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Handi

4432 Dunbar Street
Vancouver, BC V6S2G5
Tel: (604) 738-3186
Neighbourhood: Dunbar-Southlands

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Large group Indian dinner
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Arguably the best Indian food in the area. For a starter, I highly recommend the samosas. All the appetizers are great but in my opinion the samosas are excellent and the best they have. The tandoori fish was great. For dessert, I had the mango cheese cake and enjoyed it fully.

Handi is a place that truly offers authentic Indian food and is true to the cuisine. I went with a large group (11 people) and none of us had any complaints. Even the kids had a great time, who are definitely hard to please. We were all impressed with all the dishes on the table.

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Very good Indian food in sophisticated atmosphere
By Andi710 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

We tried out Handi's for dinner on Easter Saturday. It was a very pleasing experience. We were a little worried seeing only one table taken when we entered, but the restaurant filled up later.

The ambiance was a real change to other Indian places in town. Seeing textile napkins, nice table cloths and well decorated tables was a real surprise here in Vancouver. I loved the huge old mirrors and little details like the explanations of Indian cuisine items in the menu. I also liked the very clean washroom. The only problem with the ambiance is that the restaurant is is a little too dark - the typical problem of restaurants with light coming only from a front window.

We started with pappardum and raita (a cucumber yogurt) and had the special of the day (Mango chicken) and a shahi paneer (cheese cooked in tomato onion sauce) afterward. The Papperdum rolled into little cones - it looked so nice that it was almost a pity to eat it. Both appetizers and entrees were excellent. I ordered the mango chicken medium spiced and got a dish that was neither bland not too hot to taste mango and meat. The only reason rate it 4 instead of 5 is that I did not see surprises/new discoveries on the menu.

Service was amazing, one of the waiters even came to refill the mango lassie of our son to a smaller glass after seeing him struggling with his straw. Water was never empty, food was served quickly and professionally, and also the bill was coming very quickly (which is really important for us as the patience of our three year old is usually exhausted by the end of the dinner).

We paid under $60 for the two and a half of us, which is not cheap in Vancouver, but still good value for what was offered. We will certainly come back for a welcome change to Okonomiyaki in Modern club or Thai food in Montri's.

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Wonderful surprise for BFs 30th birthday
By jonesh19 of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I organized a dinner for my boyfriends 30th birthday at Handis. I had been planning this one for a long time at another famous restaurant but then last minute changes happened and Handi was picked. My boyfriend loves Indian food so I thought it would be a good choice. Although we were not a very large party (of eight) I was still very nervous about how everything was going to turn out. Let's just say I am usually never the one who organizes things. Luckily, I informed the staff of this and they were very supportive and helpful in making sure everything would go by smoothly. Service didn't fail even once! We were a kind of loud and picky group but still the staff managed to make everyone was okay. Oh and the food was yummy and delish, esp the chicken vindaloo and samosas. Thanks guys!

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Great for an intimate dinner
By joshr of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Among the mid-level Indian restaurants in Vancouver, Handi is one of my favorites. Mid-level in terms of price, let me clarify. The atmosphere here is great. They try to keep the lighting low to set the scene for an intimate dinner. Perfect place for a date night. Usually for dinner there is a bit of a wait, now if only one could just show up and get seated right away? Not in Vancouver, at least.

My date and I started off with some pakoras and calamari. Off to a good start. I had the lamb with a side of garlic naan. She went for a chicken curry extra hot. Despite ordering different dishes at different spice levels, our waiter managed to not mix up the order.

We had a few drinks; just the standard, but there are some interesting ethnic drinks as well. The food here is something you can crave for, so it's always recommended.

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This is how you should treat your customers
By as_545 of surrey bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

This place really deserves 4 stars. Handi is a pretty good restaurant, but lacks a bit in drinks...but that is alright as the service made up for it. The service is good. As soon as we stepped in, the staff greeted us and took us to the bar while we waited for a table. Here is where I found out that drinks aren't their finest point! The service was extremely courteous. Our waiter offered to help at all times and checked on us regularly (not going overboard either, which can be equally annoying). He gave us recommendations of food. We ordered four dishes to share: butter chicken, chicken vindaloo, aloo gobi recommended by our waiter and some lamb. The food tasted authentic, I really liked the way the lamb was seasoned. Surely worth a visit.

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Not the place for a business dinner
By jbgirl21 of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

I have been visiting Vancouver for the longest of time, mainly for leisure but lately for business. A couple I was doing business with decided to take me out to dinner here. I know of other Indian restaurants but let them lead as they are locals. I shouldn't have. We arrived for our reservation on time at 6 pm only to find a couple-filled restaurant. The restaurant is more set up for couples and families, NOT business! In fact, we were one of the only tables that was not a couple. Skipping that part though, food was good. Prices are about $15 a dish, which is okay for dinner. I went for the mixed platter and then onto a chicken methi with rice. The timing was perfect, my main arrived as soon as I was taking my last bite off of the pakora. I felt that the chicken was good, but it could have been a bit more spicy. The coconut curry seemed really good, but I didnt try it. I will consider this restaurant for indian food when I come back for non-business related issues.

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Large, plentiful portions
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 1:58pm [Take-out]

This is one of my favorite Indian restaurants in the area. Of course, there are places like Vij that offer great Indian-fusion food, but if you are talking about real, authentic Indian cuisine, Handi wins hands down.

I have both eaten here and ordered take-out, the latter more than the former (so I will mostly speak about the take-out than anything else). Their take-out is service is speedy and the portions that are sent are plentiful; sometimes my roommate and I share the food as it is large enough for two! I usually get their chicken dishes, whether it be the butter chicken or the chicken korma, as I love chicken and here at Handi's they cook it to perfection. If you are not into chicken, try their lamb dishes - you can never go wrong with them! Prices are really okay, not too expensive so I think you get good value for your money.

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Nice place with good food
By upstairs of New Westminster (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 10:04am [Dine in]

On Dunbar: A nice little place, well-kept and pleasant, good service and fairly quick food arrival. We had the appetizer platter with veggie and chicken pahoras and samosas. All quite good (the veggie pakoras were quite light, even fluffy) and the sauces delicious. The mango lassi was thinner and smaller than some places, and not as mango-y but okay, might or might not have that again. The naan was quite good and we used up the rest of the appetizer sauces on that. The coconut chicken was tasty with a generous amount of sauce and a large dish of basmati. The chicken portion wasn't overly large but it wasn't small and was plenty for us, with a little left over. Prices on the moderate side but quality and presentation nice. Will definitely came back here.

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New favourite Indian restaurant
By foodpiglet of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:28am [Dine in]

I can't believe we've never been here before even though we've driven by the establishment many times. The indoor decoration gives the traditional Indian vibe. That clearly translates on their food, which was out of this world. I used to like the Indian restaurant in my hometown but this is my new favourite. I was with my family when we ate at Handi. We enjoyed and shared the Garlic/Basil Naan, Eggplant Bhartha, samosas, Beef Curry, chicken tikka and my personal favourite the Lamb Methi! I can’t wait to go back to Handi restaurant!

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best indian place
By pierelarauri of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2015 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

i like a lot this place, its a really good place to enjoy real indian food, its just really tasty and fresh, i love the way they make it like not too hot so its just easy to enjoy. the service here is really good too, really helpfull and polite. i recomend this place a lot

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sorprised in the best way
By josephbotto2805 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2015 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

i was a litte skeptical when i went here with a couple of friends, i found that most indian are a little too spicy so well... i went there and it definitely excedeed all expectations, i love it. the food was just really tasty and not so spicy, the food was just right, i would definitely recomend this place, not just for indian food lovers but also for those who just want to try this for the first time. the service is something i must talk about, the staff there are very polite and helpfull, they really care about the customer convenience so its just great. i will definitely go again and recomend it.

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Definitely Memorable Go for it !!!!!!!
By rrschwan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

Beautiful restaurant with a really interesting, creative menu. Tame enough to appeal to alot of people, but in no way pedestrian. Went with the mixed grill that had great flavors across a variety of proteins, including halibut , barbecued shrimp, lamb and amazing tender chicken. Also delicious vegetables,bread, and rice. Really enjoyed the mint chutney and tamarind served with the appetizer. The dessert was also a delightful play on smores, with mango ice cream, falooda. Would definitely return. It's one of the best places to eat in Vancouver.

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Delicious Dinner!
By bc-girl25 of Surrey , B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

We loved our experience at Handi. The ambiance is very nice. The food was excellent. The flavours were spicy and delicious. Service was very smooth. I would highly recommend this place for a romantic evening out, or a fun group dinner. Being a vegetarian, I had a lot of options. We ordered the pakoras and aloo chaat for our starters. The aloo chaat was lacking the crunch factor but the flavours were there. The pakoras were awesome! For our entree, we had the shahi paneer with raita and garlic naan. All 3 items were perfectly made. The shahi paneer had authentic flavour (not the westernized creamy buttery sauce), and the naan had so much flavour. I am definitely going back to Handi!

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One of our favorite restaurants
By Nikks of Kerrisdale (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

My husband and I go to this restaurant on a regular basis. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Vancouver. We have been to QUITE a few Indian Restaurants in Van, and I would have to say that this restaurant is one of the best by far. It's a small place and the decor is a little bit outdated, but very comfortable with cushy benches. It's extremely well run and very clean. Tables have glass tops for easy turnover and the napkins are fabric (love that). I also love the heavy silverware and cutely designed plates. The only negative thing I have to say about the restaurant is that it seems to always be a little chilly inside the restaurant, so dress warm!!!

BEVERAGES: They don't have a huge wine list, but the wine is good. The chai is awesome (need to add sugar), and water refills are prompt.

FOOD: We ALWAYS order the same thing, so I can't comment on the entire menu, but they have a great selection. The cucumber, tomatoe salad as an appetizer is really good with a tasty dressing. We have had the pakoras once before and they were also good. Our most favorite dishes are the Chicken Masala and Chicken Spinach (Chicken Murgh). It is the BEST Masala I have ever tasted, and my husband LOVES the Murgh. We think the portions are an excellent size (we usually go home with leftovers), especially with rice and Naan. Their garlic Naan is AMAZING. We have tried the Butter Chicken; however I found it a bit bland compared to the Chicken Masala, so I've only ordered it once. We've also tried the Coconut Prawn Goa, and that was excellent!!

VALUE: For the amount of food you get, and the quality, I would say you definitely get your money's worth. I would say the menu is mid-range in price.

SERVICE: The service has always been excellent every time we go. Staff are friendly attentive and extremely polite. The food comes out quite quickly and is always hot, as the dishes come with heated candles underneath to keep the good warm.

We go to this restaurant about once every month, sometimes more and are never disappointed. Well recommended. You will love it!!

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Best indian Food
By stave of vancouver west (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

Surprisingly great food for a Dunbar st.I've never had a bad meal here. Great atmosphere with golden table clothes makes a great date. Restaurant sports a full service bar in the center, with reasonably well made drinks. Food is fantastic They are great with spice scaling Lamb dishes are always a win and you of course can't go wrong with Handi's Naan. I specifically recommend the Lamb Methi and Butter chicken ask for dayle spacial

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Another of Dunbars' best kept secrets
By a5a96561 of arbutus ridge (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 11:18am [Dine in]

What a find!
Don't let the rather nondescript front facade fool you.Beyond the entry lies one of Dunbars' best kept secrets.
The interior offers a cosy ambience belieing the exterior.
It appears to be family operated.(i doubt one could find staff so toally committed to ensure ones dining pleasure were they not family).Handi suffers perhaps by location.The two adjacent eating establishments are certainly not as up scale,viewing either of the others might encourage one to give the Handi a pass.
As this was our first visit,we didn't ovedo the order.I selected the butter chicken(done to a turn)the secret being the bird is first barbecued.The wife ordered the lamb methi.It was equally as good,We were asked at first what degree of spice we'd prefer,mild,med or hot.We opted for medium and I must say the 'after burners were still firing some 6 hours later,not uncomfortably so.
The entrees were served in candle heated trays,keeping them warm until finished.Served on a bed of basamati rice with enough naan to take care of the residual sauces(which were excellent) provided more than an adequate meal.Topped off with great cups of chai.
Count on approximately $20..p.p sans alchohol
Little things that matter.
No paper nappery
Water refills nonstop.
With the departure of each guest, the tables are sanitized(sprayed) and wiped clean.
Ceratainly worthy of future visits.

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Nice people, good food.
By AlexandraBishop of Point Grey (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

This is our new go-to for indian food. Clearly, the family that runs this place is made up of time-tested pros. Super friendly and knowledgeable from the cute gal at the bar to the efficient wait staff. The manager keeps everything running seamlessly. Food was incredibly good and the naan was piping hot, chewey and fresh. Sauces and chutneys were outstanding. So, another reason to just stick around Dunbar.

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Delicious!
By MsDiva of Victoria BC Canada (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here several times. The food is consistently delicious. We like the butter chicken and coconut chicken, and often take home the extra sauce! The naan and chutneys are also terrifc. The service is very attentive and the decor is nice too. It is a great little neighbourhood restaurant. (note this is the one on Dunbar, not the North Shore)

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Great restaurant
By hungryandthirsty of Kerrisdale (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2008 - 1:00am [Dine in]

We have ordered food for delevery twice from this place. All the food was excellent, the sauces incredible. The only problem was the first time we didn't order enough rice so that we could sop up all the sauce! We recified this with tonights order. My husband is looking forward to Chicken biryani for breakfast!
Delivery was very fast. I can't comment on the service or ambiance in the restaurant as I haven't eaten in.
Overall, very good restaurant.

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Impeccable!
By KeladryCooper of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

Personally, Handi is one o my favorite restaurants. I always order the chicken coconut, but I've tried the butter chicken, both of which are creamy and delicious! I'm not a big spice fan, so the food is just right for me.

The serice is friendly and competent. I have never been faced by an empty glass for more then a minute before it was replentished, a service I find often lacking in other restaurants. I can never tell whether the wait for the food seems long because of the aromas floating from the kitchen and the surrounding tables and my impatience stomach, or because it actually is a long wait, but either way I find the wait well worth it.

The decor is cute and the music is very apropos, which sets up the food very nicely. My only complaint would be the out-of-place and dusty floral patterned currtains in the from window, and the painly fake plants, both of which are major turn offs.

Overall, I think this restaurant is worth visiting, because you'll leave satisfied and full! Pricey? Perhaps, a little. However, I find it worth every penny.

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