Recently we were invited to join other media to enjoy a meal at Palki, an Indian restaurant located in North Vancouver. If you’ve frequented this blog at all, you’ll know we don’t venture out of Vancouver very often, so we were looking forward to seeing what was in store for us at Palki. We joined other bloggers and photographers such as Sherman from Sherman’s Food Adventures, Marc Smith of 30 Day Adventures, Natasha from Betty Dish, Kelly Jean from Vancouver Observer, and Danica from Notable.
Natasha of Betty Dish couldn’t help but compare us to two bananas — all in yellow!
We were treated to a selection of wonderful cocktails, wine and beer while we enjoyed our feast. They included (from left to right) The Palki, the restaurant’s namesake Indian-themed cocktail. Made with white rum and flavours of fresh mint, lychee and homemade ginger syrup, this was refreshing and perfect for summer.
Thornhaven Rose, a blend of lifted summer berry, cranberry, spice and floral aromas. Adrian doesn’t drink red, but Jeremy did enjoy this. It wasn’t overly sweet, and it had a nice acidity to it.
Next was the Thornhaven Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay, which was delicious. A blend of two wines, this had flavors of grapefruit and green olive, with a hint of mineral.
Cobra Beer, an Indian lager produced by Molson Coors, was probably our favorite of the evening. There’s just something about beer and Indian food that work for us, and this pale ale hit the mark.
The Chicken Pakora, a breast of chicken dipped in special batter and deep fried, it’s served with two delicious dipping sauces for you to devour. The green one is a blend of tamarind, mint and onion. The red one (which was our favorite) is tamarind and jaggery. It was sweet, tangy and hot — everything you want in a dipping sauce.
Prawn Pakora, a prawn dipped in special batter and deep fried. This was good, but we liked the chicken more.
The Meat Samosa, deep fried pastries filled with minced beef, onions, cilantro and green peas. The flavour was great, but we’d wished there were more veggies included with the meat mixture.
The Vegetable Samosa, which we loved, is filled with hearty veggies like potatoes, peas and had a great flavour that intensified as you ate. These come two per order, but you might not want to share!
Raita, a classic Indian condiment which is made with yogurt (dahi) and used as a sauce or dip. With flavors of cucumber and mint, this was great slathered on Palki’s delicious Naan bread. Jeremy didn’t really care for it, however, but hey — everyone is different.
Mmm… Garlic Naan! We love Naan bread. Who doesn’t? And yes, Palki’s is pretty great. The perfect combination of chew and crunch, this pretty much got devoured by the table (however we did manage to snag some to take home).
The Gobi Aloo — fresh cauliflower and potatoes, cooked with fresh coriander, ginger and tomatoes. Yum!
What a plate. Butter Chicken, Prawn Goan Curry, Gobi Aloo, and Lamb Rogan. All equally great, but we really loved the Butter Chicken, as well as the Lamb Rogan — which was super spicy and flavourful.
The Chicken Hariyali Kebob was so good. White meat marinated with ginger, garlic and spices, and delicately roasted in a Tandoor oven, this was probably Adrian’s favorite of the evening.
A kings (or queens) feast! The kind people at Palki definitely treated us to quite an evening of exquisite food and drink.
This is the Gulab Jamun, a dumpling-like ball or ‘Indian Donut’, served in spiced syrup. This was a hit at the table, and they got snatched up pretty quick let us tell you!
Kulfi Ice Cream. Creamy, salty and sweet. Unlike western ice cream, Kulfi is not whipped, thus resulting in a dense, solid consistency. This was our first time trying it, and it was definitely interesting. Worth a try!
Palki Restaurant is a family owned restaurant run by Bhupinder and Balwant Mroke, who pride themselves on creating high quality Indian food made fresh daily, using only the freshest ingredients. After enjoying this unforgettable meal, it’s easy to see why they call themselves the “Best Indian Cuisine”. No pre-made curries or sauces here — everything is made to order, and there’s a ton of vegetarian, gluten-free, seafood and meat dishes available for all tastes.
They’re open for a Lunch Buffet on Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30pm for just $10.95, which would be a wonderful way to try out what some of what they have to offer. Either way, Palki’s prices are extremely reasonable, with most dishes coming in under $15, so you’re getting great quality for your money.
Visit Palki Restaurant in North Vancouver next time you’re in the mood for some awesome Indian cuisine, and if you like it spicy — don’t be afraid to ask for it Indian Hot!
Disclaimer: We attended this dinner as Media Guests, however all opinions are 100% ours.
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