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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 #127 of 2,809 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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Vancouver, Canada
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177 reviews 177 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We stopped by for lunch and before we left, had decided to definitely come back for some dinners here. Jambo has a good selection of African / Indian fusion. We had the African chapatti rolls ( these were to die for) and the daily special, Jungle Ribs. I ordered them medium hot and could easily have handled it hotter. I... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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299 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

What a melange of tasty food and eclectic groups of people. The owner are from east Africa and the food is a fusion of Indian and African. The spices are a mishmash of flavors. The beef, chicken and lamb are so tasty and prepared perfectly. The veggies tasty and the potatoes nicely spiced. The naan bread was a portion fit... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Last few hours in Vancouver before I flew back to UK then Malta. Went to Jambo Grill advising we were really in a hurry, and service was incredibly fast, food ordered was good and although hectic, but was enjoyable.

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Vancouver, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

This place is incredible... African Indian fusion food!! Different to anything else in British Columbia.. And delightfully so! Order chai the minute you arrive and dip as you peruse the exciting menu .. I like to add sugar to my chai. The chicken samosas are to die for.., Khoja style with this filo wraps and bursting with flavour . Cassava... More

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Jambo Grill continues to impress me every time I visit. Starting with their bottomless Chai (adictive indian tea), very Tasty Samosas--Beef, Chicken or Veggie-you can't go wrong, Grilled Kabobs--beef, lamb or chicken. The main dishes get even better, African style Jungle Ribs-BI or Boneless, and my Favorite Masala Hailbut!! They can make spicy or mild per your preference and provide... More

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Delta, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We recently had Naan wraps ordered from Jambo Grill for one of our work events for lunch. They wraps were freshly made, they were individually packed so it was great to manage the food for a group of 20 something. The delivery was made on time. We would definitely reconsider them as team event lunch option.

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Vancouver, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Just finished a take-out deal, so this will be skewed according to take-out. Delivery time was about 30 minutes so it was satisfactory. I would say this place is average. The spice is definitely toned down, so if you are afraid of spice, don't be afraid. Everything below is rated out of 5. Naan - Mediocre, it was cold, and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Firstly, the restaurant is clean and the staff are very friendly. We wanted to explore another Indian Restaurant and the Jambo Grill did not disappoint! Food was very tasty, their rib platter were very good. Butter chicken was exceptional. Their Garlic and Regular naan were to die for.... My friends and I would definetely be back.

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Bellevue, Washington
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131 reviews 131 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The food is pretty tasty but the service is disorganized. The wait staff did not know who they were serving and mixed up our order- meaning they forgot to put my order in even after a lengthy conversation...at any rate it is has nice ambiance and good food but need to organize the serving staff.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Having moved away from Vancouver, there is nothing more enticing then returning to visit and hitting all our favorite old spots, and at the top of our list is Jambo Grill! It's differen't indian food then most people are used to, it has an african spin on it, and dishes that offer a taste of an african bbq. I always... More

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