Samosa is a delectable and versatile South Asian savory appetizer, snack and lunch treat that is becoming increasingly famous the world over due to its enticing and addictive flavors. While there are a number of places in Vancouver that offer these exotic Asian, delicacies you’ll need to know the right places to enjoy a wholesome samosa experience. So, here we’ve listed the best places in Vancouver to indulge your samosa cravings:
1. The Samosa House:
Location: North East Corner of 128 st and 88 Avenue
A speciality restaurant; The Samosa House tops the charts of ideal places to relish a samosa pastry as it offers seven exquisite samosa recipes that are enough to fit every possible flavor palate ranging from spicy to cheesy and meaty to vegan.
So, for those who have yet to explore the different varieties of samosa pastries, this is the perfect place to find a recipe you love. I would recommend their traditional samosa which is the reason behind the raging popularity of samosas across the world owing to its simple ingredients but unique flavor.
Your samosas will be served alongside the tangy tamarind chutney and it’s the sheer contradiction of the two flavors that will leave you asking for more. However, if you’re looking for a peppery hot Indian meal, you should try their butter chicken samosa which encapsulates the rich aroma and flavor of butter chicken inside a moist and crispy dumpling.
The samosa is filled with white meat which is marinated in tomato cream sauce and seasoned with traditional Indian spices. Other samosa varieties include the spicy, shahi, BBQ, mix garden (veggie) and paneer (cheese).
2. All India Sweets & Restaurant:
Location:6507 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5X 3H1
Most famous for their affordable and stellar all-you-can-eat buffet; All India Sweets offers some of the crispiest and juiciest samosas in Vancouver. Their specialities include the chicken and vegan samosas that are served with nutritious curried chickpeas. Indians have perfected the art of cooking meals sans animal flesh and you can see this in their veggie samosa which glows with a tempting array of colors wrapped inside a delicious triangular dumpling. It contains a mixture of carrots, peas and onions sprinkled with signature Asian spices that are bound to tantalize your taste buds.
Address: 3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W2
Vij’s is an Indian fine-dining restaurant that was listed as the Number 1 essential restaurant in Vancouver by Eater Magazine and was part of Anthony Bourdain’s tour of Vancouver primarily due to the outstanding quality and taste of every dish they serve.
Their lamb and beef samosa starter isn’t for the faint-hearted as it contains an explosion of flavor inside every morsel. It is sautéed in cloves, fennel and sumac and is served alongside soft and creamy cheese and a spicy-tangy tomato curry.
4. Whole Foods Market:
Address: 510 8th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1C5
The next time you’re out grocery shopping; remember to bring home a potato and pea samosa from the well-stocked deli case at Whole Foods. This is a slight improvement over the traditional samosa and has been roasted in a bed of spices and herbs and is served with their signature chutney. In addition to containing healthy protein-rich ingredients and spices, the samosa is also enriched with pressed canola oil and whole wheat flour.
5. Jambo Grill Ltd:
Location: 1-3219 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5K3
Jambo offers an eclectic mix of Indian and East African cuisine at affordable prices. Their samosa range includes beef, chicken and vegan samosas that are served fresh with lemon.
No culture has perfected the use of spices much like the Indians so if you dare to indulge in this ultimately comforting and addictive Indian delicacy, Jambo is your perfect pick. Their triangular pockets of savoury goodness are filled with a hearty vegan, chicken and beef filling and are fired up with their signature combination of spices.
6. New Novelty Restaurant & Sweets:
Location: 6669 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5X 3T6
The New Novelty is located in Little India and offers immaculate samosa pastries for only .75 a piece. They offer veggie as well as meat varieties but I would recommend their cheese samosa as nothing satiates a cheese craving better than a mouth full of Indian paneer (cottage cheese).
Their pastries are light and crispy, filled with paneer dressed in powdered Indian spices and served with their seasoned and versatile chutney. Since, cheese has mild taste, this samosa will introduce you to how the Indians relish their cheesy snacks.
For those who don’t find enough time to cook, a helpful tip is to bring home a dozen or so samosas as they take but a few minutes to cook and will save you bucks along the way.
7. Sweet Cherubim:
Location:1105 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X3
For vegan lovers Sweet Cherubim is the ideal place to explore vegetarian samosa varieties. They offer the traditional potato and pea, tofu and rice, spinach and feta and chickpea and rice samosas served with tamarind chutney, hot sauce or the fiery green salsa.
8. Uprising Breads Bakery:
Location: 1697 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H1
Uprising Breads Bakery is located in the heart of East Vancouver and is the perfect place to gobble a samosa alongside an Americano. Their samosas are served hot and are best coupled with a chocolate croissant or coffee.
These restaurants not only have the best samosas in town, but will offer you a dining experience like never before.
By: Erica Silva
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