On Wednessday night I dined at India Palace Restaurant (Wheaton) with 5 co-workers who are all recent immigrants from India... and they all vouched that it was among the better Indian restaurants they have eaten in, in the U.S.
First, you should know the owner is a Muslim Indian from Haryana, I only mention this because my co-workers (from Gujarat & Andrha, including two vegetarians & two omnivores) made sure to quiz about the chefs origins before ordering. According to them you never order Southern Indian from a Northern Indian cook & vice versa because it will be sub-par.
With that in mind... they ordered Sikh style Kabobs (Ground Meat) in Lamb & Vegetarian versions as starters. The Lamb was excellent by all accounts, and the Vegetarian (made from boiled plantains) surpassed everyones expectations. These (and the rest of the meal) were accompanied by a relatively wide selection of Indian beers (10 or so... thats more than I have ever seen)... I really enjoyed the moderately hoppy Haywards 5000, Kingfisher was also a table favorite, as was the Kalyani Black Label.
Oh yeah... we were started off with most savory, anise, fennel & charoli laced Pappadums served with a trio of thin chutneys Tamarind, Green & one other.
As we ordered mains, one of the Telugu native speakers got really excited about the depth of the Roti selections... ordering Uttranchaley Roti, as well as Parntha & Chapatis, we also asked for some plain nan... they were all excellent with the Uttranchaley being my favorite.
We also had:
> Egg Curry (one of my favorite dishes)... hardboiled eggs in the common reddish brown curry
> Egg Bhurji (kind of a curry but with large vegetable pieces particularly green chiles)
> Masala Uttapam... a wheat pancake griddled with onions, tomatoes, chiles, spices & herbs served with Coconut Chutney & a Sambar... this is one dish my friends thought would suck... and then they were all astonished that it was good... the best compliment was... wow this is proper Sambar etc.,
> Goat Curry... very good, specially the meat around the riblets
> Basmati Rice... fluffy & flavorful on its own
> Plain Yogurt served in a big bowl (nice & tangy)
Overall the group was impressed and labeled it a very good restaurant. I talked to the owner afterwards... and he highly recommended the Murg Tikka Irani & Cabbage Muttar for another visit.
India Palace Restaurant
242 E Geneva Rd, Wheaton, IL
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