Nooru Mahal serves authentic, homestyle South Indian cuisine as well as some Sri Lankan and Singapore dishes.
Food was good but have had better elsewhere. It was not busy that night - they only had one server - but it took a while to get the food. When the food finally came, it was dumped on the table without telling us which was what. Most places tell you what it is!
Don't try to use more than ONE entertainment coupon. We were sitting there waiting for over half an hour, for our bill because he couldn't figure out how to input three coupons. We had to get our book to show him that we are allowed to use three.
Won't be back there. Too small portions and too slow.
The main reason that I visit this restaurant is for my favourite dish which they make the best of - Vegetarian Kothu Roti (which is a Sri Lankan dish). They add the right amount of vegetables in this Kothu Roti and they don't make it too greasy either.
They also make tasty Pakoras, my favourite are the Vegetable Pakoras.
Nooru Mahal is gem in a stretch of Fraser street that is lacking in culinary diversity. Most of their meals include rice, pappadums and a small salad and will leave you full but not stuffed. The dosas, which are similar to savoury crepes, are also excellent although I would recommend getting them when you have time to sit down for dinner in the restaurant as they are prepared smaller for take-out. The service is great as well. I can't say much for the atmosphere here as it's a pretty small restaurant but they often have Bollywood films playing if you're a fan of the genre. I've been back several times whenever I have a craving for good, affordable Indian cuisine.
Sorry to say, because they were nice, but no thanks! I will not order again from this place. Long wait and not worth it. I did like the eggplant thingy, but not worth going there for that. There is better out there I am sure.
Go to White Rock for Indian "Little India" it is the best!
My roommate was recommended this restaurant by a co-worker. Noor Mahal knocked my socks off! The food was outstanding! We started with incredibly tasty vegetarian somosas. I had never tried a Sri Lankan style curry but thought I’d give it a shot after it was recommended by our server. The Sri Lankan chicken curry was the best curry I have tried in Vancouver, so far. I haven’t had much luck with Indian restaurants since moving here; Noor Mahal certainly changed that! The décor is not pretty, and the service wasn’t the best but the food far surpassed my expectations! Give this place a chance, you won’t be disappointed.
I always drive by this place but have never gone in because, from the outside, it looks mildly like a fast food place. However, I finally tried this place last night and was glad I did. We had a chicken vindaloo dosa and the lamb korma, which were both quite good. The food was very flavourful, portions were generous, and most things were under $10. Great food, great value.
I came to Noor Mahal under the recommendation of trying their dosas. Never having had them before, I was pleasantly surprised. Dosas are similar to savoury French crepes. Of course, the filling is prepared w/ Indian spices. It was served with some horseradish tasting condiments and other "dips". But the crepe itself was so good. I don't think I've ever had another burrito or wrap or fajita that would be anywhere as good! Try their crab dosa!
Though not a great fan of dosa, we went anyway. We had the Chicken 65 appetizer(should have asked what the 65 stood for).At $7.95, it was suitable for two people. The chicken was moist but the sauce seemed to be off the shelf sauce. My shrimp dosa was outstanding. The dosa was flaky not crispy as some other dosas I have eaten. The shrimp was the right amount of filling for a dosa. Remember to order mild, South Indian or Sri Lankan food can be very spicy much more than Northern Indian cuisine.
Went to Akbar's on a weeknight but didn't have a reservation and the place was packed. Wait was half hr so my friend suggested this little place on Fraser instead. From the outside, didn't look too inviting and on the inside, not much more inviting. It was recommended however by an east friend of ours so we both decided it must be half decent. Started with the meat samosas, wow, excellent. Ordered couple of the curries which came with rice and we added garlic naan and roti. Curries were very good, could have had a little more kick but not bad at all. Roti and naan very good. We didn't try the dosas but a couple next to us did and they looked huge. Definitely planning to go back to try the dosas. Service wasn't the quickest but it wasn't terrible either. You have to expect that sometimes for the small family restaurants. All in all, a solid restaurant with good food and prices.
Ordered through the "orderit" website and was given a 1 hour window for delivery.
After an hour and fifteen minutes thought that I would check to see what was happening. Was told that my food would be there within 10-15 minutes.
Just short of the 2 hour mark called back and once again asked where my food was. Was told that the driver was on his way and should be there any minute.
Food finally arrived after 2 hours and 15 minutes. Was not offered an apology, much less a discount or any compensation.
The kicker is that I live less than 10 minutes drive from this restaurant. I literally could have walked there, cooked my own food and walked back in less time.
I have worked in the service industry and am appalled when I receive service of this level. I am surpised that they are still in business.
this place has awesome butter chicken delivered right to your door. awesome. comes with very tasty roti and papadums. wowy. ...............................................................................
Noor Mahal (not too sure of the spelling), is a good little resturant, that has been in operation for about 20 years, serving South Indian (Madras I beleive) and Sri Lankian (sp?) food. I have only been there the once, but will go back in the future. The resturant is an intimate size, that could be improved a bit if they improved the ventilation in the WC. It was not overpowering, but I did get a whif of what I thought was uninal cake. Don't let this put you off, the food was great (I would give a 3.5 on the system). We had the meat samosa and the chicken roll for appitizers (both my friend and I enjoyed). The exterior was deep fried, but the dough was soft and the inside tasty. They were a bit different than the average Indian type of samosa, that are more pastry-like. Next we had Chicken Madras, Goat Curry, Lamb with spinich, and egg plant and potatos. The egg plant and potatos was good. It was partially stewed, but the veggies maintained their own flavor. The 3 meat curries were also well done. Portions could have been a little bigger, but not too much of a complaint. For desert I had the Mango shake, and it was sweet and seemed to be made with real fruit. Service was good, information was given for our questions. All in all a good experience and will return in the future.
At first glance, I wasn't expecting much at Nooru, but the restaurant was recommended highly from a friend and I always take those very seriously. The veggie samosa appetizers were delicious! Not too spicy or greasy, but really flavourful. My companion, Caesar, had a shrimp dosa and I had the lamb and eggplant one with a medium spice request. Both were bursting with flavour (particularly the shrimp sauce) with just the right amount of kick. Although I wish the atmosphere was a bit more warm, the staff was friendly and the bollywood videos were entertaining. Will definitely be back!
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