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All India Cafe Pasadena

minnie Aug 28, 2007 09:48 PM

I had dinner at All India last night due to reading favorable reviews. We had chicken tandori, chicken masala, biryani and a chickpea dish. The chicken tandoori was nothing remotely even close to tandoori. It was like a reheated grilled chicken and had absolutly NO tandoori flavor. The masala was OK. The chickpea and biryani were good, but nothing worth a second visit. The service was poor. I'm wondering why anyone would recommend this place and why????

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    misseatalot RE: minnie Aug 28, 2007 10:02 PM

    All India is decent but I have to agree with you that some of the dishes are not exciting and underspiced. I rather go to Akbar (a chain) for Indian in Old Pas.


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    1. re: misseatalot
      WildSwede RE: misseatalot Aug 29, 2007 09:25 AM

      Have never been to All India (don't know why). I agree, Akbar is really good. I also like Sitar for their lunch buffet. Radhika's is pretty popular as well, but I prefer Sitar and Akbar (Akbar is nicer and more expensive).

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      nick_r RE: minnie Aug 28, 2007 10:50 PM

      I went with my girlfriend a couple of months ago and shared a vegetarian dinner. We liked it a lot and had fine service (and this was on a reasonably busy Saturday night).

      All in all I'd say it was just about as good as Star of India on Melrose, my usual top pick for Indian in L.A.

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        kotatsu RE: minnie Aug 29, 2007 09:14 AM

        Sorry to hear that the dinner courses aren't that great. I can say, however, that they do a pretty decent lunch. I usually like to try different things, but at All India Cafe, I have found 1 dish that I really like, so I rarely deviate. I get the lunch chicken tikka masala, and it comes with lentils, rice and salad. The rice is really good! Fluffy SEPARATE grains, unlike asian rice, which tends to be sticky. The chicken tikka masala always has a ton of flavor and is sitting in a tasty sauce.

        I have never been to Akbar (for lunch or dinner), but other Indian food options would be Sitar on Colorado and Radhikas (next to Green St. restaurant). I've been to Mezbaan and think it's average.

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          nimo RE: minnie Aug 29, 2007 09:23 AM

          I haven't been for dinner, but I do like getting their frankies for lunch.

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            So Ho La RE: nimo Nov 13, 2007 03:47 PM

            Mmmm...Lamb Frankie lunch!

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            tag heuer RE: minnie Nov 13, 2007 03:29 PM

            How is it that this place has completely ripped off the menu from Bombay Cafe ? (sev puri, frankies, thalis) I would think they were the same owners, but the quality here is nowhere near as good as Bombay Cafe.

            1. DanaB RE: minnie Nov 13, 2007 03:39 PM

              I haven't eaten there in at least 5-6 years, but in the late 1990s it was consistently good. Possibly some of the reviews you read were older ones and it's gone downhill since then?

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                comedor RE: DanaB Dec 14, 2007 01:49 AM

                Went in a group of six this past weekend and everyone was pleased. We had a variety of dishes and each was consistently good. Naan, good. Rice, good. Every chutney and sauce was good (the raita may not have been the best ever, but good enough). I appreciated that the chicken wasn't all dried out (which was the case last time I went to Bombay Cafe) and the lamb was super! The palaak paneer was notable for the lack of oil/grease that one often encounters with this dish. We'll definitely go back.

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                mocro RE: minnie Dec 14, 2007 05:55 AM

                I've never been all that impressed w/All India preferring Mezbaan on Fair Oaks just north of Union. Mezbaan reminds me of the Indian places in NYC on East 6th Street which to me if the highest form of praise. Maybe I simply happy recall NY in the 1980's!

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