Vikram Vij’s renowned Indian food coming to Surrey

Published: March 14, 2014

Vikram Vij is shown in a handout photo by his food truck Vij’s Railway Express. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-curve communications

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

After 20 years in Vancouver, restaurateur Vikram Vij is finally bringing his renowned Indian food to South Surrey.

No, not delivery — but his first-ever Surrey restaurant at 24th Avenue and Croydon Drive.

“I’ve got a huge South Surrey clientele who loves good Indian food,” Vij told Vancouver Desi. “It’s time for us to kind of bridge that gap a little bit and say, ‘We’re going to come to you’ … rather than always saying, ‘You should come downtown or always come to the centre of the city.’”

Vij’s signature brand already extends past Vancouver city limits, with the drawing power of his trademark Vij’s Restaurant on West 11th Avenue, his eat-in and take-out, market-style restaurant Rangoli next door, his Vij’s Railway Express food truck, a sister restaurant in Seattle called Shanik, as well as a couple of cookbooks and a product line sold in grocery stores.

The latest South Surrey addition, called My Shanti, is expected to open mid-April and will offer a varied menu designed by Vij that will touch upon his famed take on Indian flavours.

“The beautiful part of Indian cooking is it’s so versatile,” he said. “You can do so many concepts within the cuisine itself.”

The My Shanti menu will draw inspiration from Vij’s annual travels to India and will rotate every season to showcase meals from the different Indian cities and towns he visits.

Vij compared India to Canada in the sense that only larger cities like Vancouver, Montreal or Toronto are considered culinary hubs.

“Canada is based on so many other places — Prince Rupert, St. John’s — small little towns,” Vij explained. “(My Shanti) will encompass that, but showcase that aspect of India.”

Considering the success of such large fine-casual dining chains as Earls and Cactus Club in Surrey, Vij believes there’s space for smaller establishments to flourish.

“I think there is a niche for an Indian restaurant like ours,” he said.

My Shanti is just one of Vij’s latest endeavours.

The current Vij’s Restaurant is scheduled to move to Cambie Street by October, with a “new concept” moving into the West 11th location. Vij divulged very few details on his “new concept,” except to say that he expects to unveil it about seven months after the Cambie Street location is up and running.

Vij has also secured a part on CBC reality show Dragon’s Den, alongside investment mogul Michael Wekerle, to replace outgoing judges Kevin O’Leary — one of the original dragons — and Internet whiz Bruce Croxon. The chef will be joining marketing expert Arlene Dickinson, The Wealthy Barber author David Chilton and franchise king Jim Treliving, in scrutinizing weekly pitches from wannabe entrepreneurs.

Vij, already a familiar face to TV audiences as a past judge on Food Network’s Top Chef Canada and Chopped Canada, as well as CBC’s Recipe to Riches, is gearing up to leave for Toronto next Friday, where he’ll begin taping for the series, which will air Wednesdays on CBC in the fall.

— with a file from CP

lcahute@vancouverdesi.com
twitter.com/larissacahute


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,





Featured

Violent Vancouver muggings

Violent street mugging in Burnaby brings light sentences to two of the perpetrators

A third suspect who has never been arrested held knife to victim’s throat KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A man convicted in a violent street mugging…
Continue Reading »

security-CBSA-Transit Police-death

Migrant group asks Transit Police not to share info with CBSA

THE CANADIAN PRESS A B.C. group is calling on Transit police to stop sharing all information about migrants with the Canada Border Services Agency. Transit…
Continue Reading »

TK

IHIT takes case after body found in SUV in Surrey City Centre area

VANCOUVER DESI The RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is at the scene where a deceased male was discovered in Surrey’s City Centre area Friday morning….
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Health Canada warns about bedbug control products after 2 Alberta children die

By John Cotter THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The federal government is warning Canadians of what it calls the “extreme danger” of using unregistered products…
Continue Reading »

Violent Vancouver muggings

Violent street mugging in Burnaby brings light sentences to two of the perpetrators

A third suspect who has never been arrested held knife to victim’s throat KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A man convicted in a violent street mugging…
Continue Reading »

security-CBSA-Transit Police-death

Migrant group asks Transit Police not to share info with CBSA

THE CANADIAN PRESS A B.C. group is calling on Transit police to stop sharing all information about migrants with the Canada Border Services Agency. Transit…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Hands Against Racism

Hands Against Racism: Send us a selfie and make a statement against racism (with video)

VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver Desi’s digital anti-racism campaign, Raise Your Hands Against Racism, officially kicked off Thursday, with people across the Lower Mainland sending in selfies…
Continue Reading »

triplets

U.S. mom with 2 kids celebrates one-month birthdays of rare identical triplet boys (with photos)

COREY WILLIAMS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming…
Continue Reading »

File photo: An Indian Muslim bride, her hands decorated with henna, attends a mass wedding organized by a social service organization in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Groom dumped by bride-to-be for a wedding guest accuses her of drugging him before ceremony

VANCOUVER DESI A 25-year-old Indian groom who was dumped by his bride-to-be for a wedding guest after he suffered an alleged seizure has accused his…
Continue Reading »

bikram

Vancouver woman sues hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury for sexual assault

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI A Vancouver woman is claiming the leader of one of B.C.’s largest yoga chains repeatedly sexually assaulted and coerced her over…
Continue Reading »

murder plot-Pakistan-love triangle

U.S. man convicted of setting up fatal shooting of Pakistani wife while walking with young son

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A man was convicted Thursday of setting up the fatal shooting of his Pakistan-born wife while the couple was…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Katrina Kaif -bikini blouse

Gallery: Bollywood babes pair hot bikini blouses with sarees

VANCOUVER DESI When it comes to sinful fashion mingled with grace, elegance and beauty, no one can beat Bollywood actresses and their style sense. Check…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood film review

Dum Laga Ke Haisha: So real and heart-warming, it smells like life

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Film: “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”; Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pedneker; Written and Directed by Sharat Katariya; Rating: ****(4 stars) It’s very…
Continue Reading »

Katti Batti

Bollywood actors Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan are having fun on the sets of Katti Batti

IANS Mumbai – Actor Imran Khan is having a “positive experience” filming “Katti Batti”, thanks to his “wonderful co-star” Kangana Ranaut and “great director” Nikhil…
Continue Reading »