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It’s hard to miss My Shanti, the latest room from beloved restaurateur Vikram Vij—strikingly covered in thousands of sequin shingles, it brings the gaudy glitz of the Vegas strip to a Morgan Crossing strip mall. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts: plates piled with inventive appetizers such as crispy oyster pakoras and mains like fresh paneer with spinach and chickpeas, and succulent goat curry. The cocktail list boasts exclusive concoctions like the Devdas, with scotch whiskey, masala tea and chai syrup. Making the journey to South Surrey (roughly 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver) may actually get you seated faster than standing in line at Vij’s. Most nights, there’s no wait.

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