There are a lot of reasons I won't be going to Vij's anytime soon:
- cost of travel to Vancouver
- time required to travel to Vancouver
- once I get to Vancouver, lack of babysitter
- impossibility of taking M'hijo (my 18-month-old) anywhere NEAR a restaurant which is known for making people wait for up to an hour for a table (because they don't take reservations)
The New York Times said that Vij's was "easily one of the best Indian restaurants in the world". And it's just right there, over the water! Right there
It might as well be in Mumbai (sniff!).
Lucky for us Vancouver Islanders, however, Vij's now sells some of their entrees frozen in little metallic bags, suitable for boiling in the bag, or you can heat them up in the oven or microwave if you prefer. Here is the list of available dishes. (Click for a version you may actually be able to read).
And where can you purchase some of these goodies? The wonderful Charelli's, of course. Call ahead to see when they're getting a shipment in (598-4794).
I took four shiny bags of Vij's goodness up camping this weekend and they were great. We were a little skeptical that boil-in-the-bag dinner could be good, but we were happily surprised with the result. We tried the Punjabi daal, Punjabi lamb curry, saag paneer, and garnet yam and green chili dumplings. Thank goodness I had the forethought to toss the bowl of my rice cooker (half full with leftover rice) into the back of our van before we went off into the wilderness, because the sauce on the lamb in particular was really delicious, and without the rice to sop it up, it would have been wasted.
Tobias claims this was the best Indian meal he'd ever had, but this was after two bottles of IPA, and really, doesn't everything taste better when it's eaten beside a river, in front of a roaring campfire? I'd say it was certainly the best Indian meal I'd had outside of a restaurant.