ere are some brief notes about two Indian restaurants, including a new entry into the local market and the relocation of a well-known establishment.
Indian takes over Thai
The Thai House Restaurant has closed in Kitsilano at 1766 West 7th Avenue. However, they are still operating two other locations: one in Richmond (129–4940 No. 3 Road) and North Vancouver (116 West Esplanade). The Thai House Restaurant Group also operates Urban Thai Bistro in Yaletown (1119 Hamilton Street) and two locations of Pink Elephant Thai (1152 Alberni Street and 434 Southwest Marine Drive).
The departure of Thai House from Kitsilano, however, has allowed a new Indian restaurant to take its place.
Delhi-6 Indian Bistro had its soft-opening on June 9.
The name comes from the famous Chandni Chowk (or Moonlight Square) bazaar in Old Delhi, India, which is also known as Delhi 6.
The interior décor and recipes are from the Delhi 6 area, in an attempt to bring the feel of the place to Vancouver. The menu covers a range of Indian dishes, including some traditional, modern, and globalized culinary influences as well as dishes from various regions of India.
Starters range from chit chat and chaat ($9.50), New Delhi–style wheat crisps, potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt, tamarind chutneys, and more, to Chandni Chowk chicken tikka ($17.90), featuring two flavours of chicken kebabs with balsamic-glazed vegetables and mint chutney, as well as Hyderabadi galouti with roasted cauliflower and chickpea hummus ($19.50).
West Coast–influence shows up in salads such as tandoori salmon and mango salad ($17.50), with Fraser Valley mixed greens, water chestnuts, edamame, crispy rice noodles, and more, as well as wild seasonal tandoori fish tikka with baby kale, beet salad, and lotus root chips ($18.25).
Entrées include muglai chicken korma ($16.25); Old Delhi–style goat curry ($17.50); seasonal fish moilley ($19.25) with roasted squash, snap peas, and spinach; and Delhi 6 birayanis with vegetables, chicken, or lamb ($15.95 to $17.95).
For those who want to avoid meat, yes, there are a number of vegetarian selections to choose from, including malai kotfa curry with apricots, cashews, dates, potatoes, and cottage cheese ($16.95); slow-cooked Delhi 6 urad daal and split Bengal gram ($18.25), with lacha parantha and jaggery; organic quinoa, kale, and spinach-marianted tawa tofu pesto naan ($13.50); and more.
If you head out to the Punjabi Market in the Langara area and you see a gaping hole sitting in the place of the longstanding All India Sweets and Restaurant, don't worry—it's still alive and kicking.
The landmark eatery, which has served the city for over 40 years, has simply jumped across the street from 6507 Main Street (at the southwest corner of Main Street and 49th Avenue) to a new location at 6560 Main Street, which it opened back in February.
Owner Steve Ram said the old space was about 5,000 square feet while the new location is approximately 2,500 square feet. Consequently, the seating capacity has been reduced from the former 120 seats to 65. The menu remains the same though they don't have the same amount of sweets as in their previous location.
The restaurant serves dishes from diverse regions of India and is known for their all-day buffets (which includes a vegetarian buffet), as well as their colourful array of desserts.
The move coincides with a number of changes and developments in the Punjabi Market area.