We visited India's Most Wanted when it first opened at the beginning of 2022 and found it quite impressive but that was in my pre-vegan days. Most Indian restaurants can produce decent vegan eats but if you're serious about it, you need to be very clear and communicative to make sure there is no dairy or ghee (butter) as not everyone seems to understand what plant-based actually means. IMW has been good enough to mark vegan items on their menu (although the printed menu and the online menu differ and I am still confused about what Vaades even refers to) but even still, there are paneer items marked as vegan (at least on the online menu)!
India's Most Wanted - Aldergrove Vegan Options
We decided to stop by again as it is close by and we really do like the vibe. We thought we'd try some of their plant-based items.
We started with the Tik Tok Samosa Chaat. I'm not sure what the TikTok part of the name is about. Perhaps this dish is blowing up there. At any rate, this is the ultimate comfort dish. Everyone loves samosas so why not bury them in more tasty stuff including tamarind chutney, onions, and roasted chickpeas until it becomes a messy comforting bowl with some samosas in there somewhere. Very good!
I know we are getting boring, ordering this dish everywhere we go (and making it at home), but Veg Manchurian is one of our favourite things. It is an Indo-Chinese dish of veggie balls (See? Don't ever need to make meatballs). The sauce is based on soy ginger and garlic. This was a very good version although I don't think that we have never had a bad one.
Next we ordered the Khatte Anardane Ke Aloo Chole and I'll admit it was partly because of the name. This was chickpeas and potatoes with roasted cumin, ginger and pomegranate. Another very comforting and tasty dish.
Always keen on coconut curries, we tried the Cape Malay Coconut Curry with Mushrooms which was very tasty. I'm not sure if I have seen mushrooms in an Indian dish before but it certainly worked and added substance to the dish. Incidentally, the Cape Malays are an ethnic group in South Africa (that's why I couldn't find it on a map). We give some points for reaching beyond the usual Indian restaurant menu line up!
No Indian meal is complete without bread and they did a pretty good vegan Garlic Naan.
Comfy and classy, this is a very nice dinning experience and we're happy they are catering a little bit to us in the growing plant-based crowd.
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Food 5 out of 5
Vegan Options 4 out of 5
Comfort 5 out of 5
Service 5 out of 5
Value 5 out of 5
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