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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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Lunch & crickets
By brebis of Revelstoke (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

On a rainy Monday why not try something new
No one believed I'd try the Naan "Pizza" with
Roasted Crickets and Paneer.
More than a topic of conversation or bragging right
the "Indian" pizza is an excellent choice. The crispy
critters are just that ;crispy and apparently a source
of protein. They added a crunch to the paneer and zest
to the conversation. A must try!

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Pretty great lunch on the west side
By luckygirl1974 of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Great lunch experience here this week. The food was excellent almost across the board (the goat not being as tender as I would like it to be, but then that may just be goat texture), and the mutton kebabs are not to be missed. There's good value here as well and from looking around at pleasant faces, i'm not alone in these opinions.

Ambience a bit more suited to women with it being light and airy, and the BF doesn't love the kindergarten furniture (his term) the room is filled with, but I guess it keep people from getting too comfortable as lines can be long.

Service on point with quality checks, water topups, confident recommendations, solid wine list.

I'll definitely be going back over and over. Must also add that some food, ingredient or spice at both Rangoli and Vij's has a tendency to set my stomach off, and I know I'm not alone with this. Certainly not a quality issue, but likely rather to do with the fact that the meals are quite rich. Meh, whats a little Delhi belly when the food's tasty, right?

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Pretty presentation but not much else
By silmycat of BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

I think I was expecting Indian food, and Rangoli is more fusion than anything else. The food here is toned down and is catering to the south granville crowd. Meat was a bit tough in the curry. There is an interesting mix of mild flavors, but not my cup of tea. What disappointed me the most was the naan. WTF? I could not believe they were passing off those gluey pita looking things as naan. You can find more authentic naan at Curry Express for goodness sake! Lets end on a positive note: the mango lassi was very enjoyable.

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A solid alternative to Vij's
By bt227 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Excellent service and good food. I questioned the price initially, "$12 for cafeteria style food?" But don't be deceived, the food is excellent and the servers are friendly and attentive. We were constantly refilled with water, tea, naan. Just head on over if the line up at Vij's is too long, a good solid place all round.

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Best Cafeteria Ever?
By zach_food of Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 12:09am [Dine in]

Been to Rangoli a number of times, and its up there in terms of places to grab a bite while out. Even if not in the area, I make sure the route takes me that way. Try to go at off-peak hours, late lunch/early dinner time seems to be the sweet spot. If its just for two, then you shouldn't have to wait long any time, but just giving you a heads up. The food is great. Similar in style to Vij's this is Indian food redux. My favourites include the spicy pulled pork, black-eyed pea masala, pakoras (whatever kind they have are outstanding) and the talipia and mussels I just had the other day were great. You can do a fancy lunch or good dinner here, though thats the only time the amibiance can go either way. Not a lot of room, nor particualrly polished, this place reminds me of an upscale Cafetria, not that I am complaining about what they are serving up. Dishes are big enough you can skip the shared treats, which makes it more affordable, or my personal favourite is one starter and one main for two.

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OK but overrated
By vwou of vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 22, 2007 - 11:54am [Dine in]

Lots of people come here because they make Indian food "friendly" to the masses. Make it a bit less spicy, serve it at a upper scale neighborhood, make the food more presentable, and you have success. Let's face it, the food is average. It is just that people don't wanna venture of their comfort zone and go to say Fraser St. But I have to give this place some credit. Service is excellent and they make Indian less intimidating. But honestly you can get the same taste and flavour somewhere else for half the price.

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My favorite Indian joint in Vancouver
By mjc of west van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

i like it better than the mothership (vijs) next door -always open too -i hate that shutting down in between lunch and dinner. the flavors always bring you back. ive run into vij several times there -hes quite a fun character. have bought his cook book and many carryouts from here.

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Kids Galore!
By Viviyan of Burnaby (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

My two best friends and I stumbled upon Rangoli when we were clueless about where to eat on Granville. Interestingly enough the colourful decor of this place caught our eye and we landed with seats in no time. This was back in August so it was a warm evening. This is probably a summer place because I can't imagine anybody sitting indoors (theres literally nothing in the store/restaurant).

The atmosphere was festive. Colourful tapestries hung above us, babies were at almost every table, toddlers walking all around Vij's (that was kind of odd). The food was really good despite the tiny portions. We sized for extra nan bread and rice, which to our surprises, they didn't charge us for it. Come back for summer!

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Great food, terrible services
By foodie of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 10:36am [Dine in]

First of all, food is great at Rangoli. I've been there many times and I've brought their frozen food home several times too, always been a happy customer.

The staff there are so snooty, I agree with other reviews... I don't know why...We're spending $12-15 per dish, they probably get paid $10-$15/hr?! (correct me if I'm wrong, and my apologies if I'm wrong). Just because they WORK at south Granville area doesn't mean they get to look at their customers with thier nostrils. Of course they serve you whatever you ask for but the attitude is just TERRIBLE. It's like they think they're better than you. I hope the owner reads this review so he'll stop hiring those b-i-t-c-h-e-s.

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Great take-out
By Frank of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 28, 2005 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

Rangoli's is next door to Vij's and when you are tired of waiting to get into this more upscale cousin - run by the same people, then Rangoli's is the place to come.

The in-house dining is lacking in atmosphere but is simple and clean. The food is what makes it though. Small but tasty selection of indian food.

What we find best is the take-out. One wall of the place is made up of freezers. Nicely packaged meals await you, in silver bags. Helpful staff are ready to advise you on what to have and how much you need. We found their estimates on quantities to be spot on. And the food is easy to deal with - boil in the bag gourmet meals - who'd have thought it!

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When You Want To Try Vij's Without Breaking the Bank
By I like to eat of Kitsilano (20 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

This place is solid if not fabulous. The food has always been good, both the dine in and the take away. I have always had really good service here too. Even though the tables are very close together and you are quite cramped for space, this has not ruined a meal for me.

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rude and rushed
By JeNoodle of downtown Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

A group of us was going to a play around the corner at The Stanley, so we decided to have dinner at Rangoli before the show. We arrived around 6, and were seated right away. We ordered our dinner, and it arrived about 15/20 minutes later. The food was delicious. The service was terrible. The serving staff is pleasant and attentive before you order and while you dine, but once you're finished, if you don't hurry up and get out as soon as you finish your meal, the attitude factor kicks up to fifth gear. We came close to the end of our meals and wondered whether or not we should get more drinks and dessert; we were asked once, and said we were undecided. After that, it was shite service. We were presented with the bill (two minutes AFTER we'd said we hadn't yet decided whether or not we'd have dessert or a digestif), so, disgusted with that, decided to pay, but finish up our remaining drinks and food. Our money certainly was taken right away. Each time one of us put down a glass or finished a last bite, a server was standing there to sweep up our glasses/forks/plates/bowls right away (as in, one of us put something down, and it was snatched up less than ten seconds after it was put down). Not cool. They were obviously trying to send us a message to hurry up and get out. By the time that happened, our party had been there for slightly over an hour; not a long stretch by any means. When we pay at least $30 per person for dinner and a drink or two, I expect that we won't be rushed. I don't care if there are people waiting; we were there before them, and expect to enjoy a meal, unrushed, especially at an establishment or name that prides itself on its service. WE'd already paid the bill, so the tip had already been submitted, but at least two of our party wanted to request the tip BACK because they were so rude, hovering about and sending non-verbal messages to leave. After moving as slowly as possible to finish up our remaining food/drinks, we sluggishy got ready to leave...but not before noticing that one of the servers asked another table of two to please leave because other people were waiting. UNBELIEVABLE. We'd all been to Rangoli before and experienced nothing but great service, but this last visit has indelibly imprinted itself in our minds, and we won't be returning. There are plenty of places for Indian food in Vancouver, and I have never been rushed or made to feel unwelcome at any of the other Indian restaurants I've been to...not even at a $10 buffet on Main Street. I hope the bosses or managers talk to the 'service' staff at Rangoli, because there's no such thing as service there; it's all snot and attitude.

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Portobello mushroom dish cannot be beat!
By clementinebleue of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Lunch at Rangoli is always a delight. Although it's a bit cramped and noisy (so cramped a waitress once spilled a dish on my purse!), the food more than makes up for it.

The portobello mushroom dish is especially amazing. The paneer paired with it is surprisingly good, and the naan is like candy.

The takeout items are definitively a notch below, it's much more worth it to eat at the cafe.

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Whatever....
By Muse of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch. Super tiny place. Makes me wonder how anyone can eat when the seating is sooo close together (you could bang elbows). Service was good, but the food was bland. Yes, bland. I ordered the Eggplant and it was so oily that it killed the flavours. For a place with a limited menu, I expected the food to be much better (like most of the reviews).

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too much hype
By daisuke of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 7:34am [Dine in]

Save yourself the hassle of dealing with overdressed waitresses who are desperate for tips and compliments. Really, who is going to say the food is complete $&%^ when the waitress asks? At least we're not that rude.

The ambience is pretty nice but the food is NOT worth the money. Mediocre at best.Seriously, just go up to Capers and buy the same Vij's curry in a bag to go from there and skip the irritating service. Buy from Rangoli's freezer area if you want to deal with going in there. The place was just set up as a place where Vij can throw the spillover of people waiting to get into Vij's next door for dinner. The only plus is that you don't have to deal with Vij coming around to your table and irritating you while you try to eat. he saves that for next door. Even Sarah mclachlan was a bit disappointed with her dish at Rangoli last time I went.

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Great place for flavourful bite!
By blahblah of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 17, 2006 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

Folks, this is a great place for a quick bite. Comparible to most good Indian restaurants. I am very familiar with Indian food and the fusion style did not throw me off at all. It was delish! Great service, the girls are just luvly. Ofcourse the place is Anglo-sized on purpose, so as to add a little "whity goes to India" feel to it.

Great food!

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