Warning: This place is addictive! I come here for their buffet. If you're looking for good Indian food, this is the place. If you're looking for the ambiance of a restaurant, then don't go here.
Best Indian in Vancouver. First, I'll just say that if you want Indian food in the "Couve", you've got to give something some slack, and here, it's the interior of the restaurant. Decor is not good, to say the least, but I'd rather they stay open than redecorate. We've been coming here about once a month for the last two-three years. We usually get our food to go, because we always seem to be getting food from here on a "curl up at home and watch movies" night. That being said, that should tell you something about the food. Good, comforting (not swanky or expensive) Indian food. Fair prices, good portions, owner is always very nice and makes good suggestions for us to try new things, and you really can't ask for much else. Granted, we could eat there at the buffet cheaper, but I prefer their yummy food in my own, comfortable digs. Try the Chicken Mahkani (and get Tamarind sauce on the side). Really good, and a nice change from Chinese takeout.
"Indian Style" means GREAT FOOD!!!.
My husband & I have been coming here for several years now & it continues to be our FAVORITE restaurant of all time. Authentic recipes, prepared in traditional mannerisms, by an Indian family in a loving family atmosphere is what you are guaranteed. The buffet is such a deal and a great way to get a taste of many types of Indian foods if you’re not familiar with the menu, but we order the dinner deals. You get 3 side dishes, specialty nan bread, basmati rice, and a dessert with your entrée for only a few dollars more than just the entrée (which is a comparable price to other Indian food restaurants.) What’s NOT comparable is the taste and the service! They remember our orders to a tee, but always check with us about what we want first and my husband is a connoisseur of HOT foods and this Indian food is the ONLY place that has been able to satisfy his taste for Indian food made “Indian Style.” Order yours “Indian Style” if you want yours extra hot.
One of the most encouraging things we see in the restaurant is other east Indian families always dining there. You know it’s good Indian food when people of their culture come back over and over. One time I noticed, posted on the wall were old clippings from the newspaper. Upon closer review I saw that this was the public notice about the health codes of the local restaurants reported in the local paper from the last several years up to today. Namaste Indian Cuisine was consistently ranked on top in the best and cleanest among them, a title only a handful get, in EVERY PRINTING and not even one had been skipped over the years. I was so impressed and felt good about what I was eating. They are the best!
I really wanted to hate this place....but......
In my opinion there is too much light....there is about 3X the number of lights needed for the room. This coupled with a light yellow paint and light floor color makes me feel as if I need to squint.
They have not completely updated the decor from the previous restaurant. The overall feel is that you are still in a rustic American food restaurant with 1880 vintage logging train murals and rough sawed wood booths.
I detest.....and I mean DETEST buffets. When we were seated and found the dinner service was a buffet I wanted to go but because we were already there opted to give it a shot.
The food was all better than we expected. My wife and I tried a large range of items and found them all to be really very decent if not very good. We have had better Indian food, and it is not by any stretch a quiet candle lit romantic date place but if you are looking for a place to get a variety items and can handle the fact that its a self serve buffet you will likely be very happy with this place.
This place is not perfect, so what....with all that is right clearly outweighs my minor bitches.
We will be back.
Good Food, Great Value.
Namaste may not have the absolute greatest Indian food you will ever eat, but the food is very good. and the buffet is an outstanding value. It's a great way to sample a variety of dishes, and maybe even introduce indian food to thosse who haven't tried it before.
The sauces are great, nan bread is fresh, all round the food is very good. Highly recommend finishing with the Mango Ice Cream - wow! Excellent!
This is a family run restaurant, very friendly nice people. Their children are usually hanging about, lending an even more casual, family-like atmosphere to the place. They go out of their way to make you feel welcomed and comfortable.
May not be the place to go for a romantic get away, but if you simply want to enjoy some very good Indian food in Vancouver at a great price, you can't go wrong with Namaste!
Fresh & Delicious Indian Food. Chand, the owner/cook, has scored perfect on EVERY visit from the Department of Health! The buffet is served for lunch and Friday and Saturday dinner. An excellant opportunity to try different Indian dishes. Charan will guide you through the menu at other times. Bring your appetit. The food is a wonderful experience and the price is right.
Fantastic Food. The food was fantastic especially the mango ice cream and the almond rice pudding, The potato rounds dipped in the tamarind sauce....yum
It's All About the Food. Obviously Better Than It Was in the past.
Yummy food. The lunch buffet often has a tasty surprise, it is not the "same old" indian buffet. The evening cooked to order dinners are well worth the slightly extra cost, and so are their appetizers. My wife and I have eaten at probably a hundred indian restaurants around the country and this is one of the best (in terms of the food). Moreover, we have been here a dozen times (over the past year) and never been disappointed. Past reviews suggest that this is a distinct improvement from previous times.
On the buffet most of the dishes are excellent. Usually a few are disappointing, but you can skip those. Take small amounts for tasting, decide what you like, then go back for a good portion. Sometimes the Tandoori chicken is superb, sometimes it has a burned odor (although it doesn't look burned). Usually I don't care for rice, but their plain rice tastes great. After I've eaten I feel that I've good food. No stomach upsets, either.
Easy parking. Reasonable service. Reasonable prices. The decor matches the promotional messages painted on the windows for people outside to see, it is very plain, there is nothing elegant about it. It's all about the food and the value. It easily accommodates families, but it is not for that specially romantic dinner. This is one of the two restaurants in Vancouver I can recommend to others and so far the best of the half dozen Indian restaurants I've been to in the Portland area. We look forward to returning to it.
Some of the best food in the area.
After my workplace moved to Vancouver last year, I have visited this restaurant many times for lunch, as it has become one of my favorite Vancouver restaurants. Their lunch buffet offers many tasty items, and the food always tastes great, with a good blend of spices. They have a fairly large rice warmer that they always keep full with fragrant and flavorful authentic Basmati rice, and they occasionally switch some of their buffet items. Their sauces taste great. I enjoy their mild dishes as well as the spicier dishes such as the garlic chicken. They also have a dish with chicken in yogurt sauce with spices, which is also great. In addition, they have a salad bar.
In addition, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is fairly casual. It's a nice place to stop by for lunch, with excellent food.
Great Indian dinners. The first time I ever tried their food was dinner...fabulous! I was, however, very disappointed in their buffet. Please don't judge them by the buffet! If you order food cooked to order, it is marvelous. It is definitely not a romantic venus, with diner style booths, and a TV on in the background tuned to the Indian station, and the owners' child hanging out watching it...but very VERY good food. I cook Indian cuisine, and I aspire to Namaste's sauces!
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