Handi Cuisine of India (Dunbar, Kerrisdale)
Talk about hidden gems. My good friend Erica Hargreave and I were just looking for a diner that apparently exists on Dunbar (not Sodas Diner, that’s defunct) and we were unable to identify said diner, so we decided to stop at one of the many restaurants on Dunbar between 28th and 29th Avenues (near the Dunbar Theatre). We stopped at a little Indian restaurant called Handi Cuisine of India. Best. Random. Find. Ever.
The name “Handi” refers to the traditional, thick-bottomed clay pot with a narrow top that allows for lengthy simmering, which produces rich, deeply spiced flavours. For three generations our families have represented East Indian Cuisine in the finest traditional way. We are proud to share our journey with you at anyone of our select locations.
Handi features award wining fine traditional East Indian Cuisine with all your favourite dishes such as sizzling Tandoori, savoury curries, house signature dishes, vegetarian specialties, mouth watering deserts and a perfectly complementing wine list. Dine in an elegant, relaxed atmosphere where you will always receive courteous and knowledgeable service with a smile. Generous aromatic portions and friendly prices help make this restaurant a long time people’s favourite place to go or have group parties. Two great locations to serve you better: A Spectacular large Ocean View Patio and Private Dining Room at our West Vancouver location or our romantic Bistro on Dunbar Street in the Vancouver Westside.
We didn’t know they had 3 locations, but we had dinner at the Dunbar one. This cute restaurant seats 50 people, and by the time we had dinner, it had was packed. Clearly, a hidden gem. The owner recognized our orders might take some time so he suggested we order a Mixed Platter ($10, vegetable samosas, pakoras & chicken pakoras, and yes it does serve 2).
I ordered a mango lassi (a sweet mango yogurt drink, fairly traditionally Indian), as it’s my favorite drink. We split some Pea Pulao ($4.00, basmati rice cooked with green peas & onions) as a side dish with two mains: Chicken Tikka Masala ($12.00, grilled chicken cooked in onion & tomato based sauce) and Lamb Methi ($13.50, boneless lamb, dry fenugreek leaves cooked with garlic in a special curry sauce). I found the Tikka Masala a bit on the hot side, but we did order hot so we can’t complain.
The chicken tikka masala was very flavourful, spicy. The lamb methi I found with a bit of peanut/nut flavour, very smooth and tasty. We had to pack half of our dinner to go as we were both stuffed beyond our abilities to consume more food. I’ll definitely be back. Dinner for two was around $57 which for the value is pretty good.
Disclosure: Both Erica and I paid out of our own pocket for our dinner.