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10 Best Indian Restaurants in Surrey

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1. My Shanti By Vikram Vij

http://www.myshanti.com

I decided to try the unctuous Seafood Medley which consisted of mussels, ling cod, prawns and squid and spicy cassava fries in a coconut red chili curry and the lamb popsicle with the fenugreek curry. Overall my first experience here was delicious! Their menu has so many refined unique dishes that use locally sourced ingredients prepared with a twist on modern Indian fusion. Make sure to try one of their creative cocktails. Even the desserts were eclectic and uniquely great in that they took traditional offerings and improvised on them. That ensures a truly memorable end to your meal in this contemporary, buzzy spot. If you’re lucky, you may even get to meet and greet with the Chef Vikram himself.


 

2. Gulberg Restaurant

http://www.gulbergrestaurant.com

The Gulberg offers great Halal Pakistani food with impeccable service and ambiance. The delectable menu is reasonably priced and offers a wide variety of options, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Some highlights include their creamy paneer, butter chicken, fish or veggie pakoras, beef nihari, chicken tikka, fried fish biryani and tandoori chicken. Since they are renowned for their fabulous lunch buffet, I recommend arriving with a hearty appetite and an empty stomach. I can also reassure you that when you try their buttery, garlicky Naan, you will keep coming back for more!

 

3. Mehfil India Restaurant & Sweets

http://www.mehfilindia.com

This hot spot boasts inexpensive prices and a wide selection of Indian food, making Mehfil a real winner! The staff is also very very friendly and always makes you feel like a welcomed guest. I loved the curry goat, creamy shahi sauce, spicy vindaloo, palak paneer, goat curry and always-fresh and buttery roti. Their comforting homemade chai tea and rice pudding were the perfect ending to a delicious meal at their hot and ready smorgasbord.

 

4. Mahek Restaurant & Lounge

http://mahek.ca

Mahek’s amazing butter chicken and vegetable shrimp pakora blew my mind! Their lamb curry came highly recommended and it isn’t very difficult to see why: it melts in your mouth. This spot had possibly the best garlic naan and mutter paneer I’ve ever tried. I also recommend trying the Mahek Dinner Special for a little nosh because of the perfectly light and fluffy pakoras.

To add a beautiful touch, the staff were friendly and welcoming and the decor is nice with a spacious central area with cosy booths around the windows for added intimacy and privacy. Perfect date night spot!

 

5. Rasoi Restaurant Inc.

http://rasoi.ca

I highly recommend trying the Fish Korma and Lamb Tikka Masala and the variety of coconut chicken curries. They pride themselves on their goat curry and chili chicken too, plus their fragrant jasmine basmati rice that is so fluffy and second to none. Ordering the lamb vindaloo kind of reminded me of Christmas  because it is full of spicy rich flavours. To top it all off, their crispy savory pakoras won’t leave you disappointed.The flavours are just right and the spice is all balanced as it should be traditionally. Keep in mind that for the more sensitive palate, extra spicy truly means ‘extra spicy’! The perfect sweet treat to end your meal would have to be hands-down their Gajar Halwa made with naturally sweet carrot and cream.

6. Satya Asha (Vegetarian)

http://satyaashaveggie.com
This husband-wife run restaurant offers the freshest and healthiest of vegetarian and vegan options including Dokla, Thali, Gujrati fare. Their Tawa aloo and Tawa methi pranthas are to die for!

You have to order the cashew dates and potato kachori to start. The food was unique and so very tasty plus the service and ambience were impeccable. I was really blown away by how tender the chicken korma and chickpea, sweet potato and cashew koftas were too! Make sure to finish off your meal with their sweet or salty lassi.


 

7. Mayuri Indian Cuisine

http://www.mayuri.ca

Mayuri takes pride in fresh and hot, made on the spot, big portions of unforgettable flavourful dishes. You really can’t go wrong with classic staples like Chicken Tiki Masala, Aloo Palak, their freshest and proper paneer masala dosas, rava dosa and the thali plate. Their homemade classic “coconut chutney” is epic too! I also thoroughly enjoyed the eggplant curry and traditional biryani if you’re feeling especially peckish. Ending off this extraordinary meal experience with their amazing Gulab Jaman will leave you in a blissful food coma.

8. Krishna’s Dosa Grill

https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/krishnas-dosa-grill-whalley/menu

This quaint family run business has me craving their signature dosas every weekend paired with their soothing idli sambhar. Every time we come here, we leave with pure satisfaction from the Jaipuri paneer masala dosa or the onion rava masala dosa with three delicious chutney sauces and lentil soup and a generous amount of lamb filling.

Krishna’s restaurant isn’t fancy but we have never been disappointed with a meal here and it is always top of the list for those: “so-where-do-you-want-to-go-for-lunch?” conversations. It is especially authentic and brings back fond memories and a touch of Chennai or Bangalore’s traditional eating spots that I recall so fondly from my travels.

 

9. Dhoom Restaurant & Bar

http://www.dhoomrestaurant.com

Holy cow. No pun intended, but just when I had thought I have eaten all kinds of tandoori chicken in my experience and long-term relationship with Indian food, Dhoom comes out of nowhere! This spot can accommodate a large group or event and it also caters to the daily lunch crew of local professionals working nearby.

Dhoom’s staff is very friendly, attentive and welcoming even when they’re swamped.

They offer light samosas, generous portions of butter chicken and filling egg biryani. Pair that with a couple of garlic naans and rasmalai for dessert and you won’t be disappointed by this hot spot’s great portions and freshly made delicacies.

10. Tasty Bistro

http://tastybistro.com

It has been widely touted as “The Best Indian Food in Canada”. I don’t know about that, as I haven’t eaten my way through all the indian fare Canada has to offer, but as for Surrey, I can give it two thumbs way up!  Having been to Amritsar, Chandigarh, New Delhi and then seeing the best of Toronto the Tasty Indian Bistro is phenomenal. It’s beautiful inside and out with very artistic decor and very sharply dressed staff. It is truly a five star experience.

A really unique marinated, spiced, boneless, deep-fried Chicken Pakora, boneless tandoori Chicken cooked with a rich tomato cream gravy, Mild Coconut Chicken Curry cooked up with a coconut cream and onion gravy were all loaded with flavour. It has such a widely diverse menu whose offerings also include delectable chaat papri, light flaky vegetable pakora and then my go-to: coconut shrimp curry. This tasty Indian spot has such a plethora of options I think I can almost taste the Payasam sweet pudding already!

The perfect textural combination and balance of sweet, savory are beautifully complimented by the fabulous cocktail and wine menu. Since the food does pack some heat, I’d recommend indulging in that delectable cocktail menu paired with a nice creamy Kheer rice dessert or rass gulla made of sweet cheese dipped in sugar. Voila!

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http://www.asianjournal.ca/restaurant-tasty-indian-bistro/
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​Alena Rebmann is a writer, sculptor/painter, doctor of clinical psychology, world traveler, creative director of a tech/software company in Vancouver, polyglot and chef who is hungry and insatiable for all that life has to offer! She has lived and traveled across the globe and delights in delivering her adventures and experiences to readers everywhere.

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This Surrey cafe offers a delicious Bombay brunch

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Tucked away on the edge of the Strawberry Hill Shopping Centre is Bandra Cafe, one of the best places for brunch in Surrey. It offers unique menu items that are not only full of flavour but are pretty just to look at. If you’re looking for something different than your basic pancake breakfast, this is the place for you. 

Bandra Cafe serves Bombay-style cuisine that is chock full of flavour and spice. On our visit, we ordered the Bandra Benny and it did not disappoint. Just like your standard eggs Benedict it came with poached eggs, bacon, and hollandaise sauce, but was served on top of chili-cheese toast. It gave it the perfect kick that you wouldn’t normally find in an eggs Benedict, setting Bandra Cafe apart from all the other brunch spots in the city. On the side, there were crispy potato wedges and some sliced avocado. 

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Bandra Benny (Marco Ovies / Surrey604)

We also ordered their dalgona coffee, which we had never tried before. It came with whipped coffee on top of steamed milk. Our waiter politely helped us out and instructed us that we needed to stir the drink (we had just gone right in for the sip and it left us with a coffee mustache that wasn’t noticeable until we got home). The drink both looked impressive and tasted great. 

Bandra Cafe

Dalgona coffee (Marco Ovies / Surrey604)

But Bandra Cafe doesn’t just do eggs Benedict. They also serve kanda poha (a popular Bombay breakfast with flattened rice, onions, peanuts, herbs, and spices, topped with coconut and sev), Kheema Par Eedu Skillet (kheema, potato salli, fried eggs, and pav bread, described on the menu as the “Bombay breakfast of champions”), and even a vegan platter (avocado, grilled tofu, vegetables, and salad with tahini almond dressing). You can also order small bites and drinks to share if you’re coming to visit later in the evening with friends. 

The cafe itself is very modern looking with a plant wall at the entrance with a neon sign that reads “Good Brews, Good Bites.” The service was excellent and we’re excited to go back again to try the rest of their menu. 

Bandra Cafe is open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm, and Friday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm. 

Bandra Cafe

 

Address: 7310 #110 120th St.

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6 of the best sushi restaurants in Surrey

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Sushi from Sushi California and Sushi Street (@sushicalifornia_surrey; @sushistreet_surrey / Instagram)

There are so many different sushi spots in Surrey that sometimes it can be hard to choose. That’s why we’ve created a list of the best sushi restaurants in Surrey to satisfy your next sushi craving. 

 

MaguroGuy Sushi and Grill

 

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MaguroGuy has an excellent assortment of sushi and delicious Japanese dishes. We’d recommend visiting for their lunch special Udon Set which comes with a dynamite roll, tuna, salmon, and ebi nigiri, tempura, Seafood udon (small), and a green salad.

 

Sushi Mori

What makes Sushi Mori so special? Well for starters there is a tree in the middle of the restaurant. They also make some great sushi and have plenty of specialty rolls to try like their Spicy Sunflower Roll which has crab meat, cucumber, avocado, and prawn tempura covered with spicy salmon and topped with tempura flakes, shredded red beet, spicy mayo, and aioli sauce.

 

Kami Sushi 

Kami Sushi is the best place to grab a filling and affordable lunch. The best thing to order is one of their lunch combinations that are available from 11:30 to 3:30 pm. We love their combo B which comes with four pieces of sushi, three pieces of their Reno roll, four pieces of the spicy love roll, and tempura udon for $19.95. You get a great assortment of food for a great price. 

 

Sushi California

Sushi California has a great assortment of different rolls, potentially the largest selection in all of Surrey. They have over 67 different rolls you can choose from, and that’s not even including nigiri or any of the other things on their menu. The only other sushi spot that could compete is the next one on our list. 

 

Psi Sushi & Roll

Psi Sushi & Roll is another Surrey favourite that has plenty on their menu. They also have some very unique rolls like their Flying Unicorn Roll which has crabmeat and cream cheese and is deep fried with melted mozzarella cheese. 

 

Sushi Street

 

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If you’re searching for your next picnic meal look no further than Sushi Street. They offer these sushi boxes that can feed one to four people that are perfect to take with you. We’d recommend trying Street Box #2 which can feed up to four people and has a Crazy Roll, Dragon roll, Dynamite roll, Philadelphia roll, Chicken wings, Edamame, vegetable sticks, and five kinds of special sauce. 

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You can order a whole box of sushi from this Surrey restaurant

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Sushi Street serves delicious Japanese takeout by the King George Skytrain Station

If you’re looking for the next great sushi spot, look no further than Sushi Street. Located close to the King George Skytrain Station, this place should be your go-to for sushi takeout. 

Sushi Street specializes in only takeout and offers quick and delicious Japanese cuisine. They specialize in bento boxes, sushi combos, and ready-to-eat foods that you can just grab and go. But probably the coolest thing they offer is their sushi boxes.

 

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You heard right, sushi in a box. They offer two different boxes that can feed anywhere from 1 to 4 people. Their Street Box 1 which can feed one to two people has a crazy roll, Philadelphia roll, dynamite roll, chicken wings, edamame, vegetable sticks, and four kinds of special sauce. 

If you’re looking for more food you can get the Street Box 2 which feeds three to four people and has a crazy roll, dragon roll, dynamite roll, Philadelphia roll, chicken wings, edamame, vegetable sticks, and five kinds of special sauce. This is the perfect meal to grab on your way to a picnic over at Holland Park across the street. 

But don’t worry, you can also order individual rolls if you’re just eating for one. They also serve inari which is sushi rice packed into a tofu pouch topped with all sorts of sushi ingredients. We’d recommend ordering the Inari Unagi or the Inari Spicy Salmon. 

 

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While Sushi Street does specialize in takeout, they do have some seats inside to sit down and enjoy your food. But regardless of whetheryou eat in or take out, we promise you’ll love the food. Be sure to visit this new Surrey hidden gem soon!

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This Surrey restaurant is serving up “monster burgers”

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Fab Burgers
Fab Burgers Inc. makes some of the best burgers in Surrey (@fabburgersinc / Instagram)

Located in the heart of Newton is Fab Burgers Inc., the home of Surrey’s “monster burgers.” What is a monster burger you may ask? Well, it’s about as intimidating as it sounds. 

Fab Burger Inc. has six monster burgers on their menu, and one of their most famous ones is the Fab Meaty Muncher which comes with breaded crispy chicken, a beef patty, chicken bacon, cheddar cheese, purple slaw, pickles, tomatoes, an onion ring, and their signature FAB sauce. It’s piled high and requires some maneuvering to be able to take a bite. 

 

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If that’s still a little too small for you, you can order their Sweet Temptation Burger which comes with three patties of your choice of chicken or beef (yes you heard right, three patties), topped with lettuce, sauteed onions, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and finished with barbeque sauce. It’s the biggest burger on their menu and definitely deserves the name “monster burger.”

But don’t worry, they also serve regular-sized burgers for those who don’t have a monster appetite. The Flamin’ Nacho Burger is a fan favourite and has a beef patty topped with fresh salsa, onions, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, nacho chips, and topped with cheddar cheese.

 

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If burgers aren’t your thing, Fab Burger Inc. also sells other foods like Chicken and Waffles and BBQ Lamb Chops which are marinated with their in-house blend of seasonings and sauces and served with fries, coleslaw, and a drink.

 

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So whether you’re craving a monster burger, or just want something on the smaller side to eat, Fab Burger Inc. has it all. Be sure to visit the next time you’re craving a good burger. 

Fab Burger Inc.

Address: 7320 King George Blvd #108

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These are the best places to get coffee in Surrey

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Whether you go to cafés for the atmosphere, food, or coffee, we’re sure there's a café on this list you’ll love. (@coffeemonster_official; @west_village_cafe / Instagram)

You can only drink so much Starbucks before you get sick of it. That’s why we’ve made this list of the best coffee shops in Surrey so you can switch it up. Whether it’s because of the great atmosphere or unique drinks, these are the best places to get coffee in Surrey. 

 

Coffee Monster

If you’re a student in Surrey then you need to visit Coffee Monster. It is the best place to get some late-night studying done. Every table has access to an outlet and it’s open until 10 pm. Plus, they have some delicious drinks like their Spanish Latte which you can order hot or iced. 

 

Bandra Cafe

 

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Bandra Cafe is one of the first Indian-style cafes in the Greater Vancouver area and has some exceptional drinks and eats to show for it. Bandra Cafe tries to copy the vibe of the area in Bombay with the same name by creating a similar atmosphere by having “dark wooden chairs and white table tops” and also by selling “dishes like salli chicken, kheema pan and mawa cake.” This is definitely a very unique cafe that you need to visit. 

 

West Village Cafe

If you’re looking for one of the trendiest cafes in Surrey, then West Village Cafe is the spot for you. With a very clean and minimalistic interior and some fancy food to eat, this might be the fanciest café in Surrey. Not only does West Village Cafe serve your coffee shop classics like lattes and pastries, but they also serve alcoholic drinks and food like tacos, a chimichurri salmon and vegetable bowl, local craft beer on tap, and more! If you’re feeling extra fancy you should head in for one of their Bailey’s coffees. 

 

Espresso Cafe

 

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Espresso Cafe is located in the heart of Newton and has a very homely atmosphere to it. From the fireplace to the home-style baked goods, there is so much to love about Espresso Cafe. We’d recommend ordering one of their filo spinach feta pastries which are delicious. They have an always expanding menu and plenty of specialty drinks on rotation so be sure to visit Espresso Cafe. 

 

The GrassRoots Cafe

The GrassRoots Cafe is a student-owned and operated café located on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Surrey campus. They serve “alcoholic beverages and KPU brewed beer on tap, delicious food, snacks, coffee drinks and healthy alternative options such as vegan and gluten-free meals.” They also host a bunch of different activities like slam poetry, movie marathons, and more! Plus, if you’re a KPU student you can get a 5% discount. 

 

Prairie Cafe

 

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When a café has been around since 1949, then you know it has to be good. Prairie Cafe offers some classic vintage breakfast and coffee. They do classic American breakfast as well as Asian dishes like chicken Teriyaki, wonton soup, and chicken pan-fried noodles. If you’re looking for a blast from the past then you need to visit Prairie Cafe. 

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