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Samosa Garden Restaurant

3502 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5R5L7
Tel: (604) 437-3502
Neighbourhood: Central Park

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Decent dinner buffet
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Been going here almost once a month. We normally go for dinner buffet at $13.95 which we think it's a decent deal since regular menu items are $15.95 or more. We're so used to coming here so we kind of know how their service are: it's not the greatest but we don't really need much service since buffet are self served. For us, it's a laid back place where you can eat for as long as you want. Sometimes the servers are non-existent but it doesn't really bother us. As for paying the bill, we always pay at the counter. Maybe that's how they want it.
I had regular menu items before and they are very good. Their naan bread is enormous! It's like 1.5 ft long! Yummy

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No thanks.
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

I used to always go to Samosa Garden because they had really good samosas and a great buffet. Times have changed. The last two times I went, service was almost non-existent. It wasn't hard getting a table, but trying to get water/drink refills and paying for the bill is almost impossible. The buffet lunch isn't very good anymore. Quality has slipped somewhere along the way. There's hardly any naan ever, and when they bring some to the buffet table, they only bring less than ten pieces, and it's gone in no time. (Many other Indian restaurants, will give your table your own naan basket) They don't even offer Butter Chicken or samosas for their buffet.
There's always a line-up just to pay and if you're thinking about paying from your table, good luck.
You'll have a much better dining experience up the street at Saffron.

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Decent food for low expectations.
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 1:06am [Dine in]

Yes, I'm sorry to say I did not come here expecting much, so maybe that explains why I'm giving it decent marks.

Starting with the entry, I noticed this is not like other Indian restaurants. Hey, it looked like it might be clean!
There isn't really any service to speak of, so good thing we decided on the buffet.

So for the food ... well, it's alright. They had a decent sampling of dishes on the buffet and for Indian style, it leans a bit heavily on the meat side. I managed to sample just about everything they had and it was all , well, decent. That's all I can say. Nothing suprising, nothing super outstanding. Butter chicken, some curry goat, tandoori chicken, etc. It was all edible, except the raita, which tasted like some vanilla stuff scopped from Safeway. It was safe to say that was the worst raita I've ever had. (Maybe it was only pretending to be raita...)
Total cost for the buffet I think was about $16 per person. Given the variety and quality of the food, I would call this acceptable.

So what's the verdict? Is it worth a trip? Hm.... not really. Okay, let me say this, if I had a craving for Indian, this might be one of the top 5 places I'd hit in town, but that is not necessarily saying much since there is such a big gap between the top 3 and the rest of them (my opinion). You could do far worse, but I was hardly amazed or impressed here. This only passing standards. But hey, where else you gonna eat?

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Mostly ordinary
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

I've come to Samosa Garden the most out of all the other Indian restaurants and I can only sum it up as inconsistent.

I'm leery on the buffet there since the trays are usually worn through on my dining trips there so we stick with the menu items. The Butter Chicken is alright decent flavours but oily. Generous on the pieces of chicken, however. The Tandoori is also ordinary resembling moreso something out of a mall takeout joint. The Samosas are pretty good with a nice flaky exterior. I remember my first visit there years ago I ordered some sort of minced beef or pork kebabs and it was loaded with sodium. Yikes. Having never ordering that again I don't know if it was the way it was suppose to taste. Naan bread is large although sometimes a bit charred. Overall the meals I've had here it's been good but having had homemade and at other Indian restaurants it has so much more potential.

Service has been good but looking around I can't help but think it is the owner's children helping out. The are polite but are a bit slow and seem to disappear into the kitchen at times.

Decor is casual without the rich reds you'd see elsewhere.

This place could do way better (most notably their food) but they seem to be comfortable at where they are now.

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good deal
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2005 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Had the dinner buffet last week, and enjoyed most of the items. Its extremely well priced at 13.95. If you like tandori chicken, and simeple indian dishes, then give it a try.

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Good AYCE indian Food
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

I've only tried the buffet the numerous occasions I have been here. The butter chicken uses the tandoori chicken as opposed to regular raw unmarinated chicken pieces. Hence the taste difference and possibly sourness(from the marinade). The hot food selection is reasonable and comparable to most. prob about 8 hot items, i think. Never had a freshness issue with the food. but if they serve the same buffet all day. i was not aware, and would be concerned. Like most ayce indian food, there is rice, naan, chickpeas, veggie dahl and curries. and chicken option here, tandoori chicken and butter chicken and a lamb/beef curry option. I found the curries slightly different than that of the Indian town AYCE. The curries is more refined here.

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Hmmmm, went there for lunch buffet today friday $10.95
By semipicky of Vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I always wanted to try samosa's garden, didn't know if they had lunch buffet. Apparently, it's an ALL DAY BUFFET 11:45AM-11PM (that itself already sounds unappetizing) Was planning to eat at the korean restaurant next door but it was busy, so peered through the tinted windows and decided to try it out.
I've read all the other reviews and perhaps my dad and I were lucky this time. There were 10 other people eating at the time, so 2/3 of the restaurant was empty. It did give a cold vibe inside, the chairs are strange (wick with plastic covered seats). The dishes were of "contempary style" square and not big enough for buffet with curries etc.

THE FOOD was alright...it wasn't bland but nothing special either. The butter chicken was strange, i've never had any like that. it really tasted like they used evaporated milk and it had gone slightly bad or something....i don't prefer it. I even prefer new india buffet on broadway (and that's not all that great either). rice pudding for dessert (really good), there is yogurt(alright), and plain rice, naan is fine, not too oily/burnt, chewy texture. only chicken or lamb fried rice (more like lamb bone rice) I think there were 12 different dishes to choose from. They were all over lukewarm temperature (which is good enough). The server was a chinese man, I'd say he almost was too efficient to where it got uncomfortable. Washrooms were clean enough.
For $10.95 it's not bad at all.
I wouldn't come here again, even with entertainment coupon.

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Lovely Indian Restaurant
By Lise of Burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 11, 2006 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

Though the service from Samosa Garden has suffered greatly, I did enjoy the buffet offered there. I usually tackle the buffet on the weekends, usually around lunch hour where I know the food is fresher.

We have been long time patrons of the restaurant and know the servers there quite intimately so we never had any problems with the service though we have encounter waiting periods for up to an hour when the restaurant is busy.

Recommend the butter chicken, one of the best sauces in town. The naan, though greasy, is big and a must for anyone visiting this lovely gem.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in a heartbeat.

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Avoid The Restaurant-Bad Experience
By jollygood of Surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

I was given the menu board with no menu inside.
Pathetic place and staff are not trained or friendly.
To make it worse we were told only certain items on the menu were available.
It was either smogarsboard or nothing/.
This place was well renowned for the quality of food but
the new owners have driven it down the tube.

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Indian Food???
By willtryanythingonce of Burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 1:24am [Dine in]

Not so much but definitely food with an East African flavour to it. This place has a more colonial feel to it with it's staid decor.

Don't think I'll be back here, tried their buffet once and was not impressed and frankly was wondering what the fuss is all about.

Saffron down the street on Kingsway is a tad better than this place.

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Terrible food, terrible service...NEVER AGAIN!
By Heathertrann of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 12:23am [Dine in]

After driving past this restaurant numerous times, I was excited when my friend suggested that we eat there for dinner. At first glance, I'd predict that this place wouldn't be too shabby. Oh dear was I wrong. We entered the restaurant only to be greeted unenthusiastically by what looked like a suicidal waitress. She escorted us to our table, emotionless and didn't even bother to crack a smile. After a while of contemplating, we decided that we would eat from the buffet rather than order a dish. We were told the price was roughly $11 and were estatic because of how low the price was. We proceeded to walk over to the buffet to take out our food and I must say, the food was definitely not even worth the 11 dollars. The basmati rice was old and crunchy while the tandoori chicken was dry and unappetizing in general.The best thing that was consumed at this place would have to be the water. I'd much rather have a meal at McDonald's than eat at this place again. I am surely not ever coming back to this place and would not recommend this place to anyone. The service and food were mediocre and overall, appalling. Save yourself the money!

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Awful dining experience
By kr8791 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

The Sunday night "Special" buffet was awful. The buffet had scanty options of items. A private gathering was going on and they too shared the same buffet queue and some were not moving at all. We had to wait a long time and after we finally managed to squeeze into the spot... some of the items were empty( eg. naan bread) and the staff did not bother to refill! what pathetic service!! And only one sweet for dessert( some rice kheer)A TOTAL RIP OFF!( 35 BUCKS FOR TWO!!!) Not worth half the price since in a buffet one might normally expect a wide range of options to choose from. I was really disappointed with the dining experience there and felt we should have checked the review before.Will never go there again.

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Nice Place for a Family to eat out.
By Fareed787 of Surrey , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

Well recently took my family to this place after reading mix reviews i took my chance by visiting. I went on the Saturday around 05.30pm. My personal experience for a Buffet Dinner if you really want to enjoy buffet go at the starting time. You will get fresh and hot food. Well the choices of food were really great compare to any other restaurant i have been in Vancouver. Secondly the quality was good and taste was fine only my concern was the butter chicken to be too creamy i think thats the Canadian Butter Chicken style not the Tradional Indian Butter Chicken but my kids were enjoying this butter chicken. Well the service was good compare to many indian restaurant and atleast they smile when we talk to them. The best thing i normally like when i eat an indian food is the Naans and their were really good and soft. The dessert was Gulab Jamun which i find in every Indian restaurant but what i enjoy was their Rice Pudding not same what we are use but nice for a change.
In any how my experience was good and it was quite reasonable for the Bill to be less than $100 for 3 adults and 3 kids. Well i wont mind going back.

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Good overall
By JSP of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

Went there with a friend who knows authentic Indian food, who approved of the food. We are both vegetarians and there was a decent selection. Vegetable pakoras were quite good. We used a coupon from entertainment book so the value was fantastic, but even without the coupon it was still decent value as the portions were quite large. An appetizer and two entrees are enough for three. Both of us would go back.

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Great food, great service
By snowflake of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

I attended a birthday party at Samosa Garden in their banquet room last night. We had the buffet dinner and the food was delicious. My favorite dish was the Curry Pakora. For dessert, we had kulfi ice cream and it was so good. The server told us that they make the ice cream in the kitchen and freeze it. You can definitely taste the difference from commercially made ice cream. The serving staff was great and attended to us very well. Great place to eat and have a party.

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Service was never great, but food quality has now gone downhill
By samabula of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I've been to Samosa Garden numerous times over the years starting when they first opened. For a while it used to be my favourite Indian restaurant as the food could always be counted on to be delicious and flavourful. I don't know what has happened here lately, but the food quality has really gone downhill.

The service was never great to start with, as none of the staff (servers included) ever smile or even try to make conversation with customers. And once you're seated for the buffet, forget about seeing them again...you even have to get up and go ask for drinks and even the bill. But the food was what kept me coming back.

My last visit (September 1, 2009) was particularly disappointing. On the buffet trays, the rice (both the basmati and the pilaf) was not cooked well enough. (Not a pleasant feeling having to crunch on rice!) The naan bread tray had very little bread in it, and what little was there was cold and hard. The tandoori chicken, while the tray was almost full, tasted a little burnt. The most disappointing dish, however, was the butter chicken (which was my favourite dish at Samosa Garden) tray had only sauce in it and was void of any meat. I had to walk up twice to the staff to ask them to refill the trays. After waiting more than 15 minutes, they brought in a small bowl of butter chicken and put it into the tray. I ran up to get some before the other customers (who had been waiting as long) finished it off. Still no fresh naan bread, and by this time, the burnt tandoori chicken tray was almost empty as well.

I ate, walked up to the counter to ask for my bill, paid it and left...with no plans to come back again. They've just lost a formerly satisfied and loyal customer.

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Samosas are Great
By ILoveFish of Queensborough, New Westminster (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

My son was asking for samosas for days, but he loves the home-made type so I thought we'd give them a try. They are traditional East African type samosas (triangular with crisp pastry) filled with either beef or chicken (we ordered both). They were very good, and tasty -- a little spicy for my little one, but he managed to devour 4 or them.

We didn't try the rest of the food, but the samosas were great -- though a little overpriced.

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Great Butter Chicken and Naan
By jodylynn007 of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I have ate here on a regular basis for many years and only ever order the butter chicken, naan (ask for it with garlic for it to be extra good), and a mango lasi and the food is great every time! I drive out from Surrey believe it or not... so I have heard the buffet isn't all that great so if that is what you are looking for, you might want to go elsewhere, but if butter chicken is your thing - this is your place!!

The service isn't too speedy, but if you don't mind asking for the bill at the counter on your way out, you will do fine. :)

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Very underwhelmed
By kilkenny of Queensborough, New West (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 1, 2006 - 11:06am [Dine in]

When we arrived, noticed there was a buffet. Thought it was for the party in the back as it wasn't offered to us. Also wasn't offered drinks to start. Not sure why this is called Samosa Garden. Samosas were very bland. Had to drench in sauce. Both of our main courses were stale, and had no flavour. Had a problem with the bill and had to wait 10+ minutes to get it back. Massive piece of naan was different, but took up 1/3 of the table. Not sure why this place is busy. Maybe b/c they offer Halal meals. Didn't really get the wicker chairs with plastic on the seat cushions either. Won't be returning here, or recommending to friends, that's for sure.

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Pass this one by
By phattass of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

We attended this place as a group from work because a few of the people said it was better then our usual indian spot. We went as a party of 12 or so to the lunch buffet and recieved a very chilly reception, both figuratively and literally. The staff was very unaccomadating, and had we not been on a time crunch we would have went elsewhere. The place was very cold, but I guess that can be a problem with places at lunch times. The lunch itself was fair, and was tasty with a really good dessert. The biggest problem though was finding dishes clean enough to eat from. We literally had to dig through stacks of dishes to find even one clean enough to eat from. One bowl actually had blue gel in it, I mean, a large amount of blue gel, (perhaps dish cleaning fluid?). We were quite grossed out by the end of the meal and have vowed not to return. I spoke with the manager days later and she did not believe me when I told her about our concerns. She did mention that they were planning on buying new dishes, but I'm not sure what good that will do if they don't wash them. The good news is that no one reported for work ill the next day.

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