If you love Indian food, Vancouver is the place to be. From highly-acclaimed Indian fusion to traditional tandoori and butter chicken (a regional favourite), the Top 5 Indian Restaurants in Vancouver have something for everyone, and every budget.
Note: All these restaurants have vegan / vegetarian options. Many are also gluten-free friendly (see individual items for details).
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Any list of Top Indian Restaurants in Vancouver will include Vij's, an internationally-acclaimed foodie destination that has been called the best Indian restaurant in North America. The flagship (and first) restaurant of Chef Vikram Vij, one of Canada's biggest culinary stars, Vij's is not a typical Indian restaurant. Instead, it's Indian-fusion: Indian spices, flavours and cooking techniques combined with fresh and surprising ingredients to create one-of-a-kind taste sensations. It's a must-visit for anyone who loves great food, period.
Vij's is immensely popular and it doesn't take reservations. The restaurant opens at 5:30pm and is first-come, first-served (you will often see a line begin to form at 5pm). Come prepared for a wait, but don't worry: It's worth it!
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Located in the heart of Vancouver's downtown shopping district, the cosmopolitan Salam Bombay makes this list of the Top 5 Vancouver Indian Restaurants both for its authentic Indian cuisine and its commitment to gluten-free (and other allergy) issues: the Salam kitchen uses separate pots for gluten-free bread and separate pots/pans for allergy issues!
Salam Bombay's food is traditional, including lovely curries, Biriyanis, and--as mentioned--gluten-free naan. They also have a fantastic wine list.
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Just south of downtown, Maurya is one of the top options for fine Indian dining: it's known for its grand style and its superb flavours paired with local ingredients. In 2008, it won Dine Out Vancouver's Awards for Best Appetizer and Best Entree. Maurya's butter chicken is a Vancouver favourite!
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Another Top 5 Vancouver Indian restaurant that is gluten-free friendly--yet still fantastic--Atithi is a budget-friendly alternative to the other restaurants on this list. You can get delicious samosas for under $5, as well as a variety of authentic curries and paneers at budget prices.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Located at Kingsway and Knight Street in East Van, House of Dosas is famous in Vancouver for not only serving tasty, cheap dosas (around $5), but for serving them 24 hours a day. (Yes, if you want to eat dosas at 3am, this is the place to go!)
Dosas are South Indian crispy pancakes served with a variety of savory fillings, including vegetables and rice, rice and lentils, etc. And the dosas at House of Dosa are HUGE, so your money will go a long way.