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builtinbcKitsilanoSince January 15, 20062 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Best value lunch buffet in Vancouver!
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 1:10am [Dine in]

We're big fans of Maurya's lunch buffet. For $11.95, 7 days per week, they have an excellent all-you -can-eat buffet including an appetizer table (usually has pakoras, papadom, Caesar-style salad with spicy raita dressing, chickpea salad, tomato and cucumber salad), an entree table that has the best Tandoori chicken and as good butter chicken as I've had anywhere in Vancouver, a lamb or beef curry, spinach paneer, lentil curry, and various vegetable dishes); and two desserts (usually an excellent rice pudding topped with crushed pistachios and infused with a little cardomon, and some sort of custard). It also includes warm nan brought to your table. Almost all the dishes have some sort of subtle twist or more complex seasoning that elevates them over 99% of Indian food in the city. The only problem is that the food is sooo good one it is very tempting to overeat.

The restaurant is stunning aesthetically (one could be in one of the grand hotels in the days of the Raj), and the staff are very friendly and usually quite attentive. Dinner is pricier and in our (albeit limited) experience, a little less consistent in terms of quality, but the lunch buffet must be one of Vancouver's hidden treasures!

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Presto Cucina2272 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Fairly decent overall
Submitted Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

We tried this place with some trepidation, based on the previous reviewer's rant, and also observations that it rarely has more than a few tables filled, even on weekend evenings. A "small" Caesar salad ($3.95) arrived quickly, and was enough for two as an appetizer and tasty, with a few squares of flavorful toasted foccacia. However the parmesan tasted more like mozzarella than parmegiano reggiano. The Romaine had not been well picked over.

A lunch-sized portion of lemon chicken pasta ($10.95) was definitely lunch-sized. The spaghetti was not al dente as requested, but not overcooked. The sauce (of chicken, pancetta, artichokes, ?porcini?mushrooms, capers & olive oil) was excellent. A small (8") pizza ($9.50) was divided at our request into 1/2 garlic chicken and 1/2 primavera. The toppings were very tasty. The thin-crust pizza base wasn't crispy and perhaps a bit on the soggy side, despite the wood-burning oven used to prepare it. Nevertheless we enjoyed it.

A 1/2 litre of Goundrey unoaked chardonnay ($14) was quite good and very potent!

We split a white chocolate rasberry brulee cheesecake ($6.95); very rich and dense, a little on the chewy side, but appetizing.

We will try this place again because the other Italian restaurants in the neighbourhood (Adesso and Quattro), while excellent, are too expensive for casual dining. It is quiet and pretty, the staff seem friendly and accomodationg, and it seems to have potential. Clearly, they need to offer some discounts or promotions to bring more people in. Their website ( doesn't offer any e-mail address for comments and suggestions either.

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