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Jambo Grill & Paan House

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3219 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 5K3, Canada (Formerly Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan)
604-433-5060
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Welcome to Jambo Grill. "Jambo” is Swahili, East African word, meaning...
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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  • 26
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  • 20
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  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Can't wait to go again!!

A girl from work kept telling me that her husband and her absolutely love this place called Jambo Grill, so when it was time for hubby and I to choose somewhere different to go on date night, this restaurant came to mind. Let me tell you, we were NOT disappointed! The food was fantastic. We had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Alena K
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Vancouver, Canada
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A girl from work kept telling me that her husband and her absolutely love this place called Jambo Grill, so when it was time for hubby and I to choose somewhere different to go on date night, this restaurant came to mind. Let me tell you, we were NOT disappointed! The food was fantastic. We had chicken lolli pops and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This was and awesome restaurant I recently visited with my colleagues. Although, it was quite far from my office if one is walking and that too during office hours. But my friends want to have their lunch here. So this was my first visit. By entering, we were impressed to see the ambiance, their menu card, the improvisation in their... More 

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Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Went here for first time for my bro-in-law"s surprise birthday dinner. Food was excellent with decent portions and a very wide selection of Indian and African specialties. Loved it all. Not a bad dish among the 20 or so we ordered. Service was equally impressive. It was my first time at Jambo's but we'll definitely be coming back for more.... More 

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canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

It is a very large restaurant with no partitions so it is bright and from the outside looks inviting. The blinking lights at the entrance seem to have nothing to do with the decor inside. Several patrons seemed to be regulars which is a good sign. The owner/ manager greeted people warmly stopping by several tables. A couple were sitting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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

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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39 restaurant reviews
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3219 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 5K3, Canada (Formerly Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Renfrew
  • Neighborhood: Renfrew
  • Phone Number: 604-433-5060

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15

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.
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

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