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Jambo Grill & Paan House

3219 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 5K3, Canada (Formerly Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan) (Renfrew)
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Ranked #178 of 2,876 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $10 - $15
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Neighborhood: Renfrew
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Welcome to Jambo Grill. "Jambo” is Swahili, East African word, meaning hello. “Paan” is a betal leaf wraped with sweets & nuts. The dishes at Jambo Grill are Khoja style cooking, which is quite different from other Indian style dishes. Khoja’s, followers of the Ismaili Branch of Shia sect of Islam, our forefathers in India, were converted to Islam by the Dais from Iran. Thus, there is a strong Persian & Gujarati influence evident in our cooking. The Tandoor, a deep clay oven is one of the key elements in cooking these dishes, like Chicken Tikka, Kebabs & Naan bread whick cooks on the walls of the tandoor. Around the 1920s, the Khoja’s settled in large numbers in East Africa before immigrating to Canada in the 1970s. Certain African style dishes such as Cassava & Tilapia Fish are influences from that continent. Also cooking on the Grill (Sigdi) was very common in East Africa. Dishes like Mishkaki & Kuku Choma are prepared in this manner. At Jambo Grill we present you with the tastes of four continents, Iran, India, Africa, & Canada which we now call home. Our ingredients, tastes, & style of cooking are influenced by each of these unique places.Our Symbol Shaped like a betal leaf & the flame of a tandoor oven, on top of our naan bread, with paan leafs falling into a jar of sweet syrup.Voted Vancouver's Best East African and Indian Cuisine & Restaurant in Vancouver.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere, service was fast and polite, food was so interesting and tasty. I will be back to try as many items on the menu as possible. I really enjoyed the lamb curry with homemade naan. My wife had the jungle ribs which were so tender,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We are regular visitors of Jambo Grill and our experience is always wonderful. The owner and staff are consistently warm, friendly and welcoming and the hospitality is never lacking. Our favorites from the menu are the appys such as mogo, nylon bhajia and bhel and the grill items such as the ribs, steaks and chicken. The platters are exceptionally good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

Our book club met at Jambo for a discussion of our book, "A House in the Sky". The service and consideration of the staff was excellent. For and drinks was delicious. Our members had a memorable experience!

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

After spending a couple of days in Burnaby. My friends decided to venture to Vancouver to try some Indian and East African food for dinner. At first, I was hesitate but why not since I'm in Vancouver. The restaurant was not that busy at first so the waiter came by quickly to grab our drinks and appetizers. The vegetarian samosa... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We dropped by for a quick snacks. We were graciously greeted by our server. Once our order was taken, foods didn't take too long. We ordered chicken samosas, pili pili wings & tandoori chicken. Our chicken wings were raw. When we showed them to our server, she apologized & took them back to the kitchen. When she returned to the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Wow !!! Amazing food. This the THE place the locals know about - and you want to go here. The indian dishes are cooked to perfection (and that's high praise coming from me!)..... samosas were crispy and light, fish pakora bites were gently fried with a spice rub, Chicken lolipops that were tender but crunchy.... I could keep carrying on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great ribs and bbq! I've tried other East African eateries in Vancouver and love the ribs here - note, they still aren't as great as some of the ribs available in Calgary but still very good! Reasonably priced food, good atmosphere - recommend for families!

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Golden, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

this was our second visit to the restaurant. Service was poor, atmosphere was calming though. Food lacked any real special taste or appeal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I tried their jungle ribs, steak, thali, chicken tikka ... all are best... specially jungle ribs!! the masala they use is awesome.. also the owner is soooo friendly....I would suggest every to try atleast once..

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Vancouver, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I have now visited this place on several occasions. The menu is very interesting and the food is great. This is EastvAfrican food with a string Indian theme. A huge variety of fish and meat dishes. Service is attentive and I love the endless cups of piping hot Indian tea.

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Additional Information about Jambo Grill & Paan House

Address: 3219 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 5K3, Canada (Formerly Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan)
Phone Number: 604-433-5060
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Renfrew
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15

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