This small business profile is part of #OneVoice – a limited series on businesses owned by immigrants and sharing real stories of success & struggles while celebrating the diverse Canadian culture together.
If you want to eat or try traditional, comforting Indian cuisine in South Vancouver, then All India Sweets & Restaurant —in the heart of the Punjabi Market, is the place to go. Their award-winning samosas, delicious Butter Chicken, wholesome sauces and flavorful spices will provide the real Indian cuisine experience. Steve Ram, one of All India Sweets & Restaurant owners, tell us more about this place:
About: North Indian cuisine. A staple in Vancouver’s original Punjabi Market or Little India, and it has been here for over 45 years. Customers should expect simple comforting Indian food, just like we cook at home. Nothing fancy or pretentious. It is the real, authentic Indian cuisine.
History: We actually bought the place about 10 years ago when the market was thriving. Before the restaurant business I was in the hospitality industry and doing commercial real estate.
Growing up the Punjabi market was so vibrant and the place to come for anything Indian. When the opportunity presented itself, it was a no brainer to get into the business. However, adjusting to the decline of the Punjabi market was a challenge since a lot of businesses closed or moved to Surrey. But food and Indian culture go so well together. It is part of everything we do.
Notable moment: We were cooking samosas for the Vaisakhi parade and former Mayor of Vancouver – Gregor Robertson came by to give out our samosas to people coming by for the parade!
Best dish: Too many to choose from, but the Butter Chicken is probably the most popular. Veg Samosas were voted best in show samosas in Vancouver Magazine a few years ago.
The challenges with COVID-19: Having our business close down to just take out was devastating for us, and I am sure to all restaurants as well.
Pro tip: May 31st is Punjabi Market’s 50th anniversary. Perfect time to drop by to pick up a samosa or a few for this special occasion.