When it comes to where to eat in Vancouver, most of us have our favourite haunts depending on what we’re in the mood for. We know where to go for the best sushi, the yummiest gelato, and the perfect cup of coffee. And here in Vancouver, we also have a particular affinity for good Indian food.
Where to Eat in Vancouver for Indian Food
The sweet aroma of curry wafts out onto 4th Avenue from Jolly’s Indian Bistro, drawing in passersby like a moth to a flame. The interior of Jolly’s is cozy and inviting with colourful swatches of fabric draped across the ceiling creating a slightly exotic atmosphere. My family and I arrived at Jolly’s at 5:00 pm on the dot. As usual we were the first customers, eager to eat before the kiddo’s bedtime came knocking. By 5:15 the tables were filling up. We were fortunate to be the only family with small children because the restaurant had just one high chair. This made the meal less relaxing as we tried to contain our three year old, but even he paused long enough to eat the mouthwatering Indian fare.
If you’re wondering where to eat in Vancouver for good Indian, check out Jolly’s. The curry was rich and creamy rather than oily. The naan and rice were seasoned with fragrant spices. When your child says, “Yum, yum, yum,” as he eats and sticks out his full belly at the end of the meal, you know you’ve found a restaurant favourite.
Not so Kid-Friendly Dining Experience
The only problem with Jolly’s is that it is set up to serve a clientele looking to relax around a delicious meal at the end of the day. It does not cater to a family trying to wolf down a meal in warp speed. Food arrived at the table at a leisurely pace, served by friendly staff who smiled even as our children threw cutlery on the floor. While my mouth savoured the taste of the food, my mind was focused on the amount of time we had before the volume of our children would wear out our welcome.
Luckily there is a solution for young families hoping to enjoy a Jolly’s meal within a time constraint. The bistro has take-out and delivery. Jolly’s is also registered with an online ordering service. Next time we eat Jolly’s it will be within the comfort of our home. Sometimes, the answer for where to eat in Vancouver is your own kitchen table – but that doesn’t always mean you have to cook.
Jolly’s Indian Bistro
Michelle Gadd is an urban dwelling, Vancouver housewife and mother of two rambunctious boys. She has a passion for discovering, and writing about, ways to engage kids in city culture. Michelle created www.elasticpantcity.com as an outlet to write about life, from parenting to city living, fashion to frugality, food to faith, no subject is off the table. Michelle invites readers to take a glimpse inside her life and be inspired by the beauty of art in the every day.