Classic East Indian Cuisine
I think this place has been around a while and I can understand why. It's conveniently located and very clean inside while providing good food.
The menu is quite substantial and much to our surprise, every dish had its own distinct flavours (unlike many other Indian places we've been to) and was very fresh tasting. They managed to keep the "hotness" down to seriously mild (at our request), so this should be palatable to anyone.
Prices seem a bit steep for Indian restaurants (about $11-16 per dish, and they're not large) but I think it is worth the quality. Plan on at least 1 dish per person, unless you really load up on the naan. The naan is very good, but perhaps not the best in town. Roti was also decent, but not as good as the naan.
Is it authentic? I dunno, I can't claim to be expert enough to tell. But I can say it is tasty. It's so good and so varied I wouldn't be bored even after several visits. You could do far worse than eat here!
Raga is an established Indian restaurant on West Broadway. The decor is fine dining with a touch of East Indian. Overall I thought the food was good; presentation and quality was better than average. The service was prompt although there was only one other table in the restaurant at the time. I thought the price was a little high for the meal that was served, but overall I was satisfied.
My boyfriend and I have eaten here several times, and are never disappointed with what we ordered. Being the exciting and adventurous person I am, I order butter chicken ALL THE TIME. My boyfriend however, actually tries new things each time, and his favourite is the hot and spicy chicken vindaloo. The servers are so nice and made us immediately comfortable. Our water would always be refilled, and they were so personable it's hard to find something not to like. The restaurant is large, and nicely decorated but very comfortable. The only drawback is the price, which is slightly higher than most Indian places at about $14 a dish on average. Overall, very good, and well worth the money!
I always go to Raga for 'very extremely spicy butter chicken,' which I order every time I go there. The owners are very friendly, and the ambiance is great.
As a spicy food lover, I am biased because of the way they prepare my custom spicy butter chicken. Not many Indian restaurants make the food as spicy without altering the taste. I've even had restaurants that gave me this butter chicken with half a bottle of tabasco sauce in it.
Raga is a bit pricey, but never disappoints. The buttered naan's are absolutely delicious.
If you don't like ginger or cilantro, ask for your food without them - as they come with every curry order.
The rice portions may be big for some. I would suggest one serving of rice for two people, if you don't eat much. Keep in mind that some food, including the butter chicken, can be pretty salty, so you may need the rice.
For vegetarians, I recommend Malai Kofta.
My wife and I ate at Raja twice (once take out) On our recent visit it was 3 pm so the resturant was quite empty. That being said, the service was excellent. Attentive, quick, and kind. My wife ordered a Mango Lassi and the server brought me my own small glass so I could taste it. We each had the Dinner Specials and they were very good. Large portions. On my Tandori Special I wanted some dipping sauce. I asked for some butter sauce and it was brought to me. I was not charged for it but at another place I was at recently I was. The Nan bread that came with the specials was HUGE and fresh from the oven. In the end we did not finish our meals and got a doggie bag. We have been to many of the more well known "Trendy" Indian Restuarants and been very disappointed. Raja is very traditional and the best one that we have found so far. We would recommend it to anyone.
I've been coming here for years with family and have never had a bad meal here.The owners and servers are all friendly and the room is nice,even though its in a bit of a random area of Broadway.
The food is always consistantly good,to the point where we always get the same dishes every time,but we have been trying to branch out lately.Highly recommend the butter chicken or butter prawns,the eggplant bharta is tasty and the big tandoori meat/seafood platter is a pretty good value for about twenty bucks.Naan bread is nice too.
As far as prices go,I suppose there are places that are a couple of dollars cheaper per dish but I think the quality more than makes up for it.
Always interested in trying new indian places,but Raga always does everything we like the best!
We have also eaten Indian food all over the world (and Vancouver) but I would recommend Akbar's Own over Raga hands down. Way too much artificial food coloring in the food for me (I don't want it in my food at all). In India they add all natural food colors to make the food more vibrant. The taste at Raga is pretty good though. So overall....not bad but NOT the best in the city!!
Yep, I had to try the drink special. Fruity with grapefruit and something tropical, with some booze too... and a classic cherry on a plastic sword. Wanted to order everything with "Raga" in the title and after scanning the very extensive menu, totally possible and likely delicious. Instead: hot and fresh naan bread, and the dishes were all very good: on the vegetarian tip, aloo ghobi, malai kofta, saag paneer, and an amazing selection of meat dishes: butter chicken, prawn masala. I think it's tough to go wrong when ordering at Raga. For dessert, a perfect honey-soaked party ball with a sprinkle of almonds. The service was friendly, warm and efficient; it was a first time visit and we'll definitely be back.
I tried Raga and found it to be mediocre at best. Nothing too bad or too special. The chicken curry dish was unimpressive. The naan bread was good, it was soft inside and crispy on the outside. The service was average but the ambience was decent. There are a lot of Indian restaurants and this one is right in the middle. So if you are looking for a decent restaurant which will not burn a hole in your pocket then this is the place but if you are looking for simply good food then this is not your place and if you are looking for a really nice place with really nice place then this is not your restaurant either.
As a die-hard Indian food fan, I've tried most of the Indian restaurants in and around Vancouver. The Raga is far and away my favourite. Must-haves includes the prawn pakoras (not found on many other menus), the incredible butter sauce, and any of their breads, for which they are rightfully famous.
We may have found the only restaurant in Vancouver that is open on New Year's Day. Very busy, but had a good meal and were treated to their signature Ragatini - Martini with mango. It's not on the menu, but is very good. I would describe this restaurant as Indian fine dining.
Hey, I dont know why everyone talks about the Naan..... what about the parantha and aloo parantha.. the best Ive ever had
try the shahi paneer - grated cheese not big cubes with the perfect spice
palak paneer very good quality, you can tell in this restaurant they go the extra mile
While I wasn't impressed by the buffet offered, I have to admit the Lunch Special was worth the money. For about $10.55, you get tandoori chicken, butter chicken, veggie pakora, naan bread, spiced rice and a dessert.
The buffet leaves very little to the imagination - I wish they would stock up on more items. The salad looked dried, there were only two curries and the rest leaves something to be desired.
Overall, I would recommend Lunch Special Combo No 2 but that's about it.
I love Indian food, and have eaten in Indian restaurants throughout Vancouver and across the globe...sadly, the food I ate at Raga this evening was pretty much the worst Indian I have ever eaten. I ordered the "Butter Paneer" which the menu said was "cooked in a butter tomato sauce with cream, garlic, ginger, fenugreek, and spices". Sounds yummy right? Well, the first bite brought me back to my childhood and eating Campbell's condensed "Cream of Tomato" soup...and it didn't just taste a little bit like it - it tasted exactly like it. I don't want to make any accusations, but I swear that exact soup is the base of the sauce...it's a very distinctive flavour, one that I would imagine would be near impossible to replicate. And even if it was just a coincidence, it is certainly not what I want my butter paneer to taste like. Not even a hint of garlic, ginger or any other staple Indian spices...bland and just 'wrong' somehow. The other dish we ordered was "Seafood Masala" which was described as cod cooked in "a thick sauce with ginger, garlic, tomato, vinegar and freshly ground spices". Again a disappointment. It looked good, but the overwhelming taste was not the promised aromatic spices, but instead salt. Lots of salt. The pilau rice we ordered was not fresh (the grains were dry and chewy) and the frozen vegetables therein were somewhat shriveled.
On a positive note, the vegetable pakora was decent and the chutneys it was served with (tamarind and mint) were definitely the highlight of the meal. The nan bread was also fresh.
All in all a big disapointment (especially having it recommended to us as the "best" Indian in Vancouver), and the service was increadibly slow and unattentive despite it not being busy. Certainly not worth the $50 tab. Next time I will stick with one of my tried and true favorites...like Ashiana on Kingsway (always GOOD!).
I went with my girlfriend who's caucasian and raved about the food here. I ordered a simply chicken curry and she ordered a lamb curry. Both were awful. The curry tasted sweet!?! I don't know if they added ketchup or something to the curry, but it was inedible.
The clientelle is mainly causasian and there's a reason why... they have probably never tasted authentic Indian food before. No self-respecting Indian would ever eat this slop. The service and ambiance are fine, but who goes out for dinner based on those two aspects. I'd rather sit under flourescent lights and have rotten service if the food was worth it. Let's just say that I now take my girlfriend's recommendations with a pinch of salt...
Great little Indian restaurant in Vancouver - at the top of my list for Indian. Good food, comfortable and nicely decorated. The curries are good and authentic punjabi-style. The decor is enjoyable. The restaurant is clean and service is prompt and friendly. Would definately recommend.
No complaints at all about this restaurant. Great service - we were checked up often by the waiters and water glasses were constantly being refilled without being asked. The food was some of the best Indian I've had (lamb masala, aloo gobi, butter chicken) though a little pricey for Indian food (~$14 per dish); each dish was just enough for 4 people to each get a portion.
I'm East Indian, and overall, Raga is one of the better Indian restaurants in central Vancouver, it's the one I recommend when asked because there is no good Indian downtown. They food is quite good, service very decent, and pretty clean for an indian restaurant.