India Palace India Palace

Authentic Indian food with entertaining surroundings 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.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 644 8777
  • Travel: Al Salam Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Ebrahim on 19 Dec ' 14 at 12:25
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Very bad service ...from Manager to servers.. no body knows how to treat the customer!!
Overpriced items with below average food

Posted by: J Knox on 08 Apr ' 10 at 14:41
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great Food! Great Service! Excellent and fairly priced!

Posted by: John Hart on 16 Feb ' 10 at 11:36
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I am a Tandoori fanatic and have been enjoying ithis delecacy in the Uk for many years. Indian Food is now number one in UK. The food in this restaurant is the best I have tasted. The spices are great and all the food fresh. Some of the spices I have not tasted before. You will not be dissapointed.

Posted by: Tom on 03 Feb ' 10 at 16:14
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I explored some new dishes here and wished I'd hadn't. To start, I ordered a cumin and mint beverage, which would have been fine if they hadn't topped it off with handful of salty fried rice snacks. Gross and weird. A spinach-based dishes looked food-colored and was too soupy and a peppercorn-and-cashew lamb dish was just too abrasive and unbalanced. The bread was great. I think I might look around for other places to try, because this place seems to be more about the fanfare than the quality of the food.

Posted by: Saurabh on 30 Apr ' 09 at 08:58
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We were here to celebrate our 5 Anniversary, accompanied by our family friends. These guys are very child friendly. They gave Dolls to my 2.5 Yr old daughter and 1.5 Yr son and took good care of them n playing with them while we were dinning in one of those upstairs booths. Me being from Houston, USA, I loved the finger-bowl n elite service.

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