Amrikko's serves Indian cuisine in View Royal with belly dancing on the weekends.
We went here for dinner on Saturday night and overall, enjoyed our experience. I think this place used to be a Chinese restaurant for a long time. They have a large parking lot surrounding the building making access easy.
We ordered the appy platter to start. Then we ordered a few entrees to share including the butter chicken, curry lamb, gobi aloo and paneer spinach. All the dishes were pretty good although I had a couple minor quibbles. The lamb was a little tough and all the dishes seemed a little on the sweet side, but overall the food was enjoyable. The value and pricing was what you'd expect with all mains in the 10-15 dollar price range.
The service was attentive and got the job done but some of the bussing staff could have been a little more effective by grabbing the plates to be removed rather than asking us to pass them to her.
Overall, we had a pleasant time and I would return when in the mood for Indian food in Victoria.
On Friday at quarter to five, we decided to go to Amrikko's for supper for the first time. I phoned and asked for a reservation for 5:30, and got a bit of a confusing response - he said "very busy, but just walk in, we'll squeeze you in" and then asked for my name. So I figured I had half a reservation. Maybe.
When we got there, I gave my name, and they looked through the book but couldn't find me. So I guess I didn't have a reservation at all - but when I said I'd called 45 minutes earlier they went "Ohhh" and showed us to a table to the left of the door by the bar, where there are only two tables. I guess it's their overflow area.
From that slightly rocky/confusing start, everything went well. We seemed to have a waiter, a waitress, and a manager all taking care of us, so we had service galore. The manager seemed a bit shocked we didn't want appetizers, and when we ordered 3 dishes plus rice for 4 people he told us it wasn't enough food but my husband told him we weren't very hungry so he accepted our order as it was :)
The food was great! (And there was plenty of it - we ate it all with no leftovers, and with dessert that we really didn't have room for, we were stuffed.) We had the butter chicken, coconut beef, and spinach paneer along with an order of roti, an order of garlic naan, and two orders of rice. I had gulab jamun (sp?) for dessert and tried a bite of my husband's ice cream (jaffi?) - both were very good (once I got over the sugar shock of mine!)
In all, the food was very good, and we will definitely go back. I recommend making reservations farther ahead than 45 minutes, though, so you don't confuse everyone ;) I've rated the ambiance as just "solid" since there really wasn't any where we were... but we weren't in the main restaurant either. I believe they have belly dancers as entertainment, but if they were working that night, they didn't come over to where we were sitting, but that's fine.
A friend of mine and I have gone here a few times and we have both been really impressed with the food and the service. At first we were not sure as it had just opened but the parking lot seemed full so we gave it a try. The staff were very friendly and eager to please. What we really liked was that ever time we go there, the owner comes to talk to us at the table and makes sure that we are happy. By our 3rd visit he knew us and we felt very welcome. The food is awesome. The dishes may look a little basic when they arrive at the table, but the flavor is so amazing. I have been raised eating curries and I must say I was impressed. I noticed that there was not salt/pepper but thats becasue we didnt need it. The dishes are just perfect. We have had the Prawsn Dilwala and the Bombay Prawns. Both awesome! Bombay a little spicier. The prawns (and I am very picky with this) were perfectly cleaned and butterflied!!! We had some Naan bread to share which was awesome to dip in the sauce and the basmati rice was done perfectly. I have nothing to say that is negative! Even the bathrooms were kept clean!! I will go back often for sure! I only wish the rice or bread was included in the price...
** First of all I am not sure what is up when adding new restaraunts but to correct the information; This is in Victoria NOT Granville. Second the price might be dropped to $$ from $$$ as it would better reflect the per person cost.
Having never been to an Indian restaurant my wife and I decided that it was something that we really wanted to try. Our first look into local restaurants was done online looking for the one with the best reviews. Sadly most of the reviews were mediocre to down right bad and as a result we decided to try East African food instead (see my review for The Blue Nile restaruant). On the way to the other restaurant we saw the parking lot of the old Sammi's restaurant packed to capacity, something that we had never seen before. We were very excited to see that the sign had changed and that the restaruant was now Amrikko's East Indian Cuisine.
Two weeks later we invited some friends to come and try out this new restaurant with us and then called to make a reservation. When I called I got a machine so I left my name and contact info with our reservation request. The next day I received a return call from the restaurant to confirm and we were all set.
We got the last two spots in the parking lot and went in. I was so glad we made the reservation as the small lobby was full of people waiting. One thing that I noticed right away was the number of staff moving quickly about under the watchful eye of what was obviously either the managers or owners. It appeared as if they were not leaving anything to chance and they were there to make sure all went well.
We were quickly seated, watered up, and our drink order taken. The men at the table all ordered a Kingfisher beer, and Indian beer brewed and bottled in the UK. The appetizer order was two of the appy combo plates which included samosas, chicken tandoori, etc. accompanied with a chutney dip and a mint yogurt dip that were both delicious.
The food seems to be ordered not in per person entres but instead in dishes that are to be shared similar to Chinese food. As we did not know this we probably ordered too much. I think that the best bet is to order a rice dish for every 2 or 3 people at the table and then order 2 or 3 flavours to go with the rice (Lamb Vindaloo, Butter Chicken, etc). I am not certain of this but in hindesight it seems like the right thing to do.
I had the Lamb Vindaloo with a medium spice and it was perfect. Along with the vegatable rice and Tandoori Nan bread it was an extremely filling meal.
In addition to fabulous food there was live entertainment. On Saturday nights they have a live belly dancer in the restaurant. One of the women at our table said that we were supposed to tip the dancer by putting money in her waistband. The funniest thing was how the two married men at the table (myself included) would not consider providing the tip directly. =P We left that duty to our lovely wives and after our table had made the first contribution most of the other tables followed suit. We were all glad to see the young lady make a few extra bucks.
Good food, exotic entertainment, great service. It was an all around good experience. Be sure to check them out.
We go out for Indian often in Victoria, this place is great. The food has consistently been good, and the atmosphere is nice (which sometime can be sacrificed when going out for indian food). Service was great, wait time was minimal, prices were decent, and the butter chicken and pakoras were really good.