A quaint Indian restaurant in the Marpole area of Vancouver, on very south Granville Street. They've been at this location for the last couple of years, but have been around for the last 30 years.
I have no idea why this place has received good reviews. Worse Indian take-out I have ever had.
My husband and I grew up with Indian food, and love it -- BUT this place is just awful. We tried Mirchi because it seemed to have good reviews, but regretted it the moment we opened the containers. The naan were burnt, and the palak/saag paneer was burnt. The curries were swimming in grease. The butter chicken wasn't terrible, but did not taste anything like butter chicken should; also, it was wayyyy too spicy. The chicken vindaloo didn't taste anything like a chicken vindaloo. The butter chicken container was less than half full. When we called the restaurant to say that the dishes didn't seem right -- some were burnt, others kind of empty -- we were cut off and told that is how they make it, good-bye! The service was even worse than the food. Very disappointed. Never again.
Looked at reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon and decided to give this place a try. This had to be the worst Indian takeout I've had in my life. Ordered the butter chicken and it was gross - congealed tomato sauce and a few bits of chicken. The sauce tasted like it had vinegar which made it sour. Also tried the saag paneer and it was swimming in oil with overlooked and dried paneer pieces. The chicken Vindaloo was from thigh meat and very chewy. The naan were burnt. Paid $40 for this and threw it away after a few bites. Will never go here again.
We recently tried this place again after not eating there for 2 1/2 years. We use to eat in and take out monthly when the old owners owned the place. Back then it was excellent both food & service. Since the new owners have taken over the we have ordered take-out twice and sorry we had. We will not be ordering from here again. We ordered butter chicken. The sauce was okay though the chicken was minimal. We also had the eggplant. It was oily and not too much flavour. We asked for medium heat. Their medium hot was "HOT."
Oh wow, so I visited Vancouver with my boyfriend from Maple Ridge and I was craving Indian food. Our friends took us to this restaurant, and boy were we ever so pleased! The food was delicious, and very reasonably priced. For $12.95 I got a salad, rice, naan bread and butter chicken. The same goes for all their other dinner platters, they all include rice, naan bread and salad! Which is nice, because in Maple Ridge the restaurants charge over $6 for rice, $2.50 for naan bread and I don't know how much for salad... would have cost us at least $10 more for the same meal! The food was delicious too, very flavourful! I highly recommend this place for anyone who is craving Indian cuisine but does not want to spend a great deal! You can definitely eat a great, filling meal for under $15! Definitely will come here again!
Mirchi experience was not what I had expected from the reviews I had read. Orderd three dishes:
Karahi lamb : Meat was tender but was floating with oil
Mixed vegies : Worst mixed I've ever eaten
Karahi paneer : This was not Karahi paneer, it was a stew which they just threw the paneer into.
The waitress did not bring the naan out until we had almost finished the food. She did not even bring all the naan we were supposed to get. I think she was trying to save it for other customers as she though we were full to save the money. Wehn we asked for the food to be packed. She did not seem to want to pack the naan. Very normal for alot of these restaurants as they just serve them to customers that come in later.
Summary: Stay out of the place. You can go to much better places as the ambience was very poor. Loke cafe but paying fine dine price. The owners are penny pinchers. I would not recomment this place to anyone. Would be a sin.
Wow! Just found my new place for Pakistani/Indian food.
Flavours are bold and created with care. They make it clear that they make food to order and so it's not the quickest of service but boy is it worth the wait.
I'd give food, service and value all 5's except for some minor details. The food is fantastic, their dishes are not as heavy or greasy as many Indian dishes can be. The flavours are in no way shy or 'toned down'. Perhaps a touch too much salt but other than that it is obvious that they tend to each meal and each dish with care and pride.
The service was extremely pleasant and caring. It was a tad on the slow side but he took care of everything. They had a mishap in the kitchen and so, without hesitation turning what could have been a negative into a happy positive.
You are not going for the decor or ambiance. You are going for the food. Remember that and you'll be happy with the result.
I discovered this little gem on Granville about a year and a half ago.It is a little bit hard to see but worth the trouble. This is a true mom and pop shop, the husband is the chef and the wife is the server. When they get busy, service can be slow, this is the only reason for the 3 instead of the 4 rating on the service side.The food is always prepared fresh and I have tried most of the dishes on the menu. Some of the ones that are worth trying are the Pakoras - veggies and chicken are both good, the samosas. For the main courses, try any of the Chicken dishes. My personal favorite is the Lamb Masala Tikki. The Naan is very, very good here and is close to the best that I have had.
To sum up, if you want good home cooked Indian/Pakistani cuisine, you cannot go wrong with Mirchi.
Have been in this restaurant several times in the past and have always left feeling good about the food but disappointed in the service.
Ordered the eggplant curry and samosas. The curry was a little on the oily side, but the samosas came with a delicious meaty-chickpea sauce that I'd never had before. The wait time for the food is always longer than one expects (30-45min), but they are adamant about their slow service. They even have a sign in the window declaring that they make everything fresh and that is why it takes such a long time.
The server (it appears to be a mom and pop kind of establishment) is a bit on the surly side, and was not too keen on packing up my leftovers to go. She brought the naan near the end of the meal, which was kind of disappointing as it was so perfectly crisp/soft and warm but I didn't have any room for it at that point.
In all, not a terrible experience, but nothing special, either.
I've driven by this place for the last year or so and have wanted to try the food, but have never thought of it when I want Indian food (either dine-in or take-away). I'd read online reviews from a variety of people, both local and from ones as far away as Glasgow and Milan, all noting its excellence. We finally tried it the other night, after our usual place told us it'd be a 45-minute wait (at least) for take-out. I remembered Mirchi, called them, and asked what they had (didn't have a menu). The woman on the phone was so pleasant! She outlined their veggie dieshes, and I chose two. All dishes come with rice and naan. The food was/is fantastic. It's not oily/greasy like lots of Indian food, nor was it heavy like many Indian places. We tried their saag paneer and their eggplant curry, and both were the best we've had in months (and I eat LOTS of Indian food). We grabbed a take-out menu, and saw they have $5.95 lunch specials, and also a weekend special of biryani. I'd definitely go back again and again, and can't wait to dine in the restaurant next time.
Waited for a long time before we were given the menu. The waitress was rushing like crazy. Relied on her memory for the customer's order. Finally, when the food was served, it was the WORST butter chicken I've ever had! Too bitter and too salty. Not even creamy. It doesn't taste like butter chicken, although the naan bread and aloo gobi were fine. But she forgot to serve the drink that I ordered :(
Food here is very good, every dish cooked from fresh ingredients, so may take longer to get served but worth the wait. Very friendly family run restaurant, simple decor but comfortable. All dishes that I've tried on multiple visits have been excellent, wonderful curries, lovely naan (though may be served after food arrives). The meals are around $12 each and include all the extras that other restaurants charge a la carte for, such as rice, naan, small salad; so this represents incredible value in view of the outstanding food. You may find better Indian food on occasion at a very few other restaurants in the Lower Mainland, but not reliably and you will pay significantly more for the complete meal. Try Mirchi if you have not been there before. (Lunch specials here, like at many other restaurants, are cheap but not up to the standard of their dinner menus.)
I was so happy to randomly walk into this restaurant last summer. Since then I have been back countless times with friends and family and we have left satisfied and happy every time.
What can I say about Parveen? Such a sweet lady and always has a great smile. Her husband is the one cooking in the kitchen and while you may have to wait a bit for your entree you have to understand that the dishes are cooked fresh/made to order.
My favorites are:
Vegetable Pakora - Hefty portion - good for up to four people to split if you don't want to fill up before entrees.
Samosas - SOOO good. I love the way they make them here :)
Butter chicken - My fiance's favorite - he can't get enough of it
Chana Masala - My favorite - I just love the spices they use.
Eggplant Bhurtha - Also very delicious - love the texture.
Chicken Tikka Masala - Healthy mix of veggies with this dish as well.
Palak Paneer - My sister loves the way they make it here - great texture and a more than decent sized portions.
One thing to note: The naan always comes out a little latter than the rice. So we always start by eating a little bit of the rice with the dishes while waiting for the naan to arrive. You definitely want to pace yourself and save room for the naan.
You will definitely get stuffed here - portions are healthy and contrary to reviewers below I have never had any problem with taking my food home with me. This also means that I've never been able to try any of their desserts!
For those who like it spicy this is the place to go. You can get it medium/mild but also super hot!
All in all a great Indian restaurant - one of the few places in Vancouver that consistently delivers.
Finally went to check this place out after seeing it as I live around here. Had read the previous reviews and set my expectations low. Went nonetheless to support local businesses.
I was pleasantly surprised. They must have made some changes from last year.
Food was prompt with shorter waits than a typical chain restaurant like cactus club.
Naan did come out after the rice but maybe 1 minute after and it was so freshly made. Fluffy and finger burning hot. I'm not hugely into bread products and I greatly enjoyed the Naan here.
The food was good. Portions were sufficient and priced at $13 per order. Food was not greasier than any other indian place and was just as heavy in the stomach. As with any indian place you often get full on the sauce and Naan.
The server was a younger Canadian born Indian male. He was pleasant .Chatty enough but not overbearing. No issues with me packing a very small item
Ambience was acceptable but definitely reminiscent of a local joint. It's not a destination place but definitely recommended if you live in the area and make a pit stop for indian. It's small and suited for 2 people or 4 but definitely no more. Unfortunately they do not have a liquor license but for a location like this it's not a big deal.
All in all a good option for a casual meal. Definitely will go back.