Long lauded as Vancouver's most innovative Indian restaurant, this South Granville dining destination, run by genial proprietor Vikram Vij and his wife Meeru Dhalwala, uses local ingredients to create exciting takes on South Asian cuisine. Dishes such as lamb "popsicles" in a creamy curry, BC ruby trout served with a wheat berry pilaf, or vegetables sautéed with kalonji (nigella seeds, also known as black cumin) and black chickpeas are far from traditional but are beautifully executed. Mr. Vij frequently circulates through the room, which is decorated with Indian antiques and whimsical elephant-pattern lanterns, greeting guests and suggesting dishes or cocktail pairings. Expect to cool your heels at the bar sipping chai or a cold beer while you wait an hour or more for a table, but if you like creative Indian fare, it's worth it. At this writing, the restaurant is expected to move to a new location at 3128 Cambie St., keeping the same general concept and menu. Check before you go.