Starved after a long morning meeting that went too late, we stopped at the All India Cafe at Bundy and SM Blvd for an Indian fix. We have eaten there twice before, first time very good and second time not so hot but decided to return to give the benefit of the doubt that visit #2 was the chef's off day.
This is a difficult location - parking requires twice around the block to get to the underground entrance correctly and then we saw that the elevator was out of service. Having a heart for the underdog as well as being food deprived, we walked up the four flights (me with cane from new knee) to the All India. It was almost 2pm and the signs for lunch were still out and we joined one other table. More help than eaters. When we came it I asked the person at the desk about the elevator and he told us that a car had smashed into it a couple of weeks ago and that the lack of it was terrible for business. With this he took off with the other front desk person joining three cooks who were frying something that smelled divine (never did find out what). No water, no menus, nothing. After about 5 minutes, #1 person emerged and I called out, some water please. Water came, still no menus. Headed for buffet - none of the dishes named - most of them quite good - lamb curry, chicken korma and a kidney bean dish excellent. Asked for tea; one was brought. Asked for naan, that arrived in short order, also good. No one asked us if we wanted anything else (another party showed up and #1 person explained what was in the buffet, he missed us in that one). Chai was $2.50 a cup which I thought was a bit steep.
This so contrasted with our visit to Little Sheep earlier in the week where we were so welcomed also to a late lunch and fussed over. Hey it doesn't take too much effort. Both restaurants had a B rating but All India had a L for lack of service and we shan't bother again to visit them. Back to Jaipur where the living is easy, the food is all tasty and the welcome is a welcome.