Gateway To India Nanaimo

All Indian Cuisine fans – This is the place to be!

Rating – 4/5

To begin with as advised by others don’t be put off by the shabby exteriors as this place can boast of one of most nicely done interiors in Nanaimo.

We went on an early Sunday evening around 6pm as we had to catch the last ferry back to Vancouver on our return from Tofino.

It was a good time to visit as usually on Sunday evenings they can get extremely busy and with limited servers around it can take some serious doing to get their attention on a typical busy evening.

On the service front there’s definitely an improvement required but thankfully we didn’t face any such issues on this particular outing.

As far as the food is concerned, it’s top class Indian food that has its Indian soul intact and scores full marks on the authenticity meter.

We had ordered the following:

Tandoori Chicken – 4.5/5, a nice and tasty chicken preparation with an almost perfect marination, works well with their green chutney.

Shahi Paneer Chicken – 4/5, the combination may seem a little unusual to start with but the end result came out pretty good. It was a different and tasty preparation that went really well with the crisp Naans and Rice preparations.

Mango lassi – 4/5, not like the perfect serving but considering it’s Canada and not India this was still an impressive preparation and might be among the best one could hope to get.

Ambience – 4.5/5, the interiors are tastefully done with comfortable seating, soothing lights and music that isn’t loud but just about right.

I would have loved to overall rate them atleast at 4.5/5 but due to issues with service I am unable to go beyond 4/5.

However if you live in Nanaimo or just visiting and if you’re craving for Indian food, this is the place you can’t afford to miss! Happy eating 🙂