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Al-Watan Tandoori

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Fraser Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Very disappointed with the quality of food served to us tonight. Kadhai chicken was basically tomato paste and lots of garlic in the sauce butter chicken perhaps was the only dish worth of one star but the biryani was made not out of basmati rice but something for old people. Won't be returning any time soon.

Thank Feroz A
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2014

The actual place is Pakistani and some of dishes are from northern India, but all of them are amazing in flavor! I know that most of the curries are not done fresh, right before you order, but such is the cuisine that requires simmering for hours to get the proper flavor. If you wish to try authentic indian/pakistani cuisine without... More 

Thank basil d
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

FOOD: Excellent , loved the Pakistani food, they also some unique items I don't see in other Indian restaurants, like Cow Brain masala and Paya(Goat's foot soup). Very nice for the price. SERVICE; Excellent friendly service, the cook is very friendly and hilarious. ATMOSPHERE: Basic but OK. Hole in the wall feel. OVERALL: Excellent Pakistani restaurant. Loved it. Highly recomended.

Thank Tetsuo S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

It was my first trip to Vancouver and I was craving South Asian food. My friend and I found Al-Watan on the web and decided to try it out. We were very pleasantly surprised! Not only was the food delicious but the service was wonderful as well! We loved it so much that we went back the next day for... More 

2 Thank MonOnMove
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.... More 

1 Thank NormBC
Campbell River, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

1 Thank Elvis_Leanne2008
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Woodchuckwally
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4 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $14
Middle Eastern, Indian, Pakistani, Halal
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fraser Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?