The 10 Best Restaurants In And Around Punjabi Market, Vancouver

Photo of Rachelle Menn
9 February 2017

Despite the name, Punjabi Market is not an actual market, but a neighborhood in Vancouver, one of Canada’s most ethically diverse cities. The hub of Vancouver’s Indian-Canadian community, Punjabi Market has some of the best Indian food. Here are the best places to eat.

Indian Sweets | © robertsharp/Wiki Commons

All India Sweets & Restaurant

An Indian and Pakistani restaurant, All India Sweets & Restaurant is one of Punjabi Market’s most frequented restaurants. There are a variety of different dining options including a standard menu, take out, and a vegetarian buffet which features six dishes, naan, rice, papadums, four desserts and salads. The buffet serves as a great option for those new to Indian food and wanting to try a variety of different things. One of the biggest draws of all India Sweets & Restaurant, however, is the selection of sweets. The collection is vast and on prominent display, and visible immediately upon entering. You’ll definitely feel like dessert before dinner in the sweet and spicy delight of a restaurant.

6507 Main Street Vancouver, BC +1 (604) 327-0891

Main Kabab Hut

Main Kabab Hut is a small place where the food truly speaks for itself. Everything is fresh and prepared right in front of the customer. Though there is not much variety in the menu, the dishes that are available are close to exceptional. There is a choice of kebabs and wraps – the wraps are served in the huge fresh naan bread that is baked on site. There are also various standard Indian dishes and curries offered as well as myriad Biryani-centered options. If looking for some authentic Indian food Main Kabab Hut is a great place for a quick yet satisfying meal with friends.

219 49th Avenue E Vancouver, BC +1 (604) 322-8715

Himalaya Restaurant

Market, Restaurant, Indian
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Himalaya restaurant offers a wide variety of Indian dishes, including some actual Punjabi, as well as Nepalese food. Like many Indian places, there is a lunch buffet as well as a separate menu. One of the best dishes is the always great butter chicken and the paneer.

Shanshe Dosa House

Shanshe Dosa House is one of Punjabi Market’s best Indian restaurants. Serving primarily South Indian food, Shanshe Dosa House has all kinds of options, including both vegetarian and meat in the form of both curry and non-curry dishes. The service is incredibly friendly and the portions are large and filling. Perhaps two of the biggest must-try dishes are the palak penner and the masala dosa. This place is great for a group lunch or as take out.

6560 Main Street Vancouver, BC +1(604) 324-3660

Original Tandoori Kitchen

Original Tandoori Kitchen is different to any of the Indian restaurants in the Punjabi Market area in that is it grandly decorated. This adds to the ambiance of the restaurant and ups its game as the perfect spot for a special occasion. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the more popular places and a reservation is generally a must. The portions are large, plentiful, fresh, and perfectly spiced. The Keema naan (essentially lamb-stuffed naan) is one of the more unusual and delicious options on the menu. And, good news for those with gluten allergies, many of the dishes are available gluten-free.

7215 Main Street, Vancouver, BC 1+ (604) 327-8900

Chaise Lounge

Situated right on the outskirts of Punjabi Market is Chaise Lounge. With an industrial retro vibe, the restaurant offers both outdoor and indoor seating, but the patio option is generally a favorite. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the space is comfortable and creates an easy atmosphere to lose track of time. There is a full bar as well as a small wine bar, providing a variety of drink options depending on the mood. The food is fresh, drifting slightly from traditional pub grub. A visit to Chaise Lounge is not complete without trying the ceviche or the wings which rival some of the best wings in town. It’s perfect for a quick lunch, dinner before a game, or a relaxed meal.

4444 Main Street Vancouver, BC +1 (604) 874-7114

East is East

Run by two brothers, East is East serves not just Indian food, but incorporates food from all of Asia. As they put it, it is a chance to “journey the silk road”. The restaurant has soft lighting and ethnic carpets, furniture, and decorations strewn about. There is also live music and dancers circulating the restaurant. While there is an entire menu to try from, the best deal is the Chai Feast which is an all-you-can-eat tasting menu. It is an opportunity to give nearly everything a try. It comes with soup, salad, boulani, kefir naan, garlic pickles, Afghan and basmati rice, and a choice of two dishes. Best to come hungry.

4413 Main St, Vancouver, BC +1 (604) 879-2020

Shameful Tiki Room

Bar, Restaurant, Polynesian, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, $$$
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The Shameful Tiki Room, Vancouver
The Shameful Tiki Room, Vancouver | © Heather Joan/Flickr
The Shameful Tiki Room is an eclectic fusion of a vintage tiki bar with Polynesian flair. The place is decorated authentically with low lighting and tropical vibes. Hula girls and live music entertain throughout the evening. This place is famous for its extensive and inventive drinking menu. Two of the most popular drinks are the mystery bowl and the painkiller. The food is equally delectable; most notable are the tacos as well as the tiki nachos. The visit is an experience, and perfect for a night out with friends.

Trilussa Pizza and Pane

An authentic pizza join, Italian can always be heard at Trilussa Pizza and Pane, a sure sign that what it’s serving is authentically good. With a nice and simple decor, Trilussa serves, as the name suggests, pizza and pane (bread) as well as a variety of sandwich and coffee combos. The bread is baked fresh every day. It comes in three different forms of Roman style bread: the bianca, a flat bread; the panino, a bun; and filone, a baguette. However, the best part of Trilussa is, without a doubt, the remarkably fresh pizza. There is a large variety of options to choose from, with an addition of daily choices of both cold and hot pizzas. The Vancouver, a cold pizza which has salmon and salad, and the Trastevere, a hot pizza with pancetta, mozzarella, and pecorino are must-tries. Triulussa offers some of the best Roma style pizza in town.

4363 Main St.,Vancouver, BC +1 (604) 558-3338

Swasdee Thai Restaurant

Swasdee Thai Restaurant is a large restaurant with authentic Thai decoration. However, the food is the main attraction and is by far some of the best Thai food in Vancouver. With many traditional Thai dishes, including favorites like pad thai, Swasdee also offers dishes that aren’t as common including a duck curry. All of the food is fresh and plentiful. It leans towards the spicy side so be careful when ordering. If you’re looking for some Thai food, Swasdee is a great place to dine in or take out.

4250 Main Street (at 27th) Vancouver, BC +1 (604) 876-4030

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