Nirvana Restaurant offers the best in Northern Indian cuisine, conveniently located near Vancouver hotels, the Cruise Ship Terminal, and the downtown business district.
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I went to Nirvana recently with my friend Jenny for a lunch. It wasn't too busy in there and we were served by the Arvind Manicum (Name is too long). He was a very nice guy and very polite. We both shared the butter chicken with rice, some naan bread and chai tea. I thought it was very delicious and the price was very affordable. I will for sure go back when I'm in the area next.
I went to Nirvana recently with my friend Angie for a late lunch. It wasn't too busy in there and we were served by the owner Davinder.He was a very nice guy and very polite. We both shared the butter chicken with rice, some naan bread and chai tea. I thought it was very delicious and the price was very affordable. I will for sure go back when I'm in the area next.
Very small portions, ordered one of the house specialties lots of not quite warm rice but short on the meat and veggies, no chutney served as shown to be included on the menu, VERY slow service. Waiter forgot the naan and when reminded didn't get it to the table until the meal was almost finished.
Wish I had read the negative reviews before I wasted $60. Won't go there ever again.
The food: cold rice, burnt papadam (which they forget to bring you), the curry was uninspired and may very well have been microwaved. Gulab jamun was a week old and microwaved and tastes like the oil it was originally fried in was also used for pakora.
The staff are too lazy to change the specials board outside so you go in asking for the special and they say it's not available at that time. They talk on their cel phones while you eat. The kitchen rings the bell to indicate the food is ready and they ignore it while they continue their phone call.
Either they get enough suckers eating here at peak times or they're a front for something else... maybe just keeping the place open so their family can work the kitchen?
Maybe we didn't order a lot of stuff, two person, two entree, just wanted to try it out. But the server has bad attitude and ignore us for water. Well that's not the biggest deal, but the food, wow, tiny portion (even the rice is small) tasteless lamb and chicken, correct me if i am wrong, Indian food is about favour and spice but who want something tasteless? Even with a coupon, it doesn't even come close to worth it. And the boss found a way to deduct $8 instead of $10 as the coupon said. I had lots of bad restaurant in Vancouver, but this is the first time i really need to write a review, so people, stay away from this place.
The menu on the window stated that all entrees come with rice and papadum. When we opened the menus in the restaurant, the part about the rice had been covered over with white-out. Only papadum for free.
We spoke to the server and asked if we could have rice instead of the papadum, since we don't like papadum and the menu on the window said that it's free anyways. He said that was fine. At the end.... he charged us for rice!
The chicken saag tasted burnt and the lamb dish we ordered was bland. The rice tasted old and the portions were teeny tiny.
I would be doubly pissed off if we didn't have the Entertainment book coupon. It wasn't even worth half price.
I dined here with three friends on a Sunday night. The waiter vaguely waived us over to a table and eventually came to take our orders. Ten minutes later, he brought out three of our drinks. The fourth drink didn't arrive for another ten minutes. Our food arrived, borne by a different waitress, with the spiciness mixed up (one order requested hot was mild, and vice versa) and without the bread we had ordered.
We were completely ignored for the rest of our meal while our waiter took orders for take-out over the phone (at least that's what we assume he was doing on the phone all that time). All the other tables in the restaurant were well-attended to while we were left to languish in the corner, without our bread, any water or beer refills, or being asked how our meal was. Finally the other waitress came over and asked us if we were done and took our plates away.
The food was okay, nothing to rave about (the paneer is very plasticky and the sauces fairly watery), the restaurant itself is nice and smells good, but the service was terrible. If they are going to focus so much on take-out orders, to the detriment of those actually sitting in the restaurant, they should have another person on the phones, or at least tell the one waitress on the floor to attend to all the tables. As we left, she asked us if we wanted a take-out menu. No thanks!!
My friend and I picked this restaurant out of the Entertainment coupon book so we had no idea what to expect. We were delightfully surprised. The food was really good and the roti was fantastic. The serving staff were also very delightful. I would frequent this restaurant again.
I dined here last week, and I must say, their butter chicken is really excellent. The naan bread was very tasty too, although the size of the entrees have certainly shrunk over the years. I never expect great service with Indian restaurants, and Nirvana lived up to that - you almost have to scream to get your bill.
I'm not an expert on Indian food, but I like this restaurant enough to go back to and look forward to when I'm craving Indian. The naan is good, butter chicken delicious and I recommend a veggie dish called Vegetable Jalfrizie. This restaurant is also in the Entertainment book so its a good, cheap dinner. My friend and ate there had butter chicken, vegetable jalfrezie, 2 orders of naan and we were stuffed- this all cost $19 with the entertainment coupon!
I've been there twice so far. Everything's been pretty good--nothing spectacular, but nothing terrible. The staff is friendly (and remembered me the second time I went), the service is a bit slow, the food is tasty, and the place is nice.
If I were looking to dine in again, I'd probably go somewhere else, but as a neighborhood takeout/delivery option, it's just fine.
I've tried Nirvana a twice, mainly because it's close to home. That trend won't continue however. The ambience is fine with nice music and intimate lighting. My beef with Nirvana is the portion size - way too small for the price. The butter chicken portion was laughable - 4 small dry pieces of chicken in a small bowl and the quality was poor. The Bharta and the Alu Gobi, however, were very tasty but again the portion size was too small. Each person will get a serving of rice with their meal and you'll need it to fill up.
Our waitress was stern and thoroughly unpleasant and it took ages to pay for the meal. The chai was ok, but not great. If just ok is good enough (and you don't have a big appetite) then give nirvana a try, but you can definitely do better elsewhere.
I visited nirvana restaurant with my girlfriend on her birthday last saturday and we found it was an amazing experiece. The food was very delicious. I found the price a bit expensive but the qualilty of service and food was so great that we can't complain about the price. Eventhough it was busy time the service was very quick and very professional. According to my girlfrined it was her one of the best birthday she ever celebreated before. Thanks to my friend John for suggesting such a nice place for dinner. I definately recommend my friends to visit here. My girldfrriend and I will surely visit this restaruant again.
i visited this restaurtant last week on weekend.it was busy but they anticipated me asap,good collection of bar menu especially new cocktails like submarine something like that..,appetizers are good,butter chicken and malai kofta are so good.i hope they need to change little bit in ambience .special for the month 8 dollar thali is worth.rest everything is fine.
Best Indian food in town. I have the lamb rogenjosh every time I go. I can't bear to not have it. The vegitables jalfrezi is also very good as are the paneer pakoras. The service is so so. The one waiter who is consistently there is very good but the other one that was there tonight was unsociable and miserable looking. If the owner is there he is usually very attentive and friendly. All in all I don't know what the complaints are about. I will keep enjoying the food here.
I ordered 2 items, Butter Chicken and Mulligatawney soup. My butter chicken was completely flavourless. Possibly the worst butter chicken I have eaten in Vancouver. There was no spice to it at all. It was pretty much chicken in tomato paste. Secondly there version of Mullingatawny soup is horrid! It is chicken stock and chicken bits, THATS IT. No lentils, no pepper, no spices, no vegetables. Nothing. Imagine chichen noodle soup with the noodles removed. Yuck!!!