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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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I really did love the spice tea...
By Von_Delroy of New Westminster (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

Things I liked about it: (a) The view of the snow covered mountains, (b) the sweet spice tea, and (c) the Gulab Jamuns.

The things I didn't like about it: (a) The food - almost every dish is sub par - every curry pretty much tastes the same. The chili chicken was red on the outside and hard and yellow on the inside, which means they took some stale chicken dish and turned it into something new. (b) The old lady from the kitchen who started to toss/molest the rice with her bare hand (I am sure she had good intentions, but it was hard to watch). (c) The unshaved cashier who sat at the bar/counter as if he was sitting in his own living room. (d) The washroom (which was clean) that you have to climb a flight of stairs to get to.

There is always a certain level of tackiness associated with Indian restaurants of this price range, which I can overlook. However, the food was atrocious - which I cannot. Not going back.

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A miserable dining experience
By Nighthawk of Delta [Ladner] (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 7:27am [Dine in]

In the interests of full rank and fair disclosure I have dined at this place prior to this most recent visit, but always with a 2 for 1 coupon, and on the very basis of value my expectations were always tempered and not particularily high.

Indeed these expectations were never disappointed in that the experience was at best marginally passable. This time though even if both meals were complimentary I would have paid too much for them.

As west as stated in a previous review there was zero meat in the method chicken, lamb, and beef selections. In fact these selections could better be characterized as soup.." and thin soup at that.

The vegetarian dishes were a little better if only because of their honesty as to their ingredients.

The service was non-existent or more fairy whatever service was provided was perfunctory and ungracious.

I would also confirm that the place does lack integrity as we were seated prior to dinner hour but charged dinner-rate.

In all I would never go back even if the meals were both provided at no cost. As a postscript it hard for me to attach any credibility to the few positive reviews that this place attracts.

And as a further postscript I am very forgiving with respect to my reviews....I can review a restaurant in a proper context including considering its value. That stated, I will never return to this place...it's that bad.

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Good location, food is not special
By jcont of Kitsilano, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Let me start off by saying that the location and size of this restaurant are the strongest points for New India Buffet. Located right near a bustop on Broadway, it's convenient for easy access by bus/RAV. However, if you're craving exceptional Indian food, this is not the place to go. We went here on a Friday night and the place was very busy, with lots of university students. The lineup at the buffet was long and by the time you got to the curries, there was a LOT of sauce and very little meat left. This was especially true for everyone's favorite dish, butter chicken. There was also a shortage of naan all night long and when the tray arrived from the kitchen, it was immediately snapped up by a long line of people who were waiting. There are very few dessert options and this place does not have bowls! So, if you want any rice pudding, bring your water glass and scoop it into there. Otherwise, I noticed people putting runny rice pudding onto plates. For the weekend dinner cost, this place is not recommended. Perhaps it's a better value during lunchtime.

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Enough variety to feel satisfied
By noshingallday of Quilchena, Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 1:18am [Dine in]

Tried out the restaurant last week for lunch and have to admit that I was attracted to trying it because of the price. Well, you do get what you pay for - in terms of quality of the food, the food wasn't too flavorful and not memorable in the least. You get enough variety to choose from that your tastebuds won't get offended long enough but once was enough.

The buffet offers salads, plenty of vegetarian dishes, mostly chicken dishes, desserts, fruits (!), juice, watered down chai and coffee. In general the food was passable.

Service was quick, courteous but nothing out of the ordinary. Very casual that I can't say it was as professional as I would've liked, but what do you expect for a dirt-cheap buffet?

Once was enough - no major complaints but would recommend Maurya just down the street or Saravaana Bhavan instead.

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if the buffet offering was as spectacular as the view..........................
By HoDuckYee of Richmond (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2008 - 12:11am [Dine in]

I had occasion to visit the New India Buffet today (Sunday, 24 February 2008) because I had a craving for butter chicken.

A table was offered by the window overlooking the patio, the downtown business district and the north shore mountains, quite delightful given that it was a lovely sunny afternoon.

The restaurant brags 40 different menu items, however a good sprinkling were not of east indian origin............about 1/2 were jellos, salads, other western desserts and fruit.

The butter chicken is nothing to write home to mother about and the chicken was all but non-existent.

In general terms the buffet offering was not consistent with other East Indian buffets within metro Vancouver.

After waiting for some time for our check, I attended the female at the bar who appeared more intent in amusing her daughter than tending to business.

It is very unlikely that I will re-visit this establishment anytime soon.

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Pretty Good
By keekles of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 10, 2010 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

First off, I get the feeling this Indian Buffet is not run by people of East Indian heritage: I never saw a single Indian person working there and secondly, the music they have playing is not exactly authentic. It's clean and inexpensive and the service is OK(but outstanding, compared to a lot of other Indian restaurants). The butter chicken (which is the benchmark for me of how I rate Indian restaurants) is mediocre: very mild, not nearly enough spice, but it has some interesting subtle flavours to it. The rest of the stuff is pretty good, but again, a little bland. I like that they offer free juice and chai. It's a good place to grab a casual bite for lunch.

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The $5 take out lunch box
By beenthereatethat of north van (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant five times now to get the $5 lunch box. It's butter chicken on rice with your choice of potato and cauliflower,chick peas, lentils and a couple of other choices.
You also get two pieces of naan bread and veggies. This is a very popular lunch special as there were eight people there when I ordered. the service was fast and friendly and they offer you an ice water whilst you wait.

The lunch special starts at 11:30 and last I think for a couple of house.
The chicken is not that spicy(hot) and they use to give more of it six months ago. And they also gave more of every thing else. But they value is still there.
I will be going back there for the box lunch when I'm in the area.

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Good food do come with a price
By agentdenver of Coquitlam (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 3:49am [Dine in]

It's winter and you want to take your special someone out for a romantic Indian buffet. Where would you go that has the most variety of food, good tasting curry ,and great view of the heart of Vancouver? New India.

As soon as you walk into the building, you can smell the spice. At winter time, they have their famous lamb curry. However, their buffet is still a little expansive. Their customer service is infamous across the city.

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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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A New Discovery
By sandyz of Yaletown (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

A place to go for an Indian buffet. Lots of choice for a decent price. Great city view. Fresh salads. Best to go after 5:30 at times--occassionally lunch food hasn't been replenished until then, and pickings are soggy and sparse.

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Butter Chicken with a View
By Crispy of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

While the food isn't exactly the best Indian cuisine in town, it isn't really bad for the price - and you get a lovely view to boot - especially if it's a nice day or evening, and you can sit out on the spacious patio. The buffet features a good variety of salad-y things, which I usually bypass in favour of the stuff I came to eat (Indian food!) You can have potato salad, coleslaw, jell-o, etc., but I don't want to fill up on that! Keep going, and you'll find naan, chapati, and various curry dishes of both vegetable and meat varieties. Mutter paneer, of course, and sweet rice. The butter chicken (one of my favourite dishes) is just OK; it tastes like it was made with canned tomato soup. It's not horrible, but it just doesn't hold a candle to the butter chicken available at some pricier joints. The curried lamb is good. This is a good place for large parties, as we noticed a few weeks ago when we were seated next to a very big group of people. And if the spice is too much for you, they'll leave a pitcher of water on the table for your quenching pleasure!

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Terrible Food & Service
By anjoz84 of Vancouver (Clark Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2013 - 2:34pm [Take-out]

I went in for the lunch box special which is $5.95 + tax. It includes butter chicken, veggie dish, naan, rice and salad. I told the person working there that I would like the lunch box special with no rice and extra naan. Also, I ordered the raita on the side. When I received the 'lunch box' I realized that the raita was missing, I informed the waiter and he said he forgot. He then brought me the raita and I was on my way home. When I opened the lunch box at home it was filled with an inedible, oily gruel consisting of 3 pieces of paneer mixed with peas. I came to realize that the butter chicken was missing completely from both of our boxes. I called New India (the owner picked up) and was blaming us for confusing his waiter. After a long argument where the finger was being pointed at us he offered to give me a credit. However, my friend who also did not get the butter chicken was not able to get the credit as the owner said "I gave your friend the credit, I don't know about you" I began to tell the owner as a paying customer I am entitled to a credit, however he continued to blame us. I will never go back to this restaurant again and I suggest that no one ever does as it has poor customer service and inadequate food.

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Decent food with OK service but a terrible owner
By Rohit of Vancouver - West End (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

Good AYCE, in a large space, and talked up by a couple of friends. Went there with spouse and a friend to try it out. The service is OK, but the Hispanic waiter is more of a bouncer to mind the beer bellies, for whom everyone is a "badi" - ready buddy. Efficient, but not polite. The young Oriental waitress is very eager to help. I hope they have more wait staff for busier times - we went on a Tuesday evening, and the place hardly had five-six other tables occupied the whole time we were there.

The less said about the owner the better - he has no qualms about being the only buffet place I know of that slaps on a forced gratuity, especially if an Entertainment Book coupon is used, and he is not the kind of guy you want to try and reason with. The customer definitely does not come first here, and I think the Entertainment Book people should run a check on participants' billing policies and customer-friendliness, just so that crooks like this one are left out of the book going forward.

The food is OK - nothing worth writing home about - there are better, and cheaper buffets right in downtown Vancouver, as well as in other parts of the metro area, that serve much more appetising food. Some of the dishes were excessively oily.

Will not go there again, even with another coupon/promotion going on.

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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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Great buffet selection
By klam of Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

Discovered this place a few years back. Great view of downtown. Its a big restaurant so never a wait in line. We've only gone there for the buffet. Service is ok, but not great as others have noted. Mind you, with buffet style you're pretty much on your own, but they can sometimes forget to come by and refresh your drinks.

The buffet selection is decent with all the popular Indian dishes such as Butter chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Kaali Daal (black lentils), Naan (leavened Indian flatbread) etc..In addition the buffet includes the salad bar, and deserts (jello, rice pudding, fruit etc)

Pricing has gone up abit over the last couple years. I think the buffet is close to $20/person with tip included..which I guess isn't bad considering.

Free parking underground after 6pm which is an added bonus as street parking can be hard to find on busy nights in the city.

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Not bad for AYCE
By jrh of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

$11.95 for lunch, and an entertainment coupon prompted us to try out the Buffet. It's in a busy location, with good window tables, and the restaurant looks inviting. We were seated promptly, and a jug of water was put on the table. The food was pretty good, butter chicken, chicken curry, a beef dish that didn't look too appetising, so we gave that a miss, samosas, chickpeas, lentils and a soy curry, plus a good variety of salads and sweets. Not outstanding by any means, but filling, and there was something there to please everyone's taste. There really isn't any service, you help yourself to food, and go up to the bar to get your bill and pay. There were a couple of annoying things though - The restaurant doesn't stamp your parking voucher from the underground parkade so that was another $6.00, and they automatically add a 10% tip to your bill if you use the coupon. Now, I don't mind tipping for good service, but to be forced to tip for no service really soured the experience. Restaurants take note - if you don't like it when customers use the Entertainment coupon, Don't advertise in the book!!!! Would we go back? Probably not.

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arrived hungry
By latinasmoms of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 12:07am [Dine in]

my husband and i went to the new india buffet on victoria day and we were very very happy the service is great, very energetic, and made you fell important, the food not spice at all taste and hot i really like the salads and the butter chicken i really recomend this place if you are hungry looking for good food, in a nice place with a short bullet.........

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Really bad service
By mtkilimanjaro of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 3:50am [Dine in]

I just visited Vancouver for the first time, and a friend of mine invited me to that restaurant. The food and ambiance was good but the service was probably one of the worst I've ever had. Their waiters and staff need to attend some kind of service training. It's unbelievable how they treat their customer. Very unfriendly and rude. I will never recommend this to anyone, and I will never go back to this restaurant again.

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This was bad.......
By yums of coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

Never again would I go to this restaurant. There was a boil water alert the week that I went. They didn't want to boild any for me.

The food was all too spicy and greasy. It didn't really taste like everything. Every food item was mushy. For what you get the price was too high. There wasn't much of a selection of food item.

I'm surprised this restaurant is around.

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They call this Indian Food???
By Nirm of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

What a HORROR!!! 3 fellow employees and I went out on a Friday for lunch. The food was COLD. They open at 11:30 and we were there at 11:45 - how does the food get so cold so fast? Even when they replenished the food it was still cold. There was absolutely NO flavour at all everything was very bland. The food was so bad that 2 of my co-workers went back for Jello - just to fill up. I stuck to the rice - luckily they can't make rice bad. Thank goodness we had 2 for 1 coupons. Indian Mall food is better then this place!!!

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