This well-known south indian chain which originated in India has now set up 3 restaurants in Canada – 2 in Toronto and now one in Vancouver. I remember the hype surrounding its opening in Toronto when it was being touted as a chain in India which is known for being hygienic (not always an easy feat in that country through no fault of their own). Aside from cleanliness, the restaurant serves tasty vegetarian south indian fare which tends to be largely roasted and steamed with coconut as an important ingredient. South Indian specialties include the dosa (giant crispy crepes rolled around a variety of fillings), idli (steamed rice cakes) and vada (spicy lentil donuts).
If you are not sure that you like south indian cuisine then the buffet is a good place to start as it offers a sampling of many of the traditional dishes. Unfortunately, buffets are almost always present a danger to me as inevitably I eat too much and feel sluggish and bloated afterwards. However, if you are steel-willed and your eyes are not too big for your stomach, then the buffet would be a good place to start keeping in mind that I usually find that food ordered off the menu is generally fresher, tastier and better quality than the buffet. The buffet menu includes the following: Dosa, Idly, Vada, Potato Masala, Rava Kichadi, Rasam, Sambar, Vatral Kozhambu, Porial, Spicy Potato Masala, Kootu, Special Rice Of The Day, Rice, Channa, Aloo Baingan, Mutter Paneer, Dal Fry, Naan, Parotta, Poori, Curd, Rice, Pickles, Pachadi, Thogaiyal, Papads, Payasam, Kesari, Gulab Jamun or Rasmalai and Weekend & Holiday Special Dishes.
The decor and setting is plain and basic. The service was attentive with our water glasses constantly filled and fresh dosa brought to the table.
955 Broadway West
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K3, Canada
Cost: Inexpensive – most dishes between $5-10, lunch buffet weekdays $10.99 and weekends $11.99