North Shore News Readers Choice Awards

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Swad Indian Kitchen won Readers Choice Awards 2017.

Last week North shore news paper announced the 2017 results for readers’ choice awards and Swad won the best Indian restaurant.

Service complements cuisine

“I took an instant liking to swad Indian Kitchen, the newest addition to west Vancouver’s dining scene.” – Chris Dagenais

“I began my new menu explorations at Swad Indian Kitchen, which topped my Year in Review selections in 2015 and seems to have gained a loyal following since, if midweek volume in the restaurant was any indication. I was a huge fan of Swad’s pan-Indian approach that showcased both classic and contemporary creations drawn from regional influences spanning the entire sub-continent, as well as the restaurant’s warm and refined interior design.

Their new menu, as lengthy and ambitious as the original, retains a few of the dishes that I have grown to love here, including the Bengali Curry featuring seasoned fish in mustard and coconut cream and Swad Palak Kofta, spinach and gram flour dumplings with fresh spinach and cream, but otherwise it is a complete overhaul. New to the menu is the stunning Swad E Lamb, a thick and exceptionally rich curry with a generous portion of boneless, moist, fall-apart-tender chunks of lamb in coconut, curry leaf and toasted spice gravy. The dish was pure magic, elegant but hearty, its sauce the perfect consistency to be mopped up by naan.

Also sampled from the new menu was a fantastic preparation of Gobhi Butter Masala. Florets of the vegetable were battered and cooked until slightly crispy on the outside, then topped with a creamy, spicy tomato and onion sauce. I ordered the Kofta again out of habit and was pleased to find it is still an extraordinary vegetarian dish, an explosion of rousing textures and tastes. Mains at Swad are around $18, on average.The restaurant is located on Marine Drive near 17th Street in West Vancouver.”

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Kamal Mroke

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 “Service with a smile is not a cliché…it’s the fundamental basis of my business…come to India Bistro hungry, leave India Bistro happy.” Mroke said

Welcome to our blog page. Today’s post is about Kamal Mroke, owner of Swad Indian Kitchen and India Bistro Restaurant in Vancouver. We will get to know Kamal, a little better, through this post. If you are curious to learn more about Indian cuisine, and Kamal’s involvement in the Eye Camps charity project in India then keep reading.

Kamal runs India Bistro on Davie Street (11 years) and he recently opened Swad Indian Kitchen in West Vancouver in 2015.

Asian Pacific Post highlighted:

“Mroke arrived in Vancouver from his native Punjab in the early 80’s and plunged himself into the restaurant business as a bus boy and dishwasher while going to school to become a chef. His first business was a cafe in a North Vancouver motel in 1986 after which he operated restaurants in Calgary and Seattle which were frequented by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Paul Allen. In the Lower Mainland, Mroke had Handi in North Vancouver, Dawat in East Vancouver, Copper Chimney in Downtown Vancouver before opening India Bistro.
“Sometimes people call me the serial restaurateur,” said Mroke, whose wife Navneet, daughter and son all play a role in the family business.
At a corner of India Bistro, there is a green kettle, where patrons can drop off change for his charity effort called Natar Sewa Manch or People’s Eye Charity.
Using  whatever is in the kettle and pumping tens of thousands of their own dollars, Mroke and his pal  Surinder Kainth, a Burnaby mill worker make a trek back to their native Punjab in India every year to conduct eye camps for the poor.
Their efforts have repaired the vision of over 40,000 people over the last decade.
“God has given me a lot, this is just a small way of giving something back,” said Mroke.
“The gratitude shown by these poor people is a very humbling experience…it fills my heart with joy…it makes me happy…it makes it all worthwhile,” said Mroke.
And making people happy, whether it is in India Bistro on Davie Street or in the villages of Punjab, is what Mroke is all about.”

In a recent interview with Kamal

Nationality: Indian

Motive behind your business?

When in high school I used to work in restaurant. Always wanted to have my own business.

How do you define success?

Success is hard work.  My employees’ hard work play a major role in the success of my business.

What motivates you?

Challenge. New things. Meeting new people. New adventures every day.

Greatest fear?

My staff members stop showing to work (laughs!)

How do you define success?

Success doesn’t come over night. It takes times. It comes with one being honest, and hard work.

What makes you happy?

When everything goes smooth at work and in my life. When my employees show up for work (laughs!)

If next time you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi!

To learn more about Kamal Mroke, and Swad Indian Kitchen, click the links below.

Swad Indian Kitchen in Vancouver Sun

Asian Pacific Post

The Province