India Palace restaurant is one of my neighbourhood restaurants. Yet, I don’t really associate with where I live. Probably because, most times I’ve had their food, it’s been at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. That is one activity I really missed during this pandemic. Nothing like a quick visit to the India Palace stall between plays.
While I can not visit the restaurant these days, I have been in on two or three occasions. I remember going with a group of friends from the neighbourhood several years ago. I also like the fact that the restaurant is big enough that you can sit a big group of people. Yet at the same time, you can find a place to eat on your own.
I think that is also part of the reason that it has taken me until now to review the restaurant. Earlier this year, before the lockdown set in, I visited to remind myself of their buffet. It was toward the end of the day, but there were still a lot of items to choose from. I have visited the buffet a few times of the years, and it has always been good. There is a nice variety of both meat and vegetable dishes.
India Palace Birthday Meal
This year my birthday, fell on the day of Canadian Thanksgiving. I think Canada should give up of the Thanksgiving Day thing, and just make my birthday a national holiday. One of my birthday gifts was a DoorDash gift certificate. That’s the main reason I am trying out DoorDash these days.
The India Palace is quite close to me, but being my birthday celebration and all, I decided to order in. One good thing with my first order was that it came 50 percent off. With a deal of that nature, I figured I would order in a real feast.
I ordered in: Samosas, Papri Chaat, Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, and Lamb Vindaloo. My food also came with a large container of Basmati Rice. I should have remembered this when I placed my order with Noormahal.
Because of the size of the order I divided it into two days worth of meals. With the exception of the naan. I wolfed that down during my first meal.
The meat in both of the meat dishes is very tender. There is a lot of lamb and chicken. On top of that, both dishes came with a good deal of heat, as requested.
I really enjoy the samosas. They are well cooked. They come stuffed with potatoes and peas, and are well-seasoned. Papri Chaat is an Indian dish that I have only recently discovered. I really enjoy the mix of pastry, potato, chutney, with yoghurt spread on top.
I started by saying that India Palace is a restaurant that I associate with the Fringe Festival. As I think about the place and the pandemic, it raises a few questions. When will the Fringe Festival start again? Will buffets return as a popular form of eating out? Finally, how will restaurants like India Palace survive through the pandemic?
However you place your order, India Palace is a long standing member of the local restaurant community. If you get the chance, take the opportunity to order in from them.