If you love Indian food, Vancouver is the place to be. From highly-acclaimed Indian fusion to traditional tandoori and butter chicken (a regional favorite), the top 3 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, flavors, 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 5:30 pm and is first-come, first-served (you will often see a line begin to form at 5 pm). 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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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.