Varsha Indian Kitchen

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CAN$30 and under
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VARSHA is a family owned and operated restaurant. The family is Indo Canadian and brings a unique perspective to Indian Food. A fusion of the two cultures brings their own twist on Indian cuisine. When you come to Varsha you experience the families take on food, but you also experience their family.
Varsha is food. Varsha is family.
Located in historic Chinatown on the corner of Gov't St. & Pandora St. in what was once, one of Victoria's earliest theatres.
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YY
Seattle
115 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great food. A little slow for server to show up but good service from then on. Annoying flies, food very good, too long between courses as kitchen seemed overwhelmed since a very busy Sunday evening. Worth a repeat visit, needs to be a little cleaner.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A great place with some great food and lovely staff.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

My butter chicken was tasty but the lamb and beef curries the rest of my family had were not enjoyed. In fact my daughter didn’t finish hers. She said it was hot (spicy) which she’s OK with but there was no flavour. My husband agreed. I had been to Varsha a few years ago and found the food was better then. I was disappointed as we were there to celebrate a birthday and it was my choice of restaurant. Our server was good.

PH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Worth a visit. Good food and friendly service. Walking distance in downtown Victoria. Butter chicken was awesome. Fish pakora mediocre.

AT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food, and the service was very good. It's casual, and a little noisy, but it's on a busy street. My only real issue is that they don't check OpenTable for reservations. It turned out we didn't need one, but if they had been full, our reservation was NOT on their radar.

GO. The food is amazing.

Varsha Indian Kitchen
Responded on July 19, 2019

Recently open table has changed the way they contact us when it comes to reservations, they used to phone us every time we received but now they don't they just send it to us via a app on a phone, we have asked multiple times to come up with a better solution but nothing has happened yet. You aren't the first one this has happened to. Glad you enjoyed your meal and our service and thank you for dining with us.

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f
Hawaii
76 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The people in the front of the restaurant are professional and pleasant. However, the same can not be said about whatever goes on in the kitchen. One of the things that we ordered was Chili Chicken. This is fried chicken with a chili sauce, meaning that both items are separately made. My husband likes such stuff whereas I don't. I requested that the two items, prepared separately, could be served separately: fried chicken served separately alongside the chili sauce. That way I could also enjoy the fried chicken sans such sauce. Apparently I was not the first person to make this request, because the waitress immediately responded "No, they won't do it." I then asked if I misunderstood how this was prepared, separately or not. It was, in fact, prepared separately. So why wouldn't they give us the item separately? You tell me. This makes no sense.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fricken amazing! I may never be able to enjoy Indian food anywhere else. My bar is set very high now.

TG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Its the best Indian food in town! We go here all the time

PR
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat at Varsha! Friendly service, colorful, hot and delicious food, and a vibrant environment. What more do you want? Thanks!

y
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasty, excellent Indian food … delivered and served with friendly and timely service. Highly recommend this restaurant!!

AL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, bit of a wait for a reserved table and food. Would recommend

HC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Food and Fabulous Service. We have been here a few times and have never been disappointed. We will definitely return again! Thank you!

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The food took a REALLY long time to come out, they were busy but didn’t really seem busy enough to justify how long the food truly took.

Dine around menu was OK, the server didn’t tell us it charged more to upgrade to a veggie burger and the dessert wasn’t good. Wish I just ordered the veggie burger.

It’s unfortunate though, I usually love Varsha and think it’s quite good but this experience was poor. My boyfriend and I planned on coming back for our Valentine’s date (like we did last year) but that has changed now.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great, servers were friendly and helpful. However the best food items on the table was the samosa and masala fries and dip, just sides. The lamb burger was bland and dry and tasted like the patty had been frozen or wasnt quite fresh. The butter chicken was uninspired and lacked spice. The broccoli pakoras were oversized (baseball sized) and lacked seasoning of any kind. Sad to say that I won't be going back any time soon. Nice people but poorly executed food.

GS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Recommend you don't sit close to the door. Door is slow to close, cold air came in

DM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The small amount of meat on the Tandori Chicken was very tasty. I have never been served french fries in an Indian restaurant and 2 or 3 leaves of lettuce don't really make any amount of salad.

The wait staff were very good and the ambiance fine.

HM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal. Excellent food and good service. Also good value. Thank you!

JA
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, ambience and service. One of our favourite places to go for Indian food.

SB
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a great, casual dinner at Varsha. They have a very diverse menu, ranging from traditional Indian, to Indian fusion and burgers. I would recommend this place if you're looking for a fun, tasty Indian meal in Victoria!

DP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

The food was absolutely yummy! Need I say more? I went with a small group and everyone was well pleased with the flavours, portion size and presentation. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options. I have only two small criticisms. The service was a wee bit slow at first and a large TV showing sports is not necessary in this type of establishment.

ML
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

While the food was fantastic our server not. Our group of 5 ordered and watched MANY other tables seated after us receive food before we did. Also half our food was assumed to be appetizers when it wasn’t, meaning half our table was without food the whole meal either from eating it before it gets cold as an “appetizer” or eating alone because you only ordered a burger and had to wait for the other (smaller) “main” dishes to be served. I waited for a refill on my cider for over 20 minutes before giving up on flagging the server and having another water. The whole table was irritated by the lack of communication from the server and the fact that she didn’t even address the appetizer mixup made it worse. An apology would have gone a long way. I know Tuesday night teams at resturants are usually not the “A-Team” because you want them working the weekends but this was ridiculous. The restaurant was busy but never so much so that they turned people away, and Tuesday or no they needed to step up to a busy service and failed to from our tables perspective.
Will I go back? Hell yes the Pakoras are phenomenal!!!! Just a bad service day.

WI
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Good service but deceiving menu - item ordered did not match what was delivered. Quality of food leaves much to be desired

AS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Tasty spot that also satisfied our Vegan friends. Choosing a restaurant for a group of 12 isn't always easy, especially when there are vegetarian and vegan requirements. Varsha worked out well. Mom's samosas were the best I have ever had and came with delicious home made chutney. I even bought a jar on my way out :).
The chicken tandoori, lamb curry and malai broccoli ticked all the boxes for my husband and I. Friends enjoyed the veg pakora and the Mom's Aloo Gobi.
We will be back.

LB
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Best meal in Victoria- veteran foodie opinion- and authentic indian with a twist. Great value but more so inventive and uniquely yum.

O
Vancouver
67 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Awesome dining experience. Cannot wait to return and try some other menu items

CV
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

They should have had one more server but the food was good

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great. Food was tasty but the serving portions were small. The butter chicken has 5 small pieces of chicken. Not much for what you pay.

TP
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Indian food here is prepared some different than the usual and we really liked it. Quiet when we were there made easy to talk. Hot day. Air conditioning would have been nice but most days not needed.

LS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had a lovely time there for a birthday. Food was so good!

SP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had never been before and asked waitress to recommend a meal and she did an outstanding choice. Was very happy with meal and service.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been going to Varsha since it first opened. They have never disappointed us! Highly recommended!

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I booked through open table that showed table available in 15 minutes. Within 5 minutes got a call from restaurant. They asked me to come after 50 minutes. They said opentable shows space but, they don't actually have any tables available. This was disappointing. However, I agreed to wait as wanted to try this place.
Food was good.

f
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In Victoria from the US on vacation and craving Indian food. From the moment we walked in the door, the smell was amazing. We did a shared platter that had a nice assortment. Service was very friendly as well.

l
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We had a great meal and thoroughly enjoyed it.

My lamb was really outstanding as was my wife's prawn dish.

DL
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quick, friendly service. Excellent food!

DL
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, quick service

CA
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you!

JG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good food. The service is friendly and fast.

CA
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and great server, thank you

LK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food was awesome . I had the varsha Caesar with dinner and was best one ive had inna long time !
Only complaint it was very loud. I know there was a birthday but even above that my friend and I had to almost yell to hear each other . I will be back for the food though :)

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