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downhill alert: All India

ciaolette | Nov 12, 2002 12:50 PM

I feel obligated to post this because I have previously posted glowing recomendations for All India Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd.
We had not been for over a year, so this weekend we went for an early dinner, there were only about 4 other tables full, yet our service was glacially slow. When a waiter finally came to take our order, for tandoori fish and a vegetable frankie, we were told that "someone was bringing the fish, it would take a while"
Hmm, we asked for a minute to decide on something different, and were abandoned for another 15 minutes. Eventually a waiter comes in with grocery bags, (Ralphs?) and then our waiter came back to take our order, quote "the fish is here now". !!
In the past their tandoori fish has been awesome, however, I am not a fan of supermarket "fish of the day", and how marinated could it be if it just walked in the door??
Well, our beers were getting warm by now so we decided to order thalis, a vegetarian and a chicken tikka. A thali should show off the flavors of a kitchen...yet when our dinners came, of the 4 veg dishes included, 3 were the same combo of mushy indistinct vegies. And the 4th, a paneer, which I have ordered before and had been a wonderful spicy, creamy, with almond and raisins dish, was just a pale version of its former self, no nuts and raisins.
The chicken tikka was 2 small pieces of dried out breast and a large gristly chunk of thigh meat that was raw in the center.
Over all the food lacked the care and diversity of flavors I expected from past visits. When All India first opened, in the space previously occupied by Bombay Cafe, it was comparable in taste and quality, to Bombay Cafe.
We left feeling as if we had eaten at a $6 buffet, only it took a lot longer and cost a lot more!!!

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