Indian Cuisine. Ocean view patio. Dine in. Take out and delivery
We went here on a Saturday evening and got to sit out on the patio - what a fabulous oceanview! Wow! The food and service were quite good as well. We ordered a lot of food for the 6 of us, but everyone was very happy with the selections and we were soo full! Worth mentioning: Chicken Pakoras, Aloo Naan - White leavened bread stuffed with potatoes and spices, Rice, Dal Handi - Black lentils cooked in traditional handi; slow fire cooking with Indian spices, cream & butter, Murgh Mughali - Boneless chicken cooked in fresh garlic, ginger and rich cashew nut sauce with fenugreek leaves, Lamb Kadahi - Boneless lamb stir fried with onions, garlic, ginger; bellpepper & special Indian sauce, Aloo Gobhi - A unique combination of cauliflower & potatoes cooked in garlic, ginger, tomato & traditional Indian spices, and the Fish Coconut - Fish cooked in a unique combination of coriander & coconut curry. All very delicious, good portions and very filling. A place to stop by if you feel like having great indian food outside with a great view! =)
Mrs. C and I canceled our usual Christmas Eve dinner with the gang due to the inclement weather, but we still needed to eat and we didn't want to travel too far from HQ. After a brief cruise into WestVan we spotted Handi. Nothing says Christmas like curry, so in we scampered like a couple of hungry elves.
The restaurant was clean (including the w/c) and nicely decorated but a bit dark inside, and there was a terrific view of Vancouver from the back of the restaurant. Unfortunately for us, we were seated at the side facing Marine Drive...
We ordered a variety of dishes including chicken samosas, onion kulcha (a kind of pancake), lamb vindaloo, eggplant bhartha, and a couple of mango lassis. All the food was tasty, and the portion sizes were good. I particularly liked the fact that the curries came in chafing dishes to keep them warm. Service was good throughout the meal and no complaints there. Okay so it was expensive. But hey, we were in tony WestVan, and that costs.
All in all a decent meal, and despite the insult to my credit card we were saying "ho ho ho" as we headed back to our sleigh.
One final note to the 3 or 4 fake reviewers below. Stop it.
The wife and I tried the buffet once a ways back now. I pretty much only sample buffet's when dining Indian as trying to get a variety of dishes when it's just the wife and I usually isn't too compatible with Indian.
The food was pretty tasty. Not a huge selection but enough, and the dishes they put out were good.
Only real issue I recall is the trays they used for the buffet made it hard to get food out as you had to put the lid somewhere.
I'd say the buffet was much better than Palki, but not as good as Saffron (and mostly just in regards to selection and ease of getting at the food). So if I had to eat buffet Indian on the shore this place would be it. Haven't been back since though if that says anything. I should try it again some day.
We have dined at Handi on one occasion, the Sunday buffet, and would say that the experience was most excellent. The number of dishes from which to choose was great and the quality of the food was outstanding. The price was reasonable. The service was solid and the atmosphere was fine. Overall this is a great Indian restaurant with outstanding quality food. It is well worth a visit and we shall not hesitate to return.
The restaurant is on the south side of marine drive. If you get the north side window seats, you get the view of Marine Drive. If you get the south side window seat, you get the wonderful view of Ambleside park. It's just amazing.
Ordered a butter chicken and it come with complementary rice. I keep wondering what's the bubble coming out of the sauce, and found out they have candle under the serving dish to keep it warm. Tandoori Chicken is served in a sizzler to keep it warm.
If you're like me who's unfamiliar with Indian food, go for a Weekend brunch (12-3pm) at Handi. For $12, I tried quite a few different salads and tandori dishes.
Not all tables have a view. Ask for it when making reservations.
Service is courteous but slow at times.
Parking is free underground or at back of the building. Just be careful not to park at the WVPD lot.
This a pleasant spot on the south side of Marine Drive just west of the police department. Two visits have found it well-patronised by locals of all ages and it clearly meets their needs.
Interesting space with a front section, a side against the dividing wall and a coveted rear section with views towards the water. Carpeted. reasonable noise level.
Service courteous, helpful and prompt.
Specialities include tandooris which are satisfyingly flavorful.
This review may be marking low. I should be interested in others impressions. It is certainly worth anyone's travel time from Horseshoe Bay to Second Narrows, or sampling by transients.
I love handi food and the view and location is the best. In summer handi is fav place to eat food and enjoy the best view they on there patio. I never had a Butter chicken and Lamb Methi like this in my life. i am going to Handi for 4 years and i think i will be going there forever.
I come here on a regular basis with family for the weekend buffet and even on some week day evenings and have never been dissapointed in the 3 years that I have frequested this establishment.
The Butter chicken and Curry chiken is fantastic as is the Dal handi. The Gulab Juman rock.
There's not much to say.
It's a normal Indian restaurant with an ocean view.
You're pretty much paying the extra cost because it's in West Van.
I'd rather spend half the price and eat the same quality of food somewhere else.
I went for dinner with friends and we ordered maybe 8 dishes (between 8 of us). Thought it would be enough food but left hungry and my share was about $17 plus tip.
I'd go back anytime but don't have that big of a budget.
Many people don't know that the little staircase to the left leads to an amazing patio. This is the only indian rest. I have every been to with a great patio so it is a treat. Unfortunately the food has really gone down hill and is now just average. Still, great patio on the 3rd level over looking the water, stanley park, ubc.
I gave ambiance a 5 but really that is not the right word, view is 5 ambiance is 3. For ambiance try Maurya great high ceiling, nice bar etc.
Oh, so you wanted to hear about the food? Well, if you just want great food I suggest to head a few blocks west to all india instead.
After years of sneaking curry into meals at home, I finally convinced my wife who hates the smell of curry to go to an Indian restaurant. (Took 22 years) She loved it, and we shared two very well prepared dishes, most memorable was the chicken tika. Nice to find a place in West Van that won't break your bank account but still offers great service and food. Come to think of it, nice to find a place in West Van, which really doesn't have a great restaurant scene, considering all the money there. Well, maybe all their money goes to paying off the mortgage!
The food at Handi's is above standard but not note worthy.The default "heat" level is medium which is next to bland, ask for "hot" if you want some spice added. The salads and bread plate selections we had were very good while the main dishes, Lamb Rogan Josh & Murgh Coconut Boneless chicken were so-so, meat wasn't very tender and for $12.95 each contained little meat but a lot of sauce. They could really improve here. The service is not well organized, two items got mixed up on our order and it wasn't even busy. If you want good value and selection stick to the wknd all you can eat buffet at lunch.
This is quite good Indian food. That unfortunately, is as ecstatic as I can get here. There are no comparisons to the competition (The Palki) except as far as ambiance goes. The Handi is better located and has a much better decor.
The bottom line? If you are looking for a nice atmosphere down by the sea that serves adequate Indian choose Handi. If you want the best Indian food to ever rip the top button off your pants because you ate way too much... Well then go to Palki.