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“Fantastic food.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jambo Grill & Paan House

Jambo Grill & Paan House
3219 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 5K3, Canada (Formerly Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan) (Renfrew)
604-433-5060
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Ranked #142 of 2,795 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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“Fantastic food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Amazing food. Good service. I promise you, if you come here you won't be disappointed. The food is so good. You'll want to order one of everything on the menus.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Dinner with friends”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I have been here several times and normally go for the served buffet dinner (Thursday's only) that comes with starters, selection of vegetarian and meat dishes and a nice dessert. The food is good and caters for westerners in terms of spiciness - but adequate for east Indians also. I went with a friend and the place was pretty busy, we got our table within about 10 mins. After that the service went down hill - which is unfortunate as normally the servers are attentive and courteous. We had to ask throughout the night to be served, whether it was more water or meal or naans. Quite honestly it ruined the evening. What makes it worse, was that the servers continued hovering around two other tables while we and other tables were being totally ignored. PLEASE treat us all the same way and get your staff trained and organised - otherwise you will lose a lot of loyal customers. Will be giving the restaurant a miss for a while and hope this is a one off. if you have the patience then try the food but be prepared for crappy service.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Delta, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Awesome homecook family affair”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I have never been to this restaurant before. What an experience!!! The food came out hot, fast and absolutely delicious.
The service was wonderful and attentive. The server explained everything to us (since we are new to the cuisine).

Overall a lovely experience and will definitely return with more people.

Ray

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great place to visit when in Vancouver”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Always look forward to coming back here time and time again in my stay's in Vancouver.
Having a meal from home reminds of family cooking.
Service can be a bit off depending on staffing and how busy they are but overall, the food makes up for it.

Had my Jungle Ribs and Nylon Bajia and couldn't finish as the meal sizes are filling.
A gem in the wall restaurant, this place is a must for all and everyone.

Looking forward to visiting back here again.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic Eastern African Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was suggested to me by a former colleague who works nearby and now it's the hotspot I take any visitors who want a fantastic, fresh and tasty meal that falls out of the norms of Vancouver (chinese, greek, italian, japanese, thai). We ordered several appetizers and shared the food. Mogo (casava prepared 3-4 different ways, boneless appetizer ribs (marinated to perfection in tasty but not overly hot spices) and channa betata (chickpea soup w/dal bajia, crispy bits and peanuts). All the food was prepared fresh, arrived hot and was absolutley delicious. I have been a loyal customer ever since and often pre-order and pick up food on the way home from work. Very reasonably priced, centrally located and terrific servers/staff.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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