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The less-formal stablemate of Vikram Vij’sflagship room, Vij’s, Rangoli serves up lush and hearty vegetable-forwardcomfort food. Think eggplant and chickpea curry with chapati and raita, orzucchini, spinach and potato sauté with mini pakoras in cream curry. If yousimply can’t live without Vij’s signature lamb popsicles, you can order thosehere, too. The Express Lunch menu is particularly good value.
1480 W 11th Ave., vijs.ca/vijs-rangoli
A relative newcomer to the city, Delhi-6has become a favourite for its modern approach to Indian food. Yes, there arethe traditional offerings of northern India, including butter chicken, redolentwith fenugreek and tomatoes, and the dairy-free and highly spiced vindaloos.But look closely and you’ll notice some unexpected features: Ocean Wiseseafood, innovations such as tandoori cauliflower and ginger-marinated lambchops. The biryani—served in a sealed dough bowl—comes highly recommended.
1766 W 7th Ave., delhi6.ca
A Vancouver institution, Vij’s has settledinto its Cambie spot and—praise be—now takes reservations. It’s a restaurantthat canny visitors to Vancouver will always have on their must-do list, and Vij’sinventive take on traditional dishes is always on point: it’s upscale,comfortable and has a wine and bar program almost as notable as the food. Tryduck koftes in creamy tomato and kale curry, or the “hummingbird” pilaf—a mixof lentil, quinoa and coconut served with beets.
3106 Cambie St., vijs.ca
The friendly service at Ashiana reflectsthe care and attention given to its menu, where gluten-free, vegan andheart-healthy options are given as much thought as your favourite Indianstaples. Try the guncha-o-bahar, a curry of cauliflower and peas, cooked downin a rich cashew cream sauce sweetened with dates and raisins, or the bangara chickencooked in coconut, peanut and sesame sauce. And the Peshwari naan. Always thePeshwari naan.
1440 Kingsway, ashianatandoori.com
Open until 3 a.m. daily, this no-fusseatery has been serving up multiple varieties of the traditional South Indiancrepe to hungry diners for over 15 years. Though the foot-long dosas aredefinitely the draw here, you can also get your fill of other regionalspecialities, including vada (savoury doughnuts), idly (steamed fermented ricedumplings) and the Sri Lankan street-food staple kothu roti.
1391 Kingsway, houseofdosas-bc.com