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Vij’s is a well known modern Indian cuisine restaurant and they opened up their new location on Cambie. They do not take reservations so from time to time, you may notice they have a long lineup at their front entrance. When you first enter in, they have a waiting area for you to sit in. They serve drinks and offer complimentary appetizers. The appetizers are served from time to time to each table. This is the only restaurant that I know of, that serves complimentary appies while you wait for your table. Also, they are good too!
Below are just 2/3 appies that were served that night. The first image is a deep fried potato veggie appetizer and its very flavourful because they added spices! The second image is some sort of a chip with an indian salsa. The third item that we tried were fries.
For drinks, Phil ordered the Perfect Pear ($12.50)- Belvedere Vodka, Pear, Ginger & Lemon. A very sweet and tasty drink, recommend trying this out! Our friend ordered the Leeloo ($12.50)- Bombay East gin, Aperol, passionfruit, lemon, & cherry. Our other friend ordered the Kashmir ($12.50) – Minted Bacardi Superior rum, coconut milk, lime, moondog bitters.
Below is the menu: It’s interesting how it’s in a handwriting format. It was kind of difficult to go through because it’s not neatly typed out and its ALOT to read.
To start off our evening, we ordered a Orofino Hendsbee Riesling ($40.00) to share among our table.
They provide complimentary sides of naan bread & white rice to pair with your dish.
Majority of our table ordered the popular Lamb Popsicles ($29.75)- wine marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek cream curry on turmeric & spinach potatoes. The lamb popsicles tasted AMAZING. It was tender, soft and juicy. The curry paired very well with the naan and white rice. I’m glad this dish was not spicy so it was much more enjoyable for me 🙂
Phil ordered the special of the night: Duck Breast ($32.00). He didn’t enjoy it at all. This was spicy and it only came with 3 small pieces of duck breast. Kind of shocking how this cost more than the lamb popsicles because based on the amount of meat in this dish, it was definitely not worth it. The veggies were cooked in this very spicy sauce and it was too spicy for Phil to handle.
Here’s an overview of our whole table.
Service was extremely slow. We asked for more naan and white rice several times until we actually got our refill.
Also, there was a lady who works there, she was handing out our dishes and was VERY impatient with our table. We were trying to create space for her to place our dishes and she rudely told us to just leave everything alone in a very stiff tone. The only person who worked there that deserves a round of applause is our waiter named Sean. He got our refills in after we told him we actually told that lady several times and he constantly came by after to ensure we got everything we needed. He was on top of everything and that’s exactly what we needed to brighten up our mood about the service there.
I got there around 5:45pm to get a table and even though I left work a bit earlier to rush there, it was still an hour wait for a table! So if you really want to try this place out, I recommend going early to ensure you get a table!
Also, for parking!! If you look around the side streets, there are free parking available! I didn’t check and I paid for parking, which I was not too happy about considering I had to wait for so long.
Anyways, thanks for reading and if you’ve been to Vij’s and have different thoughts, comment down below and let me know what you think!
Overall Rating: 3.25/5