eating out: punjabi palace

There’s no better way to spend an evening than with a big group of friends, a few bottles of wine and amazingly good Indian food. I was fortunate enough to enjoy all of the above over the weekend.

There are several Indian restaurants along Melbourne Street in South Brisbane but as far as I’m concerned, Punjabi Palace is the only choice. It’s always packed out and even with our table of 12, we weren’t out of place and our waitress did a great job of keeping track of us.

We had a couple of vegetarians and vegans in our crowd, who easily found options that worked for them. Personally I opted for the Lamb Punjabi Delight (a very tasty curry made of basic spices, cashews and sultanas). I also stole quite a bit of the boy’s incredibly delicious Chicken Makini (Tandoori chicken cooked in tomato, ground cashews and spices). I strongly recommend either of these dishes.

As well as our complimentary rice, we had a selection of Naan (my favourite is the garlic though I also recommend trying the Peswari, which is stuffed with nuts and dried fruits). I also indulged in some raita and mango chutney to break through the heat of some of the spicier dishes.

The meal came to about $25 each including $2 corkage (wine was obviously an additional expense but easily purchased at numerous nearby bottle shops). Take away and delivery are also available.

When I have an Indian craving, this is where I head because as far as I’m concerned, it’s the best Indian in Brisbane.

Punjabi Palace on UrbanspoonWhere to find it: 135 Melbourne Street, West End
Where to find it online: punjabipalace.com.au

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