South Asian cuisine restaurant located on the Marine Drive corridor.
It's so nice to finally have really good Indian food in West Vancouver. I've dined in a few times, and found the service to be adequate. I really appreciated having the curries served with a tea light to keep it warm. I've ordered take-out many more times and still really enjoy the food. I've been pleasantly surpised by the level of service a couple of times. For example, I wanted to order an extra side of butter sauce... an item not on the menu. I was prepared to pay, but was given a fairly large container of sauce free of charge. Talk about going above and beyond! Dine here and keep the restaurant alive. I think they're worth it!
To preface this review I eat a lot of indian food. I mean I eat indian food 5 times a week and have visited 30+ resturants in the lower mainland. All India in West Van holds their own. When we went it was quiet (weekday evening) so I hope they are able to stay in business. The important part, the food, was great. The service was well intentioned but a little over the top (suggesting things etc.) I suppose if you had never eaten indian before it could be considered a good thing but the impression I got was a bit of a pushy oversell. It should be noted everything was good food wise from the starters to the mains. They use tea lights to keep the curries warm which is a major plus (anyone who eats indian knows how quickly curries get cold in those metal dishes). Also, they provide warmed plates. These little things really improve the experience and flavours. Did I mention the food is great? If you are in west van, this is the place to go. The only exception being Handi's if you have out of town indian lovers because even though the food at handis is much worse than all india, Handis has an amazing patio on the 3rd floor with a view of the water. But aside from the view, all india clearly beats handis in every other respect. In summary, great food, and I hope that is why you are going to any resturant. Nice ambiance for indian in particular (not known for ambiance IMHO). Portions are well sized. Pricing is affordable for a higher end place. If you live on the north shore it is a no brainer, GO HERE. If you live elsewhere, it is actually worth the trip, combine it with a walk on the sea wall.
Saw all the positive reviews below, but was never going to bother trying it as I just don't dig a la carte Indian dining much. However, I came across an ad that says they have a lunch buffet every day ($12) and thought, awesome, have to try this place.
So we show up, and ... there was no lunch buffet. We just picked a bad week as they didn't run it over the holidays. The place was also dead, we were the only customers there at 1:00 PM. So it didn't start off well.
However, we tried it anyway, and it was a pleasant surprise. Service was friendly, attentive, and the waitress even made alternate recommendations for what we wanted to order, which is fine with me because I don't know what their best dishes are. Had a couple of curries and a bread basket, all very tasty. We were also stuffed silly.
Only strange thing was being the only customers at a peak time, which makes for uncomfortable ambience. Eventually the owner of Chez Michel down the street walked in to try the food out. Not sure if he was checking out the competition or is just sick to death of his own french food =).
Anyway, we will be back to sample the buffet as that is our thing.
Overall this is the best Indian experience I've had to date. If the buffet is good this will replace Saffron as my favourite as the overall experience here is better than Saffron which can really lack in service at times.
I do wish them success and hope things aren't as always as quiet as they were when we visited. Do give them a try if you like Indian.
I am a resident of West Vancouver ...I was just passing by Marine Drive and I noticed East Indian restaurant and we decided to try some Indian food as soon we entered the restaurant we were greeted by friendly staff and we were offered where would like to sit ...I was surprised to know that they had an outdoor patio as well as an Indoor Patio room ... We had Rack of lamb as a starter and it was amazing .There server was really educated with wines and he suggested us for a bottle of Malbec and it was fabulous .We had Lamb Methi with Onion Kulcha and Prawn Coconut with Spinach Nan . It was the best surpise for us and we really enjoyed it .
I took a client out to this place yesterday... She loves spicy food and we always go to the same place, so I suggested we check out this place instead.. The reviews have been pretty good. We weren't disappointed. We could have gone for the buffet, but instead chose a la carte. The server was extremely nice. She asked us our preference on the "spiciness scale". My client had a wine spritzer... the waitress didn't know the proportions and asked... Nice to see wait staff ask when they don't know something instead of butchering an order. We had the prawns vindaloo and the lamb methi as well as the garlic naan. The food was very flavourful as well as having the right amount of heat. Ambiance is a little bit of the weak spot, but the decorations are quite nice.
I have been going to All Indian Restaurant a few times now and every time is just perfect!! I usually go there for lunch buffet, for the price of $11.95, you can savour over 4 types of curry, tandoori chicken, samosas, and salad! My favourite are the butter chicken and samosas, they are absolutely tasty. There are also lamb curry, and I think some veggie curries as well. My partner doesn't really eat lamb but she found the lamb curry to be very good!! She said it doesn't have that distinctive lamb smell, which is excellent! I didn't try every single item in the buffet, but just having the butter chicken and samosa will make you happy already!
The service there is also excellent!! They didn't have any servers but someone that looked like the "owner" served us. He was very friendly and greeted us promptly at the door. He was fast to bring us water and invite us to enjoy the buffet. Although he was working by himself, he was very efficient! He even took the time to ask us if the food was okay.
Value is excellent for lunch. I have never had dinner there before, but lunch is absolutely outstanding. I mean, ordering indian food at a food court is around $8-$9, this is in a restaurant, all you can eat for $11.95, I would say the value is outstanding!!
Ambiance is also quite nice. I think there is probably an ocean view part on the other side of the restaurant. We have only seated at the front part of the restaurant and the ambiance is pretty and clean! Seating is comfortable.
Overall, I give this restaurant full mark! I'll go back again and again!!
Party of five at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We had 5 different dishes, rice and naan, plus a couple of cocktails and a lassi. Every dish was excellent, amone the best I've had in the Lower Mainland! The korma and the butter chicken were creamy and smooth, with subtle flavours, the aloo gobi and channa masala were nicely spiced.
All together, the bill was about $100. The portions were fine, but not huge. Service was attentive and pleasant. The ambiance is nothing special, but not at all shabby. But the food was just awesome, and easily makes this a place worth a visit I definitely wish that I lived closer to it!
Saw the great reviews on this site, love good indian food so went along with high expectations. We ordered a couple of martinis and some mineral water and some wine. After 40 minutes and two reminders we got our mouthwash flavoured martinis but never saw the water. Mixed grill to start was OK (although we never saw the promised raita) but by now we're over an hour in the restaurant. The waiter forgot which wine we'd ordered and, even after reminding him, took two more prompts and 25 minutes to deliver. We shared a chicken jalfrezi for the main and asked for it medium hot. We received a chicken dish which tasted like a canned sauce and had no indian spices in it whatsoever. We asked them to order a taxi (which they forgot to do) and received an unordered, inedible rice pudding while we waited. This restaurant is just down the road from Handi but a million miles away in every other respect. If our experience sounds OK to you, go quick - it won't be there long!
Went to this place twice, once dinner and once for the lunch buffet. I much preferred the a la carte dinner menu. As there were 3 of us we got to try quite a few dishes anyway. The pakoras were flavourful and not too oily, and we all liked our main dishes. North Indian vegetarian food can be quite oily, and this wasn't -- a pleasant surprise. Prices seemed reasonable for the location and quality of food. The waitress suggested we try the chai, adding that she had made it herself. It was wonderful! A great way to warm up on a rainy winter day.
The lunch buffet was less satisfying. Many places charge $1 less for vegetarian buffet but they don't here. Nice salad selection, but most people don't go to an indian buffet for the salad. Somehow I just didn't like the dishes so much. The chick peas had an unusual flavour of fennel or anise, which my husband liked but I didn't care for. Will return for dinner instead.
The atmosphere is nice and cozy, not sparse as in some places, and not cramped. Service was always adequate to friendly, no complaints there. It's nice not to have to drive over the bridge to get good Indian food now.
I ordered food for my elderly parents for delivery - All India West Vancouver went out of their way to entertain this delivery. I placed an order via mail all the way from Ottawa. My parents loved the food. The restaurant folks packaged the food well. Recommend this restaurant for one of the best Indian foods ever. I had the opportunity to have their great Sunday buffet when I visited Vancouver last year.
4 of us found the lunch buffet excellent for quality and variety in a pleasant atmosphere with an attentive waiter. The lamb was pure meat and butter chicken had generous pieces of chicken. Loved the paleek panir. 2 weeks later, we also ordered dishes for takeout and were similarly impressed with the quality and generous portions. We had lamb cashew, prawn coconut curry and the paleek panir.
My husband and I went here for my birthday dinner. We used a voucher we had purchased. I used to come to the restaurant years ago when I worked in West Van. The food was amazing and our waitress was super attentive and sweet. We thoroughlly enjoyed our three courses. The flavors were wonderful. Lots of fresh herbs. Everything was fresh and flavorful. The best Indian food we've had in a long time. The restaurant wasn't busy when we were there, which I think will change given the quality of food here. Highly recommend trying them.