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Vij's Rangoli

1488 West 11th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H1L1
Tel: (604) 736-5711
Fax: (604) 736-3701
Neighbourhood: West Side
  • Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11AM - 10PM
  • From company website: "Vij's Rangoli sells frozen and refrigerated ready-to-eat Indian dishes as well as freshly roasted and ground Indian spices. Rangoli's dishes were originally developed at world renowned Vij's Restaurant. All of our products are made fresh on premises and are free of any preservatives or artificial flavours or colours. Our diner serves a small, five to six item lunch menu for eating in or take out. The diner menu changes frequently, but always includes meat and vegetarian entrées. The menu items are different from the packaged foods we sell, and are also made fresh on premise."

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The food speaks for itself
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

I have been to Vij's and was wowed by both the food and the bill! Same at Rangoli. Although more casual and less expensive it's a mini version of its big cousin.

The room is sparse and not fine dining like Vijs. However, I sat on one of the chairs for more than two hours and did not find them any worse than any hipster joint on Main Street. I also did find the tables too close together for a bistro kind of place.

The service was utilitarian and sparse but no complaints.

But, the food - I don't care if it's not what other people deem"authentic" or anything else. I don't thing it even calls itself and authentic Indian restaurant, so why can't people just leave Vij alone to make his magic?

The chaat was dliciously different and the cassava fries and dips they were served with - stellar. The Mushroom and pepper curry - fantastic as was the chick pea and onion dish. And sharing an appy and having one dish to myself I was stuffed. The naan really fills you up. Didnt have have any dessert - I don't like Indian sweets, but the drinks and wine were criminally priced for the serving size. I could eat this food everyday if I could afford it. Shared appy, one drink and an entree - before tip $40.

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Tiny tables & chairs, but tasty food nonetheless.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Went for a 1pm lunch and the place wasn't packed full yet so we started off with the tables on either side of us empty though later a pair sat on the one side. It is a little close, but it didn't seem to bother me as much as I thought it would have as the type of place is still cafetaria-like but upperscale & they serve you at the table. Also, they're careful to just bring out one course at a time so as not to overflow the surface of the tiny table.

I'm not sure I'd be ok w/ paying $8.50 for 2 samosas anywhere else, but it seems very natural to do so here & the condiments that come along on the plate is very tasty as well as the beans covering the centre of the dish.

I really enjoyed the Jackfruit entree. It was really juicy & a delight to eat though I'm not sure how it was supposed to go w/ the little mound of chickpea curry. The stewed lamb is a reminder that I don't like lamb as it is too gamey for me, but the sauce seems tasty enough. I gave it a shot since I was amazed by their lamb popsicles (grilled rack of lamb) next door which changed my view on simply made lamb. Most times, it's just stewed lamb that might lose some of that gamey-ness I dislike.

The meeti roti dessert was pretty sweet but still a much better take to the oversweet but seemingly popular sugar-drenched deep fried chewy dough fluff served in most Indian sweets places. The chai is served nicely hot & refillable while the Mango Pineapple Lassi was pretty good without being either too much mango w/o pineapple or vice versa. A good balance overall.

Will undoubtedly be back for me but will still have to lineup next door for the full Vij experience.

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Great Indian for the Non-Indian
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

Finally got to try Rangoli for the first time today. Arrived at 7:00pm on a Saturday evening and only had to wait a few minutes for a two-seater outside, under the covered patio. Although it was mildly cold, the heat lamp and cozy blankets warmed us up. The ambiance was quite nice with plenty of diners outside to keep us company. Simple but modern decor. The dining area inside is quite small and offered little spacing between tables. Probably about 35 seats inside; 15-20 outside. Now onto food...

Hubby and I shared the pakora and cassava root fries. The pakora was a mix of deep fried cauliflower, spinach and onions. Personally, I couldn't distinguish one veggie from the other, but they all tasted good, especially when soaked in this corn curry sauce. The cassava root fries was superb, perfectly fried and tasty when dipped in either the mint sauce or some tangy red sauce (name escapes me...).Hubby had the black chickpeas in curry sauce and I had the lamb in cumin. Not a huge chickpea fan but I must say that they did a great job of downplaying the beanie taste stewed in light coconut curry sauce. My only knock was that no naan was included so there was a lot of wasted sauce. My dish was especially good. The lamb was very tender without losing the texture unique to lamb meat and the sauce was balanced with subtle sweetness and spiciness. For the Indian food purists, the level of heat was probably nil, but for my non-Indian palate, it was just right. The naan included was very good, however, the portion size was paltry with two small slices. All in all, we were stuffed and even had a little lamb curry left over. Chai tea was pretty good although a tad too sweet to my liking.

Value-wise, the individual sized dishes are steals compared to it's more expensive sister restaurant. However, if this restaurant had been on Main St. or in Surrey, the pricing is above average. Being west of Main and catering to a predominantly non-Indian clientele, Rangoli offers good value and is a strong solid - 3.5 if I could average it. $55 for two appies, two mains, and two chai teas - not bad for night out. With a small group, I would try this place again but for large family gatherings, I would go to a traditional Indian restaurant for shared communal eating. Service was very attentive and friendly. No pretentiousness whatsoever.

Recommended

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wonderful experience, but don't really get the food
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 12:48am [Dine in]

I think this restaurant suits certain palates, and other palates…not so much. I have no doubt that they use fresh, high quality ingredients, but I just don’t get the flavours. I don’t dislike it, but I’m not crazy about it either, I could take it or leave it. I like the experience though, it is a really lovely place with great colors and wonderful servers, and everyone tries to make the experience beautiful. So I enjoy eating there…and there are some dishes that are nice, a couple of the appetizers have been quite good. But overall, I’m kind of meh. It’s too bad, because I like eating there…but if I liked the food a bit more, it would be perfect.

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Overrated
By chefdave of Downtown (58 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 6, 2006 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

After hearing all the rave about this place we deciced to try this place out. Situated beside their mainstay Vijs in South Granville. Personally IMHO I feel this place is totally overrated. The service was very slow and obnoxious and food was decent at best.

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Wowzers! We love this place!
By michli of Richmond (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

We go here often and love it!
It is best in the summer when you can sit outside as the inside can be crowded with not much space between tables.
The food and service is always amazing so we can easily overlook the size of tables. I wish they had a highchair for kiddies but the space constraints are tight! We like the fact that we can bring our daughter with us, as Vij's is out of the question with a toddler. BUT, we do love Vij's for a special night out!!!
Best on the menu: pakoras with the mint-coriander chutney, the mushroom-paneer curry (my husband will revolt in the streets if they take this off the menu!), the dals are very nicely spiced, the rice pudding is amazing, as is the meeti roti. Once in awhile, a portion is a bit small but you can usually request extra naan and rice for no charge.
The take out food is good but not nearly as good of a deal as eating in (the freshest of foods with rice, naan or chutneys).
Highly, highly recommended!!!

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Best in town
By foody27 of Kamloops (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

The hype about the food is justified, it was all amazing. I will be back, even my kids loved it! We went with a large group, and I think we must have had one of everything on the menu. Everyone went home happy. It was about $25 a plate, but it was very much worth it.

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Second best to Vij's, though at less than half the price ;-)
By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

So... last nite we found out the wait to Vij's was 2.5 hours.... I really wanted some lamb popsicles, but we didn't want to wait. Headed next door, got a nice seat right away, and ate some pretty good food. Lamb stew was nice, tangy, tender.. the naam bread was great... came with a salad (left untouched). Tried their pakoras - very nice, and some eggplant dish (so-so). Definately worth what they are charging.. and the prices for wine/cocktails very affordable. I would definately go again.

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Small menu, but perfect place for a casual meal
By chispita of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

This is probably a hit or miss kind of place, considering how small their menu is. The food is not really Indian food, but rather Indianized dishes - so beware! Not very spicy, and mixes flavours which might not be typical.

I can't recommend enough the portabella mushroom, even though it could loose the beet salad that comes on the side. Delicious sauces.

I would definitely recommend it if you haven't been here yet. Have a look at the menu outside ... if you can't identify anithing which appeals to you beforehand it might be better to find another place, since it doesn't have that many options. But if you like it, you'll love it.

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An excellent alternative to Vij
By Avocado of West End (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Rangoli is attached to Vij and offers a pared-down menu and seriously casual atmosphere. Summers have patio seating. Service is awesome. The food is very good: the creative menu is delightful even if short. Some of the dishes are not outstanding but still well-executed. Others are outstanding. Such as the pulled pork. Try it, even if you are a vegetarian. The restaurant gets some extra points for (a) giving eco-friendly compostable take-away containers and (b) giving extra naan in my doggie bag---a nice surprise when I had the leftovers the next day.

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Great food for takeout or dine in
By rebzees of Kitsilano (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 19, 2007 - 12:55am [Dine in]

Like many others, I first experienced Rangoli when arriving to Vij's and realizing the line and wait would be too long that night (although don't get me wrong - Vij's lets you sit in the bar and drink from an extensive wine list, and bring around free appies while you wait so normally worth the wait!)

It's definitely not a fancy dine out experience, but rather a trendy, quick bite place. All of the food is absolutely stunning, and is just as good if you get it to go (which you might like to do if you don't like sitting in a small area near others). As someone else mentioned, it's also available at Capers, but eating it fresh at Rangoli is so much better.

For dessert I highly recommend the Thomas Haas chocolates. He and Vij combine chocolates with Indian spices to come up with the most exquisite and unique flavours. A definite must to end your meal!

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Excelleny Indian cuisine
By burvan of Burnaby (30 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for Saturday lunch with high expectations and did not leave disappointed . Service was terrific and the food presentations were impressive with excellent varied tastes as we shared 4 lunch dishes . The Chai tea was delicious and very authentic . Certainly not inexpensive but the service and food quality makes this a new favourite.

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My favourite
By RubyS of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

I'm Indian, so I can say this is not traditional Indian food, but that's not what it is meant to be. Rangoli my favourite restaurant. I dream about Rangoli. Except for the fact that Vij took the beef kabobs (which would be my last meal, no contest) off the menu, I find the food perfect. Portions are perfect. My recommendations: chai (this chai is better than mine! and free refills), mango lassi, the chaat, samosas, portobello mushrooms/red pepper curry, beef with cream and fenugreek, and the rice pudding (better than my mom's!?).

Don't understand the other comments about service, but then I am a regular. I've never felt uncomfortable or unhappy with the service, maybe because I don't really notice that stuff. Also the music is always great and varied (not the canned bollywood music/sitar they have at other Indian places). Chairs ARE too small, it's nice to eat outside.

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The best of the best
By Ty_Webb of Kits, Vancity (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

The food here is amazing. The flavours and sauces are by far the best of any restaurant of this type in Vancouver. The take-out food is great too. Very simple in the boil-a-bag over a bowl of rice. Great service - friendly owner and staff.

Thanks!

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I don't eat the service
By bubba of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

I am not South Asian. For me, this place was distinctive because it is modern, clean, and great service. It is a professional venue in its shell... but the heart and soul of the food is only fairly good overall.
For Granville street, I should not expect more in terms of price, so I have to stick with that, but I was expecting a bit more even for lunch at $15.
I have heard from most South Asians that this restaurant though fair, is not authentic enough.
So check it out, it is worth a visit, but I am still trying to get to Surrey to try the real stuff!

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Delicious Indian food!
By americangraffiti of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

I will be honest: I'm too cheap to go to Vij's. For this reason, I'm so glad that Rangoli exists. I love the food here, especially the paneer and portobello mushroom dish. The rice pudding is to die for, and I'm so glad the restaurant returned it to the menu after it made a brief disappearance this summer. The restaurant is very small, so I often opt for takeout, which is prepared promptly. I like that the restaurant has invested in serving takeout orders in durable, reusable containers. Highly recommended.

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Nice lunch
By Quality_First of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

I happened to be up in the Granville area and decided to drop by Vij's 2nd restaurant - Rangoli for lunch.

I was quickly seated and knew that I wanted to try their curry lamb. Service was swift and friendly as I ordered and got my food in what seemed like a 5-10 minute span.

While waiting for my meal, I did take notice of their big freezer filled with ready-to-eat meals. Great idea. If you're craving East Indian food and don't want to wait in line for a table, buy something from their freezer and make it at home to enjoy.

My curry lamb was good, but nothing remarkable. I've had many curry lamb dishes in East Indian town (Fraser Street) and Vij's was comparable to those restaurants, but didn't stand out from them. Although I must say the decor was much nicer at Rangoli.

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I always like their lamb
By mem of east vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

Of course the lineup for Vij's was more than 15minutes, and one of my girlfriends was pregnant (she couldn't wait).
We tried Rangoli (next door to Vij and owned by the same person), and loved the place.
One girlfriend tried a chicken dish, the other the paneer main dish and I ordered lamb. Very tasty and my lamb was succulent.
I also enjoyed our pakora appys and the mango/pineapple lassi was delicious. I ended my meal with chai, and it was a great ending to a great meal. Next time I will order a desert.

The price was very reasonable, service very good and ambience was casual, and friendly. A good place to hang out with friends.

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enjoyed our first visit. Good food. Vij lives up to his reputation
By suzeque of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Went there a month ago, food was amazing. Service was good. Ambience nice but felt a bit cramped. I would go again except I wouldn't want to wait in line as others have told me I would have to. The day we went no lines so it was perfect.

Waitress wasn't very friendly but was okay with service. It's worth a visit to try Vij's food and not pay the big bucks at his bigger restaurant next door.

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Good lunch, skip the appetizers
By pafye of des moines, iowa (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2014 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch the other day in my trip to Vancouver. One of my friends wanted to eat spicy Indian food and so we went to the one that was closest to us: Vij's Rangoli.

Its a nice place to get together and eat. It can get a little crowded thought, but that's with every Indian restaurant in general.

Overall, the food was good. I had the lamb curry and the mango lassi. The lamb was cooked well, and the lassi needed some improvement. It didn't taste like a lassi but more like a smoothie. I didn't like the pakoras that were served - they seemed to be a bit overcooked.

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