Madras Palace is an Indian restaurant specializing in south Indian cuisine. Offering a varied selection of delicious dishes including crispy dosas, spongy iddlies, kerala appam, vegetarian thalis to biriyanis and various tandoori dishes. Our authentic home-style cooking uses only natural spices and ingredients, directly imported from India.
I have been here before over the years and have enjoyed the buffet, but did notice quality reducing with each visit.
Wow! Talk about a horrible dinner. I had to give this a 1 star because there is no lower choice - if there were I would say - avoid at all costs...more like a - (minus) 10.
Went to the Richmond Hill location Sunday evening (27-May-2012 about 7 pm) and tried the buffet - turned out to be the worst food I have ever tasted in my life - and seriously - that is no exaggeration.
Most of the food was obviously leftovers from a previous event - perhaps the afternoon buffet. Here is a summary:
White rice - overcooked, mixed with undercooked rice - so I guess you would think it evens out ;)
Made to order dosa (crepe) - pathetic, limp & colourless - for those who have eaten a dosa before, this tasted nothing like the real thing.
Sambar - passable, but did not taste like any other sambhar I have ever had before :( tasted more like a poor attempt at making India curry for the first time in your life :(( - with scraps of potato, a couple of tiny tomato pieces
Rasam - passable)
Plain vada - overcooked and reheated
Vada is tamrind sauce - great invention - but for who? vada in sambhar or rasam in the traditional style would have been more than sufficient - but of course - they probably realize that the sambhar here is not actually sambhar, so were forced to look for a way out to make the overcooked reheated vadas edible.
Daal - was actually the only thing that was edible and I actually enjoyed it with the overcooked/under cooked rice combo dish.
Vegetable - some form of proiyal (dry vegetable dish with coconut) - burnt and dried out beyond recognition - it may even have been meat ;) it was that transformed.
Now to the curries -
Butter chicken - an item that should really be left to those who actually know the difference between that and regular chicken curry - what we got was some chicken that was shredded (from stirring it too much while cooking I guess) and this of course must have been made by the same cook who made the sambhar - and turned out to be a cross between tomato soup and Sri Lankan style chicken curry - must have started with one and then changed direction I guess - awful!!
Fish curry - gravy was fine, hardly an pieces with any meat - tons of tail and head, but meat - scarce - as well the few 1 inch cubes I could find were over cooked - like hard cottage cheese - what a waste of fish.
Desert s: Ice creams were fine - payasaam (Indian pudding) was stale and obviously left over.
I had decided not to have a before dinner drink - BIG MISTAKE - Should have ordered a couple of Doubles - that would probably have numbed my tongue and at least allowed me to eat something...
Enough said I guess - Can someone please post an update IF and WHEN they actually get a good meal at this place!!!