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All India Restaurant

1188 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1W1
Tel: (604) 602-1558 Order Online
Fax: (604) 602-1558
Neighbourhood: West End

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lunch buffet
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

I stopped in for the lunch buffet on a lazy saturday.

The server immediately seated me, gave me a menu and asked for my drink preference. I chose the lunch buffet, and no beverage.

The selection was 3 curried veg dishes (potatoe & cauliflower, green beans & carrots, and chick peas) basmati rice, onion pakoras, tandoori chicken and butter chicken. Also included was a choice of naan, garlic naan, and roti. I chose the naan.

I found all of the buffet fare was decent, but not especially remarkable. The naan was very good though.

The room was clean and adorned in rich purple and grey.

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Buffet Bliss!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 10:44am [Dine in]

Sometimes you just crave Indian food. Such was the case when Mrs. C and I were trying to decide what to eat on a rainy Friday. We had heard that Teresa’s on Davie was now an Indian restaurant. Suddenly we had dinner plans!

We ambled over to the restaurant and saw a friendly looking guy dressed in yellow/gold coloured traditional Indian costume. He beckoned us in, and we were seated. I noticed that the place looked about the same as when it was T’s, except there was a bar and a big TV now. Also they had a buffet. Buffet is the most beautiful word in the English (French?) language.

They had a selection of exotic beers, but local beer was cheap, so I had some of that (I know, I broke buffet rule #1). Mrs. C stuck to water, as she is a disciplined veteran of the buffet table, and knows not to load up on liquid.

I saw the previous review and I defer to the ethnic experience of the writer, but I really liked the buffet. It had butter chicken, lamb curry and also a fantastic eggplant bharta, along with chickpeas in a masala sauce, tandoori chicken, a decent salad selection, lots of different chutneys and pickles, and really good basmati rice. There were other items, but you get the picture. The server also brought us two kinds of hot naan bread. The dishes could be a little hotter for my taste, but for buffet you need to please the average diner. I think they accomplished that. The food was well prepared, and very tasty. The server was very attentive and kept asking us if we were enjoying the food, and the plates were cleared instantly. The ambience was comfortable, and I also checked the w/c and found it to be clean.. No disappointments. We ate so much we were both happy and uncomfortable (in a good way).

My one concern was that the owner grumbled when we asked if we could take our unfinished naan bread home. They were going to throw it out, weren’t they? Points off for service, but still recommended.

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What Happened?
By KeyWester of West End, Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 7:24am [Delivery]

This has been my regular spot for Indian delivery the past couple of years. However, this summer noticed a decline in both quality and accuracy of order. This culminated last week with a delivery that included vegetable pakora which contained pieces so stale and hard you could break a tooth and raita that was nauseatingly curdled. I won't be calling back.

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Great overall value
By Rayzach of West End, Vancouver (57 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I were planning to eat at Stephos one night and walked by All India. Though we hadn't planned on a heavy Indian lunch the sight of the buffet from the window got us and we walked in.

The host was very polite and the place is small but cozy and clean. We decided to go for the buffet. As we filled our plates the server had already placed a basket of fresh Naan on our table.

The food was flavorful but light enough that you could enjoy a fair sized portion without feeling too full. Their butter chicken was well made and not too heavy on the cream. They had some Veggie curries and Tandoori chicken with all the standard Indian buffet items. All the food was fresh and you could taste the quality. I suppose they have good turnover in clients so the food does not sit there for long - a good thing when considering a buffet...

The spice and flavor of the food has been adjusted for the North American palate but there is still enough authentic Indian flavor in each of the dishes to make them enjoyable. We appreciated the fact we ate generous portions and were not feeling bloated and overwhelmed right after the meal.

Great service and good quality for a $10.95 lunch buffet. A great choice if you are craving Indian food on Davie St.

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Most reasonably priced
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 22, 2007 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I have been many times, the buffet is good value and tonights takeout was exceptional. Got the vegy samosas, the tandori chicken, butter chicken, prawn goa curry, and a few orders of kheer and there special garlic naan bread. The samosas were packed full of flavour. The chicken is always tender and the prawn curry was so good i was litterly licking my fingers afterwards and the naan bread is soft and melts in your mouth. The kheer was a nice ending. The servers are always friendly and eager to please and all this came out to about 50$ after tip and the portions were generous enough to have left overs for the next few nights. Highly recomended and i think the best value.

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Disappointing
By snuggles221 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 16, 2011 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

We went here after buying a groupon, and as it was cheap, I was not expecting anything too good, and even then I was disappointed. The service was friendly and the naan was fresh and good, but the buffet lunch was some of the worst Indian food I've ever had! The butter chicken tasted like ketchup, the lentils were watery and everything else was lacking flavour. Maybe the items on the menu are better, but I would not recommednt his restaurant.

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A Take-Out order
By synchro of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 15, 2011 - 9:21pm [Take-out]

You'd think this one would be easy to do - no rush, no pressure. The place was basically empty. I sat at the bar and ordered from the take-out menu. Paneer pakora should never be this dry and chewy. Scattered among a few raw vegies were a poor imitation of the real thing. They tasted as if they'd come out of a Safeway frozen foods package, and not freshly made as I'm used to. The other big disappointment was the chicken curry. I ordered some naan and steamed rice and when I spooned the curry on top of the rice, I re-covered the container and got out some naan. There was a pool of watery tomatoe-like sauce on the side of the plate, ie the sauce had no body and very little flavor. So basically the worst curry I've had in 25years of eating East Indian food. The naan was acceptable but the rice... well, I've had better home-cooked basmati rice. It's not overpriced - it's just the food is bad. So, overall, poor. I won't be back.

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Tasty Meal
By Ginga of Coquitlam (19 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner recently. It was quite busy due to recent Groupons, so the service was a bit slow. However the food was pretty good. I ordered the chicken in a coconut sauce, with vegetables, rice and naan on the side. Really good chicken in a nice sauce. Wasn't so crazy about the mixed vegetables, a bit too much cheese in them. The rice and naan were good. My husband had a chana masala which we enjoyed. Also, a mango lassi was delish.

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Not sanitary but good other things
By HealthyGirl of Vancouver, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 8:06am [Dine in]

The food, atmosphere, service.. ALL not very good. Getting a refill was tough and there were crumbs on the floor. I visited this restaurant for the first time.I got a warmed welcome by the waiter.I read the menu and placed an order. Good but really smelly meal, practically the meat was ripe in every way. Not The best I've eaten recently. But it was a dinner treat (I was not paying) so I held my tongue (although aspects were good).

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Best Indian Food in Vancouver
By steve donald of Vancouer (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

The negative reviews about the restaurant surpries me. best indian food i have ever had , my friend told me about this restaurant . we tried it out and it was just fabulous .
we started with the samosa and veggie pakora ,which was quite small packed with flavour and served piping hot . when I asked about the lamb dishes the server asked questions about what i like and made a fantastic based on my answer.
we chose the butter chicken , lamb korma and peas pulao , both are so different test then other indian restaurant. i also like the laccha prantha and butter naan which was served warm .
service was friendly and on time .
we will go back again & again ..

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Good value for money
By love_to_eat_out of Westend, Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

We had the buffet dinner today and we thought it was quite good. The food was fresh and the garlic naan was very tasty. The food was not over-spiced. The service was friendly. The place is a bit over-crowded with no space between the tables, but otherwise good value for money. I missed having papad though. Even roasted papad would have been nice. There’s also a good choice of wine and beer to be had.

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Always good buffets
By Betty_Woo of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

My colleagues and I spend just more than half of our lunch hour just getting here and back to work but do it happily for the buffet.

Always a nice choice of delicious dishes and all-you-can-eat for less than $10? Can't go wrong.

The service is always friendly and they'll happily (and quickly) make anything on the regular menu. Things we've had from the menu's always been well-made and tasty.

Haven't been there during the evening but with the quality of the food being high during lunch, I can't imagine the quality lowering for the night time crowd.

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We enjoyed the buffet
By mj3bjb of main st (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 8:26am [Dine in]

Really good simple buffet, which is the way I prefer Indian food, because I am not that well versed in the cuisine, although I love the flavours, There are about 10 hot items on the buffet with a 60/40 split meat / vegetarian options. I loved the butter chicken and the tandoori chicken especially, lamb curry was also very good as was the cauliflower dish. There is also a selection of cold items with some tasty sauces to accompany the dishes. They also bring fresh naan to your table direct fromver the oven which was delicious.

This was our second visit and both times we had the same friendly server, all the staff seems happy to be there and look after you well

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Fabulous with Buffet or a la carte
By wpc33 of Vancouver, BC Canada (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

I have been here with my girlfriend many times. The first was before the buffet was in. Great service, nice atmosphere. Good prices. Not cheap as dirt, but affordable. The food is terrific with the buffet as well. You get hot, fresh naan served multiple times as you eat(it fills you up, but it's heavenly) and the selection is great. Desserts at the buffet too. Highly reccommended.

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Decent buffet
By coconutfan of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

I tried the buffet at All India Sweets & Restaurants for the second time recently. There aren't that many choices but the food was decent for the given choices. Only available desserts are fruits. I still enjoy their butter chicken takeout on a regular basis.

For a $10.95, it was a decent lunch buffet.

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New Year's Dinner!
By Crispy of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

We always like to go out for dinner or lunch on New Year's Day.....usually for sushi. However, this year after reading about how good All India on Davie was, we thought we'd give it a shot after looking at the Christmas lights in Stanley Park. We weren't disappointed! Although the buffet isn't large like some other places, we found the quality of the food was superior. Hot, fresh garlic naan is brought to the table - naan worthy of a second helping! The butter chicken was very good. The buffet featured the usual suspects: aloo gobi, muttar paneer, rice, lamb, another chicken dish, etc. Everything was tasty, and the service was good. It's not a very big restaurant, and we had to squeeze out of our chairs so as not to disturb the diners behind us, but that's just a minor quibble. Definitely will come back!

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Best Indian in Vancouver
By hampton_3 of Surrey, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

You haven't had an Indian curry unless you been to London, England, in my opinion! But, I've searched high and low and this is the best curry in the city and possibly the only restaurant brave enough to cater to my very spicy palate. The chilli chicken is amazing. Don't go for the buffet when you can customize the meal just the way you like it!!And the naans, perfecto!

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Great service, okay food
By lhwagner of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

The service at this place is certainly better than across the street at India Bistro. It's also a better value (more generous portions, somewhat lower prices). But the ambiance can only really be described as tacky (or if you were generous, "homey"). The food is okay, not great. But overall, a good meal with pleasant service is always worth a return visit.

Note to waiters everywhere: Go easy on the cologne, eh?

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Our first time at Gerry's new location...
By bearpupBC of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

We used to go to India Bistro across the street frequently with another couple of friends when we all lived in the West End. Gerry the current host at the All India Restaurant on Davie used to do the same job across the street at India Bistro. So when we found out he'd moved across the street we decided to try his new digs, even if only for the entertainment value the old queen gives along with his warm welcome.

The food was just as good as India Bistro only with more generous portions I think. My partner said his chicken tandoori was better than India Bistro. We will definitely go back to try the buffet at lunch sometime. The atmosphere is a little less comfortable and "authentically Indian" than India Bistro, but the food makes up for it.

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Very good, what more can you ask for?
By Avocado of West End (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2007 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

A previous user said something aboutu "Indian for the masses." That is precisely the kind of Indian food I like. As someone who is half Indian and has had the pleasure of eating at everything from thali stalls at the side of the road to high-end Mumbai restaurants with bills bigger than you'd have at Vij's, all I want sometimes is good, flavorful, no-nonsense Indian food and I found that at the Davie incarnation of the Main Street classic. Suspicious at first, I tried the buffet and loved it. They bring out fresh naan to your table (try the garlic naan!) instead of letting it get stale on the buffet. Another plus is the homemade mint chutney and excellent non-greasy samosas. Their house-made pickle is good too! The mixed veg curry is great. Some of the dishes are better than others but none will disappoint. It's nice having good Indian food in the West End and not having to go all the way to Main.

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