|Cuisine Type |||Indian|
|Ambiance |||Bistro, Patio Dining|
|Amenities |||Local Favorites, Wheelchair Accessible|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||West Vancouver|
|Cross Street |||4th Ave West at MacDonald Street|
Profile Last Updated: December 12, 2008
Next time the line-up at Kitsilano institution, the Naam, is too long, wander west about 60 paces and check out Jolly’s Indian Bistro. Jolly’s is by far one of the most affordable Indian restaurants in the Westside. Northern Indian main course items, from the Punjabi Palak Paneer to the Kashmiri Lamb Ragenjosh. Popular with both students and locals, Jolly’s offers pitchers of Okanagan Pale Ale, Sleeman’s Honey Brown and India Ale; but their handful of tables and tiny patio are full on weekend evenings, so get there early or try it out during the week.
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The décor and ambience are friendly and warm at Jolly’s. The service is great too – it’s as though staff are told they need to reflect the warm, saffron tones of the décor in their smiles. Food is served on large, round, tin plates. The butter chicken is luxurious, with perfect proportions of masala, cream, tomatoes and garlic, and has a slightly thinner texture than its competitors.
If you love Indian food but have a tight budget due to school tuition, here students get a beer and dinner for a low rate. Vegetarians fair well at Jolly’s, too. The New Dehli Shahi Paneer – with cashews, creamy curry sauce and generous bites of Indian cottage cheese – is as satisfying as the vegan-friendly Chickpea Masala. All dishes are served with rice, naan bread and a side salad. To finish off, try the Kheer, an Indian rice pudding with a zesty-cardamon twist. Double Yum.