This Indian restaurant boasts curries suited to your palate. Located in the downtown core next to the Winnipeg Convention Centre, this space, ... More
East India Company
This Indian restaurant boasts curries suited to your palate. Located in the downtown core next to the Winnipeg Convention Centre, this space, frequented by professionals and anyone from the Indian subcontinent, provides the best Indian food in the city. The menu is wonderfully varied with house specialties as well as regular fare. If you are new to this ethnic cuisine, an excellent buffet is frequently available with more options than is humanly possible to sample. The service is excellent and the environment is sophisticated.
They just wanna make money. For that they wont care about people. Really poor service and at the end of the day you spoil your digestive system because of the additives. I would prefer some other indian places
The food is excellent, lots of variety for those that are new to this type of cuisine and those of us that eat spicy food regularily. The waitors and waitress need some customer service training. The owners son (the host) has always been very pleasant and remembers to ask about my family when I am there with businness clients.
The food is a great value for the price, with a little of everything offered. The service, on the other hand, leaves much to be desired. We were in line, and repeatedly overlooked to the point where even others waiting in line were trying to tell the hostess we were next! Her excuse? I didn't remember you! She could learn a better line!
Pros: Not sure if they have any
Cons: Very Very Bad customer service and horrible attitude towards customer.
If you want to pay $18/Buffet just to experience bad attitude then its worth it!!
but other then that I am not sure its worth a visit
We agree with \"East India Company Disappoints on Every Level\" One of the owners is especially rude.
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 7/23/07
If you want authentic stay away. The food is fine for people who are used to western style indian food and dont know any better. The hired wait staff was wonderful but the owners son who did seat us was very very impatient, pushy and rude, down to the last detail of paying the bill. He showed no good costomer service whatsoever. We found that for winnipeg it was very pricey. And they didn't even offer a simple curry chicken. the Naan was not worth the price, very small and thin and flat and rubbery. We were appauled at the ignorance we as paying customers were subjected to. We will never ever ever go there again, and that's too bad for them cause we spend wayy too much on Indian food at restaurants and take out.
For $17.95, we were offered a total of 17 different entrees on the buffet. Each one of the entrees had an excellent array of spices, and we were amazed by the quality of service recieved.
Some people have mentioned that perhaps the menu is a little overpriced. We found that for about 1$ per entree, we had an excellent array of food for a low price. It would appear that some people do not appreciate indian cuisine, and will take any chance they can to pick a beef with honest people trying to make a living in an honest restaurant.
Finally, I noticed that people have been complaining about the service offered at East India Company. Let me tell you that I found the service to be pleasant. The waiters were witty, and if our water glass came below half full, they were filled in a matter of minutes. And I don't know why certain other reviews on this site feel the need to complain about the age of waiters. If a legal, liscenced restaurant is taking a chance by hiring people under 18, they are taking a chance on suffering extreme consequences. So if other reviews are written by unobservant egotistical people that can't understand simple guidelines like age in a restaurant and pub, then I certainly don't understand why they should waste their time eating at places they consider to be so mediocre. For shame!
The buffet is amazing! Great variety, great tasting food. was lucky enough to get a table in the back, where it's a bit quieter, it's nice to be able to see the cook make the naan right in front of us. The service was outstanding, our waiter was both knowledgeable and provided us with the comic relief we needed. I really enjoyed the chai tea, especially seeing it poured, i'd say it's almost worth ordering it just to see it being poured. Ordering it from the menu is only recommendable if you intend to ask them to make it spicier. The only thing that i dislike about the palce is the price, with an 18$ buffet, naan extra, and no refill for soft drinks, but the food is good enough to warrant it.
My partner and I are travelling across Canada by car, and upon stopping in Winnipeg, we decided to dine at an ethnic restaurant. We chose the East India Food Company because we both love Indian food, and because it was apparently given 4 stars by a local newspaper. Unfortunately, our experience there was disappointing on every level: food, ambience, value, service and overall experience.
The restaurant has a large buffet running through the middle of it, priced at $18 per person. This means that all dinner guests have to speak above the constant noise created by this parade of dinner-scoopers walking next to their tables. It's also rather unappetizing to view dozens of people heaping food onto their plates from troughs - especially when the guests are swatting at flies buzzing the room. The trays of food were also not replaced at all during the 1.5 hours we were at East India Foood Company, and the covers on the trays were often left open by guests. Cold, congealed, and picked over - not very good restaurant value for $18/person.
Given that East India Food Company charges $13 - $15 per entre, we asked our waiter whether food ordered from the menu would be scooped from the buffet or would be created fresh in the kitchen. He confirmed that it would be made fresh. We were later disappointed when our rice was scooped from the buffet, and was served to us cold and filled with hard bits.
The appetizers took aproximately 20 minutes to arrive - a bit of a long wait - and when they did arrive, they were not as the menu described and were also inauthentic. The pakoras were not cauliflower and potato fritters as listed on the menu (and presented in every Indian restaurant I've ever dined at); rather, they were deep fried pieces of cheese. Not only was the menu misleading, but the fritters tasted like a greasy western-cuisine-style cheese patty. And what if I had been lactose-intolerant or vegan and had bitten into one of these?
The entres were also disappointing. The menu described their Murg Bahar (Butter Chicken) as "boneless", but I chomped down on a 3 inch bone during my second bite. Also, they had 'run out of lamb' so we had to substitute chicken in the Lamb Korma - an inconvenience that could be more easily overlooked were the price not $15/entree. We were not asked whether we wanted our meals mild, medium, or hot, as is customary in Indian restaurants I've dined at, and we were disappointed at how bland the spicing was. Our 'salads,' which came with both entrees, included a strange hodgepodge of western and Indian fare, including a mayonaise and corn mix.
Regarding service, we had 3 different waiters approach us, each of which, I'd estimate, was under 20 years of age. The buffet and the young waiters usually indicate a cheaper restuarant, not a higher priced one. None of these waiters refilled our water glasses, which went empty for the majority of the meal.
With the noisy buffet, the western-style and bland entrees, the misleading menu, and the overpriced food, we were both very disappointed with the experience of East Indian Company on every level.
We have both enjoyed Indian food in the cities we've lived - primarily Vancouver, and Montreal - and we know what a $15/entree meal should entail. The East Indian Company in Winnipeg delivers something more akin to a $7.95/entree meal experience, and would be aptly renamed "East Indian/Western Buffet Restaurant."
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