Madras Palace Gaithersburg Review

Madras Palace
74 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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Madras Palace Gaithersburg: Heavenly Indian Food

By God, we glimpsed heaven during our recent meal at Madras Palace.

Amidst the endless Tundra of bad Indian restaurants in the U.S., Madras Palace in Gaithersburg, MD is a shining beacon of hope for aficionados of Indian cuisine.

A vegetarian Indian restaurant located at 74 Bureau Drive in Gaithersburg, Madras Palace offers a variety of South Indian and North Indian delicacies including Dosa, Uttapam, Bisi Bele Bath and a choice of curries.

During our recent visit to Madras Palace, we let our taste-buds roam across the vast prairie of the restaurant's offerings including Uttappam, Tomato Curry, Mango Kalam, Rasam, Kheer and more.

Much of what we sampled at Madras Palace delighted us.

One of the rare Indian restaurants where the food is not spiced obscenely high or dispiritingly low, but just right.

Madras Palace - Fine Curries
Mango Kalan was a divine curry with sweet and sour cut mango pieces cooked in coconut sauce and long, whole green chilies. With rice, with Poori or with Uttappam, any way you have the Mango Kalam you are a winner.

Tomato Curry in a medium-thick red-colored sauce looked yummy and tasted delicious with Poori and when mixed with rice.

Uttappam with onion, green chili, tomato and peas was a flavorful delight that did not require any accompaniment. With the spicy Tomato Chutney, the Uttappam sent us into a moaning orgasmic frenzy.

Bisi Bele Bath, a speciality from the south Indian state of Karnataka, was tasty but would have been tastier with a bit more ghee had been used in its preparation.

Superb Rasam
Rasam sent us into an euphoric fit of ecstasy. Sour and pungent with black pepper powder, surely it must be what the Gods in heaven drink every day to retain their miraculous powers.

Attesting to the power of a kitchen staffed with competent chefs, the onion-pumpkin-doodhi Sambar was equally flavorful.

We tried hard to find faults but came a cropper mostly.

Masala Dosa with the onion-potato filling and the Poori were both tasty.

Awesome Tomato Chutney
If there's a restaurant in the world that can make a tastier Tomato Chutney (with garlic and gingelly seeds), we haven't heard of it. A spicy treat, the Chutney was great with Dosa, Uttapam and Yogurt Rice. The Coconut Chutney was not in the same league.

Sadly, as with a lot of Indian restaurants in the U.S. the Chutneys were cold.

Vegetable Noodles was good but the tangy sauce was a wee bit on the higher side.

The subtly-spced Mushroom Mutter Butter Masala and Mixed Vegetable Korma gave no room for complaint.

Even Channa Masala, often a bland mess at most Indian restaurants, turned out to be flavorful here.

Nice Desserts
Semiya Kheer was a warm and sweet delight. Neither too thick nor too watery, it had just the right texture.

The Rava Kesari balls were good but could have used a little more ghee.

Decent Service
We were mostly satisfied with the service.

Our water glasses were filled promptly, finished plates removed after checking with us. There were instructions at the buffet table asking diners to use new plates for each visit.

The water glasses were kept on the paper-mats and not directly on the table.

Alas, one of the bathrooms was stinking, dirty and had toilet paper strewn all over the floor.

Madras Palace Gaithersburg Rating - Worth Visiting
By the way, we saw a sign at the cash register offering a $1 discount for cash payment.

Madras Palace is one of those rare Indian restaurants we'd consider making a second trip to. - ©

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