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Meeting friends for lunch in downtown Van next weekend (Sunday). I have not been up there in AGES and have no idea where to grab a tasty lunch. We are all from Seattle, so it might be fun to get something we don't have a lot of down here. One person doesn't like dim sum, so that's not an option.

I'd LOVE a good tip on a tapas or maybe Indian place that's open for lunch. Thanks for tips!!

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  1. >> I'd LOVE a good tip on a tapas or maybe Indian place that's open for lunch. Thanks for tips!!

    Rangoli comes to mind for Indian. Tapas for lunch? I haven't done tapas for lunch - so no recs from me.

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    1. re: fmed

      Rangoli is always a solid choice but it I believe is less shary that many Indian restos. You could do sort of an Indian tapas thing at Saravanaa Bhavaan. Mildly annoying website here: http://www.saravanaabhavan.ca/saravan...

      We had dinner there three weeks after it opened and it was pretty great. Standout was the uttapham (not sure if this is available a la carte at lunch -- see note re annoying website above!) If you scroll down to the very bottom on the linked Vancouver page, they show a weekday buffet from 11:30-3 that for a whopping $9.40 includes: Idly, Vada, Potato Masala, Rava Kichadi, Rasam, Sambar, Vatral Kozhambu, Porial, Spicy Potato Masala, Kootu, Special Rice Of The Day, Rice, Channa, Aloo Baingan, Mutter Paneer, Dal Fry, Naan, Parotta, Poori, Curd, Rice, Pickles, Pachadi, Thogaiyal, Papads, Payasam, Kesari, Gulab Jamun or Rasmalai and your favourite Dosa.

    2. japapnese tapas @ original Guu

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      1. re: vandan

        Guu is fantastic for dinner... but their lunch menu is quite different from their dinner menu. For lunch, it's not tapas-style, but rather personal dishes (e.g. curries, katsu-don, etc) and pretty underwhelming.