Hand-held meals are the ultimate travel food: you can stay mobile, eat with locals and keep your other hand on your iPhone, daypack or toddler. So roll up your sleeves and dig into a lamb popsicle at Vij's in Vancouver, because...
Your trip is too short to wait for a table!
Fans swoon over the beautiful dishes at this labour of love created by Vikram Vij and his wife and chef, Meeru Dhalwala. Vij’s doesn’t do takeout (its sister marketplace-style restaurant Rangoli does, just next door), but its signature hand-held delicacy is worth the inevitable wait for a seat.
The wine-marinated lamb popsicles ($26.50), fragrant with fenugreek cream curry, are finger-licking fantastic. While lamb popsicles are a dime-a-dozen, even when whipped up by Emeril or Oliver, these ones are a standout, in part thanks to the hand-sifted, roasted and ground spices that Vij’s sources from India. Ask for a bib and dig into the short ribs, too.
This story was originally published in the October 2009 issue of up! magazine as part of Grab & Go, a package of stories profiling the most delicious dishes eaten with your hands in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Check out other scrumptious spots in these WestJet destinations:
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Pamela Cuthbert is a Toronto-based food journalist who has travelled to many parts of the globe, all the while discovering the bounty of the true taste of a great destination—without the aid of a fork.