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All India Sweets & Restaurant

6507 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5X3H1
Tel: (604) 327-0891
Fax: (604) 324-0396
Neighbourhood: Sunset

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Nasty
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

Went there in February for lunch. The buffet was over $10 and I felt totally ripped off and i was hungry when I left. Service was almost nil.

The food was a few bad curries in warming trays but it was all cold - health dpt?? I would not eat anythign there that was not cooked so the salad were out. Naan was hard and the papadom things had some nasty seed in them.

All in all I wanted my money back. I get better meals for free when I walk into any Indian temple.

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Average Indian Food
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch and passed on the buffet, which at $11 seems like a good deal but some of the offerings were not to our liking. Ended up ordering 3 items off the menu. Butter Chicken - nice rich taste and average amount of chicken, Lamb with spinach - very nice smooth taste, and Chlli chicken - medium spicy with good flavours. Ordered rice and naan as well. Service was just ok as most of the restaurants went to the buffet. Value was good but the restaurant could use a bit of a facelift. Overall just OK.

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Not Bad
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 11:15am [Dine in]

I usually go here when it isn't too busy, otherwise I head over to Himalaya next door. The food in both places is similar, but AIS costs slightly more. The ambience is a bit better too, and there seem to be more servers. I like to go with a group and share entrees, but I have tried the buffet. The food is not bad, but I suspect not like you would get in India. They have a huge selection of sweets, and so it is worth a visit even if you aren't having dinner.

Not bad. Like I said in my review of Himalaya, it is good for a fill-up, and not for the gourmet crowd. As for the butter chicken, it is just like next door, and I wonder if the two places share a kitchen ;)

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Doable if you're starving
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (148 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

buffet left a lot to be desired for 10 bucks at lunch. There was some salad stuff, cabbage, raw veggies etc. I was with an Indian guy who said only eat cooked and spicy stuff so I'm not stupid. All that was left was a couple of curries, rice, bread and papdums that weren't really great. The bread was in a warmer and hard at the edges. THe only real good curry was the yogurt one. The other bean and peas ones were not great. All of the food was cold even thought it was in a warmer -scary. There were chunks of crunchy rice in the rice container.

Dessert was the not pleasant Indian rice pudding, some kind of dyed yellow candied rice and gulab jamin, that was weird inside. I just had a gulab jamin. I probably ate about $1.50 of food, but I got to pay $10. If I ever had to go there again I'd order off the menu.

I also remember this place being busy, but it was dead. Mostly white people. All in all, not good signs.

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Always drive by it
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

Finally get to try this place because I drive by it all the time. I didn't know until I stepped in and found out that their place is very cafetaria like. They have booths and tables and everything is kinda old. They have a nice dessert isle in the front and a veggie buffet ($9.95) at the back. I ordered the butter chicken (costed more than avg) w/ naan and rice, nothing special though.

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Average at best
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

Having coming here several times as friends enjoy their vegetarian buffet, I instead usually stick to their other menu choices.

It's pretty close to home on a busy intersection corner and has a steady stream of customers at any given time. Decor has a family restaurant feel to it. However, this is one of those times where just because the same ethnic group dines here doesn't mean it's good.

Prices are competitive and they use steel serving plates, al la cafeteria style. The Curries, Lamb Saag, Vindaloo and Butter Chicken are good if the bulk of your East Indian dining experience comes out of a jar from the grocery store, as if they mixed in store bought stuff with their own to make up the difference in volume and taste. The saag has been bland on a couple of visits as was the Biryani. The naan is good and freshly made, however. Portions are just ample enough. I've only had the buffet once and it was mediocre.

The water that comes looks suspect usually, so I prefer to order drinks here. The Lassi and Mango Shake aren't bad although understated to the tastebuds. The sodas are low on volume.

Service is slow but the servers are friendly.

There are a couple of other Indian restaurants closer to home, and I'd say I'd prefer those instead.

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Cheap and Okay
By Bobeater of East Vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

All India Sweets and Restaurant is an okay place to enjoy a all you can eat Indian Buffet. When I went there for lunch, the service was slow, the food was cold and the quality was much to choose from. Maybe some curry and rice, some Naan and some veggies and that was mainly it. For under $6, yeah you get what you paid for. However, the samosas were better.

Two for a dollar is a good deal to me and they are quite big. I really enjoy the fried cottage cheese one. Yummy!

I never tried the sweets thought, I been told that they are very sweet and really good. I'm not a person who like sweets. They do look good under the sneeze guard or lack of one. They are literally right next to the door in a almost glass case....?

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You're in the (Indian!) army now!!
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

WE loooove this place! The metal trays for the buffet remind me of an army chow line! The food in the buffet is passable and the value is outstanding considering that dessert buffet is included. They have later hours and when you roll in with a hungry group this place hits the mark.
If you order of the menu the food is actually very good but not as good as say, near by Himilaya or Nirvana ( personal fave).

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There Are Better
By ChinaMan of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 12:55am [Dine in]

I've had their indian buffet here for lunch before, and it was rather disappointing. I noticed that most of their curries were unflavorful and were quite watery, at least thats how it was on the day that I went with my friends. If you prefer a vegetarian buffet with meat, there are MUCH better alternatives out there; such as, Samosa Garden and Saffron, just do a search on Dinehere. They are much better.

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Good Cheap Indian Food
By jazmina of east vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Well if you are looking for the best Indian food in town don't go here go to Jolly's or one of your favorites. If you want a good buffet, go to all india sweets. I've been there twice and enjoyed it both times you can't beat $12 for dinner. We had the buffet both times and ordered their partha naan bread it was really yummy.

I know I will be back! You can't beat it for what it is.

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insta-headache
By flip of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

Over the years, I have eaten as this restaurant many times. It's no frills; most people choose the buffet, so the wait staff has little to do; the sweets seem quite good. The buffet is affordable, and ok. The problem is, each time I have eaten there over the past couple of years, I have come away with an instant headache. Eventually, I became suspicious. It's quite the blinding headeache, and once it triggered a three day migraine attack. Why eat there again? I wouldn't, but I recently forgot my own warning.

A friend of mine likes the place, so I keep finding myself back there. Every time, without fail, the headache. I have googled this, and it seems the most likely cause would be MSG; not the sort of thing one expects from an Indian restaurant, especially in Vancouver.

I have to say, if MSG is being added to the buffet, it seems like an insult.

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Enjoyable lunch
By 1tanaka of South Delta (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

A group of 10 of us had an enjoyable lunch at the All India Restaurant. We enjoyed a healthy selection of many of the items at the vegetarian buffet and left the restaurant feeling full and satisfied. We would definitely return. The added bonus was that we were able to to purchase the online coupons that reduced the cost of the lunch to $4/person.

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Never ever again
By TERRACE of VANCOUVER (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

SO i used to go to this place all the time in 2006. But new management has thrown this poor restaurant 10 ft under. I went there wednesday with friends to check out their buffet and the food tasted old. The service was very poor. Couldnt get the servers attention to order coke. I give them a one for poor food because it tasted like last weeks leftovers. A one for service because the server did not come back to check on us at all. Ambiance- this place needs a face lift. Needs some heavy dusting and repairing done. The booths the wall the pictures all look very vintage. ITs almost like cafeteria style. Would not suggest this place to a friend. However have been to ALL INDIA davie which is under a whole different management team and that place rocks solid. Also been to ALL INDIA Robson, they too have no management correlation with ALL INDIA main street...Robsons also a good place to eat.

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Dont dare to have Buffet on Mondays
By Perfectcritic of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

I am a very picky about the quality, professionally and personally. I don't rate a restaurant unless I have been to the same restaurant atleast 10 times on different days and time / weather. I have been to this restaurant on weekends and have eaten it for 10 bucks, no offense for that. But unfortunately this time I went on a very wrong day, Monday. I went for veggie buffet. This time the food tasted like it was a left over of sunday. Still I dared to eat it as I cant live starving on the busy workday. After having the food, I had very tough time when I reached home. (You can understand what I mean). I cannot even give 0 rating to this restaurant (The web designer needs to provide dropdown option for neg rating), it will not be justice to me. All I can say is for this restaurant, Mondays are good days for your enemies to go.

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All India good value
By Winnipegger of Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 11:23am [Dine in]

I have eaten at All India for serveral years and it has been consistantly good to great tasting food for good value. Lamb Saag, Butter Chicken & Chicken Tandoori are my favorites. Samosa are cheap and tasty too ! The place has TV sets with old to new Indian music videos playing, some poeple don't like it but my son and I love the ambiance this provides. He also loves the mango lassie. Additionally the staff remember's regulars and show their apprieciation of your patronage. I would highly recommend All India as your Indian family restaurant of choice !

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Love those movies
By hungrydog of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 12, 2006 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Just DO NOT have the allucaneat buffet! Order food items off the menu and you will get really decent food. We always grab a couple of samosas to go when we leave. We love the ambiance created by the insane dance movies that are constantly showing.

Sometimes the service is superb and other times it is pretty poor. It is still worth it though just because of the movies. The buffet is pretty sad; the food looks like it has been poured out of buckets. If you order from the menu it is so delicious!

One thing I don't understand is why the water they bring to the tables smells like it was dipped out of someones swimming pool.

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Still good...
By Emileigh of Point Grey, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 2, 2006 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

I definitely don't doubt what others have repeatedly noted here about the dismal service, but... I guess I am fortunate that I didn't receive the same treatment. True, the servers weren't very outgoing, but I didn't feel ignored or insulted at any time.
I agree the food quality isn't what I remember, but it is still very good and portions are decent for the price; I had leftovers for $15 of masala rajma, rice, naan, and chai. We also had a samosa for appetizer; I wouldn't say they were out of this world but they were good.
Something strange must be going on with the management for service to be so uneven. Hmmm...

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Dear Owners,
By DineOutPrincess of Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

When your restaurant is consistently receiving reviews of terrible service it is time to look at what you are doing and make some changes!

I have seen first hand what the other reviewers here are talking about the couple of times I went to All India Sweets on Main - both times I did not receive any table service nor could I attain the attention of the wait staff so no drinks were purchased. I have not returned after giving it a second chance because this makes me feel like I am not welcome in this restaurant. Which is sad and terrible for business, so so much revenue is being lost here by not having enough polite and attentive wait staff on to handle the floor!

One huge revenue loss comes from people not being able to order and the other massive revenue loss comes from customers never returning to or referring your establishment to others.

A suggestion that may help is to, at the very least, ask the customers as they arrive if they are there for the buffet or to order from the menu then seat the menu customers in one area of the floor while the buffet customers are seated nearer the buffet. This will make it easy for your wait staff to know which customers require more attention but is certainly not an excuse to ignore the buffet customers! They still need to have the option of ordering refreshments and feeling welcomed. It is the customers that pay you after all, treat them with warmth and respect and your business will flourish!

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Cheap and okay
By americangraffiti of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for a vegetarian buffet and can control yourself to eating just one plate or a plate and a half (so you don't feel disgustingly full) you can enjoy a meal here. Don't expect high quality food, but it's passably good for a reasonable price. The mango lassis are very good (and a good deal!) at All India.

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Prices Rising
By sandyz of Yaletown (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Not as much of a deal as it used to be. The food okay; the servers smile. Two years ago we'd make the trip from downtown to eat here. The price, though, has risen steadily and now it's not worth the trip. Great if you all you want is a few items to gorge yourself with.

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