I have wanted to try this place for along time. So, on a recent Friday we lined up. I dont' have a problem with this. If you don't like it don't go there I say. It was fun standing in line talkng to others who had been before or were anticipating. We were served lovley snack bites in line and even a drink order was taken. It never ended up on my bill, but I doubt it was complimentary. We got there at 5 and so only had to wait 1/2 hour. Some people who got in line at 5:20 also got in. It seemed magical the everyone in line got in, the restaurant was full and no one was left outside. Only those who came at 6 and later had to wait. They are able to wait in the lounge and be fed more free appies, so just don't come late or be prepared to wait and eat free food while doing it. How miserable is that?
Inside we were seated at a small table and brought water. Wait Staff was oddly all caucasian while the cooks all seemed Indian. We were brought more free pakoras and cassava fries(delish) while waiting. We neve felt rushed. Even at one point Vikram came by and said, please don't feel rushed, sit and enjoy your wine. Very nice.
Waitress was helpful at choosing wine. I had some cocktail with vodk, pear juice and star anise, which was small and sadly did not taste as exciting as anticipated - $11. WIne was also Minium $40 a bottle for house and $29 for a half litre. But, it was at least BC VQA and good. We had various waitstaff through out the night and all were polite and professional.
For appies we chose a deepfried eggplant dish which was very good and a curried chickpea one, which did not taste any different from one I make at home and I'm not INdian. Both were about $13.50 - a little steep I think but served with naan. Dinner was more vegetarian meals. ONe was a koftes or soemthing like that that was excellent and the other was a vegetarian curry that the waitress pronounced as the hottest dish they have. She informed me that she can "really handle heat" and she finds it a bit hot. I had it and am still waiting for the heat. It also had beans in it that looked like kidney beans and really suspiciously tasted much like mexican chili with the odd mustard seed in it. It was good but not as good as the other dish. Also, we did not like any of the meat or seafood dishes other wise we would have had them. They were only 4 or 5 $ more than the veg dishes, so I think at ABout $25 a pop the veggie dishes were a bit overpriced as well. Again served with naan and rice.
The real surprise was dessert - the same as in any Indian restaurant - the rice pudding, kulfi or gulab jamin. I can get that anywhere, I wanted to be wowed so sadly we had no dessert and ordered more wine:)
All the freebies, naan and rice had filled us up so there was take homes of the entrees. They were nicely packed up and when we got home we noticed another fresh order of naan and one of rice had been included in the doggy bag. That provided us with enough for another full dinner for two. Well done.
Vikram walked around the restaurant and greeted every single person in the place. He seemed very humble and even after all the years he's been open he made you feel appreciated for coming to his place. A very nice man.
The whole meal with a tip was OVer $220 which is more than we spend on a casual night out but worth it. I would definately go back maybe sometime when the menu included fresh local prawns. That would be worth it for sure.
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