North Indian cuisine in a fully licensed restaurant. Lunch buffet is $7.95, delivery is available and the restaurant is open 7 days a week.
The food was mediocre at best. I ordered my mango chicken non-spicy but it came out spicy. My husband ordered his dish spicy and it was not. I think they just got the two mixed up. We didn't complain because the food didn't taste that good anyway, and a little spice wouldn't have made much difference. The restaurant looked like it needed some cleaning and the water glass felt greasy. I don't think I will come back and won't recommend it.
After reading such positive reviews and also having this craving for Indian curry that just won't go away, bf and I paid a visit to Mezbaan for dinner yesterday. I have to say, I wasn't too impressed with the ambiance. It seemed a little bit cluttered, especially the small space dedicated to the buffet area. Granted, they only do buffet service from Sunday-Wednesday, but with 2-3 people going up for food at the same time, it's a very tight squeeze.
The food was quite tasty with pretty equal selections of both meat and vegetarian items. The meat pieces (only chicken yesterday) tasted like good quality meat. I would say for only $10.95, it's a great value. Hopefully when I return, they will have some other tasty curries to try. The owner was a very gracious and attentive host.
The not-so-good: 3 of 4 water glasses on our table were dirty as were the napkins. Maybe because it was at the beginning of dinner service, but when I went up for my first helping, all the curries formed a thick "skin" on top. The rice pudding had great flavor, but was more like milk with rice.
The good: awesome veggie rolls, amazing fresh naan, and delicious curries!
We wanted to try their buffet this time since last time (2-3 yrs ago) we ordered off their regular menu. We went on an odd night (weeknight?) around 7ish and there was only another couple there. What we like about this place is that it's dirt cheap, I think it was $12 for all your can eat dinner. They also serve you fresh naan bread which I totally appreciate. They had I think 8 items? I only cared about butter chicken, jasmine rice and tandoori chicken. Everything tasted decent and I was enjoying myself. The butter chicken was good, the tandoori chicken was nicely marinated and cooked so well that the meat fell of the bones.Yummy. The only down side was that the food was abit salty, I was really thirsty when I got home.
Food: I came here for the lunch buffet and I LOVED the butter chicken and the dessert (some kind of cold noodle in a coconut sauce). There could have been more variety, but the quality was good, so that makes up for it. Only complaint was that everything was cold. The butter chicken, lamb skewers, rice, etc...they were all cold. I'm not quite sure if that's safe...
Service: Solid service. I wonder if they do naan refills though...
Value: $7.95 lunch buffet! Incredible!
I found myself alone on a Saturday night. No need to feel sorry for me - as my dear husband had taken our two pre-school age children to visit the grandparents on Vancouver Island. Yippee!!! I found myself alone on a Saturday night!!!!
As it was Diwali (the Indian Festival of Lights) I decided to rent a PG/R movie for a change and enjoy Indian Food. I had picked up a menu for this restaurant and decided to give it a try for delivery.
I live in Champlain Heights, around 40 blocks south of where the restaurant is located. There was no problem with delivery and the person on the phone knew my exact location without needing instructions (Champlain Heights can be a bit tricky if one doesn't know the area...)
I ordered Butter Chicken, Palak Paneer Naan, Vegetable Pakoras with Tamarind sauce, mango chutney, MIxed Spiced Pickle and Papadum and basmati rice.
It took a little long to receive my food (and the person taking the order warned me it would be an hour + wait), but I was ordering on a Saturday and Diwali at that, so this is understandable.
I received my food piping hot. The delivery person was friendly and professional. The bill came to $30 (including tax and tip).
My food was absolutely delicious. The best Indian Food I have had in the city. The butter chicken had ample amount of breast meat chicken in a fragrant, rich (but not greasy) sauce. The pakoras didn't leave a trace of oil on my fingers and were flavourful. The Palak Paneer Naan was warm, fluffy and wonderful. The papadum was unique, it two pieces curled. It was crisp and tasty and easy to eat. I also was impressed with the mixed pickle. Many places give mixed pickle with what seems like pieces of wood in it (from the green mango pit). This mixed pickle had that pleasantly sharp flavour without the unpleasant hard, sharp pieces of mango pit.
I had a wonderful meal. When my husband came home at midnight, he had a wonderful meal. I took lunch to work the next day and my husband still had enough for a late afternoon snack.
I will be ordering again. I will send my hubby to pick up as there is an additional 15% discount for pick up!!!!!! What a deal!!!
(Incidently, I gave two stars for "ambiance" because I did not know what it is like because I had my food for delivery).
After reading reviews here, we ventured to this little restaurant to try out the lunch buffet. We were not disappointed. The place is quite small, and it's easy to miss unless you're looking for it. There are about 10 tables, quite close to each other, and one server. We were greeted promptly and seated right away. The buffet selection is small compared to Samosa Garden across the street and Saffron a few minutes away, but the food makes up for it.
The food is all quite good - tandoori chicken, veggie pakora, butter chicken are the standards, plus one paneer (cheese) dish, and two other hot dishes to choose from. The naan arrived hot and fluffy. The price certainly can't be beat - $7.95 for lunch buffet, includes chai tea and dessert. We had gotten used to the heaviness of the food at the other restaurants mentioned above, but were delighted to discover that the food here is good but also doesn't leave us feeling like we'd eaten our entire day's allotment of fat in one sitting.
A small little restaurant perfect for a quick, cheap lunch.
I know the menu says fine dining.. but it's not really? And it also says it's fusion food.. but it's not really that either. There's like 2 dishes that are "fusion". Other than that, it was decent. Came here for dinner though, not lunch. Will try the lunch special soon.
Came here with a couple of friends. We had the vegetable samosas to start, which were good. They were kind of small I think and took a long time for some reason. Friends ordered the butter chicken, another.. curry with chicken in it, the chicken biryani, and vegetable biryani. Side orders of plain naan and the bread basket which came with garlic naan, plain naan, and lechhedar parantha. All really good. Liked the butter chicken curry (just the curry sauce, I'm a vegetarian). Whatever curry with chicken it was, it had a little bit of a sweet taste to it? Also really good. Didn't like the chicken biryani so much, found it a little dry. But I loved my vegetable biryani, delicious. Medium spicy, with lots of veggies and big portion. None of us could finish our food, had to take it home. For dessert, we had the ras malai whi is an Indian cheese patty in a pistachio and almond sauce. First time we had Indian dessert, the texture is a little odd (kinda like soaked bread?) but flavour is great.
The waiter/chef was really nice, and gave us recommendations. Noticed a lot of people ordering take out. The dishes were reasonably priced (most entrees range from 10-13 dollars).
The restaurant can definitely use a better make over, the place is all ORANGE. Well I guess you can't miss it whenever you go past it. But it could use some more authentic decor besides the framed pictures.
I will definitely try the lunch special that everyone raves about. Recommended place for Indian food.
Came here with my sister to try their lunch buffet as we were in the area. For just under $8, it was a great value.
Food: Small selection. However, the food was mostly very flavorful. The chicken samoas were really good. You can actually taste the chicken when you bite into it. The curries were also very good. The tandoori chicken was a bit dry. Naan was awesome. Warm and fluffy.
Service: Server came by regularly to refill our water. He cleared our dishes promptly.
Value: Can't beat that price!!! Way better than the food court if you don't mind paying the extra few dollars. Plus, more selection.
Ambiance: I sort of warmed up to the orange walls. Clean restarant with tile floors that matched the walls well.
Will go back!
My husband and I finally had the opportunity to try out this new restaurant from the reviews we read. We had stepped in when they were just opening up for their lunch buffet. When we stepped in, we were impressed with the intimate and simple atmosphere and we were equally impressed by the great and attentive service we received by the owner/manager. I have tried Saffron on Kingsway and I really liked them but after trying and finding out that this restaurant/cook worked over at Saffron, Maurya, etc. I was hooked. Everything was fresh and tasty and I look forward to going back again for either their lunch or ala carte. The only thing was that I wish they had another type of dessert like rice or mango pudding. Hint, hint, hint = )
BTW, it's also a good sign when there were other diners and it was near capacity.
The food was edible, but it was hard to enjoy because the restaurant itself is filthy! The walls and floor look like they haven't been cleaned in years. No care is taken in the restaurant, so it makes me uneasy about the food. The buffet is a good deal if you don't mind seeing leftover food on the ground and having poor service. Our bread didn't come until we finished our meal.
I just a wonderful night out at this restaurant after looking it up. Once I came in I was greeted with a smiling face. The advertised prices were what caught my eye, and I could smell the food as I walked into the door.
Firstly, the food was very filling. I ate about two and a half dishes of the all you can eat dinner buffet ($11). They have this offer everyday. There was about 7 different curries with 2 kinds of rice. There was also desserts, salads, chicken, and samosas. The buffet is not the largest I've seen, but there wasn't any difficulty finding something I enjoyed
The staff was very polite, and the managers were easy to make conversation with. They seemed very eager to please and to have repeat business there. My water was never empty and the buffet line was always full.
For the price, a full meal of Indian curries was more than enough
The restaurant is a bit small, but the orange wallpaper and decorations bring a bit of Indian flair into the design. There was a TV near the front, and a liquer cabinet in the back. There wasn't much for or against the ambiance.
After getting a taste of several Indian restaurants in Metro Vancouver, I have to say Mezbaan will be my first choice the next time I'm craving Indian cuisine.
The reasons are simple:
1) They have a buffet most days and nights, which I have yet to try, and a killer menu that delivers on taste and quality of ingredients.
2) The restaurant is unassuming and the ideal definition of a hole in the wall - that's why they're cheaper than their larger and fancier counterparts (who don't always deliver either on good food or service or sometimes both).
3) Their service is very friendly and hospitable - I get a sense of India when I'm there. The owner or chef who was serving us was very interested to know how we learned of the restaurant and whole heartedly welcomed us back.
4) The four dishes we ordered: Chaat (an Indian appetizer or street food, meaning to lick or taste, is served with chick peas, potatoes, apples, onions and pieces of fried pastry - outstanding/ a must have), Lamb butter curry, assortment of naan, and pilao with peas were amazing and did not leave me feeling overly full and regretful that I ate so much. Not to mention their dessert ended the night on a high note; I always get Rasmalai, a dumpling made of cheese, soaked in milk and flavoured with rose and pistacio essence YUM.
Moral of the story - the next time you're in the mood for Indian cuisine, forget the other restaurants and visit Mezbaan. It may not have the ambiance of the bigger, well-known joints, but it makes up for it in the high quality of their food and service.
Visited this restaurant based on the previous reviews. The flavors and the value were great as long as I don't wind up with food poisoning in a few hours. I have taken food safety and the food in the buffet was dangerously cold. In hindsight, we shouldn't have continued to eat. We did mention it to the server and he seemed concerned, but they didn't seem to do anything about it. That being said, if they get that fixed, I would go again. Until I hear what other people have to say in the future, I won't return.
I went for lunch to this place and tried their buffet. It was relatively new and my understanding is its the sister restaurant of Sapphron also located on Kingsway. The food is average at best. I had the butter chicken, a few of the vegetarian dishes but the food was just average and lacked flavor. A friend of mine had dinner there and ordered a la carte but he had a better experience than me.
Not the best "ambiance" but who cares. We went there to eat the fabulous $7.95 buffet !
Their selection of dishes isn't as large as most places but it's quality over quantity. Great curry's and the mint chutney is top notch. Not to mention their right out of the oven fresh Naan with the right amount of melted butter on top, not chewy/rubbery nor burned like every other Indian buffet.
The only dish that was bad was their spicy chicken wings, they were quite dry. Probably the best rice pudding we've had as well.
There are some other Indian Buffets that will charge you double the cost for dry old food thats hardly suitable for the price you are paying but Mezbaan is not one of those.
They've got a regular menu as well with prices that are more than fair for the portions.
Definitely on "The Clan's" list of "we gotta go back there !"
We went here last week and had some of the best curries ever. Sadly for us, their takeout feature is VERY successful and we had to wait about 1 hour and 15 minutes for our food while tons was traveling out the door.
Once we got our food we were in heaven. We brought kids and they were definatly getting antsy after an hour of waiting, we will be doing takeout next time.
This food is a great addition to our neighborhood, maybe they can get more kitchen staff so their in-house patrons don't wait as long.
I have to admit I adore this restaurant. I've even learned to like the small and somewhat claustrophobic space.
And probably, being small is the only downfall.
Most of my friends I've brought here were skeptical at first (the neighborhood isn't great).
The service is very polite and quite efficient. They are happy to answer any questions about their food and accommodate your needs.
Top notch Indian cuisine with a modern twist. Their meat is never dry, their rice is scrumptious, the sauces are divine. Selection is a little different every time but things like butter chicken and the greatest nan bread are a daily ordeal.
Mondays are super cheap. There is a buffet all week long but Mondays it's something like $8.
I went in and had the buffet today for lunch and after a few bites knew that it was a lot different then the last time
The chana masala, a spinach/potato dish, vegetable biryani, butter chicken, beef curry, onion balls were great
AND THEIR NAAN IS WONDERFUL I must have ate at 100 indian restaurants worldwide and its very well textured, not chewy - crisp and fluffy about best describes it
$10 is good value
The great reviews all seem to be for the lunch buffet... I was here for the dinner and wouldn't come back. Our meals were OK but not great; definitely not as good as other Indian restaurants that charge the same prices. Service was also OK but not great. Zero atmosphere in the restaurant.
High quality and wide variety of offerings for a very reasonable price, including a dish with plentiful, delicious paneer, and some very tasty deep-fried appetizers, plus fresh naan served at one's table, and free chai tea! as other reviewers mentioned, it is small, but very clean, with a very pleasant atmosphere(street traffic aside) and perfect service. my husband and i will definitely return!