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Green Chili NW Calgary now open

Our neighborhood Chinese resto had a water main burst, so we opted for Indian food and went to Green Chili at Crowfoot tonight. They only opened 9 days ago.
A surprisingly nice substitute.

Tiny space, I counted 28 chairs. The owner was on site working, so we had a chance to chat with him. It seems the 17th Avenue location will be open soon, it took them one year to open this NW space.

The menu is very extensive and they will pare that back at this location we were told, there is just not enough space in the kitchen. The kitchen by the way has big windows, so you actually get a chance to see the chefs at work.

Kachumbar salad was good, but not the dish of the day. Shahi Paneer was delicious, we asked for a mild version for our daughter.
Khadai Chicken and Butter Chicken were excellent. Coconut Rice was different from what I had at other places. Very well flavored.

They do offer a buffet for lunch, $15.95, which seems to be a bargain to me. 5 vegetarian dishes, standards like Butter Chicken and other rotating items, a couple of desserts, Naan bread table side.

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  1. Thanks! I think the pressure of opening two new locations at once (which I had no idea was happening- I only knew about the one on 17th) would explain the slow progress on both.

    They finally took down the Filipino "convenience store" sign on17th and the windows are all done, huge, huge improvement over previous. Looks like drywalling is done (or close)- we depart for 3 weeks tomorrow and having Green Chili 17th open when we return would be very nice.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      You may just be "curried out" for a while after that trip.

    2. Do you have an address or directions on the Crowfoot or 17th location? Couldn't find anything with Google.

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      1. re: slingshotz

        The 17th Avenue location is on the north side of 17th Ave SW, just west of 14th Street SW.

        1. re: slingshotz

          1434 17 Avenue SW
          403-245-2002

          Suite # 101, 150 Crowfoot Crescent NW
          403-245-2002 (website had same phone number listed)

          http://www.greenchili.ca/

          1. re: cancowboy

            The Crwofoot location is in the same strip mall as the UPS Store Right next to it), Marble Slab Creamery and Crowfoot Liquor.

            1. re: worldwidestuff

              OH WOW! I live right beside one now! I'm so ordering and going to pick it up next time. :) Thank you so much for the info everyone!

        2. Do you know their hours of operation and the buffet times? They're not listed on the website.

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          1. re: Jasz

            Lunch from 11.30am to 2pm and dinner from 5pm to 10pm

            1. re: worldwidestuff

              Thanks. Does that include weekends, Saturdays specifically, or weekdays only?

          2. I live right by the NEW new location on 17th so I should post updates on the construction and such: They have recently installed the interior lights and all the flooring and drywall seems to be done. This is a major transformation for what had been a decidedly dingy filipino "convenience store" and so a to-the-studs reno, so I'm not surprised it's taking to long, but they've made great strides, with brand new windows in the facade and as I mention tons of other interior work. And this is a pretty big space.

            No idea about plans for opening but it can't be too long now.

            1. I must have praised this place too much, my son wanted to try it so we went for dinner Tuesday.

              I really wanted to try the Indian/Chinese food. There are a few (maybe 6) dishes listed on the takeout menu. The menu doesn't have them listed separately but there were a few that had soy sauce in them. Having a firm grip on the obvious we decided to order one, the chili chicken. It was ok but somehow odd in combination with the other more usual Indian foods. When I got my hands on the takeout menu after I saw the list is titled "Calcutta Chinese" and most are variations on a theme ie. chili chicken, chili prawns, chili beef and so on. There is a Hakka noodle dish that might be worth a try but it wasn't on the dining room menu.We should have asked the waiter.

              The food is spicier off the menu than it was at the buffet but may not be spicy enough for the hard-core amongst you. I'm sure they can ramp it up if you ask. There was an Afghani paneer that was amazing. Their paneer is good, fresh, tender and not rubbery but coated with these spices and cooked in the tandoor...words fail me.

              The nan was as good, the tandoor platter was good. We also had a veg plate of appetizers which had pakora and other stuff I forget.

              We ordered too much food but I'm sure son had a good lunch. It's not cheap but not bad. Not sure what the total was. The tandoor platter was around $22 but it was a lot of meat.

              1. hi,

                we had take-out from the crowfoot location and each had the pleasure of finding a long hair in our meals. unpleasant to say the least.

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                1. re: jason m

                  It's definitely not a clean place. I'm always amazed at how dirty even the door handle is there, which is a terrible welcome. Sitting waiting for food looking at everything around me it is all very dirty. From the floor to the walls to the dead plant in the vase by the door the place is filthy...and that's the bit they're actually willing to let the public see! BUT...the food is undeniably awesome.

                  1. re: greenboy

                    Awesome? Several people have had really bad times with their take-out from the new NW location, I'm afraid.... :( I wish it weren't so but it is.

                2. I had a very good experience at the 17th location for lunch today- my first was back in late Feb soon after they'd opened and I was unimpressed but wanted to give it another try after it had got into its groove, and was very happy today. The buffet is quite large, more items than at Moti Mahal which is practically across the street; for example they had all of butter chicken, beef curry, a fish curry that had coconut in the sauce, and carved lamb (not sauced, no idea how it tasted). Lots of veg options too among which I had an aloo gobi that just slayed me, it was SUPERB with perfect melting potatoes. Lovely muttar paneer and nice crispy buttery naan that ufortunately came quite late in my lunch but I still savoured it.

                  They had several desserts incl a rasmalai that was just delicious. I was really happy to try GC today after a shaky first experience.

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                  1. re: John Manzo

                    I have been back to their NW location a few times, mostly for dinner and so far no complaints.

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      We tried the lunch buffet at the 17th Avenue location yesterday and were greatly impressed.
                      Despite only having three tables of patrons, the buffet was fully stock with a selection greater than most "downtown" Indian buffets. The shahi paneer was rich and creamy and cheesy and downright delicious. Similarly, the butter chicken was some of the best I have had in Calgary. The lamb curry had just enough spice to make me sweat but not enough to overpower the flavours of the dish. The pakora was packed firmly enough that it didn't fall apart when you bit into it yet still light and fluffy. And a sublime aloo gobi, as previously stated.
                      Unlike John, we got our piping hot naan at the beginning of the meal but unfortunately did not receive any refills of the basket. This probably had more to do with the lack of service than anything else. Despite the gorgeous room and delicious food, the service is horrendous, at best. The one server for the room (keep in mind there were only 3 tables of diners) failed to clear away our dishes or offer refills of water or naan - she was basically nonexistent. But still not enough to detract from the great meal.
                      At $15.99 for the lunch buffet, it costs the same as similar "downtown" Indian buffets but with much better food.

                    2. It's odd how they get such varying reports. They must be really, really inconsistent but it sounds like takeout is consistently bad. Very strange.

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                      1. re: sharonanne

                        I'll order up some takeout in the near future and give a report. Lots and lots of seating at this new location btw.

                        1. re: sharonanne

                          i've only been to the macleod trail location, but IMO it's absolutely awesome. the butter chicken is hands down the best i've ever had, anywhere. also, the prices are really, really low. makes you wonder how they can keepo the doors open.

                          1. re: nonlinear

                            The lunch buffet is pricey ($15.99) but not out of line for the big range of options (or out of line for Calgary), but I didn't ask about lunch boxes.

                            1. re: nonlinear

                              hrm, we just tried this place tonight and didn't have the greatest experience. I arrived on time to pick up out order, however some woman walked in as they were bagging it and proceeded to take 10 minutes to place her 4-item order (no kidding). it was still a bit warm when we got it home, but not hot as one would expect. also, the butter chicken tonight tasted much different - really tomatoy, almost ketchup-like. blech.

                              EDIT: with further tasting and thought, we are convinced that they are using campbell's tomato soup as a base, and simply adding spices to it. very strange, considering our last visit here we considered it to be the best butter chicken we've had in a long time. the goat also had very large bones and lots of fat in the meat that you had to eat around. even though this is less than a 5 minute drive from our place, we'll be going back to moti mahalk for our indian fixes.

                              1. re: nonlinear

                                It must take a lot of talent to be as inconsistent as this place seems to be. It's sad because when they are good, they are very good. So many bad experiences worries me.

                                1. re: sharonanne

                                  yea, since we've had some seriously GREAT food from there in the past. i'm not sure if maybe they run out of things, or have trouble getting certain ingredients at certain times, or if they have different people preparing the food, or what.

                              2. re: nonlinear

                                I really like the Macleod Trail location too. Prices are awesome you Nonlinear said and such big plate of yummy Butter Chicken!

                                We tried to go to the NW location on a Friday night, but couldn't get in without a reservation.

                                I have still yet to try the 17 Ave location.

                                1. re: Anomay

                                  uhh... read my posts more carefully. we have had delicious butter chicken there before, however last time we went it was ABSOLUTELY terrible. I could make better butter chicken at home by heating up some campbell's condensed tomato soup and throwing some cubed chicken breast in it :(

                                  as sharoneanne pointed out, very inconsistent.

                                  their lunch buffet is only $9.99 though.

                                  1. re: nonlinear

                                    $9.99?? what location are we talking here? 17th is $15.99 but we went today (yes, they have a Sunday lunch buffet!) was totally worth it- I like how they have at least three meat curries out (today it was butter chickan, beef curry, and a ROCKING lamb curry), and the naan is not just plain naan- last time I was there it was garlic, and today it was flecked with onion seeds. Allo gobi was if anything better than last time, just amazing.

                                    1. re: John Manzo

                                      as i mentioned above, i'm talking about the macleod location. did you try the butter chicken at the 17th location? how was it?

                                      1. re: nonlinear

                                        Never had the butter chicken- I think I OD'ed on it at Tiffin's and can't stand the thought of it these days! But it looks good...