Small, very authentic Indian restaurant with typical Indian atmosphere. Located right on Robson Street, just as you enter the west end.
The butter chicken was tasty enough. The curry is smooth as well. Though the service, when I went, was rather slow and dull. The restaurant itself is rather small, and ventillation isn't the greatest. I've only tried it once and so it might actually be better than I found it to be. But the deciding factor of return visits are usually based on the first one. Sometimes, to be fair, there would be at least two. But for the price paid here for the portion you get, etc., and the service, there will not be a 2nd visit from me. Admittedly, it is far better than the food that's served in some of the Indian restaurants on Main Street.
If you work downtown, this is not a bad lunch place. You go for the food not the atmosphere. The service is satisfactory - neither great nor bad. Butter chicken is my favourite dish so I judge most Indian restaurants by this and the butter chicken is fine here but I have had better in a few other places.
Normally I've always eaten at the All Indian about 300 feet away from this place, but it was nice out and they had an outdoor seating place so we were lured in by that so we could stay out and enjoy the weather.
the service right off was alright, got our menus and drinks and ordered a veggie pakora. out of the probably 5-10 different places i've tried pakora at, this has to be the worst of them all. 6 pieces, 3 small cauliflower and 3 huge slices of potato covered super greasy, black batter. I've never eaten something so bland in my life, the only taste they had was the raita i was dipping them in..
for our main course I ordered the butter chicken (extra spicy) and garlic na'an while my mother ordered the specialty na'an (na'an with chicken peppers and onions in it) and the baingan bharta, an eggplant dish. the butter chicken was alright, but nowhere near spicy. the garlic na'an was delicious and the bharta was decent. the specialty na'an smelled like a pizza, and tasted like a bland microwaveable pizza with no tomato sauce. not to say it wasn't good, it was tasty, but was definitely not something i'd order again.
the bill was over $50 just for the two of us, and I know it's robson street, but that's still a little high. I probably won't be going back here.
I was born in India to parents who stayed on after independence rather than returning to the UK, so I had the benfit of growing up in a rich and varied culture witn a unique cuisine. I had an unusual facination for food, and was allowed to spend time in the kitchens, where the cooks were happy to teach me about the world of spices and cooking techniques that make Indian cookery the marvel that it is. I will not claim to be an expert Indian cook (though by North American standards I am as knowledgeable as most), but I did receive generous praise for being a discerning student of this ancient and complex art.
With this background I confess I have been disappointed more often than not by Indian restaurants in North America and the UK. The food commonly offered is humdrum and predictable. However, The Taste of India recently served dinner to some friends and me which was a very pleasant surprise. One may quibble about details respecting the spicings etc. (this is one of the pleasures), but the verdict overall was that the food was well prepared and nicely served. Even the unobtrusive background music was authentic.
My friends and I agreed we will happily return for more on my next visit to Vancouver.
Wow - keep coming back for the butter chicken. Give it a try and you'll see why. Other than that, have had good expereinces there as far as food and service. They've added a patio which is ok.
A tad pricey - yes.
After checking out many Indian restaurants, I have learned that if an Indian restaurant is clean and the ambiance is modern/western, then the food is going to be garbage.
Now onto my reveiw:
This place is pretty clean although there is a weird smell but you get used to it.
The food is GOOD, maybe the price should come down just a tad bit but it's still worth the food. The food is good including the naan. They need to give bigger portions of Rice, SERIOUSLY.
Overall, not too bad. Worth a try.
Felt like Indian Food on the way home and this place fit the bill well. Great location, quick and courteous service. Food is very good, some of the best authentic Indian food I have had in the this city. Price is a tad high, but I bet so is rent in this location. Ambiance, good, not stellar, this place is very small, which is typical of the restaurants in this area. I will go back for sure, and no doubt i will pick up dinner on the way home from there again.
I know that many folks like to eat Butter Chicken but A Taste of India has the best Chicken Korma bar none. It is extra good if you ask them to put paneer in the dish. (a slight increase in price).
My work colleagues and I go here because we can get a great meal in the time that we have for lunch but don't feel as if we just dined out in a fast food restaurant.
Last night we tried this restaurant! We only went in because we saw the claim of winning consumer choice award of 2008! Big mistake! It was the worst Indian food ever. In fact it was so bad that most of our food was left. We paid $41+tip dollars for two dishes. The chicken Tika was so bad that my boyfriend felt he is going to threw up. The Tika generally is made with chicken breast; they had used the leg which is the cheapest! The lamb dish was very salty and tasteless that made you wonder do they taste the food they serve to the poor costumers! The restaurant was dirty and the environment was so confined; the waiter was not clean either. She had leaned the front of the plates on her shirt before putting the plates on our table. Do not ever go there! I agree with the previous reviewer they pack and leave out this business!
Nice location for this restaurant and the food is not bad either but why does the decor have to be so tacky. It makes the places look so overcrowded.
Please tear down those paintings and the hanging lights!
While taking a walk on Robson after just arriving to Vancouver, I decided to take a friend of mine for her very first Indian food experience. Likely the most disappointing part of this adventure is the fact that my friend has said that she could care less if she ever has Indian again - the food was that poor!
In terms of the food, we had the Butter Chicken which had a texture similar to grocery store paste. It was served with stale popadums and bland/oily rice.
The service was beyond poor. Our waitress was wrapped up in an episode of the Young and the Restless and would visit our table during the commercial breaks. Although we were the only customer present, there must have been a shortage on baskets since at one point she removed the last popadum from the basket to put it on a side plate so that she could free up her prized basket - with her BARE hands! GROSS!
Our meal was to come with a chai tea, which we had to remind her of when she brought the bill. She brought back two hot drinks that had more of a chemical taste than that of chai. Shame on me for thinking that these would be worth the wait rather than losing 10 minutes of my life which I will never get back!
We were seated at a window table and spent the remaining time in the restaurant making hand motions to those outside that were contemplating entering the restaurant - DON'T DO IT! For God's sake, run while you can! Save your money... In fact, SPRINT!!!
Funny enough, this horrible experience has been a main topic of conversation during our time in Vancouver. Each time we consider trying a new restaurant, we say "well, at least we know it can't be as bad as Taste of India".
I have been eating outside for the last 6-7 years so I have come to expect the bad with the good. But A taste of india managed to claim the top spot in my list of worst restaurants I have ever visited. I ordered a naan , chicken tikka masala and chai. The chicken tikka masala was disgusting , It is hard to describe but if you were to eat from the trash you probably will get something that tastes better. The chai was also terrible and the safeway variety. I wouldnt be too pissed if this place was some budget price but the bill for me was $25 for those 3 crappy dishes. Avoid this place at ALL COSTS.
We eat at this place at least once a week - it's that good. There are so many good things to eat here that it's hard to decide what to suggest to you! The butter chicken is excellent. There are many tasty vegetarian choices. In fact, it would be hard to go wrong here. Recommended.