Located on the busy traffic thoroughfare of Daws Road, within a small shopping complex, is Indian Palace Express. The quaint little restaurant and take away seats 24 people with ample parking in the surrounds. There are wall features in the form of carvings that make the place traditional as does the orange and red colour scheme. The menu is fairly standard when it comes to Indian fare and is categorised into entrees, mains, vegetarian, rice, salads, accompaniments, breads and desserts. Owner and Chef, Vipin Kumar, used to work at British India, and likes to use fresh, local ingredients in all dishes on offer.
For starters, we had the Punjabi Samosa which is a triangle pastry filled with potatoes and sultanas. To some degree I was interested in what this would taste like with the inclusion of sultanas. The pastry was firm and crisp, and from what I could see and taste, the filling was mostly lightly curried potato. I’m sure there were sultanas somewhere inside but I couldn’t see it.
Next was the Beef Vindaloo which was served with Saffron Rice. The beef was lean, tender and succulent, and the flavours were well infused into the meat. The curry wasn’t too spicy but had a nice kick at the end. If anything, there was a tad too much salt in the dish, but that can be overcome by eating more rice.
For dessert, we had the Mango Kulfi which is their homemade version of ice cream with nuts. As ice cream should be, it was smooth and creamy. It wasn’t overly sweet and you could taste the natural mango flavours. Not a bad way to end the meal.
As the name Indian Palace Express suggests, it’s all about quality Indian food that is served up quickly. We can attest to that with each course being delivered to our table within 10 minutes of each request. The atmosphere is laid back, and the service is fast and efficient. Entrees start from $5.90, and mains from $9.90. This is pretty good considering the quality and large serving sizes.
This place is a gem in the southern suburbs. Check it out.
WHERE: 5/56-58 Daws Rd, Edwardstown