On the north end of the Lafayette Square parking lot housed in an unassuming strip mall lies one of the longest running Indian Restaurants in Indianapolis. Open since 1991 and well known for its large offering of vegetarian dishes, India palace also boasts of having "the largest buffet in town." And big it is.
The menu is large, but not daunting with descriptions of the dishes for the culinary layman. As well as offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare, vegans have a choice of eight items that can be prepared specially upon request. The food is very authentic. The sauces, various masalas and curries, are made fresh.
Some of the best sellers are Nav Rattan Shahi Korma($9.95), mixed vegetables in a rich cream sauce with cashews and raisins and Tandoori chicken($10.95),six chicken pieces marinated in spiced yogurt and then barbecued in a searing hot Tandoori oven, both served with a steaming heap of fragrant basmati rice. A meal is not complete without the ubiquitous naan; a thin, chewy bread baked in the Tandoori and perfect for mopping up the delicious sauces.
When ordering, specify how spicy you would like your food on a scale of one to five, three being medium and five being for those with practice. If things get too spicy, take solace in the cooling creaminess of the Raitha, a yogurt and cucumber sauce that immediately soothes the mouth but also compliments the food.
Buffets and banquets...
Whether a professional out to lunch or a day tripper indulging a fancy, stop in on a weekday and take advantage of the huge buffet. Available Monday through Friday and Sunday evenings, this lavish spread offers at any given time many of the restaurant's menu items, vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike.
Entertain with a banquet hall that seats 480 people. Great for wedding parties or birthdays the hall sits adjacent to the main restaurant. If you would prefer to party at home or work, India Palace also caters and offers carryout dining. Call ahead for faster service or to place a reservation.
Something for everyone...
Whether you are a die hard carnivore, a sensible vegetarian or a righteous vegan there is guaranteed to be something alluring on India Palace's menu. Start dinner off with a house cocktail or wash a spicy curry down with an ice cold beer imported from India. If there is still a little room left for dessert try the Kheer; a silky, sweet rice pudding that is popular with the kids.
- India Palace 4213 Lafayette Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46254.
- Phone (317) 298-0773 Catering (317) 250-3545
Lunch buffet 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner 5 - 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2:30 - 10 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 - 9:30 p.m.