India Palace: Spice Meets Nice in this Northwest Indianapolis Restaurant

Located by the Lafayette Square Mall in northwestern Indianapolis, the India Palace Restaurant shares the same owner-operator as another restaurant for fine Indian cuisine, the Shalimar Indian Restaurant in the Broad Ripple area of Indy. Dave Samra and his excellent staff offer up East Indian and Vegan delicacies at both dining establishments.

Mr. Samra’s is an Indian immigrant family that supports him in the American dream. The India Palace is like a bit of that exotic country come down from outer space to reside in the middle of the Midwest. Indianapolis restaurants represent a veritable cornucopia of possibilities and ethnicities, just as the colorful and diverse Indianapolis culture does. Hoosiers are finding out that a visit to the India Palace Restaurant is not just a dining experience, but a cultural one.

This particular restaurant in Northwest Indianapolis is an elegant, relaxed setting where diners can go for affordable special occasions. But people rave about their daily buffet, which can get to be so habit-forming you’ll start craving it for ordinary occasions as well.

Regardless of whether you go for dinner or the buffet, make it a point of trying as many of the intriguing menu items as you can. You will notice not only the exotic dishes and tastes, but the thoughtful extra touches as well, such as the tamarind, mint and onion chutney served with every appetizer.

Some of fans’ loyal dishes include the “Palace’s” Paneer pakora, which consists of pieces of cheese made right in the kitchen, deep fried in a thick chick-pea batter; the coconut soup; the Lamb Bhuna, cubes of lamb cooked with fresh tomatoes, onions and bell peppers; the Chicken Tikka Masala, spicy yogurt-marinated boneless chicken breasts roasted and then sauteed  in a special tomato and butter sauce; Fish Makhani, which is grilled marinated swordfish in a tomato sauce with crushed cashews; and all the house tandoori specialties, baked in a clay oven and served with a succulent curry or masala sauce, rice and fragrant chutney.

One of the main attractions for people in the know are the India Palace Restaurant fresh breads, which are all baked according to the customer’s order. Imagine relaxing in this fine dining room, surrounded by exotic foods and the people who love them, and being able to order from a long menu of fresh breads such as Aloo Paratha, a fresh-made whole wheat bread which has been stuffed with divinely seasoned green peas and mashed potatoes!

For Vegans, there can be no finer and no more extensive menu in town. More than half the choices are exotic and succulent vegetarian taste-treats straight from India. Try the Nav Ratan Korma, for example, a colorful dish with nine different fresh vegetables that have been sauteed in herbs and enhanced with cashews and raisins.

The India Palace’s beverage menu is as fascinating as the food menu, with items like Mango Lassi, Chai tea, several beers imported straight from India, and much more.

At the India Palace Restaurant there is a lovely banquet hall with a stage that can seat 200 people. What a perfect place for a wedding reception, a class reunion or a big birthday bash. They are happy to offer professional catering of their dishes too, on site for as many as 275 guests. You can arrange it all with their practiced staff; it’s surprisingly affordable.

Experience the rich, flavorful heritage of India at India Palace. Like the country on the other side of the globe, it is extraordinary.


India Palace Restaurant
4213 Lafayette Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46254-2409

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