|Spinach and Paneer Naan|
It is funny how those culinary diaspora has this exceptions and pockets of hightened development which is not necessarily tied to migration patterns. For example, Thai food in Vancouver is hit and miss for me whereas in Toronto you have a good spectrum. But then in Toronto, you cannot find a lot of good Sushi but good Curry.
Actually in Vancouver, the Curry situation is improving and I am seeing more places open up along Broadway. There was always a decent selection further south toward the Punjabi village or Surrey but that is not necessarily the best option for a girl without a car.
Maurya's was the first Indian place I visited after I moved to Vancouver. After having their Eggplant Bharta, I knew I would be back again and again. I make Eggplant Bharta often at home and have come to like my version but have found it more difficult to find the spices I need here so have made some concessions. I told D the best Bharta I ever made was when I used a whole hunk of Butter. You just can't replicate the silky, luxurious feel of Gee in Indian food. MMMM We have been here a few times and I had a Curry craving I could not shake. We were meant to come here earlier in the week but I got on that Mercury and heavy metal detox whim that I had to follow with Cilantro Pesto.
|Roasted Eggplant Bhart|
My Bharta was wonderful as always. The Eggplant, which is the heart of the dish was mixed with Peas, which I hadn't recalled and will try at home. The dish was topped with some Cilantro and shards of fresh Ginger. Yummo! Though served on traditional, delicately small Indian silver or copper dishes, do not be deceived. The portions are substantial. I never cease to be amazed on how filling it can be. The server will ask you what heat level you prefer and I chose Medium. I could have withstood a bit more, I think. It was rather mild.
I really liked the Spinach and Paneer stuffed Naan and their plain Naan as well. It is a must! The rice however was a tad oily and on the small side for two people. I think next time I might have their 'combo' where you can add Naan, Rice and Daal for a mere $6 extra. D warned that might mean small portions so we did not bother this time.
Service: Acceptable and at times, felt we had to flag rather frantically to anyone to order more food
1643 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J