Fit for an Indian food-virgin, Kamal Palace has some excellent dishes that are definitely worth a visit, though there are some flaws in service and decor.
7 out of 10 Peppers = Spicy
The Details: When I rate a restaurant, in the back of my mind I always think: Would I be OK with this being an Indian food-virgin's first time? In the case of Kamal Palace, the answer was literally right in front of me. "This was the first place I ever had Indian food eight years ago," said my friend Carla over dinner. "I loved it."
So, I guess I my job is done with this review -- because that's really the only thing you need to know.
[doing laundry, finding my misplaced cell phone for the fifth time today, writing out a grocery list]
Still here? Well, I guess I could be convinced to share some photos. And, well, to be perfectly honest, I can never resist a chance to share my deepest thoughts about food.
The interior of the restaurant is blah, but we were there at night and Carla and Mark pointed out that during the day the restaurant's big windows let in a view of the water and of the docked boats.
The location is a little tricky to find. It's part of a large shopping center at the busy 2nd and PCH intersection that includes an AMC movie theater, a Ralph's, a Barnes & Noble, and numerous other shops and restaurants. So, the shopping center itself is very easy to find, but Kamal Palace is on the "secret" lower level, so you'll need to walk through a bit of a maze to first go down the stairs then locate the restaurant. But there are signs, so just be on the lookout for those. The shared parking lot is large and free, but at certain times when the neighboring businesses are busy (like Saturday night at the movie theater), it can take a while to find a spot.
All in all, an enjoyable experience, or so Carla says.
Do you remember the first time you had Indian food?
Kamal Palace, 6374 E Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. A, Long Beach 90803. (562) 493-0255.