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New India Buffet & Restaurant

805 W Broadway, #105
Vancouver, BC V5Z1K1
Tel: (604) 874-5800 Order Online
Neighbourhood: West Side

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Egg Curry! Yum!
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

Food: there are 40 diff't food selection if you include the chutneys, fruit, jello etc. overall the food selection and taste was good. i enjoy that i can have salad and fruit to balance out the meal. they had this egg curry which we thought was unique. i didnt find the naan greasy as some reviewers had posted, but i do agree it's a little burnt. my b/f didnt particularly enjoy the chili chicken as he thought the taste was a bit off...either not marinated enough or frozen for too long... some dishes ran low for a bit and was not refilled until the end of our meal.

Service: for the most part it really is self serve, but the waiter greeted and seated us promptly. he was attentive, filling our water jug, clearing away our plates and checking up on us at least 3X during our seated period. you do have to pay upfront (we learned this by reading reviews and watching the other patrons)

Value: dinner was $14.95 and we used our entertainment book coupon saving $11. i think dinner buffet on broadway for this price is good value. we left stuffed!

Ambiance: spacious and clean. very casual feel. TVs in various areas. there were a few larger tables which they can accommodate due to their large seating area.

Overall: i thought this place was pretty solid. as others have mentioned, the lunch is prob the best deal since it's pretty much the same selection at the lunch price.

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Umm... kind of ... sucked
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Went there for the dinner, looks like buffet only. $15 now.
Told "no water". What??? Excuse was the turbid water lately. Huh. Didn't seem to stop the other places we went to that week. Even if true, they had the gall to charge $2.75 for cheapy bottled water. Service...uh...not that friendly, but not rude either.

Food, most of it was okay actually. For a buffet. But not for an Indian buffet at $15. Decent food, not good value for sure. Selection isn't that amazing, since about half of it is a kind of salad bar + jello and stuff which is not even Indian.
They didn't even have cups/bowls for any of the watery stuff. Not sure where the cutlery went, especially the small dessert stuff. (Look, you just can't eat goopy rice pudding with your hands). They had some apples, oranges for fruit, some of the oranges were mouldy already.

Restaurant is actually okay clean, that's about the best I can say. There are much better Indian places to go. Wouldn't go back.

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Could be better
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 11:45am [Dine in]

Five of us went to the New India Buffet for lunch and found ourselves a nice table with a view....this place is larger than you think but the meal was somewhat disappointing. The problem with buffets is the food sits in a steam table and either becomes lukewarm because it is there too long or it takes too much time to go down the line and get back to your table. There is a good variety at this buffet but most of the food was mediocre......I would prefer higher quality with fewer items. The Chai tea had a nice flavour and there was a good selection of chutneys. There was no service to speak of, you helped yourself to tea/water and cleaned your own table. All this place needs is a good manager to sort out the problems and it would do a whole lot better.

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Went there with high expectations maybe? Beautiful location though.
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

We were on a mission to find a good indian buffet restaurant. An indian friend recommended this place so I had high expecations on my mind. I've eaten lots of indian food but I'm no expert. But I do know what's good and what's not.
This place was a little tricky to find, nestled inside a plaza. You will have to go inside the plaza, it's not on the outside where you can see them from Broadway. I must say, the restaurant is gorgeously decorated. The view is breaktaking if you sit further in on the booths. You could see the downtown bulidings/lights and BC Place. As for food, there were so many varieties that make me very excited. I'm so used to small indian buffet selections. They have salads, veggies and jello. For entre, there was at least 6 different curries, pakora, samosa, spring roll, curry veggies, lentils, etc. For indian dessert, they had sweet rice and gulab jamun. A reviewer was raving about their gulab jamun and I was kind of wondering what's the big deal until I tried one myself. It was a little bit chewy (like cheese consistency) and lightly sweetened. Ok, so I tried almost everything but lamb curry. I really appreciate how there are so many choices of food but I think they are lacking a little quality. Everythings tasted just ok, not phenomenal or memorable. I was abit disappointed with butter chicken because I LOVE butter chicken. The sauce tasted like neither butter nor tomato-y. The naan bread was flat and abit dry. But their jasmine rice was very fragrant and nice.
If you like chai tea, they're additional cost but refills are free.
Weekend prices for buffet dinner is $16.95pp. Not a good deal for me since I don't eat that much and they're not flavor worthy.
Service was average; they're always around to clear plates. Also I noticed that they're quite strict with health and sanitary regulations which is great.

3/5

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not bad
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 10:00am [Dine in]

Came for a going-away dinner for a friend (it was his favorite pig-out place).

The food is pretty good for a buffet, but not remarkable. The naan and the butter chicken are solid, the lamb curry, curried vegetables and chili chicken are okay.

The room is clean and bright, and service is pretty much as you'd expect from a buffet (self serve, with bussers coming by to pick up your dirty plates).

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Uncomfortably filling
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

First of all, they raised their prices for dinner buffet, which is why I gave them a 2 for value. Although I understand that it isn't easy to make money off buffets, my indian friend says indian food is cheap to make (especially veg curries). Their website says it's $13.95 for dinner, but my total for 2 came to $35 (no drinks).

I admit, some curries were very tasty, but the fav butter chicken was not your normal chicken breast chunks in butter curry. Instead, I can only assume, they used their left-over tandoori chicken as the meat was red in color.

I had 1 1/2 small plates of food and was literally stuffed until midnight - uncomfortably stuffed. Yes, my fault for eating until I was that full, but thinking back, it wasn't that much food. Not sure what it was.

However, I did like that fact that they had a wide selection and they also offered fruits as an option. Maybe that's their trick to meet the advertised 40-item buffet menu.

Service was pretty non-existent. They sat us and basically left us alone. We bussed our own dishes and even walked up our to get our bill.

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Possibly the cleanest restaurant I have seen in a while.
By stripperdj of east vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:55am [Dine in]

Located on the corner of Oak and Broadway,in the stripmall.
First off,did I say how clean it was?
Very clean. Nice to see.
And for 16 dollars for the dinner buffet, a hell of a deal.Over 40 dishes to try. I tried it all,and loved it.
came to 38 bucks for 2 people with a drink,so that seemed right to me.
I didnt find anythjing overly spicy,but lets keep in mind,it is an indian restaurant,and what do they use in indian food people? Thats right,SPICES.

On a whole,well worth it,and I would reccomend it highly.
PS Servers are very attentive,and quick.

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Very Casual
By A Fatty of North Burnaby, BC (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 1:21am [Dine in]

The food here is pretty good, considering it is All You Can Eat for less than $10. I do not see why the other reviewers say this place is terrible. This place is very casual, and lets you choose where to sit, and best of all, choose what you want to eat! They have excellent curry, and probably the best selection you will come across in Vancouver. I would definitely come back.

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Good vegetarian selections, meat dishes not so great
By priggly of Coquitlam (73 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 4, 2010 - 10:54am [Dine in]

I dined at this restaurant on a Wednesday afternoon. It is well located on West Broadway and has a great view of the Vancouver skyline to the north.

The food selections were varied and included a number of both meat and vegetable dishes. I found the latter much better than the former which lacked spiciness and taste. The vegetarian dishes included a wonderful cole slaw, an excellent kachumber salad, tasty potato salad which was seasoned just right and a purely delightful tomato and onion salad. The naan bread was also very good.

There were also two tasty drinks available: peach nectar and mango lemonade. Both were lovely.

Overall, I enjoyed this buffet and partook mainly of the vegetable offerings. If you keep that factor in mind and opt less for the butter chicken and other meat dishes, you will enjoy it, too!

I might add, in closing, the price was very reasonable.

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What is up with all the negative posts?
By semipicky of Vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 3:55am [Dine in]

Lunchtime buffet is good value ($12) dinnertime ($~16) Go for lunch instead, they have a "promotional" spiced tea at that time. Only differences I saw in their dinner buffet was that they replaced the chili chicken with tandoori chicken (both are just okay) What's impressive about this restaurant/buffet, is the ambiance, very spacious, roomy and has a great view. (outside sitting area too) Mango lassis are overpriced and nothing special;no spices or anything ($4 for small glass). Buffet selection is excellent, there really are over 40 items to choose from. Starting from the appetizers, there are a lot of cold salads to choose from, chutneys and yogurt. The cold salads are actually pretty good for an india buffet. The naan is alright, it's usually burned but at least it's thin and chewy. I love the meat in the curries, the chicken is tender and not overcooked, the lamb is succulent and tasty. The "samosas" or tiny triangular spring rolls are fresh and really crispy and not as oily as you'd expect. Yogurt curry, butter chicken, saag paneer are really good. My favourite dish is the gulab jamun (dessert balls), there is so many but they are always so fresh. Rich and creamy!

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A hidden gem
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Just got back with the missus for an impromptu night out. I've been meaning to try this place for a while and I'm Glad I finally did.
This place has a GREAT buffet. The dishes are as good as any a la carte items, they are all tasty and have a good amount of heat to them. Too many Indian places cook to the lowest common denominator when it comes to spice, but not this place, very bold flavours. You know a sauce is real when you find whole cardamom pods in it! High lights are the Beef Korma and the Tandoori, which isn't dry for once! A nice Chai tea (authentic again) and some Golub jamin w/ saffron rice and rice pudding for dessert and wow, $12.95
I'll be back. P.S. their balcony has a nice view of the d/t lights to boot!

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food was cold in the buffet!
By redfish of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

Tried this place for the first time and am unlikely to go back.

Butter chicken was so so; other dishes were better but nothing was warm! Pity as there was big selection, including several salads, and fresh fruit, complimentary chai and a view from the window tables. Water left at table, so not too much service is needed but the servers were there to clear the plates etc. they really need to check the warmers though.

Oh, and parking if $4 per hr. during the day; free evenings and weekends but a rip if you go for a weekday lunch.

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Buffet is not worth $16.95.
By i ate it of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 1, 2011 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

I went there on a Friday night at around 6pm. The restaurant was tidy, there was always someone removing plates and tending to the buffet. I can't complain about the ambiance, but there was nothing special about it.

I sampled a number of different things from the buffet. The butter chicken was the best, it went nicely with the papadum. The rest went downhill from there. The matar paneer was ok. The yogurt curry had a burnt taste while the spinach didn't have a taste. The naan was a little dense and dried out. The vegtable pakora was formed in little, dense golf sized balls. They committed a crime against samosas by wrapping the filling in springroll wrapper. They tasted like greasy springroll.

For dessert, you could choose from 3 varieties of jell-o (which all tasted the same), rice pudding, and a runny yogurt. I was underwhelmed. My boyfriend discovered what appeared to be a curly nosehair in a cube of orange jell-o. We don't know what it was, but there it was, suspended for all to see in its jiggling orange glory.

We used an entertainment book coupon which incorrectly states, "Buy one dinner entree, get one free (with a value of $11)". The host stated that in fact the coupon was for $11 off. So we ended up paying about $13 each. Not worth it. Certainly not worth the $16.95 each it would have cost us for a regularly priced Friday night. Ouch!

I won't be returning, there is better Indian food to be had in Vancouver.

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Worst Butter Chicken Ever
By koopa of Burnaby (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2007 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

My Co-Workers and I ordered some food for pick up. When I ordered, I specifically asked them to make the butter chicken Hot & Spicy.
The butter chicken wasn't even mild, it was literally SWEET. It was the worst butter chicken I ever had. The consistency of the sauce was good but it didn't matter when it tastes like somebody dumped SUGAR into it. The rich was okay I guess. The naan bread was above average. But overall, because of the butter chicken I will not be coming back. The interior of the place looked good too.
I actually noticed that somebody else here also mentioned that the butterchicken was sweet. It was a bad food experience for me. I didn't go there to have dessert!!

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Dishonest restaurant will never go there again!
By breadtree of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

We bought a coupon from Swarmjam $20 for $40 value. No where in the coupon says that it's only valid for 1 buffet price. 4 of us went and had buffet and expected the total bill to be 4 buffet price less the $40. However they ended up charging us 2 full buffet price and told us that the coupon which is $40 can only be used towards 1 free buffet. Their buffet price was $16.95 which means they only deducted $33.90 when the total value was $40. We disputed it and said it's not in the terms and conditions of the coupon and said we'd complain to swarmjam. They said they don't care and we can go complain all we want. We ended up paying over $60 for 4 people buffet.

Honestly the buffet is the worst I've even had in any Indian restaurant. The selection is few and the dinner menu is exactly the same as lunch menu (so why are we paying $16.95 for $12.95 menu)? Even worse, they've cut out free juice and chai tea and you have to pay extra to get anything to drink. The curries are bad and the tandoori chicken was the worst ever! It's worth about $8 at most and charging $16.95 per person is insane.

I'll never go back to the restaurant again because of their poor food quality, poor service and most of all dishonesty. I'd not recommend anyone to go there unless you want your happy evening to turn into a disaster.

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Dishonest people and disappointing experience.
By susan123 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 29, 2011 - 11:52am [Dine in]

We purchased $19 for $40 credit from Wagjag to use in the New India Buffet and Restaurant. The restaurant wouldn't accept our coupon saying that it was only good for buffet even though we spent $15 each on the dinner items (total $75 for five people). No way on the coupon did it say anything about that but they insisted that was the case. So we paid the full amount and on return home, we went online to check and the term was the coupon was not valid for alcoholic drinks only (which we didn't order at all). So they lied.

It is now apparent the New India restaurant just wanted to use the promotion offered by Wagjag and other companies for free advertising, but they will not honor the coupons that their customers have already paid for online. So I called up Wagjag and asked for a refund and I was advised they will refund my money once they ascertained the coupon hasn't been redeemed. Fair enough.

New India restaurant's menu stipulates a minimum of $15 for each person (if not taking the buffet) and the dishes are very small compared to other Indian restaurants. There are many Indian restaurants that offer good food, good value and honest business. Mezbaan on Kingsway is my favorite.

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Great food with a great view
By nalrawi of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

I went there for lunch and thought the food was great for the price. There was a nice variety of curries and also salad and a very tasty desert. Also, the drinks were included with the meal, including a very tasty spiced tea. The restaurant, including the restrooms (which is always a sign for me of overall cleansliness) were perfectly clean and the view of downtown was just beautiful. Service was great. I have nothing to complain about and I definately will come back. Don't know what those bad reviews are about...

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Once was enough!
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I had heard good things about New India, and with a coupon in hand I couldn't resist. The food was overly spicy and not overly flavourful. I've definitely had better Indian buffet, and was quite disappointed. I say the service was poor mainly because we stood around awkwardly upon entering the place... Do we seat ourselves? We waited a while for someone to assist. Our server was very friendly but easily confused. Then comes the 'bill', which I never actually saw; it was far more expensive than I was expecting, especially considering the coupon. After looking at other reviews on this site, it made sense that an automatic gratuity of 15-20% was added, but I cannot confirm that this did happen. Regardless, it was far more expensive than I felt reasonable.

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Check your bill before you pay
By restaurantfood of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 18, 2010 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

Watch Out!! 2 things to be careful about. 1. When paying, remember to request for receipt/bill. If you don't ask, they don't give so this means they only give you the visa receipt. This means, they may not claim the income to CRA. 2. When using Entertainment coupon, check the bill before tipping- they may add the tip for you. This happened to me and they didn't tell me they did and when I asked about it, they said it's industry standard to do that. Well, that was my first and I've been using Entertainment coupons for awhile already. I can see them adding tip if we come as a big group of 6 or more, but we were less than that.
Food is good but don't feel good that they aren't that honest.

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Big Selection but Terrible Food
By Ryu69 of burnaby and vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

Went to this place a couple of weeks ago before heading downtown to enjoy some olympic festivities. All I can say is the food is terrible. Everything seem to have a spiciness to it, but bland flavor. All the curries were bland, tandoori chicken was dry, the naan bread wasn't very good either. the best part was the pasta and potato salads. I usually go to Saffron in burnaby. Love that place, especially with the fresh naan brought to your table.

If you are looking for bland food that sits there all day, then this is your place.

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