Salam Bombay contemporary Indian restaurant
Finally! A great fine dining Indian restaurant that hits all the marks: great food, professional service, and sparkling serving ware and utensils.
Came in here with my boyfriend on a week night. We tried the chicken saag, butter chicken, fish pakoras, salad (can't remember which one, but it was piled high and really good) with naan. This was possibly the best Indian food I've had in a long time - all ingredients were fresh, dishes were prepared skillfully without over salting or over cooking (as I find with many other places). Spices were left to speak for themselves and compliment each other without over powering.
No complaints on service. Our glasses were refilled promptly, the server was polite and food came on time.
Only issue that would deter me from visiting more regularly is the price. Dinner for two (no alcohol ordered) came close to $100 with tax and tips. For these prices, there are many other restaurants to choose from, and while lower quality, I can easily get my Indian fix for a fraction of the price. Still, I'd like to go back and try their chef's tasting menu.
Not sure what to expect before we headed here. We arrived there to find the restaurant maybe a third full only. Not a great sign, but we'll chalk it up to the other diners rushing to places participating in "Dine-Out".
First off, this is not your typical Indian restaurant. I mean, it looks like it belongs on Robson, it's clean, elegant, very upscale look. And there was none of the usual spice smell. (Is that a good sign?)
Service was very professional, absolutely no complaints about that.
The food, it actually took time to come after we ordered. That was potentially a good sign! As we waited, we assumed that they were making it fresh to order. What a novel idea! ;-)
We were not disappointed. The food was fantastic. We had a couple of salads (lightly minted Yukon gold was one of them), a tandoori dish (kangaroo) and their halibut. This was one of those experiences that changes your mind about what a cuisine could or should be.
Is this a "traditional" Indian restaurant? No, absolutely not. (The tandoori kangaroo and musk ox were the first giveaways ;-). Is it an authentic Indian restaurant? I would say yes. Using traditional techniques and flavours, but new ingredients to piece together new culinary creations. And done with very good skill (my gosh, the naan was nearly as thin and light as most roti prata, but still had the texture and taste of a good naan).
It does come at a price though. Dessert (a wonderful pistachio kulfi, like no other we had before), no drinks, tax & tips included, we probably ran up roughly $60. (Mains are usually $16-24, but keep in mind they are "right-sized", so if you're used to North American portions, you will need to order at least a couple of appies & salad).
That being said, it's quite a unique culinary experience and the quality and price are in-line with this stature of restaurant down around Robson.
Whole-heartedly recommended. I would definitely go back.
I walk past this place all the time, but had never been in until just recently. I actually received a card in the mail for $3 off the lunch buffet, (reg. price $15) so I invited my co-worker to check it out one afternoon.
When we arrived, I was surprised to see that it wasn't very busy. It smelled really good as we walked in, which is always a good sign. We decided to have a look at the buffet items before selecting that option, since buffets can sometimes be 'iffy'. Everything looked really fresh and smelled amazing, so we both opted to try it.
Our server brought us water and a basket of complimentary naan, which was slightly thicker than most I've had, but hot and very good.
I tried pretty much everything in the buffet, including the dips/sauces and was really impressed with all the food, especially the lamb dish. Can't remember what some of the dishes were called, but I had two big plates of food and left full and happy.
I will definitely go back, maybe next time for dinner.
I had lunch here for the first time today, I've passed their advert board on Burrard enough to be interested and when my son suggested lunch up we went to the second floor. The ambiance and decor are certainly better than most lunch places and in keeping with more of an evening dinner space. Nice linen table cloths with cloth napkins, the works. The buffet isn't extensive but what they have is very good. Special mention for the Tandoori chicken (excellent) and the fresh Naan they bring to the table (again excellent, not greasy or heavy and always hot/fresh made, a real treat in itself). The butter chicken was good as were the various Daals they had. Coke for my son was 1.50 and bottomless, always nice with teenagers! A bit more expensive than most d/t lunches at $15 but in my opinion well worth it. They don't hurry you at all and are very attentive and gracious and the view of downtown scenery is a plus. I would recommend and return.
We'd heard great things of this restaurant from friends, some of whom originate from the sub-continent, so we thought we'd give it a try last Friday evening. We'd also travelled extensively through the sub-continent & love Indian food, even though western menu items tend to bare little resemblance to the Indian dish of origin. Most dishes have been modified to suit western tastes, esp. by British culinary influences.
It's centrally located in the heart of town & is relatively easy to find. It's exploiting it's location & potential high clientele turnover in the price factor, but I was somewhat let-down by the whole experience.
The place is extremely neat, clean & tidy inside. It is popular & by selecting a window table you can watch the world go by on Burrard whilst you eat.
There was a great range of food, but it was extremely expensive for what you got. One poppadum "cut" into 4 cost $3.25 & each pickle offering was $3.25. Veg. options generally start at $15.75 & meat dishes from $18.75.
I like my curries extremely hot & asked accordingly on ordering, but had to send it back because it was so bland. It was meant to be lemon & coriander-based, but was weak in flavour & lacking substance. The dish that came back was different altogether - more tomato-y based. All our meals were somewhat watery, thin & on the small size. The garlic nans were great though.
There was no draught beer. There was a good range of bottled beer, prices of which started from $7.
It was a very expensive Indian, the bill for 4 coming to $160 !
Good to have tried it, but we wont be going back.
Just go to Vaades in North Vancouver, it's tons better value for money & has an absolutely excellent range food..
Went for dinner on sunday night. It was not too busy and food was decent. I must say that it was on expensive side of indian food. Had chicken and prawn for appys. For the main course had the halibut, chicken and lamb. It came with rice, vegetables and naan. everything tasted good. Had Kulfi for dessert which was not Indian style but not bad. I was not too impressed with the masalia tea. they can improve on the tea. Good selections of wines. I would go back.
I came here with about 15 others for a work lunch. We all decided to get the buffet at $15/ per person because most of the menu items were about $13 to $14.
The buffet selection was very small. From what I remember, they had salad, tandoori chicken, butter chicken, curry lamb, vegetable curry, this spinach and cheese sauce, and this eggplant dish. My absolute favourite was the eggplant dish. I've never had it at other indian buffets before and I don't even like eggplant, but wow, this dish was just amazing. The naan they serve was also very good as it looks like real indian naan. The other indian buffets serve naan that looks like thick pieces of bread. Overall, the food was very enjoyable and it's better than the other indian buffets I've been to.
This was definitely the nicest and most expensive indian buffet restaurant I've been to. Luckily the boss paid hehe.
If you plan on going for the lunch buffet, come before 12 or else you'll have to wait in a long lineup to get your food.
Indian buffets are standard.Middle of the road. This one was outstanding. Friday it was a full house. We were 20 of us from our office. We had a 11.30 reservation and the place was empty. By 12 the place was full. Tandoori chicken and butter chicken was excellent. Nice salads, The sefood curry was tastefull and they had 4 vegeterian choices, fruits and rice pudding to top up. Fresh naans were served on the table. For 15 dollars its amazing value. Buffet was replenished constantly. Everything tasted fresh and unique in flavours.Nice spread. The vegetable dumpling yogurty curry did leave a pleasent after taste. First time I had that. Great quality at economy price. Superclean Place.
We went on a Saturday night around 6:00pm and there were only 4 other tables seated. For two people, we ordered the Baingan Bharta ($10.95 Smoked eggplant ginger, garlic, tomatoes, etc.) and Halibut Masala ($14.95), 1 order of naan and 1 order of rice. Probably could have done with just the rice or naan. Oh well. The eggplant was delicious, it's a small bowl but fine for two people sharing another dish. The halibut comes wrapped in a banana leaf and looks small, but again, good to share between two people.
This might sound weird, but I thought that the bowl of rice ($3.95) was fragant and tasted really good.
We would order the eggplant dish again, but would probably try a different halibut dish - there was also the choice of Coconut Curry or Tandoori for the halibut - or something else from the vegetable section. We didn't find either of the dishes spicy which is too bad, because I would have liked to at least have the option of asking for 'medium' spice.
Very attentive service as I usually find in Indian restaurants. There were 3 or 4 servers at the time, they kept our water glasses full and cleared dishes promptly.
They should think about getting dark coloured linens for the tables, we left a couple of curry stains as I'm sure must happen often.
You'll be able to find the restaurant because often, a man stands at the bottom of the stairs holding a sign pointing to the stairs indicating the directions to get to the restaurant. I think sometimes he wears a costume.
We'll be going again if we're in the area and the mood for Indian cuisine strikes. But there are a lot of other Indian restaurants in the downtown area that we'd like to try too.
After all the good reviews I had read here. we went there for lunch today. The bread was good (Naan) and so was the halibut. The lentil soup was delicious. The chef can't make rotis to save his life .... they were just oily and under-cooked.
There's very little choice for vegetarians. I was surprised because while they have even elk and boar and venison on their menu, they did not take vegetarians and the vegans here in Vancouver into consideration.
Hope they will change this in future. I had a paneer dish which was very good. The sauces were good too.
Atlast Vancouver has something better than your run-of-the-mill greasy butter chicken restaurant.
I tried Sulam after a few friends recommended it.
First impression was that the place does not really look Indian. I've been to enough Indian restaurants to see what they usually look like and to determine patterns. That place just does not look like it.
That's not bad I would say, just odd at first.
We ordered and our food came a little bit late, but the waitress was nice and looked like she wanted to really serve as well so no complains about the service. Outstanding I would say, it's not her fault the plates are coming in a bit late. (I hope)
In terms of the value, yes, I would say it's expensive. Not the place's and food's value.
Nevertheless, not bad and I would come back again.
Attending conference at the Hyatt, I was craving for some hearty Indian food. When travelling its always hard to find one that satisfies. Went with Colleagues for Lunch and was amazed by the quality and taste of the food. Great location just in the next block from our hotel, super clean, bright airy spacious room, white linen. Quick and prompt service. Food all tasted delicious and the buffet was always replenished fresh and hot. There was a slight delay for the refill of naans and chai but quiet understandable they were busy and rather we were in a rush to catch up our sessions. For $16 and change that was the best meal we had 3 days in a row. Just don't over eat.
This restaurant has some misleading reviews. We went in for dinner and although the lunch might be ok but the dinner was definitely not worth it. The food was below par. The food had a south Indian touch (which is not necessarily a bad thing) but sadly it was not done right. Being of Indian descent I know when the food is not as it should be. Our prawn dish was overdone and the prawns were very chewy.
The prices here are not reasonable by any standard. Definitely ot worth it. I would take my eating out dollars somewhere else next time.
P.S. Can the server not learn to pour the water in the glass without spilling and splashing EVERYTIME.
Considering the prices attached to this restaurant compared to that of the average Indian restaurant in Vancouver I was expecting something much better. A group of us had made reservations several weeks in advance. We were informed we would get a set menu at $25 a head.
To start, drink orders were taken on a selective basis, as was the decision on which of us would get water poured into our glasses. Our appetizer platters arrived stone cold, but admittedly, prettily arranged.
After a forty minute wait the family style entrees finally arrived. The management claimed the long delay was because they had another large group to attend, which I found a poor excuse. We had made reservations well in advance and I can only assume the private party in the back had as well. Most restaurants would have prepared for this in addition to the regular Saturday night deluge.
We then asked for the remaining food to be boxed to take home. This was not accommodated.
Dessert took another 20 minutes to arrive. Someone had brought a cake and despite several requests for a knife and serving utensil, neither arrived. We used a butter knife and forks purloined from an empty table.
The manager also refused to serve individual bills despite the fact some people had ordered additional drinks. We also discovered he had charged the group for 2 extra diners.
In all, it's lucky the company was good because this restaurant was not. Real Vancouverites are better off going to Surrey or Main Street for better, fresher Indian food and way less hassle.
I was searching for a restaurant that could accommodate a group of about 23 people for my birthday dinner. I stumbled upon Salam Bombay through an internet search, looking for restaurants that are good for large groups. Salam Bombay didn't disappoint - it exceeded my expectations! I contacted the manager ahead of time to reserve, and after telling him that we were a group of students, he put together a $20 fixed menu. Everybody had the option of ordering on their own, or with the fixed menu, but in the end we all went with the fixed menu. It was served "family-style", so all of the dishes were put in the centre of the long table and we all shared. It was lots of fun, and the food was delicious. We had a selection of about 3 appetizers, 6 main courses, a soft drink, and a dessert - for $20. Naan bread and rice was also served. It was excellent value for the price, and everything tasted delicious. I was happy that the food wasn't excessively spicy, due to my low tolerance! In addition, the service was phenomenal - we had our own section of the restaurant, and the staff was friendly and extremely accommodating. They kept refilling our water glasses, and brought out the food promptly. Thank you Salam Bombay for an excellent birthday!!
Went with a date for dinner and the experience was not as expected and told.
The first floor location is not the most convienient, to begin with, with parking being a headache.
I ordered the lamb soup which was flavourless and too runny. The prawn pakodes were good but not the best ever.
The server had no smile on his face and seemed like he was most disinterested in his job.
For dinner we had the Chicken Vindaloo, which I found to be too vinegary and the Halibut which was a little on the chewy side for my date. I am not sure why it tasted like that and here is the worst part, as I informed my server, his comment was ..... "oh maybe you don't like it, but everyone else seems to like the food" Well guess what Mr. Server - I don't care 'coz I DID NOT like the food or your attitude.
The rice and the roti were really nice and the best I have had.
This restaurant is nice to be in and the ambience is great but unfortunately thats where it ends.
I went here awhile ago with a friend for lunch. It felt a little strange as we were the only women in the restaurant and I'm not sure why this felt odd but there was something a little un-nerving about being there that day.
I didn't try the buffet but I have heard the buffet is tasty and good value. The main reason I didn't give it a go was because there wasn't many people around so I was unsure how quickly the food was being replenished and therefore how fresh it was.
The service was very polite and prompt, the server knew the menu well and when I ordered something that was also on the buffet he gave me the option to take the buffet instead.
It is quite a formal restaurant and the setting and food prices are better suited to dinner but if you don't mind paying a little more for lunch and want to get better service than a lot of the quick and cheap sushi restaurants or the many food courts in the area then this is worth it.
I haven't had Indian food since I moved from Toronto to Gabriola Island five years ago. My husband is a great cook and makes nice Indian food, but he's not Indian.
I discovered a listing for this restaurant on "Dine Here" when it first opened and was only serving lunch. I was thrilled when dinner reviews started to show up, because I figured if I were ever in Vancouver, I probably wouldn't have the time or be in the right place to have lunch. There were some rave reviews from when the restaurant first opened that for some reason were deleted long ago. However, I had written down this restaurant on my list as one I wanted to visit if I got the chance.
I have only ever had my husband's butter chicken, which is nice enough, but I always wondered why people raved about the dish. So I ordered the butter chicken dinner to compare. It was quite different - much more sauce, different taste. However, reading up on butter chicken I realise that there are so many different versions.
It came with rice, naan, some cucumber, carrot and lettuce with lemon juice on it, and a spinach and chick pea(?) stew.
I also ordered kachumber salad, though I didn't know what it was. I ordered raita because I love raita. I was asked if I wanted the katchumber mild, medium or hot. I asked for medium since I'd never been to the restaurant before.
Everything was fabulous. The chicken seemed a bit dry, but we usually eat boneless chicken thighs at home which melt in your mouth, so I don't take off points for that. The sauce had a bit of a tomato soup flavour to it, but this being my first time having butter chicken other than my husband's, I can't fault that, either. Whatever the spinach and chick pea mixture was, it was excellent, too.
The naan was wonderful. Yes, it was a bit crispy on one side, but I could easily have just sat there and eaten naan all night.
The raita was wonderful also. The kachumber salad was delicious, although I should have ordered it hotter.
Service was excellent - I must have had my water topped up half a dozen times. When I know I'm dining alone I try to pick my restaurants carefully so I don't feel out of place. I felt very comfortable dining alone here.
The prices were very reasonable. Salad for $4 and raita for $3, and I could easily have shared those if I hadn't been eating alone. In fact, I didn't need to order them at all, but I ate everything, anyway - oink, oink, oink!
The place wasn't too crowded. I had a window seat and, as I've been living in a rural area the past five years, it was wonderful to watch the "ballet" of cars, buses, taxis and pedestrians down on the street below.
I was hoping to go back tonight with a colleague to try something else on the menu, but we had a reception at the hotel and I am stuffed from that. Hopefully I'll get the chance to return, though.
The food was absolutley outstanding. Now when people ask for a recommendation for Indian food I know where to send them! Went earlier this week for lunch with a friend. She had the haibult which came with a delicious curry base and the fish just melted in your mouth. And I had the prawns in cashew fondue which was very tasty and I have never seen that sauce base ever before. The menu seem very creative and novel. They have apparently changed their menu twice as they are still trying out new things. My friend said that the calamari on the old menu was outstanding. Definitely a MUST GO for anyone who loves good food or loves Indian food.
Went there for lunch. Must say it is a pretty decent place. The ambience and the location is great. Did have to wait at the door for 5-6 minutes as my friend was trying to find parking on the street. Got seated and the service staff seemed to be a little lost. We were expecting to have some curries and some Tandoori chicken but nothing like that was on the menu. We ended up ordering short ribs and panir salad which was awesome. But I would not call it even remotely Indian. This restaurant is a great edition but it is not an Indian restaurant by any means even though it is a lot better than a lot of the typical Indian restaurants.