So I had a slightly, but only slightly, disappointing first experience at Punjab Palace today. I ordered the Vindaloo, a favorite of mine at IQ where they can really make it painful (which I like).
The waiter warned me that i was very spicy, but as usual I said "make it as spicy as possible." However, while the vindaloo was delicious, it just did not pack the fire that it usually does at IQ. Also, a bit more distressing, my basmati rice seemed undercooked. Still, I can tell from the taste of the vindaloo that this will be a restaurant with the same attention to quality as, well, India Quality.
I briefly chatted with the owner afterwards. I told him that I thuoght the vindaloo at IQ was spicier, which is how I liked it. He apologized more than necessary...I wasn't complaining, just chatting...and he told me that the green chiles he uses can be rather variable in their heat. I can understand that. I asked about the liquor license and he seemed to think it might be a little while before they can get one.
Still I think this great for the neighborhood. The no liquor is a bit of a bummer for dining in, but for takeout I cant see ever picking Rangoli over this place. I can't wait to go back and try the madras and the korma.