Friday, March 16, 2007

Mughal Palace

Mughal Palace
16 Broadway
Valhalla, NY 10595
(Opp. Valhalla train station)
Started a few years back by a couple of ex-Malabar Hills employees, this restaurant is strategically located right opposite the Valhalla train station. The food is imaginative—one of the best in Westchester—and has consistently improved over the past one and a half years that I have frequented it. This is a classical Indian restaurant with its usual suite of North Indian dishes that Americans diners are comfortable with. These dishes are well made, with some imagination thrown in. As I sat watching the steady stream of customers entering, I was impressed by the number of longtime customers that Abdul, one of the owners, warmly greets. There is a small bar stocked with a nice selection of bottled beers and the easy going, attentive manner of the wait staff makes the whole thing a pleasurable experience. One way to gauge the creativity of an Indian restaurant is to look at the tandoor fare-and a great time to do this is at the lunch buffet during a weekend. The tandoori foods at Mughal Palace was a pleasant surprise. This was no flaccid affair with large lumps of chicken legs, red with food coloring. The wings were delicious with clean, spicy tastes and not the jumble of flavors that you usually get. Kababs were just right, not too hot, not dry at all. Mughal Palace makes a decent dosa as well. While it may be listed as an appetizer, try it as a main dish as a change, particularly the masala dosa. This restaurant gets more crowded every time I visit and part of reason is likely that the co-owners have not let up on their quality control.
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