New Asian Village
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
4.25/5 rDev -1.8%
The New Asian Village in Edmonton has two locations I had found out. While we were closer to the west end of the city at the time we sought the one out on 175th St. and 100th Ave. There it was all right, but it was closed that holiday weekend Saturday for a private function. So we had to make our way all the way over to Old Strathcona for the location on Saskatchewan Drive, which was fine, because this location offers a stunning view of the city skyline from the other side of the river valley, especially at night.
Right off the bat I have to confirm that this is, in fact, an Indian restaurant, however they have such a massive beer selection for any restaurant that I've ever heard of, I had to concede to adding it to the beerfly database, albeit under the heading of "beer bar" for lack of an appropriate title.
The interior is inviting and posh, traditional Indian, with many different rooms and cloisters to be seated. Those along the north side get an amazing view of the large and lush Edmonton river valley. The overhead music is also traditional Indian and adds a nice touch, I enjoyed the combination of eating good curry, drinking good beer, watching a stunning view and listening to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
The food was excellent, I had the jumbo prawn masala, my girlfriend the prawn bhuna, and the prawns were so big I had to actually cut them in half to eat them with a bit of manners. Aside from offering a large variety of curries, they also ask you how intense you wish your dish to be as well, which I thought was a nice customized touch. The beef samosas and garlic naan were also excellent quality.
And although we saw great service proceeding all around us, our particular experience in that department was not on par. Our server was distant and aloof, rarely making eye contact, and made no effort at all to make us feel welcome or comfortable, like he was going out of his way as a favour to serve us. Our meals took almost 40 minutes to reach our table, and once served no one asked us how our meal was, let alone offered to refill our water or replace our finished beverages.
Yet on to the beer. The New Asian Village does offer a massive selection of local and regional micros, as well as a plethora of imports from around the world. Just like Bottlescrew Bill's Pub in Calgary, they don't offer anything you couldn't find yourself at the Chateau Louis liquor store, or by hunting around for what other beer stores in the city carry, but it is an impressive selection for a restaurant of any kind, let alone Indian. The selection is offered in 3 seperate coolers in the back of the establishment, and the customer is encouraged to go and gaze and choose for themself what they'd wish to partake in--also a nice touch in customizing the experience, as it's an act of exploration as well. Having sampled everything they had in stock at the moment, I settled for the home team's turf of Alley Kat's Full Moon Pale Ale, which was an excellent compliment to my prawn masala, and did heighten my pleasure of it.
The beer prices are within reason of what you'd actually pay for them (if most of them were actually offered!) at any of the normal drinking establishments around town, nothing that I saw which was too over the top. And the food, although I would categorize it at a bit pricey, is well worth it for what you get, very fine quality and an excellent selection to compliment all of that beer.
While parking can get a bit iffy at times, due to the fact that it is also attached to the Tantra lounge as well, and also out front of a massive apartment tower, a trip to the New Asian Village, whether for the beer selection, the fine Indian food, or both, is well worth the effort, and I'm glad we had the chance to check it out while in Edmonton. If I were a local, it would easily become a regular haunt.
09-06-2005 15:54:04 | More by IronDjinn
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4.53/5 rDev +4.6%
Whoever added this is/was a frickin' genius!
I typically eschew Indian food because my stomach rebels, but since I knew that we would probably be eating, I popped some Pepto well in advance. I was glad that I did, since the buffet smelled fabulous upon entry. I was dubious about its inclusion until I laid peepers on the three-door cooler filled with 150-plus unfamiliar beers. Now, for me to say "unfamiliar", you really have to dig deep. I chose beer from the Yukon, but there were many western Canadian locals, along with Belgian, Singapore, English. Simply put, it was the United Nations of beers. Credit (deep) for selection. Would I come back? In a heartbeat! Maharaja Rooms - elegant. The buffet was fabulous.
12-25-2009 16:01:18 | More by woodychandler
4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
So Im finally writing a review of New Asian Village. Ive been there six times over the last two years and most recently this past weekend. It is among my favorite restaurants Ive been to anywhere in Canada and I have never had a bad experience.
As you walk in the front door you are welcomed in a small entrance which is covered with plants and small fountains. As they lead you to your table you can see various pieces of Indian art and décor. There are normal tables and booths which are covered by curtains under dim light with mostly Indian music playing in the background. This place has class written all over it.
The service in this restaurant has always been great for me. Ever since my first visit the lady who runs it has recognized me and welcomed me back every time. I usually end up having good conversations with her if its not busy. She has always remembered a few things about me and hinted to the servers who are always great. Never have I had a rude or inattentive waitress there. It seems they always know about my love for good beer .go figure.
The beer selection in New Asian Village is always good although its declined slightly since my last visit. The boast a large variety of beers from all over the world and the best part about it is that they encourage you to go to the cooler and pick them out yourself. They will bring you an opener and glasses after you have made a selection. It is unique and I really like the system they run. I had Aventinus and Fullers London Porter on this visit which complimented my dinner nicely.
The food at this place is amazing. It is traditional East Indian Cuisine which never disappoints. Ever since I had the opportunity to try more different types of Indian food I have developed a love for it and New Asian Village always satisfies a craving. They have many different types of dishes with an assortment of meats including rarities such as goat. I get hungry just thinking about it.
This place is a must if visiting Edmonton and looking for fine dinning. It is a little pricey but the experience makes up for it. Go here if you can, you wont regret it.
11-21-2006 05:39:29 | More by Orrshow
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
New Asian Village is an East Indian restaurant on the edge of Edmonton's river valley. I recently visited it for the first time(as a friend told me they had a huge beer selection) and I plan to go back.
The atmosphere is suited to the style of food served. They play East Indian music in the background and the restaurant is decorated with traditional pieces of art.
The food was delicious, although I have always been a fan of East Indian food.
As far as the beer selection, I wasn't disappointed. This restaurant has a better beer selection then almost all liquor stores in the city. Several countries are represented ranging from the classic Belgian and German to the more exotic Indian and Oriental brews.
When we told the waiter that it was our first visit, he was quick to mention that the restaurant was known for it's beer selection. Customers are supplied with a beer menu, however the menu does not seem up to date, as they have several beers in their coolers that are not on the list. The waiter brought me to the cooler to allow me to choose from the full selection.
I had an Anchor Steam for my first beer, as I had heard of it, but hadn't seen it anywhere in Edmonton before. A moment of mild disappointment came when the waiter brought a very frosty glass to the table. When I asked if I could have a glass that was not frosted, he seemed quite surprised! It seems that they keep all their beer glasses in a freezer, so if you are there for the beer, you should probably ask your waiter to keep a couple of glasses out right from the start.
All in all I was very happy with my visit. I saw four or five beers that I had yet to see in Edmonton, and I had a delicious meal to go with it.
11-12-2004 14:50:59 | More by elricorico
New Asian Village in Edmonton, AB, Canada
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.