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  • Ambiance3.5
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Robson All India Bar & Restaurant

1256 Robson Street, Upstairs
Vancouver, BC V6E1C1
Tel: (604) 688-2101 Order Online
Fax: (604) 688-2144
Neighbourhood: West End

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incredibly disappointing
By charmmy of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I never thought highly of Indian food after only having tried what Vancouver had to offer until a recent visit to London changed my perspective. Craving for the taste I had experienced in London, my friends and I decided to try this restaurant for dinner. The first thing we noticed was all the servers are... not Indian. The first main strike against this restaurant though, was that the food took 50 minutes to arrive. There were only three tables (including ours) filled. After having waited close to 40 minutes we were informed upon inquiring that there was only one chef working. The food itself was a far cry from what I was waiting for. In fact, it was worse than the 'vancouver indian food' that had turned me off from this cuisine to begin with! It was boring and tastless. It was salty enough, but the food lacked flavour. None of my friends enjoyed their meals. At $14.95 an entree that consists of a small dish of whatever it is that you order (be it butter chicken, chicken tikki masala, etc) and a side of either rice or naan bread, I highly disagree with the person who marked this place as 'cheap eats'. I will definitely not be returning

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Great date spot!
By ColdCalc of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

Me and my girlfriend dined here. We got a great booth overlooking Robson street. The menu was awesome. She's a vegetarian and I'm a meat-lover, and there were lots of selections for both of us. I definitely recommend their butter chicken! The staff were very friendly as well. A great date spot, for sure.

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Improved after Management Change.
By sanjay69 of SE Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 12:16am [Dine in]

I think Robson All India Bar & Restaurant is one of the best on Robson Street. Over the months, after management change they are maintaining a very high standard in there food quality and flavor. Having said that, over half a dozen Restaurant, who tailgated Robson's success, still it came out as victorious. I like there Fish Curry on the Buffet. The waitstaff needs to be more attentive.Ambience is relaxing ( if you get table on time). Owner is friendly and humble. Made me feel at home.

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Out Standing Food, Great Ambiance and Good Service
By palatelover84 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

This is a great Indian restaurant in the downtown Vancouver. It is an casual dining Indian restaurant with a full bar so my first impression was that it was going to be Americanized or "Canadianized" but I was wrong. It was exceptionally authentic.It was just after the fire work, six of us stepped in to this little gem on robson street. Starting up with warm welcome of the doorman, we were able to get a nice window table after 15 min as they were fully occupied.

Started with chicken pakoras and tandoori mix grill was by far, the best and most generous portion I've ever had. It came on a sizzling plate and had just the right spices and was extra juicy and full flavor of indian spices.

For dinner, we had the Butter Chicken which was outstanding and is a must order. We also had the palak panir, lamb korma, prawn dopiaza and eggplant dish which was a good complement to the rest of our order. The Garlic naan was soft and delicious, came to know from our lovely waiter about the perfection of naan bread was the traditional clay oven.

Food grade: A

Service grade: B..... The server were too busy to deliver their best service and were not able to spend much time with us . Their service definitely needs some tweeking but the food is exceptional.

Ambiance: B

The overall ambiance was nice and perfect in compared to other indian restaurants of the vancouver. Cozy dim light with nice instrumental music and fine dining neat and clean set up seemed to have uplifted the its level compared to couple of months ago. Thanks to my friend who is there usual lunch buffet diner for taking me back to the perfect palate loving indian taste.

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Quest for Good Vancouver Indian Continues
By benitsallgood of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Good Indian cuisine in Vancouver is something that seems to elude me. Unless I travel to Surrey it seems it is a rarity. After checking the DineHere reviews I thought I'd give Robson's All India a try. I started with the Fish Pakora. The batter was light, delicate with great flavour. I don't know what kind of fish they used but I suspected it to be Basa (Catfish). The dipping sauce seemed to lack flavour. The Kachumber Salad was next. It was old, wilted and unacceptable. The main, Lamb curry was fine but not outstanding. The lamb pieces were small and dry but at least not too fatty...maybe that's why it was a bit dry. The sauce just seemed to lack intensity. The accompaniment Naan had good chew and char, fabulous.

I might have just had a bad day so I'll keep checking the reviews and maybe give them another try based on what's been said.

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A Place for Serious Foodies
By freefall68 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

This is definitely a place for those who take their food seriously. Amidst the crowd of Indian restaurants passing off their insipid greasy curries as "Indian" food, this one comes as a welcome change.

We started with an order of Golconda Ruby wine. They did not have it! Hey, an Indian restaurant is supposed to stock some good Indian wines, doesn't it? Not a good start. Anyhow, We settled for another brand. They have a wide selection of exotic wines. We skipped the soup and went directly to the starters. My favourite- Chicken Tikka. It was perfectly done. Barbecued till the golden brown finish on the outside, yet succulent inside. Ten out of ten. Reshami Kebab was another big hit. Just right marination, neither overdone, nor half cooked. For the main course, we ordered naan, black lentils, pineapple raita, mutton kadhai and murg do piaza. Murg do piaza had a slightly sweetish taste. It could have done with some less onion. Everything else came out to be perfect. Naans were soft and properly baked, black lentils had the right consistency, pineapple raita was superb and mutton kadahi was cooked with right amount of oil. We ordered rasamalai for the dessert. It was excellent and could give K.C. Das of Calcutta, a run for its money.

Overall a very good dining experience. Though, as another reviewer has pointed out that service was a tad slow. They certainly need some more hands and more Indian wines too.

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Favourite local hangout
By bobby of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 9, 2010 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

The All India Restaurant at Robson is an elegant restaurant sans doubt. Here I had lunch buffet at very reasonable price and it was really delicious. The butter chicken, black lentil , naan , everything was the best I had ever in the downtown.
All in all - a great place
I would go back and would recommend it.

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Incredible Buffet on Robson street
By Monti of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 10:06am [Dine in]

I was there yesterday, & got shocked by seeing such a comprehensive lunch buffet, featuring around 15-20 dishes. I only tried pakoras, tandoori chicken, lamb curry, dal & naan bread, those were delicious. My girlfreind had Butter Chicken, few veggies, pasta salad (looked like) etc, even she loved it, as she do not try Indian food that often.
The Service needs some attention, as my girlfreind has to wait for water refill, for a long time. Maybe they need to hire, few more staff. As the place was packed & they only had 2 people working.
For value I will say, It's one of the best in town. Being on Robson they have so much to offer. Only there Tandoori Chicken is worth the Buffet price ( which was so fresh & Juicy & fully cooked). Rest of the food is BONUS. I think they charge $11 per Buffet.
They need to do a lot on Ambience, as everything needs to be changed. Their furniture, wall paint even the plants looked too old.
Over all I loved the food & it's worth it.

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wow
By tajdar of Houston, TX (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

As a big fan of Indian cuisine, I will definitely say that Robsons All India tops it all. Not only did they have exquisite dishes, but I also enjoyed dining in the surroundings of tasteful décor. Their Biryani was quite a treat with its aromatic, exotic flavors. The delectable Chicken Curry was complimented by Manage a trios red wine. Grilled Chicken Tikka is a lighter dish that goes well with a side salad and rita. Robsons All India is a fine dining restaurant that I will be returning to time and time again.

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I'd order here again - and that's saying something for curries in Canada!
By everest of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 8:30pm [Delivery]

Okay okay, I'd better come out and say it. I love Indian food! I'm British. And that means I should know my curries. We've had a thriving Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani population in Britain for over half a century now and the competition back home is fierce. As a result, we enjoy some of the finest Indian cuisine in the world.

Anyway, I've lived in Canada for two years now and I've been hard pressed, very hard pressed, to find a decent Indian. I live in Gastown. The Sitar around the corner is an abomination to Indian cuisine. What a disappointment! Undeterred, I decided to give Robson All India a try last night.

We ordered the Prawn Balchao, Pilao Rice, Garlic Nan and Mixed Grill using their online system which was fairly easy to use.

Ten minutes later the restaurant called us back to confirm our order. Nice touch. It's good to know that our order wasn't lost somewhere out in the Internet ether! The staff were very kind and courteous and listened to me rant on about how I miss decent spicy curries from back home in the UK. Sorry all you Canadians, but ... how can I put this ... most of you wouldn't know an authentic curry if you were submerged in it from head to toe. Canadian tastes are bland. Show a Canuck a jar of mild chilli powder from across the room and they're rolling around wincing in pain like traumatized kittens.

Anyway, the problem is, go into a restaurant and say "I want it spicy / authentic" and they simply take their bland made-for-Canada massala and chuck a load of chilli in it, totally offsetting any balance that might have existed before. Spicy doesn't necessarily equate to chilli - I think of chilli more as seasoning like salt. And who wants an excessive load of salt chucked into their meal?

THE GOOD NEWS IS ... Robson All India Bar & Restaurant have won a new customer - and a picky one (can you tell? :-)) They LISTENED. The Prawn Balchao was great! Loads of curry gravy- which went really well with mixed grill. The prawns were chunky and only a little overcooked. (It was a delivery after all and those prawns keep on cooking in that sauce!) The nan bread could've been bigger but I guess I'm just basing it on what I'm used to. The mixed grill was really tasty - not too dry - and a really nice variety of flavours.

FINALLY I've found an Indian in Vancouver that I'd return to! Well done Robson All India!

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Bill fiasco
By WestEnder1 of West End, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 2:30pm [Delivery]

My partner and I have ordered take out/delivery from this restaurant on many occassions and have always been happy with the food and value. I've eaten at this restaurant in the past and enjoyed my experience.

Last night we ordered 3 items. No bill was brought with the delivery. The deliverer called the restaurant to obtain a total and explained that the whole chicken we ordered was in two halves because they do that sometimes. The total was approx. $7 more than it should have been. I then called the restaurant. It took 10 minutes and a lot of persistance to sort out the very simple bill. The restaurant informed me that
1) the difference was due to having ordered two half chickens instead of one whole
2) it was then confirmed that we had not ordered two half chickens, but we were informed that the price difference between these two orders was $4 (when it was $5) and that we could get 10% off our next purchase
3) the price difference of the total bill could not have been due to the difference in chicken as the total difference was actually $7
4)When I explained that 10% off our next purchase would not cover the difference and that we would like the difference repaid, I was told that we would be reimbursed $4
5) When I disagreed that the difference was in fact just under $7, the numbers had to be discussed at length and repeatedly worked over before the person agreed that the difference was in fact just under $7.

$7 is not worth a lot to me, or most people, but sometimes I think it is important to sort these things out. When it takes that much persistance and patience to sort out $7, I'm not sure I can stomach ordering from there again.

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