Vij's offers a menu of Indian inspired fusion cuisine.
loved it the first time but hated the no reservation policy, so we had never been back. It was my wifes birthday and her good friend suggested Vij's because she loved the food. The food she loved was what we had made for her from the Vij's cook book. The date planned was a Saturday night and I thought we had no hope for 5 people at 7:30 without waiting in line forever, but...I phoned and was told that if we arrived at around 5:30 we could put our name in and leave and be told when to come back! We arrived at 5:30 and was told to come back at 7:00 so we walk to a wine bar and came back on time and were treated to a few free appies and were seated witkin 20 mins. Dinner was better than before and the waiter was great! We ordered family style( shared platters) we asked how many we should order and he suggested 4 which surprised me, he didnt try to over sell. We needed 1 more dish and it came fast. Fabulous dinner try the short ribs and lamb. Wine list could use a lot of help tho! poor selection of affordable wines ( under $50).
A week or so ago me and 3 others attempted to eat a Vij's. They dont take reservations so we where unable to advise the resturant in advance that I am allergic to dairy and another of our party was keeping (mostly) kosher for passover (so no meat or grains).
After waiting an hour we were seated we advised the server of our food issues and things just went down hill from there. Right after we said I was allergic to dairy the server asks if I can eat ghee (indian clarified butter). The answer was a big NO. Why ask when I just told you I'm allergic to dairy?
appietizers: my friend told the server she didnt like her food too spicy so he said that some sort of yogurt side would be served too to cut the spice. I ordered the only thing I could eat, the mutton kabobs. The appy's arrived sans yogurt. We waited and finally had to ask another server for it. Still too spicy for my friend and my mutton kabob's tasted like black pepper and spice. Not flavorful spice just unidentifiable spice.
mains: Both us girls could only eat the 2 vegetarian dishes. One of my friends knowing that I love my protein asked the server if we could add chicken to one of the vegetarian dishes. Servers response: There are no substitutions or additons to the menu it is servered exactly as is. My kosher friend asked for one of the vegetarian dishes without the rice and was given a hard time about the dish being served that way although in the end the server agreed
We never did get to the mains, Vij's himself came to speak to us since we had complaints about our appy's. In the end his response was to say that he didnt think he could serve us ladies. Not that anyone tried very hard.
Due us 2 girls now being told we cant be served we left and went to another resturant that not only happily served us but went above and beyond by creating a desert tray for me to eat.
I rate the food and value low because of the restaurants complete inflexbility with there menu. They obviously dont care about attempting to serve anyone with a food allergy or senstivity. I have eaten out at many many resturants from your low end diner to 5 star resturants and I have NEVER gotten the response "There are no substitutions or additons to the menu it is servered exactly as is." Normally if anything I end up talking to the chef and he comes up with some adaptations of the menu that I can eat.
Service was decent. They certianly had plenty of people working but still they forgot the yogurt that the server said was to be brought with the appy's.
I dont recommend eating at Vij's if you have any sort of food allergy or senstivity. They wont even try to adapt a menu item for you to eat.
I have been to Vij's at least 20 times, and it is a constant pleasure to dine there. The food is unlike anywhere else I've dined. The service is attentive, and the communication between the staff is excellent. They all treat you like gold while you're waiting for a table -- which is one of my favorite things, since they shower their guests with gratis Indian appetizers non-stop. My favorite are the mogo chips -- mmmmm. I bought Vij's cookbook just so I could make them for myself!
All of these things would not mean as much to me, however, if the ambience weren't so wonderful: the lighting, the fixtures, the colours, the smooth energy of the staff. All combined, these elements make for a wonderful dining experience, and, as a vegan, this is not always easy to come by in a fine-dining establishment.
Way to go! Vancouver is a more beautiful city just for have Vij's.
Am a regular of this fine establishment and everytime the food has been consistent. Went here on a Tuesday evening and was told the wait time would be approximately 45 minutes but was seated in 20 minutes. Don't mind the waiting at all as it is part of the experience, love waiting in the back with a drink and trying the various appetizer's that come out. Ordered the lamp popsicles, kebabs, saag and paneer. All was very good. Highly recommended.
What can I say, this is my favorite restaurant of all time. I have never had a bad meal here. Yes you need to line up to get in as they don't take reservations, and if you don't get there by 530pm you probably won't eat until 8, but it is so worth the wait. The service is always great and Vikram himself is there to greet you and makes sure you are well taken care of. The food is fantastic - the flavors are unlike anything else I've ever tasted. Not your typical Indian fare. If you want to treat yourself to a great dinner out, go to Vij's, you won't be disappointed!
I think for a restaurant to stay as "solid" as Vij's is a huge task. I have been many many times and the quality remains "solid" The service is also important and that remains consistent as well. I rather like to sit in the back and be served lovely apps and chat with the people in the same situation. If I want to be through quickly I go early and never have to wait. I am a chef and can tell you that to keep a restaurant consistently "solid" and keep filling it up is an achievement. Vij runs a wonderful restaurant and of course you may have better food at another Indian restaurant but keep going back and see if you continue to get it. That is the secret to success. And the "owner" is ALWAYS there!
So yah, we don't get out of the boonies that much. Decided that while in the city we would take in one of the newly acclaimed hot spots. I was so excited. Service is fabulous and friendly. I loved the comment of "We encouage sharing" so that is what the four of us did. It was OK. My first real Indian food, I expected much stronger flavours. Things seemed too generic and made for the masses. Lamb was lovely and mild but I would have liked stronger flavours in the sauces. Everything is cooked very well, and thought the portion sizes were fine. We tried quite a few items and nothing was bad, but nothing knocked my sandals off either. Nice chai and great chocolates with garam masala spices. Even with the waiting lines they do not make you feel pressured to leave. Best ambience? the floral display in the ladies bathroom...
I have been to Vij's a number of times and it is wonderful that the food and service have been consistently outstanding, if not incredible, ever since this restaurant opened. I had out-of-town guests two weeks ago and brought them to Vij's and they all raved about the food; the lamb popsicle sticks, prawns in coconut and grilled sable fish were all so flavourful. Fingerfoods were also offered with our drinks while we waited for the dishes that we ordered at our ttable. The service staff were great; three came to our table throughout our meal to make sure we had everything we ordered. The place is simply decorated, but elegant. I will definitely keep coming back!
I have to admit that I hate Indian restaurants. They just churn out a lot of cheap food that is not very good. Vijs has very interesting dishes that always leave me satisfied with what I paid. I have been there three times and never been disappointed.
It has been almost 3 years since I moved from the lower mainland to Victoria and in that time I have only managed to get back a handful of times but virtually every visit has included a trip to Vikram Vij's nirvana.
Having travelled the world over and eaten in the best and worst I can easily put Vij's in my top 5 restaurants in the world and I'm hard pressed to name any restaurant where I have had a better all round experiance. Sure the sweetbreads at Lumiere are divine and the BBQ prawns at Brennan's are to die for but time and time again the meals I have enjoyed at Vij's surprise and satisfy.
I'm not sure what the individual in the previous review considers normal Indian food but I guarantee you you'll have a difficult time finding jackfruit like this in Delhi or Bombay.
Vij's is not typical Indian fare. The dishes are exsquisite marriages of ingrediants and techinique that make my mouth water just thinking about them.
Vikram Vij is the consumate host. He remembers us each and every time we come in and in fact last time we walked by Rangoli he noticed us through the window and came outside to say hello.
We typically ask Vikram to choose our meals for us and he's never let us down.
Vij's is a very very popular spot and they don't take reservations so if you want to get a table right away be sure to go early or late. I prefer to go around 7:30 and enjoy a wait at the bar sampling the complimentary nibblies and enjoying a locally brewed beer or glass of wine.
One final thing to note is the value that Vij's offers. Dinner for two with pre dinner drinks and a bottle of wine (all bottles are the same price) is typically about $100-$125. I can guarantee you that you won't get value like that in most other metropolitan cities serving fare this creative and divine.
Came here with high expectations of out of this world indian food, but was disappointed for the most part. The lamb popsicles were amazing; enough for reason to come back. Everything was nothing amazing, but above satisfactory. Ambiance beautiful, very funky new age. Service solid and courteous. Overall I would recommed this place, just for the popsicles alone. Other dishes I would not line up for.
Went to Vij's tonight for the first time in a part of four. We arrived twenty minutes after they opened and had to wait about 50 minutes (yikes!). We ordered two appetizers- the prawns and the portabello mushroom. Very tasty. In terms of entrees, my lamb popsicles were excellent, the chicken breast was exceptional, the duck wasn't that great, and the candied yam curry was also quite good, though it tasted more like Thai than Indian food. Our total price came to 150, which I thought was pretty good. My gripe was that it was very noisy inside. All in all, a nice dining experience. I will come back some day.
I've been there twice now six months apart. It was definitely better the last time. The naan bread has changed to smaller, flimsier and not as lucious type. The lamb popsicles sauce was much richer the last time. The jackfruit was surprising and great. The fish was outstanding! The two gerwurtz we had were fantastic and knowing their retail price, which is healthy, a decent mark up, not like the rip off at Blue Water with a 3.5 mark up.
They brought us a wrong dish so they brought us the right dish and let us keep the braised beef dish they brought by accident. They were terribly apologetic.
They brought us a lovely muscatel after all of that as a thank you. Awesome.
Vikram and his wife are inspired. Vik is wonderful in front of house and it is a shame when he's not there (generally only once a week). It's worth it to come early and order a drink at Rangoli next door while you wait with everyone else to get in (no reservations). Don't ask for a menu - have a conversation. I don't always like everything, but I'm always happy to taste what's going on.
I come from out of the area: I have had a lot of good Indian food, supplied by co-workers and at restaurants they took me to or recommended. We walked in Vij's on a weekend evening and were amazed at the friendly service at the bar while we waited (and the freebie snacks, which were delicious). The food was interesting and well prepared, and the service was excellent as well. Before checking the menu, I somehow expected more bread and vegetable options than were on the menu. But I definitely respect the limited-menu concept and the care with which our dishes were executed. Each dish was spiced differently, and suitably.
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