It pains me to write this as the food here is really good and the menu is refreshing - not the usual selection you get in Indian restaurants in North America - but the service we experienced was on a level that was so poor, it feels like a stretch to even go with Poor over Terrible. We waited too long after being seated before drink orders were taken. One drink was forgotten. To order the food, we had to go up and ask our server to take the order - this was about 30 mins after arriving. The food took ages to come. We had to go ask after it and it suddenly appeared, making us wonder if it had been sitting (most dishes were not hot). The server did not know who had ordered what. We had a birthday and cancelled the dessert order as we'd run out of time. For the bill, also had to flag down the server. 10 minutes passed. He comes to the table to ask who had what. Then another 5 minutes before he brings the same bill and manually divided the different parties and just gave a round number to the two different parties. It was very confusing, but by this time we'd lost patience to check the numbers. Then he hovered around apparently waiting for the tip. He never brought my change. Throughout all of this we never saw a manager on the floor. My sister's birthday in this restaurant was a disaster.
There's something about a place that tells you to reverse before you come and we did just the opposite. Strolling around Ambleside looking for some quick bite that was not too over our budget and this was one of the three we were considering. We decided to check this one out as the others would be second and third time visiting. This place is great even when you are trying to stay on the lean side of your diet. While talking to the waiter trying to figure out whether we should wait for a table or go next door, the smell really convinced us. At least me. The fish masala we had was actually an invention of theirs to make their waistline conscious friends feel a little better. The vegetables with some sort of a nut gravy was alright but good enough for me to not feel self-conscious later on. We've been back twice in the past month, and both times service was impeccable. Very different from your typical Indian curry houses, but then again, its West Vancouver.
We've been a little sceptical coming to eat out again at an Indian place after my boyfriend and I got a horrible food poisoning at another place we ordered from. His parents were inviting us for dinner so I couldn't say no.
The four of us arrived at 6.40 pm for our reservation. We were a little late due to us having to wait for my boyfriend, but we were still welcomed and ushered into our spot. We got a place at the back and it was quite comfy. Not too noisy, and the decoration and place was very nice. I could see myself coming back for a date or something.
I don't know what kept us so long from coming here but the meal was delicious. We had the gobi butter masala and the pakoras, along with some rice and other dishes whose name I cannot recall. The waiter helped us pick our wines (which were on discount), and the food for that matter. Nothing was too spicy or overtly flavoured, which was a relief. The manager was there and made sure we got everything we wanted. The whole bill wasn't too bad for us but every once in a while it's nice to spill a few for living's sake.
If you are in the mood for upscale Indian food, this is the place to come. From the moment you step in, you can tell this is not your typical Indian restaurant. No lunch buffets or specials, but rather, fine tapestry and lighting adorning the walls...ie. fine dining. With Tasty Indian Bistro around my place, I have been trained to eat my good butter chicken and naan.
There were quite a few tables empty, so we scored a seat in no time. A server came after about five minutes to give us our menus, and asked us if we had been here before. I quickly learnt why we said that, as the food was not your typical Punjabi items on the menu. Quite confusing, if you have never been to a curry house.
Calamari ($11) - decently sized and accompanied by a delicious mango chutney.
Kashmiri Rogan Josh ($17) - healthy serving, very good taste of spices, chillies a little too much though. Leftovers tasted just as good the next day.
Butter chicken ($14) - I had to try it here just to compare. Gravy was a little different from what I am used to but still good.
Keema naan ($5) - recommended by the server, stuffed with pieces of minced lamb and accompanied with a sauce. Good option, but a little bit of an overkill for me after the lamb dish.
This is my first time here and I cannot say I was blown away like I thought I would be. Maybe I had raised my expectations too high? Or fussed too much but I was expecting something better than what you would find in terms of Indian restaurants in New York or London. The food is a bit on the pricier side to begin with and the names are a bit strange. Difficult to find out what I like or don't like because it all seems so unfamiliar to me. The only dish I could recognize was the butter chicken. Plus, there were no samosas! A little disappointing. I ended up getting the butter chicken with rogan josh which were not bad. Found the portion sizes to be a little small, I usually end up with leftovers but this time there were none.
Took a bit of a break from work and came to Swad for a relaxing lunch with a girlfriend. I’ve been meaning to try this place out ever since it opened and so today we took the plunge (or rather yesterday, to be precise).
First impression: the décor was really nice, modern and fancy, even the bathrooms. A breath of fresh air from all the tiny corner delis turned into restaurants for Indian food. The service was not bad, can’t remember our waiters name but we had to wait for a seat when we first came in. He took our order and disappeared for a while, but once the appetizers started rolling things picked up their pace.
For appetizers we had the vegetable pakora. Surprised not to see samosa listen in the menu. We didn’t care too much for the pakora but the rest of the food was good. The entrees came almost instantly, Bengali curry and Labadar (hope I’m getting the name right) which was a chicken dish. The Bengali curry was SO GOOD. It came with a coconut cream which was splendid. The Labadar was a surprise, very rich in spices and tasted even better when mixed with the basmati. Overall, an excellent choice for lunch.
We ate here for our anniversary dinner. Our reservation was for 6 and though I must admit we came a little late we still got our spot! This was our first time and it was very nice, perfect for the occasion but also very trendy. he setup of the restaurant, very chic and modern which made it even more special. We got Dhan as our server and he was amazing. I had trouble choosing what to eat because the menu was a little different than what I am used to but he really helped. Oh and the food was amazing! I really liked the mussels with the curry. Lots of blends of Indian foods whose names are hard to remember but whatever they put in the fish's seasoning did wonders to the taste. Thankfully it wasn't too quiet so we could still get to talk and have enough noise cover us up.
K and I ate here on Wednesday at 5pm. We were in West Vancouver for a job and decided to just grab some dinner instead of waiting to when we got home.
As we waited for a table, the waiter told us this was a new place. Go figure, as I had never seen it before. The interiors and modern and chic, just the opposite of what I am used to at an Indian restaurant. This gave away I was in for a real treat.
The waiter gave us some fish appetizers to try out as he got our food ready. I can't recall the name, but it had a tinge of mint to them. Delicious! The restaurant was half-full by then, and then came the main dishes. I ordered a kebab and K went for the Rogan Josh upon the waiter's recommendation. My chicken kebab was delicious, and K really liked the twist the rogan josh was given to hers. This definitely is an upscale Indian restaurant that is not shying away from trying new things out. A couple of drinks later, we were more than impressed.
Will come again to try some more dishes.