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We are traveling to Dallas for the weekend and wanted to have lunch at an Indian food resturant. We have heard of India Palace and Chettinaad Palace. What are the opinions on these and does anyone have a better recommendation?

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  1. I don't work nearby so I've never gotten to try their weekday lunch buffet, but my fiance is obsessed with Pasand in Richardson. They are my favorite Indian place in the city and I've heard there is a pretty good variety at the buffet.

    A couple others are Kebab-n-Kurry and Bukhara Grill.

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    1. re: sass

      I'll second Pasand in Richardson.

      Chettinaad Palace is good and a lot more "native" style of cooking. It can be very spicy.

      I've never been to India Palace but it is THE upscale Indian restaurant in Dallas.

    2. My parents always rave about Mayuri & make it a point to visit when visiting the area (from Waco). They recently tried Flavors & said it wasn't bad but still prefer Mayuri. My vegetarian cousin recently said I should try Chettinaad Palace when in town but when I inquired with my parents, they said their non vegetarian items were disappointing; therefore, the buffet wasn't worth it for them.

      http://www.mayuri.com/

      BTW, are you looking for North Indian (tandoor specialties), South Indian, or Combo?

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      1. re: ceekskat

        Second Mayuri. We've tried close to 20 Indian restaurants in DFW and we think Mayuri is the best.

        We think Pasand in Richardson is horrible. We tried Taj Majal once and didn't think it was worth going back. Have had only dinner at India Palace, but we thought it was overpriced for the quality. We're too scared to try Bukhara since the chef changed...
        http://dallasfood.org/modules.php?nam...

        1. re: kuidaore

          Horrible? Wow, that's a real shame.

          I agree that Taj Mahal is nothing special. Not bad but I'm not rushing back there any time soon.

          I also agree that India Palace is terrible overpriced/overrated.

          1. re: kuidaore

            Oh awesome, I work within walking distance from Mayuri. I had seen the one in Houston before but had no clue that the location in Dallas in related. Once again, thanks for the tip kuidaore. Looking forward to trying out their lunch buffet!

          2. re: ceekskat

            Thanks for the informatiob ceek, we are probably looking for Northern tandoor style dishes.

            1. re: eatanything

              In the attached thread, please note Kuidaore's suggestion of BBQ Tonite in Carrollton & note the links too. Also someone above mentioned Kebab-n-curry, haven't been to either so don't know the comparison.

              http://www.bbqtonite.com/home.html
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/439065

              Dallas hounds, I'll leave this up to you now!

          3. I'm a big fan of India Palace. I think it is some of the best Indian in the metroplex. I've never been, but have heard very good things about Mayuri.

            1. Taj Majal at 75 and Royal has an excellent lunch buffet for $8.95. It far surpasses the multitude of Indian places in North Irving.

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              1. re: Azn Gorger

                I like Taj Mahal's lunch buffet too.

              2. I've been to the India Palace buffet (once) on Saturday, it was alright, a little boring though...nothing particularly standout. Very nice room though.

                1. taj mahal on 75 and meadow is my favorite. nothing fancy though - it is in a strip mall off the highway. their daal makhani is the best i've ever had and the chef guards the recipe like a freemason.

                  1. I am a big fan of Chaat Cafe at the corner of Frankford and Preston. Overall, I think Dallas is fairly lacking in really good Indian. Mayuri is good though. My problem with most Indian places at lunch is the buffets that most put out there. Sad steam table Indian is never good. Chaat does not offer a buffet which I actually consider a good thing.

                    1. Taj is a regular lunch spot for me, nothing too special (the samosas are great though) but a little more authentic than Roti Grill (a great place for people who have never had indian). BBQ tonite, I believe, is a mix of Pakistani and Indian, not that I could tell a difference. Either way you can get a quater roast goat on Sundays. Al Markaz is where the ex-pats I know go to eat, but its in Carrollton so I have yet to make it. I'd bet the real good places are in Irving.

                      1. Pasand in Irving is pretty good for lunch as is Mayuri in Las Colinas. My favorite place is not Indian but Nepalese - Temptations in Irving. I would venture off the beaten path of Indian and order the Chicken Sekuwa. It was excellent and very reasonable for the portion you received $8.95 I think. I believe they have a buffet also during lunch but the flavors and amount of spice at Temptations was more my style than any of the listed Indian restaurants. I also ordered a Chicken Korma and was very pleased at the tenderness of the chicken used in both dishes I ordered. It is well worth a trip to Temptations from any point in the metroplex.

                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/528252

                        1. I am posting for my parents who just came across a Sarigama Indian Cafe (S.Indian) in a magazine. Looks like it is a grocery store/cafe combo in Irving, anyone been? I couldn't find it on this board. It is even open for breakfast!

                          http://www.sarigama.us/home.html

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                          1. re: ceekskat

                            Sarigama was under a different name before and acutally one of the first places you could order your meal online. I forget the name of that place that closed a few years back but it was decent and close by to my apartment a few blocks away. It is right next to the super market on the SWC of Walnut Hill and MacArthur. The gas station and the building that houses Boston Market hide it from MacArthur but it is visible from Walnut Hill.

                            The prices and menu look very similar to the previous restaurant...even the curry n hurry was a feature from the old menu! The menu is definitely not all encompassing but focuses on just a few dishes and hopefully they do them really well!

                            I will have to swing by there and give it a report! Thanks for the update

                            1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                              Sarigama is a small place but I think it is worth every penny ypu spend there. I had Rava dosa at Sarigama and it is really good. I liked their Curry N Hurry feature also. Unlike other restaurants they offer 3 or 4 curries everyday. We took one veg(dal makhani) and non-veg curry(Chicken Tikka masala). The taste is terriffic and portions are large for the price. I recommend Sarigama to everyone.

                          2. Unfortunately, the peeps that are still recommending Pasand in Richardson haven't been there lately. My husband and I used to frequent it once every 2 weeks. I loved the meat samosas. They are just ground meat, spice, nuts - delish. Also, the chicken korma was some of the best I'd ever had. However, lately the quality standards are slipping to the point I am concerned for my safety. Dirty dishes, lukewarm food. Bugs everywhere. I won't be going back until they work out whatever happened to that place. Go.. you will see what I mean.
                            So, being that our favorite Indian food joint is on the skids, we've been on the prowl for something less Americanized than India Palace and Masala Wok, and less chattish than Chaat Cafe. We have found Al Markaz in Carrollton - Nihari with Butter Naan - OMG! and the Bhunna Gosht is the best Indian dish I've ever had. Also, if you like Mithai, check out Royal Sweets on Dickerson Pkwy also in Carrollton.
                            Also, Bukhara Grill just ain't what it used to be since Vijay Sadhu is now working at Clay Pit in Addison. He is supposed to be having a new menu come out soon. Not sure if I will brave the Pit even with Vijay there as the latest reviews have been so lackluster.

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                            1. re: HalfBaked

                              HalfBaked,

                              I think you would enjoy Temptations in Irving. It is not purely Indian but rather Nepalese. I had an excellent meal there very recently.

                              http://www.temptationcuisine.com/
                              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/528252

                              I would still recommend Pasand in Irving...I have never been to the Richardson location.

                              Taj Chaat House would fill you void for chaat in the metroplex but don't expect any meat...this is purely vegetarian. Two locations one at Belt Line and 75 in Richardson inside Taj Mahal Imports and the other at the NEC of MacArthur and Rochelle in Irving (been to this one

                              )

                              http://www.yesandyesfoods.com/wst_pag...

                              My father-in-law always raves about the lunch special at Al Markaz in Carrollton...glad to here it is great

                              1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                I have not been to Temptation, but look forward to trying the Indo-Chinese. I will make a venture this weekend. I have had Himalayan in NY and look forward to comparing their spices.

                                Huge fan of the saag lamb and rogan josh, but most I have tried around Dallas turn out to be a pile of mush. I do like Indian Palace, if for no other reason then their consistency. The Chaat cafe was ho-hum, but need to try it again soon - one visit isn't fair I suppose and need to order more what they specialize in - chaats.

                                I did go back to my recently panned Masala Wok (another forced work venture) and had the butter chicken. It seems to have improved. Fast but truly expensive at 9 bucks a plate when you consider that Sarigama is much tastier and for the lunch buffet only a mere 6 bucks (that's 47 rupees to you and me).

                              2. re: HalfBaked

                                Agree about Passand. It was good 2 yrs ago. The service went downhill, too. Will give a shot to Mumtaz.

                              3. Agree about Pasand not being up to par anymore.

                                If u want to try a real good goat biryani - try Indo-Pak grill (spicy). They also have a great chicken biryani and can also do it mild. We do a lunch togo about every other week. It's a hole-in-the-wall place next to First Chinese Richardson ( inside the store)

                                U must also give Mumtaz a shot......I really like that they bring out fresh Naan to the table even for the lunch buffet. Really fresh food. Only been there for lunch but I'm there pretty often. On Campbell Rd next to Sawadika the Thai place ( also very good)

                                Bukhara - thumbs down. I prefer Mumtaz....Chettinad is also great when I crave South Indian.

                                Couple of new restaurants for casual eating in Plano Manna and Maharaja both on Spring Creek x Coit. I havn't tried either but got good reviews from friends.

                                1. Taj Mahal is under new ownership and the food quality is way, way poor now. There are no Indians in the kitchen. The old owners of Taj Mahal opened a new restaurant in Richardson MUMTAZ and it is wonderful!!! For all Taj Mahal lovers-- go to MUMTAZ, you will not be disappointed. They still have their wonderful buffet at Mumtaz, only they've moved it to Monday night.

                                  1. I recommend Sarigama Indian Cafe at Macarthur and Walnut Hill junction, if you really want to try 'real' Indian food. I have been to almost all Indian retaurants around this area. I liked Sarigama for not trying to westernize the dishes and for sticking with true indian recipes. Some of my friends are regular lunch customers at this place.

                                    1. A bunch of my co-workers go to Roti Grill in Dallas, off of McKinney Ave (b/w Oliver St and Armstrong).

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                                      1. re: bebegirl

                                        avantika and bebegirl, please note the date of the original post. 2008!