Lunch at India Palace

Lunch at India Palace

 India Palace is still serving a "buffet" at lunch, but in these times they'll bring you a platter with all your Indian food favorites. 

This midtown institution is open for lunch and dinner, with limited dine-in and of course, takeout.


Midtown Memphis Indian Food

This afternoon, I met my friend for lunch at India Palace on Poplar in Midtown. We decided to meet there because of their daily lunch buffet. The buffet is an all-you-can-eat Indian wonderland stocked with plenty of options for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The L-shaped buffet is set up in two sections. On one side, there's a salad bar with all of the usual salad fixings (and a few unlikely ones) and raita. On the other, there are steaming trays of Indian standards - chicken curry, potatoes and eggplant, Tandoori chicken, palak paneer.

I had a plateful of chicken curry, eggplant and potatoes, basmati rice, and a bowl full of cucumber and tomato slices covered in creamy yogurt sauce. The food was well-seasoned, but nothing on the buffet was super spicy. At least, not spicy enough to merit all of the ultra-attentive water refills. Even during the lunch buffet, the service at India Palace is crazy attentive - every time I took a sip of my water, a pitcher-wielding server appeared to top it off.

The restaurant is fairly large - booths line the walls (and are inexplicably lined up in the middle of the room), and there are huge murals of elephants, tigers, and the Taj Mahal. India palace has a lunch buffet during the day, and a dinner menu at night. 

Naan from India Palace, Memphis, Tenn.

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India Palace

1720 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

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My friend and I used to eat there twice a week after school. We played a game with the servers to see if we could get our water half-drunk before they came around with refills. Needless to say, we failed. I eat there with my Grandmother every time I come to town, and it never disappoints. One of the servers still remembers me and says, "It's nice to see you." I have enjoyed India Palace for more than 10 years for obvious reasons, and I'm a super loyal customer. The food is always good, and I cherish the "curry-coma" after lunch.
February 10, 2010 2:55pm

I love India Palace. I don't go there all that often, but when I do go, I can tell they remember me, too! Even if it's been months since my last visit. Which, honestly, just should never happen because the food is great and the service is ludicrously good.
February 11, 2010 4:17pm

I LOVE India Palace!! My husband and I just went there Sunday, it was great as always. It is pretty much a weekly routine for us to go once on the weekend to the buffet, and we are never disappointed!
February 21, 2011 11:13pm