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“Sophisticated Indian food; cozy atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Akbar's Own Dining Lounge

Akbar's Own Dining Lounge
1905 Broadway W, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1Z3, Canada (Kitsilano)
604.736.8180
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Ranked #456 of 2,807 Restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Kitsilano
Vancouver, Canada
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“Sophisticated Indian food; cozy atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Last night four of us shared four mains with rice and naan - everything was done really well. Lamb Korma, Prawns with Spinach, Alu Gobi - all excellent. We also had Butter Chicken which everyone liked very much but I found a bit too tomatoey. For the quality of food the prices are reasonable. The restaurant has a nice cozy atmosphere, unusual but welcome, for an Indian restaurant; and the tables are not too close together which is nice these days. While the service was very friendly and attentive at times, I found it a bit slow and noticed other tables were also left on there own for long periods of time; they could benefit from an additional wait staff. However, a very enjoyable evening with excellent, sophisticated Indian Food - I would certainly recommend.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
North Bay, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“Best Indian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

1905 West Broadway, 5 minutes from downtown . If you like Indian food you must dine here. The appetizers are a great start,eg. Mixed platter, Tandoori breads ( Naan ) with a side of chutney trio . The Butter chicken and chicken coconut are very good . Inexpensive for the great food

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“One of Our Favourites”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

In terms of flavour and price, it's one of Vancouver's best kept secrets. Service is generally good, although they've had "off" nights. Food is flavourfood and if you ask for spicy, tastes quite authentic. My only complaint is that they bring out the papadams unless you specifically order them.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not what it used to be...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

I have been going to Akbar's for many years and recently visited. When I called to make a reservation, I was told that no reservations were accepted, however, when I arrived, I was asked if I had made a reservation! I was not the only person who experienced this service, as I overheard several other people make the same comment.

Service with Sandy and Song used to be outstanding and with them gone, Akbar's does not have the same friendly atmosphere. The food was fine, but the recipes have changed from the previous owners, which I much preferred.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver
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“Great Indian food, west broadway's greatest secret”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

When city's always ask which restaurant has the greatest food... there is always a top 5 selection. Often these selections may be what's the trendiest restaurant, or which has lineup or is the best value... well Akbars is the tastiest, and is one of those secrets that only locals know about... and don't want to share lest it get overrun and people have to wait to get a table. The food here is always consistent: great butter chicken, lamb biryani, eggplant bharta, and an excellent razmali dessert... I've tried many dishes on the menu and have never been disappointed. Full of flavour, nicely seasoned, try it for yourself, just please don't recommend it too heavily... keep it a secret for locals to enjoy!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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