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“Excellent quality and big servings at an astonishingly low price” 5 of 5 stars
Review of al watan tandoori

al watan tandoori
fraser street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Ranked #707 of 2,842 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $5 - $14
Cuisines: Pakistani, Halal
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Vancouver, Canada
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123 reviews 123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Excellent quality and big servings at an astonishingly low price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

When cooking at home I make use of South Asian cuisines more than any other. And yet I continue to be disappointed by the low quality of Vancouver South Asian restaurants. Most tend to offer a grim mix of spices out of packets, tiny portions, reheated frozen offerings and sour service. Al Watan is a ray of light in comparison.

The restaurant itself is small and simple, (but very clean). At the same time the owner and his staff are friendly, helpful and accommodating. Their Pakistani/Muslim Indian fare is unusually well prepared: in contrast to the grungy mix of spices so often encountered, the individual spices stand out clearly and in balance. Portion size is at least 50% larger than typical, and the cost per dish at least 25% less. As a case in point, last night three of us had a chicken biryani, lamb saag, dal, two plain and one onion naan, raita (complementary) and four chais and this ample meal cost us $32 before tip.

The restaurant is halal, too.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Campbell River, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“great deal and great taste!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

I've been going to Al Watan now for a few years - probably 4 to 5 times per year. The food never ceases to satisfy me. Time after time, Khalid (the owner) will come out and check in with the diners to make sure everything is ok. The restaurant is small, probably not somewhere you want to go for formal dining, but the food is second-to-none! May I recommend the Lamb Saag with some Rice and perhaps some Haleem? The mango Lassi is great, as is the Kheer. Enjoy!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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“Great Pakistani Meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

OK, it has zero ambience - it's a hole in the wall. But sometimes it's worth being adventurous. The staff are welcoming and the food is surprisingly good and inexpensive by Vancouver standards. Tandoori chicken and naan are delicious even if the spice level is kicked up a notch. Feel free to eschew the cutlery as you go native.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver
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“Good, cheap Pakistani food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

There are lots of Indian restaurants in Vancouver, but not too many Pakistani places. This is one of them. The food is good and full of flavor. The naan's are tandoori made and frankly are among the best in the city. Get the chicken tikka karahi which is a curry dish made with pieces of chicken tikka instead of just regular chicken. The kabab platter is also very good, but rather on the spicy side. Avoid the lunch platter, as its pretty generic. The lamb saag is also very good. White table cloths its not, but the service is friendly, and the owner will come out and say hi. His name is Khalid. Food is halal so no alcohol, but no worries, get the mango lassi.

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