We have been going to the India Palace in downtown Santa Fe for 20 years for the excellent lunch buffet. Lately, it has been even better than usual! The selection is extensive with a fine selection of vegetarian and meat dishes. The accompanying chutnis (tamarind and a terrific green) as well as the yoghurt raita, which we eat by the bowl, are very fresh and flavorful. There is also romaine lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes for a salad with Italian dressing. The wonderful chai is a bottomless cup which the waiters cheerfully refill when they pass by with the chai pot. The waiters also serve, as part of the buffet, fresh naan from the tandoori oven, either plain or yummy garlic, as requested. Other Indian restaurants in town only offer this bread on the steam table! Two desserts (my favorite, the delicate rice pudding) as well as a selection of fresh fruit are available to finish off the meal (with more chai, of course). The quality of all the ingredients is outstanding, as we realize every time we pry ourselves away to retry another Indian Restaurant. Waiters are efficient and pleasant, eager to please and to make certain that customers are enjoying the food. The indoor dining area is attractive, with table cloths and Indian music and wall decorations.
We only go for the lunch buffet as we live a distance from Santa Fe, but it's one of our favorite places in Santa Fe for a tasty, healthful, cheerful, and good value lunch. The restaurant is usually quite full and busy at lunch time, but there is extra seating in a pleasant garden area when the weather gets warmer. It's great to see Indian folks eating there (always a good sign) and sometimes large groups for special occassions. It's family friendly as well, and kids seem to know and love certain dishes.
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