Chutney Villa

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There isn't much in Vancouver to offer visitors used to excellent Indian food at home, but this South Indian room - given the nod by the New York Times - is one of the best. Crisp dosas, well spiced, vibrant curries, house-made chutneys and good chai, as well as strong vegetarian/vegan dishes, make it well worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood and tired of East Asian flavours. Much of the restaurant's charm comes from the warm welcome extended to all by bubbly owner Chindij Varardarajulu.

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Chutney Villa details

147 E Broadway,
at Main Street

Area Vancouver

Transport Bus 3, 8, 19.

Telephone 604 872 2228

Open 11.30am-3pm; 5-10pm Mon, Wed-Fri; 10am-10pm Sat; 10am-9pm Sun.

Main courses $13-$20

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Comments & ratings 2/5 (Average of 1 rating)

By Andrew B - Mar 2 2014

Not worth the Price.

My Wife and I went to Chutney Villa last night. We arrived at 8:30 and the place was still active with three or four tables still eating. The decor was okay but I didn't really get the sense that I was in a real Indian restaurant.

The service was very amateuristic but friendly. I ordered Villa Kalamari and the Fish Molee. My wife ordered Aachi Varuval and the Paruppu Oorundai. The waitress proudly told us, she could not tell me if the food was comparable to other restaurants because she was a Vegetarian. Thus, she was unable to sample it. I found that unsettling.

I made a big deal about trying Indian Kalamari, she forgot to bring it. When the entrees arrived, I asked where it was. She tried to argue with me, accusing me of not ordering it. I reminded her about how excited I was to try it. She finally agreed to bring it. It arrived half way through our meal, hastily prepared. I had to insist it was, "on the house". After that, she refused to come by the table. When our entrees were finished we lingered to finish our drinks. Instead of offering us dessert, the waitress turned the lights up. We looked around to see we were the only table in the restaurant. The time was 9:30pm. The web site said they were open until 10:00pm. They basically ushered us out. Just to be clear, I tipped 25%.

The food was hit and miss. the Aachi Varuval was amazing. The best pakoras I've ever tasted. It came with a selection of very interesting home made chutneys. The Fish Molee was very nicely spiced. Made with fresh fish in a typical South Indian coconut curry. The Kalamari was a miss. A simply masala with pan fried quid rings. The Paruppu Oorundai was horrible. The balls were tough and dry. The gravy was bland and over spiced. Three whole green chilis do not make for a flavorful taste. There were some other items on my plate. A riata, a bland tomato lentil soup and a cold cauliflower curry. Non of these were remarkable. I asked for a nan. She said they had something similar but better. She lied.

As to value, the prices were well above average for Indian Restaurants. The portions were small. We had two drinks, two appetizers and two entrees. The bill was $70.

If you really want to go to Chutney Villa, have the Aachi Varuval, enjoy it and leave.