A longstanding dining destination recently changed locations. India Palace closed its Bridgeton flagship on Dec.31 and reopened in Maryland Heights on Jan. 3.
India Palace originally debuted in 1993 on the 11th floor of a building in close proximity to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. It filled a space that formerly housed a Polynesian-themed restaurant, and gained a following for the vibrant adopted environs. A second location of India Palace also operated in downtown St. Louis from 2014 until the building was sold in 2016.
According to manager Jesse Nagra, owner Suresh Bhakta decided to move in order to make the restaurant more easily accessible to its customer base. Nearby road construction made it harder for guests to get to the restaurant, and older elevators in the building also proved to be an obstacle over time.
India Palace now fills the approximately 5,400-square-foot space previously occupied by Standard Brewing Co., with a dining room that seats up to 120, a patio for 40 and a banquet room for 60 to 70. The room features an updated, modern look with warm string lighting and Indian statuettes and art.
With the relocation, the concept also got a little bit of a retooling, with the tag “multi-cuisine” now attached to India Palace’s well-renowned name. Guests can still get favorites such as chicken tikka masala, vegetable samosas, lamb curry and palak paneer, but they can also choose from new items inspired by popular cuisine of south India, Indochina and Indo-Thailand.
“We’re offering authentic Indian food with just a perfect blend of spices. Everything is made from scratch,” Nagra says. “We’re also offering Indian fast food – a new item that no other Indian restaurant has in town – such as Indian sandwiches, snacks and street food.”
For lunchtime, the restaurant’s popular buffet is still available, with around 20 items on any given day. New items on the regular menu developed by head chef Tony Singh, who has cooked for India Palace for the past 15 years, include spicy tandoori chicken legs, Chicken 65 and amul cheese masala, which features slices of Indian cheese in a fresh tomato sauce. Another addition is chicken dum biryani, a rice dish cooked on a low flame for almost three hours. Dinner specials for two will also be added soon.
An evenings-only set of vegetarian snacks will also be on offer every night from 5:30 to 10pm. Choose from options such as veggie sandwiches with avocado, corn, carrots, peas, a special blend of spices and mint sauce on grilled housemade bread. A veggie burger comes with a patty made out of carrots, potatoes, peas and cauliflower, topped with lettuce, onion, tamarind and mint sauce and served on a sesame bun. The snack menu also features vegetable samosas chaat.
From the full bar, choose from drink options such as Indian beers – Taj Mahal, Kingfisher and Flying Horse, to name a few – wine, cocktails and more.
India Palace is open daily, serving lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm and dinner from 5:30 to 10pm.
India Palace, 12322 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, Missouri, 314.731.3333, stlindiapalace.com