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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 #125 of 2,810 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $10 - $15
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery
Neighborhood: Renfrew
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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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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15 restaurant reviews
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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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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Vancouver, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have eaten here so many times, I have tried almost all of their sumptuous dishes. My two favs are the masala halibut with dahl and jungle ribs.

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London, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had a very enjoyable meal with 12 people in our party. I am from East Africa and the food was as good as I remembered. The food was served pipping hot and was very tasty. We ordered lots of dishes to share. The mogo and mishkaki were tasty and the biriani was like my mum makes which is a... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I've eaten lunch here three times at this Indian/East African/Iranian fusion spot and each time have had a very enjoyable experience. The most recent outing was lunch on Father's Day and the restaurant was full of families and friends of all ages. There were three of us so we started with the dark brown deep fried chicken pakora bits then... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Visited twice couple of weeks ago and both times the food was excellent. The menu and dishes are influenced by East African Indian cooking styles and some of dishes have excellent flavours (try the "kuku paka" or coconut chicken curry). It is very reasonably priced for Vancouver and service is good. We had to keep looking for someone if we... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Current 93% overall satisfaction review well deserved. Renovated by the owner Nash a year ago The Jambo Grill is firing on all cylinders. On Thursday evenings they offer a Thali all you can eat served at your table for just $ 15.95. No food wastage as the service staff consistently bring you a wide assortment of dishes to select from.... More

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