Authentic Indian food with entertaining surroundings 5 Reviews
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One of the emirate’s favourite names, the India Palace is easily recognised by its pink exterior, although its slightly shabby facade doesn’t recommend it to the casual passerby. Surprising, then, that it’s always packed. But once inside it’s easy to see why, as this place has tons of atmosphere, buzzing from large parties of guests as well as casual diners.
The restaurant has a small stall near the entrance selling bangles and other gewgaws, which adds to the slightly hectic feel of the place. The staff are quick, efficient, and will have you seated in moments – for a more secluded dining experience ask to be in one of the booths upstairs. Here the tables are surrounded by carved screens, with doors that the waiters will always knock on before entering, making each table feel like a little party of its own. A bell inside the booth summons your waiter (though they can take time; the downside of the seclusion is that it’s rather harder to catch the eye of a staff member).
The food here is a cut above the average street-side restaurant, though it’s by no means haute cuisine. You can still expect to find a good tandoori or a flavoursome dahl, with a nice mix of the classics. The meat is that bit more tender and the spicing a touch more subtle than in many of the city’s cheaper curry houses, so it’s worth paying a few more dirhams, and we’re sure you’ll still find yourself bulging over your belt for a very affordable price.
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