I went to Palace at the Ben yesterday (on 8th and Chestnut) for dinner, and just had to share with everyone my excitement! We finally have a high quality, fine dining Indian restaurant in Philly! Here are the high points--exceptional service--friendly, attentive, detail-oriented waitstaff. Decor is amazing! Beautiful, modern china, stemware, flatware, etc. They really pay attention to the details here. Okay, and the food? Amazing! Really fresh, flavorful punjabi food. Started with an egglpant appetizer that was divine. Had the Hariyali Chicken (chicken cooked in coriander and green chili sauce), Navratan Korma (9 veggies in a coconut cream sauce), the most pillowy naan and decadent butter parathas. I also tasted my dining companions sweet lassi which was just delicious.
I've been totally jaded lately by the flavorless, oily mess of Indian food we have in Philly. And I've also been disappointed by the lack of good service at many Indian restaurants. But the Palace really hits the mark in terms of quality of food and service. Please note that this is fine dining so it's not cheap! But I think given the quality of the food, the decor, and location, prices are fair. I will definitely be going again, and am eager to try their sunday brunch which I hear features a lot of South Indian specialties (like dosa).