One of the most relaxing places to sit downtown and enjoy a warm drink is not where you'd expect. With the aroma of curry and tandoori wafting in from the kitchen, and the sound of soothing Indian music playing softly under conversations, a warm mug of chai tea at India Palace downtown, preps your pallet for the coming meal. Many times at home, I've tried to duplicate the flavor of this frothy beverage without success. It has an indescribable flavor that borders on being called sweet and goes well with the spicy Asian food served here. My experience with Indian food is limited so I always order the $13.95 dinner that includes appetizers, Tandoori chicken, na'an, rice, entrees and ice cream. We ordered three of these and it was more than enough for a family with two small kids. India Palace serves large portions of richly flavored food and is great for experimenting with new menu items. Their lunch buffet is also a great deal if you're downtown and hungry. This is the only buffet in town, that I eat at regularly although it's been awhile since I've dined here. In the past year, the've made improvements to the decor, signage and service. Our server this night greeted our table smiling and all the food came to the table steaming hot. Salem Monthly just named them best Indian restaurant and I would agree that they bring a unique flavor to our downtown dining experience.
377 Court Street NE
Reviewed 6/3/07 by Salem Man
The sign on Court Street should be a good indication of what to expect at this downtown restaurant. The staff and managers are friendly but the service leaves a lot to be desired. After we sat down we waited about five minutes before someone brought the menus. When we did finally order, they forgot our drinks. You have no idea who your server is, random people bring the food to your table. The place is a little dirty especially in the back and the furniture is uncomfortable and old. The food is good but next time I will only come for the lunch buffet. Get a coupon for dinner here.