All Indian offers a buffet and assortment of Indian sweets.
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. =[
Tried this place when some friends came to town. We thought it may be a good choice since there were so many customers. Unfortunately, our party of four found the place to be very lacking in food preparation. Dishes were bland, and very poor renditions of classic Indian dishes. Their Palak Paneer was substandard to say the least, it tasted like spinach baby food. Samosas had potato filling with no seasoning. The Butter Chicken and Malai Kofta tasted like canned Chef Boyardee sauce with ghee. The only decent menu item we found was the mango lassi. The staff are insufficient and not attentive (had to constantly be waiting and reminding them to get things for us). The food is very overpriced (our bill was neighboring 80 dollars with tip). Would not recommend and will surely not give it another try since we ordered different things and they were all consistently very bad. Plenty of other places with much much better and cheaper Indian food. It is absolutely appalling that this place has so many customers and that it continues to stay in business.
i went this restaurant many times, I love there food but service of this place get bad each time i go there.
So this i decided to ask the waiter about the service and the answer was this, there are around 50 tables in the restaurant and every this is run by only 2 waiters, and the third one will clean the table and make the customer sit.
so i figured out that the restaurant manger are not hiring any one else to save the money so every thing has to be done by these 3 people. drinks food. And if u know how big is the restaurant ,its really very hard to maintain by three people.
i don't see anything to blame on the poor waiters they keep on running all the time serving, till i was there.
at last i love their food
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.
I like this restaurant, when I am feeling for inexpensive good food. I love the flavours of their food and the price can't be beat. We usually get the buffet and then add some stuff from the menu, either samosas or tandoori or some such. The gulab jamun are good but I would skip the saffron sweet rice, doesn't really have any flavour. Then, usually pick up sweets on the way out. The decor and ambiance is pretty much missing, but the food makes up for it. Not where we go to impress friends etc, but, when I want good, cheap fast Indian, it is a solid choice.
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.
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:
Potato Zucchini (a rare treat)
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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