Cheap eats: Indian lunch specials in Vancouver

Warm daal, spicy tandoor, nourishing curry: Indian cuisine offers some of the most comforting lunches around – and in Vancouver, they’re often among the most affordable, with midday specials ranging from reasonable to downright cheap. These local eateries will fill you up without emptying your wallet at lunchtime. [Image credit: JoeGough]

Indian Oven Restaurant

2006 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M9

Indian Oven is heralded as a luxurious, family-friendly fine-dining spot, but most people don’t know that this Kitsilano restaurant also offers fantastic lunch specials for nearby office workers. When paired with the daily $3 pint or $10 pitcher, the $15 rice, naan, and entrée special becomes a lunch that mixes business and pleasure with just the right amount of spice – and price.

Marhaba Food Story Restaurant

1157 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N2

Order the Daily Special ($25 for two), or mix and match sides, rice, entrees and hearty naan bread at this stylish, award-winning Davie Street bistro. Can’t decide what you want? Why not loosen your belt and line up at the affordable lunch buffet; from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, this renowned all-you-can-eat spread is ideal for office luncheons or other large groups where tastes may vary.

Mirchi Restaurant

7964 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6P 4Z2

For authentic Indian cuisine served with a smile, look no further than Marpole’s Mirchi Restaurant. Lovingly owned and operated by the Mirchi family, the quaint bistro with the bright yellow sign offers a reduced-price lunch menu that’s both satisfying and affordable. For less than $25 combined, you and your partner-in-dine can choose from a range of home-cooked entrees, naan and sides that include vegetarian, seafood and meat options.

Chutney Villa South Indian Cuisine

147 Broadway E, Vancouver, BC V5T 1W1

Offering traditional Sri Lankan dishes as well as South Indian cuisine, this beloved restaurant in the heart of Mount Pleasant boasts a near-unbeatable lunch deal: between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm each day, diners can choose one curry with five ample sides for under $10 – plus a 10 per cent discount off the entire menu.

Dosa Corner Restaurant

1-8248 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5X 3X6

A lunchtime tradition in South India, dosas are paper-thin, crispy pancakes made from rice and lentil, stuffed with a range of fillings including potato masala, chicken and beef – making them the perfect on-the-go lunch that’s both satiating and fun to eat. Worth the trip up Fraser Street, Vancouver’s popular Dosa Corner offers more than 30 varieties, all for less than $10 each.

Sula Indian Restaurant

1128 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2

When entering Sula at lunchtime, prepare to be captivated by the restaurant’s beautiful, contemporary decor, which offers plenty of cozy corners for tucking away in with a friend. Perfect for intimate meetings, this refined yet offbeat Commercial Drive eatery offers an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for just under $14 on Thursdays and Fridays that includes many vegan and vegetarian options.

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