Handi Cuisine of India
4432 Dunbar Street
(604) 738 3186
Dining solo has been a topic that’s come up from time to time in posts as well as in various comments. Lately, when I’ve had to eat alone, I’ve tended to go the take away route. Perhaps I’m being influenced by those who cringe at the thought of eating on their own, whereas in the past I had not been so self-conscious…
Handi Cuisine of India situated in the Dunbar neighbourhood (with another location in West Van) is a place I’d driven past many times over the years but had not yet gone inside to order. It seemingly has a strong local following and reputed solid service, so my expectations were good. Recently, I was finally able to find out for myself by dialing ahead and placing an order for pickup.
Promptly ready as told over the phone, I took it home and first unwrapped the naan, ordered separately. Despite a short trip, the steam/moisture that had formed within the wrapped tin foil had resulted in a notable softening of the exterior. I had some Basmati rice on hand so cooked some of that to supplement my meal. I realized that I could have easily ordered some to go, but it slipped my mind.
My chosen Murgh (Chicken) Tikka Masala for $11.95 was quite the amount in terms of volume – easily more than enough for me, especially considering the naan and rice as well.
The tomato-base sauce (or I know some people will call it gravy) was ordered mild, and it was a complex meld of flavours, including the standouts red chili, ginger, garlic, cumin and cardamom. The boneless chunks of chicken breast meat were generously proportioned and scattered throughout the dish as well.
All in all, I was very pleased with my first and only (so far) order from Handi. I noticed during my pickup that for dine-in customers, the seats near the window facing the street seemed to be most popular. So next time I’ll grab a table with a view of Dunbar St. and I’ll definitely try other selections from their Northern-style Indian menu.
All this talk has me longing to take another trip to south Asia, two visits in the last two years to India just isn’t enough when it comes to even remotely trying to get a sampling of the intense variety of regional cuisine of that incredible country. For the time being, Handi will be my readily accessible quick fix…