Jamila’s Kitchen has expanded into Vancouver’s core after gaining popularity in the suburbs.
Malik Malikzada and his wife Jamila, the restaurant’s namesake, have opened a new location in the 2500 block of Commercial Drive, serving Afghan, Indian and Greek fusion dishes. Since 2016, the couple has operated a Coquitlam, B.C., location, which will remain open.
Malik told the Tri-City News that he and Jamila sought to open the second location due to their desire to help people in need through food. He and Jamila have a policy of not asking for payment if someone can’t afford to pay. The policy will be extended to the east Vancouver location with a special meal for patrons facing hardship.
“Our door is always open to those who ask for a free meal,” said Malik.
Malik and Jamila fled Afghanistan in the early 1990s due to war and spent six years in a Pakistan refugee camp before immigrating to Canada in 2000.
Before opening their first restaurant on Barnet Highway, he worked at McDonald’s and in a bakery and warehousing while she raised their three children.
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