Vikram Vij’s newest restaurant, My Shanti in South Surrey, has been awarded two prestigious titles in the Georgia Straight’s annual Golden Plate Awards.
My Shanti has been named “Best New Restaurant Outside Vancouver”, and “Best Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langley Restaurant”. My Shanti, which opened last summer, means ‘my peace’ and is based on the culinary travels of Vikram Vij throughout India.
“The team at My Shanti is delighted to have received these incredible awards,” says Vij. “To be named by your peers is one thing, but to be voted for by members of the public; visitors to our restaurant who took the time to go online and to vote for us, is a real honour.”
My Shanti has won a number of accolades since it opened less than a year ago including being named number one on the Best New Restaurant list by the Globe and Mail’s Alexandra Gill, in December 2014.
My Shanti’s interior has been designed as a casual environment, where diners can feel comfortable and able to relax, as though they were visiting someone’s home. There’s a large bar with tables at the back, and a patio which will be open in the summer.
As for the outside of the restaurant, it is literally a glittering jewel in the South Surrey neighbourhood. Taking its influences from an Indian sari, the top half of the exterior walls are covered in hundreds of thousands of shimmering silver mirrored discs, which were all attached individually and by hand.