My Shanti, Chef Vikram Vij’s much-anticipated South Surrey restaurant, has opened its doors and is now delighting customers with a whole new blend of exotic, creative and outstanding Indian cuisine, with that special Vij’s twist. The eye-catching establishment is located on the edge of Surrey’s go-to shopping and dining destination, Morgan Crossing, at Croydon Drive and 24th Avenue.
“I wanted to open a restaurant that reflects a lot of the flavours and ingredients I’ve experienced in my years of travelling around the world,” says Vij. “I’ve been to so many incredible places, and My Shanti represents a blend of ingredients and recipes I have encountered in India, as well as other international influences but still incorporating local ingredients as I have always done.”
The name My Shanti means “my peace” and the interior of the restaurant has been designed as a casual environment, where diners can feel comfortable and able to relax. There’s a large bar with tables at the back, and a patio which will be opening for the summer.
As for the outside of the restaurant, it is literally a glittering jewel in the South Surrey neighbourhood. Taking its influences from an Indian sari, the top half of the exterior walls are covered in hundreds of thousands of shimmering silver mirrored discs, which were all attached individually and by hand.
So why did Vij decide to bring a restaurant to South Surrey?
“I opened my production facility here for my Vij’s At Home frozen foods several years ago so I know Surrey very well now. It has an amazing mix of people who simply appreciate great Indian food, as well as people who have travelled the world. It just made sense that I bring My Shanti to South Surrey.”
My Shanti is Vikram Vij’s first solo restaurant project. His other restaurants, Vij’s and Rangoli on South Granville, are co-owned with Vikram’s wife Meeru Dhalwala.