Wednesday, September 28, 2011

India Palace- Leaves much to be desired

Dakshini Crab Cakes
A few months back we bought a Groupon for India Palace that could be used at all three locations in Chelmsford, Nashua and Manchester.  It was a no brainer, the Groupon was $20.00 for $40.00 worth of food and we LOVE Indian food.  With the Groupon expiring only a few weeks away, we decided to head to the Chelmsford location to fulfill our Indian craving and redeem our Groupon.

The restaurant had a steady flow of customers ranging from couples of two to large group of coworkers that I assume just got out of work.  The restaurant was well decorated and clean and there was a romantic ambiance with the dimly lit lights.

Since the value of the certificate was worth $40.00 and the amount could not be used towards alcohol, we had to pick out a few extra selections that we wouldn't normally have had.

House Special Platter 
For appetizers we started with Dakshini Crab Cakes and the House Special Platter.  The Crab Cakes didn't have any lumps of crabmeat, just a few morsels and it was not served with any coconut chutney sauce as stated on the menu.  At $9.99 for only 2 pieces, it was definitely a rip off!

The House Special Platter was just OK, it seemed like everything was deep fried at once then plated together. I had a hard time figuring out what was what. I couldn't tell if something was chicken or cheese until I tasted it.  The only thing that stood out was the over-sized vegetarian samosa.
Non-Vegetarian Thali Combination Dinner

We shared Non-Vegetarian Thali combination dinner which is a traditional Indian meal served in a silver platter with Lamb Curry, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Dal, Rice, Raita, Naan, and dessert.  The Tandoori chicken was very moist and tasty, unlike most other dried out overcooked tandoori chicken offered at the usual Indian buffets.  The entrees was mostly sauce with tiny bits of chicken or lamb. The dessert was obviously pre-made and scooped from a container from the refrigerator.After dinner, we were not offered tea or coffee that was advertised in the menu as part of the combination dinner.

After the $40.00 credit, our final bill was about $15.00 for A Kingfisher beer and a glass of white wine.  I guess the food was just OK and we probably will not be returning.

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