Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan – Dine In

I just found this old post sitting in my draft box from January of this year – I had almost forgotten about it.  On our previous visits to Jambo Grill, we had take-out… this time around, we figured we’d stop by and dine in.  The interior is fairly spacious with the walls decorated with various African artwork.

Despite having plenty of seating, we were unfortunately seated next to a table with a small child.  Now, I know that not all children are terrors, but when that same kid goes about flinging food around the restaurant because the parents take away his Angry Birds game… it kind of detracts from the food and atmosphere.  If that wasn’t bad enough, a little while later, another family with a child came in and were seated on the other side of our table… and they knew the first family!  So the whole time we were eating, the two families were chatting back and forth over us about their “wonderful” kids.

The Pili Pili Wings were just as I remembered them… juicy and crispy and perfect for dipping in the yogurt raita sauce.

We’ve had the Jungle Ribs a bunch of times before and were enamored with the spicy flavours.  For some reason though, I didn’t think that the ribs we had this day lived up to our previous take-out experiences.

We wanted to also have some vegetables so we ordered the Vegetable Curry.  The curry was pretty good but I wish that there wasn’t as much potatoes in this dish – the potatoes makes this a very heavy dish and we were looking for something a little lighter.

I really liked the long grain rice – you might think that rice is just rice but this is completely different than the short grain rice that’s served with Chinese cuisine.  The rice wasn’t clumpy at all nor was it dry.  You would think that it would be easy to make rice but there are lots of places (ie. Wild Rice in Gastown) that really don’t know what they’re doing.

Food was just okay this time around – much better during take-out and the dine-in service was a bit awkward – almost like they didn’t know what they were doing.

Food:  3 / 5
Service:  2 / 5

3219 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC


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Posted on August 24, 2012, in African, Indian, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I went last night based on your reviews, food seems inconsistent? My wings tasted dry, crunchy and hard :(. And the short ribs tasted wet and soggy, with not much taste.. but tender though. Nothing tasted spicy at all or even with a hint of spiciness. The butter prawns tastes good though! More like butter shrimp haha.

    • Really? I haven’t been back for over a year. I hate when places seem good once but then change over time. Could be any reason I suppose… New cook, bad day, or they just don’t care anymore. I’ll have to remember to try them again and see if they’ve gone downhill.

      It’s happened to me on many occasions…I go to a restaurant once and like everything. But when I revisitlater, it’s not as good as the first time.

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