and a little upsetting as we didn't figure this out 'til the next day. We were a group of 10 (not that big, really) and not very demanding at all.
I will miss the delicious food at Maurya, but I don't like being cheated and will not be back.
(**oddly, the table behind us received impeccable service, which made our situation all the more noticeable)