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“Lovely place to eat” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of India Palace

India Palace
Ranked #197 of 313 Restaurants in Haarlem
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Centrum
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely place to eat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

I eat here every now and then, as I am a big fan of Indian food. The service and atmosphere are great and the food is very delicious. It's most fun to come with a group and share all the different dishes. The best Indian restaurant in Haarlem that I know of!

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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Worst Indian meal in Netherlands to date”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

I thought the "Indian House" in Maastricht was bad enough, this India Palace is worse.
Generally we avoid Indian food in the Netherlands but since we are moving to Haarlem, we thought to check out the Indian restaurants.

We checked several websites and including Tripadvisor (which i never trust for food review) and finally decided to give it a shot at this Indian Palace because I saw one review from an Indian customer on Tripadvisor and several UK based people (which i thought they might have better judgement on Indian food than the Dutch.

We were so wrong.

1. The rice smelled like the gunny bag that had been stored in the warehouse. Did they not wash the rice before cooking?
2. The briyani was colourful but tasteless. Seriously lack of spices.
3. The lamb in the briyani was tough. How did they fail this?
4. Lamb madras, we made better one at home.
5. Papadam was the bad version of spiced papadam.
6. Mango lassi tastes like sweet mango puree juice

There was an Indian looking old couple sitting next to our table and the gentleman surely had his complain about their food too. The manager defended the restaurant by saying "different area make the dish differently" while the customer told him it's not being different, it was just bad.

We had a chat with the couple before leaving, i thought to find out which are the better Indian restaurants to their opinion in the neighbourhood, they suggested Taste of India while they had not tried the Jaibharat because they could not find it. They were tourists, and obviously very unsatisfied with India Palace.

Do not go there.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Lovely food with a good authentic taste.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

As we did not feel like going to Amsterdam we drove a little further and arrived in lovely Haarlem. The restaurant is well situated in the center and as there is a parking nearby it is easily reachable by car. We arrived around 21.00 and there were still plenty of guests. Because the restaurant is open until 23.00 there was enough time to have dinner. We had two starters which where very tasty. Our main courses were beautiful. All in all lovely food with a good authentic taste.

If you are in the area and feel like Indian you cannot go wrong here. We recommend it.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Juledan
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Sheffield, South Yorkshire
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121 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Was there Wednesday 4th January. Wow.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

Lovely Indian food. Great place. Excellent service. Value for money. Love it!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PBPCB
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Dublin, Ireland
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75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“love this restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

great food, welcoming family run restaurant. got a free beer while I waited. Good hot and mild curries made to order. well worth a visit if u like indian food.

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1 Thank macire
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