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Samosa Garden Restaurant

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

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Service? What's that?
By Eddy41 of GVRD (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Heard all the hype on this restaurant and the awards from the local newspapers. Decent decor, clean place, food was average, but don't expect to be served. Service was practically non-existent from the time I stepped in and had to ask to be seated after they ignored me for a few minutes, to me having to go to the till to pay (NO tip at all). I was seated for a few minutes and had to ask for a menu, they didn't bother asking if I wanted a drink, and I had to ask 3 times for a refill. The staff didn't seem to want to serve me. There has only ever been two restaurants that I have not left a tip, and this one holds the distinction of being one of them. I will never be back. Highly NOT recommended if you care at all about service.

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Bad service and food is down hill
By binh5354 of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 8:52am [Dine in]

Every time we want East Indian Food, we would think of Samosa Garden because we like their set-up and the food. However, I was very disappointed from my last few visit. The service is so bad and the buffet's selection are limited. However, their food are still great but not enought with the price that they are charging. I have switch my place to Spicy Grill down the street on Kingsway and 41. This place is small but the food are great. Their Samosa is the best I have ever try. Highly recommend but I heard that they are not doing well and is planning to move. I hope that this would not happen because I live in the neighboorhood. Good luck!!

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What is going on?
By servicefirst of Burnaby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

I used to go to Samosa Garden in it's hey day when you could not get a table and had to wait outside. After about 10 years, my daughter decided for her birthday that this was where we're going. So the 5 of us went and decided on the buffet. They had a nice variety but it looked like it was cooked a while ago and was sitting there, none of it was refilled except the naan. The tandoori chicken was hard and lukewarm, so did not finish eating that. The butter chicken, peas and paneer and fish curry were all just okay. The goat curry was a bit too gamey for me. The entire place was almost empty with people, yes, this was Tuesday evening, but the walls were empty as well, I think they're renovating or something, but they should tell people because it's so cafeteria feeling now. The bill came out to 70 dollars, 2 kids were discounted to 10 dollars and the rest of the adults around 14 dollars plus tax, no drinks. Overall, Jambo Grill would have been much better, much fresher. My kid is not allowed to pick a restaurant anymore.

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What a pleasant surprise - highly recommend!
By paulinepeters of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I haven't been to Samosa Garden in a while, so when a group from work said they were going there for lunch I was a little apprehensive. Still I decided to go along with an open mind. What a pleasant surprise - it was great.

Food - I ordered from the menu. Both items I ordered were great, full of flavour and the portions were big (which is why I've rated it high in value too). Very fresh and clearly made to order. I found out that the restaurant has changed hands and they have a new Chef too - I think his name was Khan. He came out to check on the tables and see that people were happy (somethign I always appreciate).

Service - Again this was really good - prompt and friendly.

Ambiance - They have removated since the last time I came in, but you could see that it still needed some work in places. But it was okay - comfortable and clean....nicer than some I've seen.

All in all I would totally go back and recommend it to anyone looking for a good Indian Restaurant. I'm pretty hard to please so that's really saying something for me!

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Went with coupon for $20 for 2 and was pleasantly surprised
By redpanda of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 11:09am [Dine in]

I was a little worried about this place because of many negative reviews, but since we had a coupon for a 3 course meal for 2 for $20 and I was in the mood for Indian food, we decided to try this place out. I'm glad we did.

Food: Average of 3. I don't know how authentic the food is so I can't comment on that aspect. Some items like the potato fritters and beef curry were delicious. The samosas were good but not spectacular. The tandoori chicken was too salty. The naan was not bad but not spectacular. The dessert was fruit cocktail in custard cream - again, not too bad, but nothing "wow".

Service: Solid service (actually deserving of 3.5 stars since I think it was above average). They checked on the food and were nice to us even though we were using the coupon. With the coupon, you pick from among 4 set meals. Since the appies of both meals would have been the same, the waitress was kind enough to suggest and allow us to switch one of the appies with the appy from another set so we would get a better variety.

Value: The rating of 5 is based on the fact that we had the coupon. Since we told them right away that we were using the coupon, we only saw the special menu, so I don't know about the regular prices. We had a whole lot of food for $20 - that's only $10 per person for a 3 course meal! We had enough leftovers for a meal or two.

Ambiance: Quite clean and generally pleasant. The only downside is that the paint on the chairs is worn down.

Overall: We will consider returning again.

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Always been a pleasure
By Gillybeans of Maple Ridge, B.C. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

Samosa Gardens was always a place we'd go when we had out of town guests (my family is East African, so it was "food like home"). I am not East African but over the years of eating it, I can say that I have experience in what's good and what's not on the subject.
I've always had a good experience with their food but because it's been a while since I've been there, I can honestly say I don't remember what the service was like, but I don't remember it being poor.
My favorite dish there is the butter chicken, I've tried to duplicate it and must admit, I am pretty close, but nothing compares to theirs. Their samosa's are also very good but my all time favorite food at Samosa Gardens is Mogo with chili chutney!
It's definitley worth the trip out to Samosa Gardens every time for me.

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Good samosas but terrible service
By brogers of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

I have been to this place a couple of times as others are always banging on about it. Both times, I had the same experiences. The service is APPALLING. It seems that they only have 1 server who cleary can't serve everyone. Unless you order the buffet, it takes forever to be served. The samosas are very good and tasty with the fillings be well seasoned and spiced. The tandoori chicken, though is the worst I have ever eaten in my life and I would recommend staying well away from it. I do not think that I will be returning.

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I don't like this place - and I have reason not to
By patel of burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 22, 2010 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

I don't like writing negative reviews.

But I have been to this place about 5-6 times (every time because other people have dragged me there)

And every single time, the food is not good - kind of bland and not very Indian tasting - (It is edible and you won't get sick) but the butter chicken sauce is really sweet and their Briyani is mountain of bland rice with a potato burried underneath it. Over all, it just isn't good food. Somethings aren't bad but what makes a bad situation worse is that everytime I go I get less than good service.

One time - they were busy mind you - no one even made an attempt to seat anyone waiting at the entry or even say "sorry i will be with you in a few mintues". Instead, the servers went out of their way not to make eye contact. It was shocking.

In Burnaby/Vancouver I prefer Himalayan Peak for Indian food and for African/Indian food I prefer Simbas.

But this place is worth a try I guess - I hope they have gotten better.

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Delicious lunch
By jturner of Vancouver (West End) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

Had lunch with my colleagues today at Samosa Garden. I was impressed at how clean it was . . . especially for Indian restaurant. We were seriously thinking about trying the buffet, but then we decided to order from the menu. I ordered Masala Halibut. The others ordered kebabs, shahi paneer and butter chicken of course and we all shared the food. The food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was very good and always came by to check on us and refill our waters. Really wanted to try some dessert but we were all too full. Will definitely come back again!

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Delicious dinner
By jturner of Vancouver (West End) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

Had lunch with my colleagues today at Samosa Garden. I was impressed at how clean it was . . . especially for Indian restaurant. We were seriously thinking about trying the buffet, but then we decided to order from the menu. I ordered Masala Halibut. The others ordered kebabs, shahi paneer and butter chicken of course and we all shared the food. The food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was very good and always came by to check on us and refill our waters. Really wanted to try some dessert but we were all too full. Will definitely come back again!

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Astonishingly Absolutely Awful
By Vanguyver of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

Well, a Triple-A rating in a sense. On recommendation of someone that visited a couple of years ago, we were looking foward to a good Indian meal. Finally went today for a late lunch, and I can't recall ever having been more disappointed with a dining experience.

Against better judgement (and I wish I had read the recent reviews first), I was talked into the buffet. There was a function being held in the private room, and maybe it was just bad timing, but all we got was cold leftovers after the queue was done. Servers tend not to refill the food until it is completely empty first - so that means if you're behind the person that has just finished the chicken or naan, you're outta luck. Whatever we did get (gravy and rice and a piece of chicken) was cold and completely flavourless. I can't recall a worse Indian meal - and I know my Indian food!

Service was basically non-existant - my experience (or lack thereof) was pretty similar to many recent reviews.

Value-for-money was the worst I have ever experienced - even for an overpriced city like Van. $35 for 2 lunch buffets and a chai?! Generally, my experience represented incredibly poor value. Curse mental conditioning, but I wished I didn't leave a generous tip - it didn't even occur to me not to leave one. But I could've kicked myself later for leaving one, and I have never felt that way about any other establishment before. Put it this way: even if the prices were halved (I took a look at the menu as well), it would still represent amazingly poor value-for-money. Seriously, you are much better off getting a President's Choice box dinner and then setting fire to the change - at least you would be reasonably well-fed and entertained.

Ambience can be summed up in one word: tacky. How tacky? Try plastic on the fabric seats of otherwise battered patio chairs. Why would anyone even think of holding a function here? Complete mystery to me. I would rather starve than return. Generally, I wish I could give this place no stars, but 1 star seems to be the lowest it goes.

One miniscule saving grace: the chai was good, not great... just good.

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Samosa Garden should be renamed Samosa Picnic
By shortyluscious of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 1:32am [Dine in]

I just came back from the Samosa Garden. It was a terrible experience! We had a big family dinner for my father's birthday, giving them, I thought, great business. The server never refilled our waters, cleared our plates, or took away scrunched up napkins. The whole restaurant looked the same mess, balled up dirty napkins left on everyones tables, while guests tried to drink their after dinner teas around the mess. The giant glass window doors they have everywhere were covered in dirty smears. The food was generally greasy, and overpriced for the atmosphere and poor service.

And here is the clincher: we brought in a cake for my Dad's birthday with candles. The server brought out the cake, with the package of sealed candles and a lighter, and set them down next to my Dad. He didn't light them, nothing! So we awkwardly lit the cake ourselves at the table. The server then brought out paper plates, plastic forks and napkins for us to use for the cake. (Apparently it is Samosa Picnic). And our table was still littered in used dishes, plates, etc. while we ate the cake, despite our asking the table be cleared.

I am not looking to go to the Samosa Picnic again, unless I bring my own wicker basket and perhaps a blanket.

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Overpriced buffet...
By lovingoodfood of Collingwood East Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

We originally went for the butter chicken... it was part of the buffet so we had the buffet...
Well there wasn't much in the buffet so we really only had the rice and butter chicken in the end...
It was bland... no spice... none... how could this be Indian?... and the chicken was big white chunks... but definitely not fresh... it appeared to be some kind of processed chicken cubes...

The rice pudding was okay...

As for service... we were seated... we were one of only three tables of patrons... we waited five minutes to even get water... and then he didn't ask if we wanted any other drinks... we served ourselves buffet... and then we had the dirty dishes in front of us while we ate the rice pudding... nobody offered us a bill... we headed to the till and out the door...

Oh, and the two of us spent over $40 for all of this...

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Good Indian Food!
By trisha of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 28, 2005 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

Samosa's here are so good, and not very greasy like lots of other places. Parking can be a pain at busy times, but the great food is worth the struggle sometimes!

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Valentines Day Dinner and dance
By Pallavi of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

I went to the Valentines dinner and dance. The regular weekend buffet was none existent on Valentines day. Items such as kabobs and gulab jamun which are supposed to be on the menu with a $15 regular buffet were NOT THERE on valentines when we paid $35 per person. There was not even items such as tandoor chicken or butter chicken which are regulars in any indian buffet menu.

Moreover, the ambiance at the party was far from romantic it was not even pleasant. Chairs were kept so close together, we literally bumped into the table behind us when we got up to go to the buffet. The place was hot and humid and everyone was crammed into the front part of the restaurant.

The single fruit salad item kept for dessert was ridiculous. Being an indian buffet and knowing indians love sweet dishes there was not a single indian sweet item such as gulab jamun or rasgolah.

The music was ok but it focused wayyy too much on old songs. Singers were not bad but overalll I did not feel that I got my moneys value for a $35 per person Valentines day party.

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Delicious food & good value
By wal54 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 1:52am [Dine in]

I had been introduced to the Samosa Garden a few years ago by people who raved about it and tried their butter chicken which was delicious. After looking at the ratings, I got a little concerned, but decided to try it again anyways. The butter chicken and naan bread was delicious and the price was great considering another restaurant nearby charges $5 more for just the chicken and then you also have to purchase the naan bread. I will definitely go back again.

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A definate miss...
By pateats of burnbay (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

This is the second time that I have visited this restaurant, and it will be my last. Maybe it was because I had an entertainment card discount, but the food and especially the service disappointed again. The butter chicken that they serve is way too sweet and not spicy enough. I asked for rice with my meal, and it was forgotten. I asked the waitress again for the rice, and never got it...when we got the bill it included the elusive rice !! I asked for the refund and she sort of shrugged and wondered if I had actually eaten it. One last thing - get rid of the plastic chairs !!

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Great butter chicken!
By gwfung of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 28, 2005 - 12:54am [Dine in]

Lunch buffet had ok selection, but highlight was flavour-rich butter chicken. Some others have more variety. Naan was nice and greasy.

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never again
By vanfoodwong of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 1, 2011 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

We been going to this place for the last ten or eleven years and we have not had food this bad in all those years. They have increased the price and decrease the quality and cutt the service The service(what service ?).their used to be a guy who was their for a long time he used to be so good all my family and fiends use to go their because he was so profesonal and helpfull and knowledgeable about the food ( even if the food was not up to par, he would make up for it in service ) I asked the waitress where he was she said he was no longer their....too bad........conclusion DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY FOOD IS AWFUL AND THE SERVICE SUCKS, VERY DISORGANIZED AND UN PROFESONAL

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Buffet sucks!
By eatout of Langley, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 14, 2005 - 12:01am [Dine in]

It was just the worst buffet we have eaten in Vancouver. We got there around 6pm. Everything looks like it was left-over and we should have left right then and there. I can remember all the selections they have (which are very limited): burnt naan (with big hole in the middle), cold white rice, cold fried rice, cold malasa potato, some side dish sauce, salad that doesn't look appetizing (some wilted leaves), some peas/beans sauce, cold tandoori chick drumstick, cold curry fish and sauce, cold butter chicken and sauce (the best one they have out of all other craps), and.. for one and only dessert: some runny coconut crap. When I say the food is cold, it's not good temp cold but rather a it-has-been-there-for-a-while cold (which makes it more disgusting). We feel like we are second class citizen in that restaurant, not from the service but from the food. These food are either side dishes or second hand from real dinner dish. No samosa, no shrimps, no wings, no lamb, no beef, nothing decent from the pics in the menu. After 1/2 hour, they refill the food tray, but the food is just mildly warm. My husband got his second and third, only to get his $14 bucks worth. Both of us have stomach ache afterward. We didn't try the dinner menu so we cannot comment on that. Let just say our $32 went down the hole tonight. We are just so angry and wish we had gone to japanese all you can eat instead.

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