A solid choice for Indian food, New Delhi Palace offers a range of well-prepared dishes. The Tandoori Chicken is a must-try.
Nick and his brother Bobby keep New Delhi Palace on hand as one of their solid dinner standbys, when they're not in the mood to try something new and just want to enjoy Indian food, knowing that the items will be delicious. Bobby describes the restaurant as "top tier." Nick says it's a "solid 8."
Located in a small two-story restaurant complex just outside the South Lake District of Pasadena (with free parking in a shared lot on Mentor), New Delhi Palace is on the second floor and marked with unassuming exterior signage. It has an unusually tall door, which on the inside is decorated with a Hindu goddess statuette. During daylight hours, light streams in through the large windows that overlook Colorado Boulevard.
The owner is frequently present. On this occasion, he gestured to our empty naan basket and asked if we wanted more.
new to Indian food and you don't have the option of a buffet, I'd recommend ordering a thali, especially if you're by yourself and so can't do family style dining, when available. Like a buffet, the thali lets you try several different menu items for one set price (and hopefully means you'll enjoy at least one of the items on your plate).
The lentils were my favorite item. I didn't pour them over the rice cause I knew I wouldn't eat all my rice and I didn't want any delicious lentils to to go waste. However, since I didn't pour them over rice, the watery texture made them difficult to eat with my fork.
I usually love eggplant but this preparation was too mushy. Plus, the onions in it were mushy too, which made the eggplant and the onions indistinguishable from each other. I'd ordered my thali "mild," and the eggplant had more of a kick than I expected.
Nick loved the Saag Paneer. After he finished his, he kept digging his fork into mine. Personally, I thought it needed more cream.
I enjoyed the Raita. It was refreshing. I find I'm liking raita more these days.
The other plus about the thali is this one included a dessert. The rice pudding was delicious.
I'll join Nick and Bobby and add New Delhi Palace to my list of standby Indian restaurants. If you're in Pasadena or the surrounding areas, I recommend you make lunch or dinner plans here soon.
New Delhi Palace, 950 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91106. (626) 405-0666.
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