Photo courtesy of Vij's
Celebrity chefs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala serve bright, richly spiced dishes at their flagship restaurant—often hailed as one of the world's finest destinations for Indian food. Their wine-marinated lamb popsicles have become legendary, but the menu has other stars too, like jackfruit in a cumin-black-cardamom curry, boneless chicken wings on ricotta-sweet-potato cookies, and Punjabi-style goatmeat with spiced vegetables. The lines have chilled since Vij's 2015 move to bigger Cambie Street digs and—bonus—this added a great rooftop patio! In a hurry? Try Vij's Rangoli, just 1.4 miles west, which has shorter queues and accepts takeaway orders online.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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We went to Vij's in Vancouver after we heard several friends recommend it. It could not have been more welcoming. We waited outside in line for fifteen minutes before they opened, but it was worth the wait. We were welcomed with warm chai in handmade mugs and several delightful complimentary appetizers. The lights were low but warm and added a romantic but friendly vibe. The food was a mix of traditional and no traditional Indian-inspired fare. Highly recommended!
Enjoy the New Roof Patio at Vij’s on Cambie
Vikram Vij, one of Canada’s best-loved chefs moved his critically-acclaimed Vij’s restaurant from its spot on W 11th Street to Cambie Street in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. All the usual Vij’s favourites are on the menu, from the ambrosial lamb popsicles to his jackfruit in black cardamon and cumin curry, but now there’s a superb cocktail menu, a sun trap of a roof patio, and you’ll no longer have to stand in the rain to get a table, as now there’s a spacious lounge to wait your turn to dine, because, no, Vij’s still don’t take reservations –even Harrison Ford and Martha Stewart have had to queue! A quintessential Vancouver dining experience not to be missed.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert