Indian Food in Vancouver

Tips For The Best Indian Dining Experience For First-Timers

Food explorers and lovers possess a profound understanding of flavours, and hence Indian cuisine seems enticing to many. It is always a good idea to experiment a bit with your tastebuds and give it what you have never tried before. It takes a tinge of risk-taking spirit and the general love for food to pull through a rookie phase in terms of food tasting. 

If you have embarked on the journey of expanding the gamut of your palate, an authentic Indian restaurant is the best place to doing so. For the first-timers, a traditional Indian food menu can be quite overwhelming given that Indian cuisine is enormously diverse.


It is definite to be cautious about failing to make the right choice when it comes to the menu. However, at Sula, we make sure that your first experience with Indian cuisine is striking and impressive. Take the following tips into consideration if you are going to experience authentic Indian food for the first time ever.

Do Order the Appetizers

Appetizers in Indian cuisine are way more diverse than you would expect. You may find yourself amused at how closely related every name on the menu might seem, but there is always a difference in the way they are prepared. While you are out to dine at an Indian restaurant, appetizers are a great way to help break in your taste buds as a first-timer. The options in appetizers will make a great introduction to the iconic flavours of Indian cuisine.

Share the food

In order to truly enjoy the wholesome meal of Indian cuisine in Vancouver, band together with your friends and family to Indian restaurants. When the dinner table will be filled with more people having varying tastes, it will allow you to get more options to try in the new cuisine. The very essence of Indian cuisine is about celebration and sharing, so it is vital to cherish and enjoy sharing food.


Skip Buffet

Buffets can be overwhelming for the first-timers; many Indian restaurants offer buffets while some only offer buffets. Buffet-style eating may get you all on your plate, but it can also be very overwhelming to know where to begin, especially when you don’t know anything about the cuisine. For the best experience at trying authentic Indian food, consider skipping the dinner buffet and order individual, hand-made dishes.

Know about the commonly used ingredients

Indian-food-vancouver-main-street-20210112JPGYou will often find some common ingredients in Indian style cooking, get some basic information about what is what so you will better understand what to order when you are there. Here’s a list of those commonly used ingredients:

  • Bhindi – Ladies’ Finger
  • Aloo – Potato
  • Mutter – Green peas
  • Channa – Chickpeas
  • Palak – Spinach
  • Gajar – Carrot
  • Gobi – Cauliflower
  • Paneer – Cottage cheese
  • Murgh – Chicken
  • Jeera –  Cumin


Lamb Kadai for Dine out

Don’t limit yourself to Chicken when it comes to non-veg dishes.

No wonder people drool over chicken dishes at Indian restaurants, for Indians make the most mouth-watering styles of chicken dishes, and if you want to try the chicken, nothing wrong with that either. But Indian food is not limited just to chicken dishes draped in different flavours. It is convenient to always lean to the safer side and order chicken, but you might just miss out on lamb, goat, seafood, and more that has got a lot more in store for you!

Mix and match

Indian food is so diverse that it can be mixed and matched precisely to get you a new and, at the same time, a delectable delight. Experiment with the vegetables, spices, and more, pair it with different rice dishes or flavoured naans to experience Indian cuisine at its best. Resist the temptation of sticking to the standard curries and lentil dishes, be open and embrace all that Indian culinary art has to offer.

Express your spice tolerance

Know your spice tolerance before ordering traditional Indian food, as many Indian dishes are relatively spicy. However, that does not mean you have to tolerate the spice content; you can always ask your server at the restaurant to keep your desired level of spice in the dishes. This way, you do not have to tolerate a dish that is distant from your liking.

Bottom Line

We are sure you will not make any rookie mistakes at an Indian restaurant with all these tips. Experiment right with your taste buds! Visit Sula Indian restaurant, where we offer a wide variety of traditional Indian food. Embark on this journey of exploring food and check the vibrancy of Indian cuisine off your bucket list. Order online from Sula.

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