All Indian offers a buffet and assortment of Indian sweets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ;)
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.
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....?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
All India Sweets and Restaurant may be lacking ambiance, I'll agree with other reviewers here. The service that is not in your face all the time, but there when you need it. The vegetarian buffet is pretty good! Obviously buffet food isnt going to be the crem de la crem, but what do you honestly expect for all you can eat for about $8? The Naan is usually very moist and fresh, and if you get some that is a bit crusty like one of the other reviewers had, then just ask for some fresh stuff. Its usually brought out every couple of minutes anyways. The butter chicken is the best that I have tried thus far. Try it, and then decide for yourself. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
I used to live a block from the restaurant, so I went there a lot. I love their samosas, which are good and cheap. They've always given me chutney with them.
I don't really like the buffet, but that's personal choice. When I go out to eat I prefer meat dishes to vegetarian, so I usually go to the Himalaya restaurant instead. The butter chicken -- my favourite -- is always good and inexpensive.
My only real issue is the service. It's not slow and I always get the right food, but they just aren't very pleasant.
They do have an amazing selection of bharfi, if only I liked it :(
Since I was a child, I've always passed this place. In my freshman year I started going because of their fantastic vegetarian samosas which were only two for $1 and they gave free chutney. The spices and stuffing was heavenly. For once and place fried food without burning it. The crust was golden crispy and tender at the same time. It was so damn good!!! Later on I started trying their buffet for $8 (I think it was) and that was good value. I even took my mom there once.
Now the samosas have gone to something like $0.80 each, which is still decent but they charge tax now unless you buy 6 or more. You have to ASK to get chutney and the samosas are much smaller. The stuffing is mostly potato and they cut down on their spices.
Okay, stop being to cheap you say...
Let's go to the dining area. What the hell happened? The buffet area is dirty, the naan is soggy, the entrées are soggy and mush, I dare not touch the salad bar and the washroom really has gone down the tubes. I gave them a second chance and dined-in à la carte with my dad. You literally get a cup's worth of entrée and after buying some rice the meal's not even filling for such a high price. I felt like I was drinking gravy. Where was the meat?
Service, however, was impeccable. The waitress talked to us and was genuine. But hey, isn't that her job? Good serve = tips. I can't say that for the kitchen.
Bye bye childhood memory. =[
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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