Located in the trendy suburb of Walkerville is Chennai Palace. As the largest Indian restaurant in South Australia, it certainly is a palace, boasting a seating capacity of over 200, a function hall, an outdoor beer garden and plenty of car parking space at the rear. Specialising in South Indian cuisine, the owners have been in hospitality for over 3 generations, and the Executive Chef has over 4 decades of experience. Unlike other restaurants, the menu is not over the top with a decent selection of starters, mains and vegetarian options.
Today, we started off with the Veg Samosa. Coming in a serve of 3, the savoury pastries were fried a light golden brown. The shell was crispy and not too thick. The filling was made from potato and peas that were flavoured with ground spices. Samosa filling can often be bland but not in this case.
This is the third time I’ve had Beef Vindaloo in a week. I am pleased to say that this one was pretty good. The chunks of beef were lean and tender, and the vindaloo sauce was well infused into the meat. The curry wasn’t too salty and it had a nice kick at the end of each bite.
Prior to today, I had heard a lot of good things about Chennai Palace, and I was glad to find out that it was all true. The venue is deceptively large and you certainly won’t be dining in cramped conditions. The ambience is relaxed, and the staff are attentive but not overbearing. The average starter is around $9 and the average main around $16; certainly not bad considering the quality and generous serving sizes.
Chennai Palace is open for lunch from Thursday to Sunday from 12pm-2:30pm, dinner from Monday to Sunday from 5pm-10pm, and the South Indian Veg Buffet is available on Sundays from 11am-2pm.
WHERE: 119 Walkerville Tce, Walkerville