When visiting Vancouver, I had got recommendation for an restaurant called Vij’s. I was told that the restaurant is very popular and they do not take reservations. Also, I was told to be there at 5PM in order to get in to the restaurant when it opens at 5:30. I did not take the suggestions seriously and we reached there by about 5:15 PM or so. When we got there, there were already nearly 15 or so people ahead of us in line. Since the restaurant is a little small, we could not get in. We had to wait almost 1 1/2 hour when we finally got in. By that point, we were hoping the restaurant better be really good to make our wait worthwhile. I am happy to say that the food was excellent. It was Indian food but the dishes were very different from what you are used to eating at Indian restaurants. The dishes were created by the owner and his wife and I was impressed with the way they used various Indian spices and ingredients to create dishes that were lip smackingly good! If you have ever visit Vancouver, Canada, I suggest you try the restaurant.
One of my co-workers was visiting Vancouver and I recommended the restaurant to him. When he got back, not only did he like the restaurant, but he gave me a cookbook that featured the recipes from Vij’s. It is called Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine. That was really nice of him to present me with Vij’s cookbook. His only condition was for me to cook a few dishes from the cookbook and get it to work. So this is my first attempt at trying out recipes from the cookbook. This came out quite good. I modified it slightly.