2941 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix
(1 block west of 17 Hwy)
I’m letting you in on a secret that my husband and I have kept for over a year. Though it may jeopardize our ability to get in on a moment’s notice, it’s worth it to let you know about a great place for Indian food. Tucked away in a strip mall a block west of 17 Highway on Bell is India Palace. Don’t let the outward appearance fool you, this place is great. The staff, led by a lovely woman named Balbir, is friendly but not intrusive. If you are new to Indian food, they are happy to answer any questions you may have about the menu. If you are a seasoned pro, they will make some recommendations on new items you may want to try.
My husband refuses to stray from the Chicken Curry ($10.95) he is such a fan of this dish that he fears anything else he may order will pale in comparison. Balbir and I keep trying to persuade him, but it hasn’t happened yet.
I can attest that the other entrees will not disappoint. The Lamb Pasanda Newabi ($13.95) is a spicy mix of sliced lamb cooked in fresh cream sauce with cultured yogurt. My favorites by far are the vegetable dishes. A longtime fan of Matar Paner, fresh peas with homemade cottage cheese in mildly spiced gravy ($10.95), I was pleased to find that the India Palace version does not disappoint. The Palak Paneer, fresh spinach cooked curry style with homemade cheese, cream and herbs ($10.95), may be my new favorite. Most entrees can be made spicier or milder depending on your preference.
Pair any of these entrees with Basmati Rice ($1.95), Garlic Naan ($2.00), Poori ($2.00) or any of the wonderful Tandoori Breads ($1.25-$3.25) and your meal is almost complete. India Palace also has a full bar and a great selection of Indian Beers.
If you are heading that way for lunch, there is an all you can eat buffet ($8.95). They seem to do a brisk takeout business and also deliver with a minimum order.
So stop in, say “hi” to Balbir and enjoy a wonderful and fairly priced meal. Just make sure to save us a table.