A popular Indian restaurant in Vancouver since 1992, Akbar’s Own dining lounge is located on the corner West Broadway and Cypress in Kitsilano. Named after Akbar the Great, a 16th century Mughal ruler, Akbar’s Own creates original dishes as well as traditional Kashmiri/Mughlai North Indian fare.
The restaurants presented a comfortable atmosphere and pleasant dining experience, with white table cloths and crisp napkins. Although we dined at Akbar’s Own for dinner a while ago, we noticed the restaurant offers reasonably priced $11.00 lunch specials, including rice, naan and green salad.
We ordered a few dishes to share including an appetizer of Vegetable Pakoras ($4.00) to start. The appy consisted of delicately spiced vegetables, marinated in a tangy batter with additional Indian herbs, and deep fried to a golden brown colour. These weren’t as heavy or oily as other pakoras we’ve had previously. We also ordered plain rice and Garlic & Basil Naan ($3.00) to soak up the dishes. Flavoured with chopped garlic and tiny flecks of basil, we were pleasantly surprised that the basil was not over powering at all, only subtlely flavouring the naan bread.
Aloo Gobi ($12.00) – Cauliflower & potatoes cooked in garlic, ginger, tomato and spices. Lamb Rogan Josh ($13.00) – Lamb cooked with onions, garlic, ginger, traditional Indian herbs & spices. Fish Goa Curry ($15.00) – Fish cooked in a unique blend of coriander and coconut curry. Butter Chicken ($12.00) – Boneless chicken breast cooked in a creamy tomato sauce. Although all four of these dishes were tasty, they weren’t anything mind-blowing and all seemed to lack the depth of flavour that really take Indian food to the next level. However, for an Indian food restaurant in Kitsilano, it’s a pretty decent option. Although, the next time I’m craving Indian fare, I might make a trip out to Surrey (there are a few restaurants we really enjoy out there – stay tuned for those reviews). Overall, Akbar’s Own did provide outstanding attentive service and it was a pleasant restaurant to dine.