Address: 12830 96 Ave Unit 3, Surrey, BC V3V 6A8
Phone: (604) 496-3033
New kid on the block! Or fairly new, 6 months old so kinda new. I’d been meaning to try this place since it opened but would always end up going to our tried and true places in the end. So finally decided today was the day.
It’s situated in a small strip all on 128th st and 96ave. The restaurant is unassuming and easy to miss. We almost walked right past it.
Its interiors are simple and bright, clean at least for now. There are a few booths on the left and a waiting area on the right. It’s like a small restaurant with a sweet shop all wrapped in one.
We were asked to pick our own seating and the server came promptly and gave us ONE menu. I found that quite funny since there was a stack of menus from where she picked that one up from. Regardless we asked her what was popular and she recommended the cholle bahturae and chaat. We ordered that along with chicken biryani, vegetarian thali a whopping $8 only and chai.
There was only one other table beside ours so we didn’t expect our food to take as long as it did. We waited for at least 20 minutes. After which our food came one after the other and chai at the very end. I wish it’d come in the beginning.
The cholle baturae were mediocre and not something I would recommend. The chic peas (cholle) were underseasoned, over cooked and mushy. We upgraded the bhatura to a paneer bhaura which was rather tasty. However, when paired with bland chic peas the dish didn’t quite hit the mark as a whole. This was the only dish we didn’t like.
So, on the other hand. the chaat was delicious. Perfectly seasoned with lots of tamarind sauce, mint chutney and yogurt. There were plenty or crisps, just the right amount of potatoes and onions along with one bhalla (a dal/ lentil pakora). This is something I would definitely order again and probably come just to eat this.
We loved the chicken biryani too. Its chicken was soft, juicy and perfectly cooked; which was refreshing to see since it’s very easy to over cook chicken in a biryani due its long cooking time. Definitely one of the best ones we’ve tried in Surrey.
Last but not the least we tried the vegetarian thali which included: shahi paneer (good), dal makhani (ok), pulao (seasoned rice), naan, raita and salad. All this was just 8 bucks – i would highly recommend it if you’re craving curry but dont want to hurt the wallet. They also have a non-veg thali which is priced at $10.