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nataliew22LangleySince December 11, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)


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Palki Restaurant116 East 15th St., North Vancouver
Palki once, twice, but NOT a third time!
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

I was looking forward to coming back to Palki...but it won't be happening again. The first time I was there, the food, eh, was alright, but it was their raita and naan that made me drive from Langley to North Van!

Last time, I ordered the chicken tikka masala and it had a good amount of spice, but it still did not measure up to KC's Tandoor's tikka. KC's Tandoor is this absolutely amazing "cantina" style Indian restaurant in Encinitas, California. I lived in California for many years and I still cannot find an Indian restaurant in Vancouver that makes a similar tikka masala....Since I don't give up easily, when it comes to food, I'm still on the look-out for my Canadian KC's Tandoor! :)

Ok, so back to the reason why I'm not going back to Palki...

Tonight I went back with a friend for raita, naan, and, of course, a curry fix. The curry was bland with a soup-like consistency. It was disappointing. No real body or flavour! I don't think food needs to be spicy to have taste! And this food was absolutely tasteless...

To make matters worse, the waitress was not the friendliest, forgot to give us our raita, and never asked if we needed more drinks - apparently, no refills [even if we want to pay for it] on soda or water.

And to top it all off, after I paid for the bill, the manager told me that I should have left, at least, 15% tip, even if I felt the service was mediocre. WHY SHOULD I? Let's just say he made me very angry.

I used to be a waitress, back in my college days, and I do know the distinction between good and poor service...and what I got tonight, was bad food, poor service, and a manager wanting to teach me a lesson on how to tip! Seriously, who needs this? I tipped the waitress 10%, which given the level of service, in my opinion, was generous. I could have not tipped at all, but I was with a friend, in a happy mood, and not wanting to be disagreeable.

It is sad, but after tonight, my love affair with their naan and raita has come to an end...

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Kismat Indian Cuisine20159 88th Ave, #D117, Langley
Indian? Are you sure?
Submitted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 2:06am [Dine in]

I know I'm being a bit rough in the title of my review, but I was extremely disappointed with Kismat Indian Cuisine.

First, the waitress seemed a bit of a flake. I believe it is great to explain what is on the menu, but trying to convince me that Biryani is not a side dish was a bit patronizing. Even if I was not familiar with Indian cuisine, I believe the titles on the menu were self-explanatory (I somehow figured that "Large Rice" under the Side Order menu was what I wanted to complement my Chicken Masala).

I was expecting Naan bread with my order....and the bread I got was a very cheap imitation! Naan has an elasticity and texture that is unique. So, I was not happy when the Naan I ordered was basically pita bread, smothered in butter.

One pet peeve of mine is when Indian restaurants like to claim that butter chicken is the same as Chicken Tikka Masala. I have eaten both and they are very different dishes. I was hoping Kismat Indian Cuisine was going to come through with their Chicken Masala and I was pissed with what I got. Yes, I know that there is no standard recipe for Masala, but this was a bit of a reach. It was chicken in tomato sauce. In a good Masala the tomato sauce is not so overpowering. There is a nice balance of flavours between the spices and yogurt. None of that in this dish!

Needless to say, I won't be going back and I would not/don't recommend this place to anyone looking for authentic Indian cuisine.

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Sandar's Thai Garden7500 120th Street, Unit 105, Surrey
Not Bad, but Not Amazing
Submitted Friday, December 11, 2009 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Sandar's Thai Garden was the first place I stopped by to eat when I first arrived in Canada. I ordered take-out and was excited about having Thai. The yellow curry was good. Solid good, not outstanding. I was disappointed with the non-existent amount of chicken in my curry. I also didn't care for how greasy the curry tasted. It wasn't the kind of curry that is creamy and filled with that coconut aroma. I did, however, love the potatoes in the curry. Those were outstanding! The rice was pretty delicious too! I'm sure I'll be back to try some other selections...but I think Ban Chok Dee Thai is still going to be my favorite spot!

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Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley
I'll Be Coming Back Ban Chok Dee Thai!
Submitted Friday, December 11, 2009 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

This place is pretty delicious! I read the reviews in dinehere.ca and decided to try it out myself. I got my lunch specials "to go" and both the yellow and red curries were absolutely delicious! And the value $8.99 is a great deal! I have a thing for Thai and am always on the lookout for restaurants that are both good in value and food. This place ranks pretty high on my list, now. I'm hooked.

I loved my "to go" lunch so much on Tuesday that I ended up going for dinner that same evening....the Panang Curry (which is part of their dinner menu)is pretty yummy, too! And the restaurant staff is genuinely friendly and warm. Our water glasses were always filled and the staff was always smiling, making sure that we were enjoying our food and service.

I still need to try their desserts...I've heard wonders about the fried banana w/ ice-cream. I've also heard that they'll be adding a new dessert w/ bananas, chocolate, and thai style pancakes -- which sounds amazing!!

Since lunch/dinner on Tuesday, I've been back for lunch on Thursday and just finished having lunch at Ban Chok Dee Thai, again, today. Like I said, I have an addiction for Thai....and now, it is becoming clear that I'll be coming back to Ban Chok Dee Thai often.

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