Somewhat neglected by trekers over the last few years due to the
fact that this unremarkable brown dwarf has always been eclipsed by
the brilliance of the white supergiant across the road (i.e. the
Garden of Gulab), we were curious as to
whether the rumour was right and the place had improved. Previous
visits were notable only because of the occasional appearance of
beautiful eastern-european waitresses, although the evil head waiter,
who delighted in offering unwary novices ludicrously hot chillies, was
Decor: Classical mouldings, Medieval paintings, although the
dusky pink walls were perhaps a little dirty. The stark lighting was
dimmed an hour after we arrived.
Music: Chilled-out ambient.
Time to get served: 45 minutes.
Favourite menu description: Old classics like "producing an
aroma beyond all expectations" (on the Palace Spring Chicken) and "the
taste is self-explanatory" (on the Tikka specialities).
- Backdrop of menus: either marble or blood-stained liquidised body
- The service was satisfactory.
Popadums and chutneys: Five very colourful dips "a bit
chemical" (Gaussiat); "fluorescent coconut same colour as a permanent
Lime pickle: None, although the "radioactive" green chilli
sauce was an acceptably potent alternative.
Onion bagees: Not sampled.
MAIN COURSES AND DESERTS ||OK|
Mushroom and Peas: "Just like I get in India" (Behera).
Lamb Balti: "Very tasty but a bit gritty" (Brooks).
Mixed Vegetable Curry: "Hot, but too much coriander" (Bouniol).
Vegetable Dansak: A nice mild curry: "It's Dansak, Jim, but not
as we know it" (Dixon).
Handii Chicken (house speciality): "They seem to have
economised on the chicken by including lumps of toffu as well"
(Pavelin); "Acceptable" (Illingworth).
Balti Prawn Curry: "Very hot but nice nonetheless" (Hogan).
Lamb Gosht: "A basic honest curry - not over the top; modest
but good" (Gaussiat).
Palace Chicken Special: "Not so special after all, 6/10" (Devenish).
Vegetable Korma: "Quite edible, a bit like every Vegetable
Korma I've ever had" (Martin).
- Aroma Venus: "Toptastic" (Hogan).
- Orange Surprise: "Very orangey, surprisingly so" (Pavelin).
||Sweets with bill
|| Too drunk to remember
- Lassi: very pink, like an exotic cocktail (although it didn't
taste like one).
- Irish coffee: suger saturated, very good though.
- Hot towels: it is widely believed that hot towels have the lowest heat
capacity of any substance in the known universe, although these seem
to be an exception as they stayed hot for more than three seconds. Impressive.
Well, the restaurant seems to have improved since this reporter
last visited; fortunately there was no sign of the evil waiter
although alas there were no beautiful waitresses either. Across the
board the food was satisfactory but sometimes unremarkable, so there
is little danger of the Palace accreting sufficient matter to ever
outshine its rival accross the road. We award the India Palace
3 Cobras, although perhaps one of them is past its sell-by