On Saturday I headed out with two friends to check out Burnsville’s India Palace‘s lunch buffet. Located in the space which was previously held by Honey Baked Ham (which has now moved over by Old Country Buffet) they have converted the old building into a pretty run of the mill Indian restaurant decorated simply with drapes over the windows, a few paintings on the wall, and a variety of tables and booths throughout the fairly large space. Nothing fancy here but certainly a comfortable place to dine out for lunch or dinner.
I arrived just after 11:30 and walked in. While you are normally overwhelmed by the great smells of Indian when you walk into a buffet, this time around it took a bit for the scents to waft over my direction. The buffet is hidden behind a small wall separating it from the rest of the space so this may have something to do with that. The buffet is surprisingly large and covers the usual gambit of Indian fare but included more meat dishes than I’m accustomed to seeing around town. Although even so, I suppose they know their market well and are catering to the typical Indian buffet goers with this setup. There were the usual piles of Basmati, naan, and rice pudding along with many others. They had the usual tandoori chicken (which wasn’t as dry as I’ve had at entirely too many MSP Indian places), palak paneer (which had the strongest spinach flavor I’ve tasted in recent memory and was severely lacking in the paneer department), and then an assortment of other typical Indian dishes which I swear differ by name only between the various establishments around.
I tried every single dish available and enjoyed the Chana Masala and some sort of lamb and rice dish which seemed to be liked by everyone at the table. Unfortunately for me the majority of the dishes were geared towards the Minnesota palate and while they had flavor, were not as flavorful nor as spicy as I have tried at other nearby places such as Sambol, Chapati, Kurry Kabab and Tandoor.
Due to the pretty bland items on the buffet I’d rate their buffet a, “meh,” overall but certainly won’t count them out until I come back to try their actual menu items. Since I have to give them a rating I’d say it was ok for $10.95 but I’d rather make the drive to Sambol, pay more, and eat better. I’m still very excited to have another Indian restaurant closer to my home than Sambol or any of the others listed above but will need to do more taste testing to know if it’s going to work out for me.
Have you eaten at India Palace in Burnsville? If so, what did you think? What did they have out on the buffet line the day you went or did you order off the menu? Whatever you have to say about India Palace in Burnsville go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
1905 West County Rd 42
Burnsville, MN 55306
7 days a week
Lunch – 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Dinner – 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM