Looking through our coupon book today we decided to head out somewhere for a spot of Sunday Lunch. India Palace had a great offer of 2 for 1 lunch buffet and so we headed over there. There's something strange about Indian restaurant Lunch buffets, well maybe just something strange about an Indian restaurant at lunch- they are so gloomy. Whenever I walk into one I feel slightly depressed at having left the delight of the sun outside and wonder why they decide to not let in any natural light, and why they then don't make up for this with some lights of their own. This is definitely a place better to visit after dark when the atmosphere can be romantic and soothing.
We walked into the restaurant and as so often with lunch buffets, were a little unsure as what to do. There was no wait to be seated sign, but neither did it seem like the type of place to just grab a table. No one paid us too much attention and eventually when we did manage to make contact with a waiter he just waived his hand invited us to sit where we chose. No menu was proffered and we waited a little longer , now not sure whether we should just grab plates and start helping ourselves. When no one appeared we decided- our hunger getting the better of us, to just go ahead.
The array of food was wonderful, lots of choice, and yet not so much that you either miss out on something good, or end up stuffing yourself far too full of food. Highlights were the tandoori chicken, and the vegetable massala, the lentil dish was also excellent. We sat down, and after being greeted by no waiter we eventually managed to flag one down and ask for a drink, this eventually arrived, as did a basket of naam bread- although unfortunately it came after most of the food had been demolished.
The lunch buffet was great, the service just bizarre and barely existent. Still the waiter we eventually manage to grab was incredibly kind and cheerful. So a great Sunday lunch- probably without our 2 for 1 coupon this would have been a little overpriced, but with the deal it was wonderful.