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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. (112 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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Always drive by it
By hungryjo of Vancouver (174 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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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 (138 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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This place goes up and down everytime owners change
By Hungry Hippo Girl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2013 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

I went there a couple of weeks ago for the buffet.

My husband ordered the buffet with the meat for a additional $2. they served him butter chicken, that looked like a cup of water had been put in. I think they keep a seperate pot for the buffet meat that is watered down and cheap.

We considered them to have one of the best butter chicken, but now...thumbs down.

BTW- Just because it is a buffet, it does not mean that you keep old food in there and keep piling the new food in...yuk I found old withered panir mixed in with the fresh one.

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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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Glad to see new owners!
By Yummy22 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

We grew up eating at All India for over 20 years now. We would go shopping at the stores and eat after the shopping. Sometimes we'd go in for a snack with some chai and then the sweets for dessert.
About 5ish years ago, we noticed that the food had taken a nose dive. Last time I ate there was summer of 2010 and the food was very sub-par.

My husband and I went to Main st. today for a little shopping and noticed that only about 50% that were still in business were open (it's tuesday - Main st. takes one day off a week which is tuesday). We stopped in at All India for some appies, chai and dessert.

There weren't many other people in there, just one other couple. But right off the bat our waiter was courteous and very attentive. We had a Delhi Chat, Chole Batture and some chai and it was delicious!! The flavour is back! the use of good quality ingredients is apparent.
Our Waiter came by multiple times to refill our chai and check on everything.

Later we bought some sweets and turned out the gentlemen at the register is the owner. I mentioned the food was great and he mentioned they had taken over about yr and half ago. They had made many and were continuing to make more improvements. (super nice guy!)

Will deff be back for the buffet, and dinner service.

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You're in the (Indian!) army now!!
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (57 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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What happened?
By arrrrffff of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 12:27am [Dine in]

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. =[

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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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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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It is what it is ~
By Mila2201 of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

I like this place and i'll keep going back.
I have read the other reviews and I completely understand what they are talking about when they say the service is bad - it is really awful. Every single time i have been there it takes forever to get anything to drink or to order anything off of the menu - I believe this is because they just expect everyone to order the 'All you can eat' Buffet, so they don't bother going back to tables.
In all fairness, this place is quite busy and I have seen a waiter or two make a noble effort at serving tables.

As for the food - I think the All you can eat buffet is tasty and a good deal. When you are only paying $9.95 - you can't really expect outstanding service.

I would advise people not to order anything off of the menu - it will take forever to come - if at all. If you are brave enough to try - be prepared to be disappointed.

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Best Indian Buffet in Town
By carrotstop of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

My pals and I have been here several times for the buffet. It is all you can eat vegetarian fare that costs $9.95. ooooo-ya~
The following is a couple of dishes that we really liked in descending order:
Alu Gobi
Potato Zucchini (a rare treat)
Mutter Paneer

They usually serve so-so Channa Masala and Daal as well. Heck, try them all and see how they feel on the palate.

End the pig out with Gulab Jamun and rice pudding. I like to drop about 2 balls in a bowl of rice pudding and eat them together. yummmm.

The best part: you can get 20 super yummy samosas for $10. What a steal!!!

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really awful
By zcat of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

The price of the buffet is $9.95! That's pricey for any meal let alone a vegetarian buffet meal. Honestly my biggest complaint is that each time we eat here we noticed a strange rapid bloating after only a small portion. Today it got so bad I was breaking out in a sweat from bloating discomfort after 1 small meal! What do they put in the buffet? Something to make you feel full sooner? The taste is baddd too. The service worse! The servers ignore you each time I've been there with different people and when they do show up they're miserable and return with the wrong orders. The restaurant is not even all that busy today at 4pm. Never going back. Something weird is going on with this place. Very odd.

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