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Vij’s

Indian Restaurant$$$$
Fairview, Vancouver
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  • Lukius K.
    Lukius KailimangJanuary 31, 2013
    One of the best Indian Cuisine in Vancouver, the world even! Get the Lamb Popsicles and mutton kebabs. And simply the best Chai you can get. Fantastic atmosphere and outstanding Indian hospitality!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 7, 2013
    Cool younger sister Vij's Rangoli serves up inventive Indian without the hype and price of her fancy older sibling next door. For an unexpectedly delicious dessert, don't miss the Meeti Roti.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 7, 2013
    AKA Vij's Without the Queue or Vij's at Half the Price. No, you’ll not get the famous lamb popsicles but you will get the same beautifully-balanced Indian food but with a casual take.[Eater 38 Member]
  • Matt
    MattJuly 3, 2012
    Arrive early, before opening time. We got there at 4:55 on a Monday and there was a line-up already. We were the last table of two in the first seating. It’s worth it.
  • Chrissy T.
    Chrissy TobinSeptember 20, 2015
    Best Indian food ever! This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere! Go ahead and get on the wait list and enjoy some snacks and drinks while you wait!
  • Kristina S.
    Kristina SimmonsJune 26, 2012
    Incredible food! One of the best Indian restaurants hands down. It's worth the 2+ plus wait (no reservations). The wait goes by quickly (good drinks + appies), and the food is just sensational.
  • Rakesh A.
    Rakesh AroraOctober 25, 2014
    If you like Indian cuisine and you don't go to Vij's you're crazy. It's absolutely worth the 1-1.5 hour wait! Everything I had was great. The mutton kebabs and lamb were fantastic.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MJanuary 3, 2015
    The mango lassi is delicious. You can't honestly go wrong with anything on the menu. The jackfruit however isn't worth the money
  • Josh B.
    Josh BranskyJuly 24, 2011
    AMAZING Indian food. Lamb Popsicles are damn good, servers are nice and helpful, lots of little complementary things. Overall was best food I've had in a long time. Even the wait was enjoyable
  • Darl D.
    Darl DsouzaJanuary 15, 2014
    Delightful food, fabulous service, authentic chefs #love recommend the lamb and beef samosas and lamb Popsicles #nomnom
  • ClearlyContacts.ca
    ClearlyContacts.caDecember 23, 2011
    If East Indian cuisine is what you're in the mood for, then you're in the right place! Featuring an authentic menu with a modern twist, you're soon to be satisfied and delighted!
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreDecember 11, 2010
    Vij's Rangoli serves up some of the freshest Indian food in Vancouver. Drop in for a curry at this small modern South Granville cafe, take home ready-to-eat entrees, and snap up their cookbook too. Read more
  • Ada J.
    Ada JuristovskiOctober 22, 2014
    They don't take resos and the small restaurant fills up quickly, so if you can't be here by 4:30 (for 5 PM open) aim for 6:30 to catch the second wave of seatings.
  • Sotheby's International Realty Canada
    No reservations, always a line-up but worth the wait. The lamb popsicles in fenugreek creamy curry sauce are a must-try- it's one of Vij's signature dishes.
  • Nirali P.
    Nirali PatelSeptember 7, 2014
    Must try this place. The ambience is so warm. The owner Vij comes to everyone's table to greet them multiple times and checks in on you to make sure you're enjoying the food.
  • Rita P.
    Rita ParadaDecember 3, 2011
    amazing food. lamb popsicles for the meat eaters, saag-paneer for the vegetarians. the service isn't the greatest, no reservations either but the food makes it worthwhile to put up with it.
  • Min
    MinOctober 25, 2010
    Don't be turned off by the wait -- eat here, order anything and everything, you won't regret it. Not to mention that Vij is an awesome host and takes real good care of his guests.
  • Chris S.
    Chris StoneJune 22, 2013
    Best place in town to wait for a table. Trust me. Go to the back, have a drink and chill out. Your time will come.
  • Jaspreet A.
    Jaspreet AhujaAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and love the snacks. Get the lamb - it is delicious. I love to have the tea before and after the meal!
  • Olun R.
    Olun RileyMay 27, 2013
    If you like tamarind as a flavor, try the Dark Army cocktail. It's got a similar sweet  & sour, spicy collaboration going on.
  • Wellington W.
    Wellington WongJune 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For Indian Food. Look no further. Punjabi Heart Attack! (spicy cashews, raw sugar, paneer and ghee) chased with quinoa salad in lemon dressing. Seasonal vegetables in coriander and garlic curry. Read more
  • Metro News
    Metro NewsJanuary 28, 2010
    If you're not in the mood to cook, pick up frozen salmon cakes with tamarind chutney, frozen naan and fresh raita. Try the kale & potatoes, or yam & green chili dumplings — and rice pudding of course. Read more
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WJuly 18, 2012
    Try the spicy pulled pork. Have the vegetarian pakora as appetizer (easy to share).
  • Purdey
    PurdeyAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early for a seat. If not enjoy wine and free appy while you wait at the bar
  • Jason S.
    Jason SwetzoffDecember 31, 2013
    Must say I was disappointed. The dishes are unique but I missed some of my traditional favorites. I probably would not recommend this place to any of my friends. As you can see I'm in the minority.
  • Leah H.
    Leah HanselOctober 14, 2010
    I looooove Vij's, used to live just down the street and the lamb-q-bob's are amazing! I cook from Vikram's cookbook all the time - soooo good!
  • Anand M.
    Anand ManiJuly 15, 2013
    Best Indian food, full stop. Great staff and Vikram is the consummate host.
  • Timothy John G.
    Timothy John GarciaAugust 18, 2015
    The venison is amazing. Sipping my cardamom side car waiting for the dessert.
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan MasonAugust 16, 2014
    The top section of the menu is appetizers, middle is vegetable dishes and bottom is meat dishes.
  • Sairah
    SairahJanuary 12, 2013
    Best chai in the city. Among other best things. A must EAT in Vancouver.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikJune 3, 2015
    Free rice and Naan with your meal!
    Upvoted Nov 2
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BurnessJune 2, 2013
    Don't pay attention to the hours of operation. They start open much later to accommodate the wait and will continue takin names well past official closing hours.
  • Susan R.
    Susan RichardsJuly 8, 2013
    A friend of mine once brought me here. The best Indian food by far that I have tasted...
  • Outreach T.
    Outreach TeamJuly 15, 2013
    There is a casual place next door to the fancy place. Great lunch spot!
  • Octavio P.
    Octavio PeralesJuly 6, 2012
    Lamb chops are really good, staff is the best, beautiful and friendly girls!
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    High end Indian food that people say is some of the best in the world.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Rob Feenie, chef of Cactus Club Cafe, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Jackfruit in black cardamom & cumin curry. Read more
  • Dan B.
    Dan BAugust 22, 2010
    Ok this is by far the best restaurant I have been to in Vancouver!! Everything on the menu is to die for!!!
  • Maria M.
    Maria MHMarch 12, 2013
    The servers are very attentive which adds to the whole dining experience.
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BurnessJune 2, 2013
    Awesome food, great atmosphere. Pork tenderloin highly recommended.
  • Helen W.
    Helen WSeptember 7, 2015
    I was very surprised that the clientele didn't bother dressing up at all for the most part. I felt very overdressed. It was awkward for such a famous restaurant.
  • Dilara 🐰
    Dilara 🐰September 17, 2011
    Great spot for lunch. Best casual Indian food in Vancouver.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KurjataMarch 10, 2012
    Order anything. But definitely try the ginger lemon drink.
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DouzenisApril 22, 2011
    Lamb Popsicles and mutton kebab, in any order. Absolute indulgence.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SOctober 27, 2013
    Eat the food, drink the Chai, and leave happy!!
  • Alexis S.
    Alexis SoglNovember 4, 2012
    Order the chai ($2.50), free refills!
  • @gracecheung604
    @gracecheung604October 25, 2011
    Mango lassi with Lamb, Beef and Lentil Kebabs! A nice light lunch! Read more
  • The Province
    The ProvinceJanuary 10, 2011
    Vibrant venue and flavours and an inventive kitchen make for the best curry we’ve had outside Glasgow. (Which is saying something.) Read more
  • Shannon L.
    I don't usually eat lamb but the lamb Popsicles were too good to pass up
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BuwemboApril 25, 2011
    Great for weekday lunches, the wait isn't too bad either!
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