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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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Worst Indian I can remember
By uberkelly of Coal Harbor, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

I got the chicken biryani and it was so incredibly bland, even after telling the waitress we wanted it spicy. I've never gotten bad biryani before. Also got an appetizer of breaded veggies that was ok. The waitress rushed us and wasn't very pleasant. I was mad at myself for wasting my hunger on this place!! Would not go again.

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Dont dare to have Buffet on Mondays
By Perfectcritic of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 11:01pm [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 - 12:23pm [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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Best Indian Buffet in Town
By carrotstop of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 7:05pm [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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Great on a study night
By sometimecook of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Well, the price has gone up by $1.50 since I first visited in 1997, but I think that $8 for all you can eat is a good deal. Dinner includes spiced yogurt raita, fruit and salad bar, rice or naan, a choice of 6 types of vegetarian curry, none of which is especially spicy, but some of the chutneys make up for that... Fresh naan without much butter - the rice is always a little more buttery than I like - and a great gulab jamun (like cheesecake soaked in honey syrup) or sweet rice dessert. The buffet items are never dry on top, and are always hot, refilled frequently at this busy place. I wish things were less oily, but that is inconsistent.

We think the videos are fun to watch, and add to the ambiance. This is a regular family restaurant, not a fine dining place, but the sweets and samosa or cheese patty takeout are great, and the buffet is good value. We've never actually ordered from the menu, and so the service on the self-serve buffet has always been great! The waiters are regularly polite, and I don't really demand much of a waiter. All they do for me here is seat me and bring the bill.

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Barfi!
By AhuraMazda of East Van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 12:28am [Dine in]

I've only eaten a meal here once. It was okay, the service was fine...nothing worth noting. What is worth noting is that they carry the best barfi, rasgullah, etc in town. Prices are comparable to what others in the area charge but the richness of the desserts is miles beyond. The barfis are luxurious, dense, disgustingly good creations, the rasgullahs not only drip with honey but show a distinct paneer influence that many other Punjabi Market rasgullash do not. The barfis exhibit this quality as well, making a showcase of the almond, pistacio or whichever in addition to sating your sweet tooth. I visit All India frequently...I just don't sit down and eat so much.

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Love those movies
By hungrydog of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 12, 2006 - 10:43pm [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 - 9:34pm [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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New Management with No Hospitality!
By psaropoula of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2006 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

We used to take the whole family out for dinner here, and it was here that we created some wonderful memories with our kids. Unfortunately, the place we used to know, no longer exists. The restaurant is still there, the food is still excellent [although the portions are smaller for the price, than they used to be] .... but the last time we were there, the management was so UTTERLY rude, mercenary and money gouging, it made us lose our appetite. No, it isn't the same place anymore and we won't be back. Too sad.

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Decent for the Price
By Crispy of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

For the money, this is a good place for a quick, curry-infused meal. The vegetarian buffet offers the basic choices of rice, naan, chapati, vegetable dishes, and my seven year-old son's favourite item: mutter paneer (peas and cheese). A basic salad bar is also among the offerings. It's fun to go with a group of people. The metal trays are kinda of reminiscent of prison cuisine, though. After dinner, go back up to the buffet for the deep-fried dough balls in syrup (I'm sorry - the name escapes me!) I sure do love those. And I can't leave All India without a little box of the sweets. Granted, they are an acquired taste, some are kind of chalky, but that's how they're supposed to taste! I really like 'em!!! We've always found the staff very friendly, especially the fellow who called my son "Mr. Cheese!" because of his fondness for the Mutter Paneer!

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won't go back
By julieface of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

I love the food at this restaurant and have suffered through the horrible service each time I've gone just for the eats.

Last time was simply just too much. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy, and my table of 3 waited 20 minutes for the waiter to come around and get our drink order. By this time we were ready to order food, and let the waiter know when he came to take our drink order.

"Just a minute," he says, "I'll be right back." Okay. 10 minutes later he brought our drinks and he still wouldn't take our food order. After another 10 minutes of sitting there, watching him joke around with his co-workers behind the bar, we left money for our drinks and left.

Really, I'm a patient person, and EVERY time I've gone here the service is so terrible, each time worse than the last. Why would they act this way when there's so much competition, even just down the block?

I wish there was a lower rating possible for service, they deserve it for losing this loyal customer.

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Prices Rising
By sandyz of Yaletown (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 6:45pm [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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Good Cheap Indian Food
By jazmina of east vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 11:26pm [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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Try it for yourself before passing it by.
By kels of New West (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 10:07am [Dine in]

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.

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decent, but not nearly as good as their davie location
By goatcheese of kitsilano, vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

i came here during an indian all you can eat buffet spree (i tried himalaya, all india (main) and all india (davie) over the course of 1 incredibly filling weekend.

their food was good but not nearly as amazing as their davie street location. it's hard to believe that the two are sister restaurants considering how different they are. for starters the ambiance is like an old Dennies- which isn't bad but don't take a date here if you're trying to impress them.

the buffet is vegetarian and is served on metal mess-hall style plates which is kind of cool.

if you have a choice- go for himalaya down the block. while it is equally lacking in ambiance, they have more spice in their food. himalaya has a very authentic indian flavour while the curries at all india taste a bit bland.

overall decent- but i will probably not go back.

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It's Downhill Food Time
By GastroGene of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 10:42am [Dine in]

Disappointing, disappointing, disappointing. What used to be a good allucaneat has deteriorated into a 'don't care if you don't come back because of the service' kind of a place. I hope this restaurant doesn't bring down the other ethnic restaurants in the neighborhood. Food has become average, smaller in serving but what is truly horrendous is the staff and lack of service. No more, no more, no more. I don't even want to know what goes on behind the scenes here.

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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 - 11:43pm [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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Glad to see new owners!
By Yummy22 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:37am [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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On the Weekend
By reviewer12900 of Surrey B C (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

i went to this restaurant with my friends last night and i must say im surprised how good its gotten sice the new management. the food was outstanding and service was also outstanding. the buffet was fresh and tasty and the movies and music were good. I am looking forward to going again

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really awful
By zcat of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 8:33pm [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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