Give Your Taste Buds a Treat

Try Taj Palace for authentic Indian and Nepalese cuisine

Photos by Kara Thorpe

If you like Indian food, you know how delicious and tongue-tingling it can be. If you’ve yet to discover it, you’re in luck because Warrenton is home to a fantastic Indian restaurant. Tucked away in the shopping center behind Marshalls, Taj Palace is a treasure just waiting to be discovered by those who already love Indian cuisine and those yet to become devotees. (And trust us, you will become a devotee!)

Opened in the spring of 2017, the 84-seat restaurant offers both Indian and Nepalese fare. And if the restaurant’s Yelp reviews are any indication, the dishes at Taj Palace lack for nothing.

“The meal was savory, succulent, and delicious, with a really nice balance of heat and flavor,” said one. “The food was filled with flavor, it was fresh, and every bite had me salivating for the next,” said another.

“I think some people are afraid to try Indian food,” says owner Nepal Thapa. “They think it’s all very different and spicy, but that’s not the case. A few dishes are spicy, but all the dishes, even the milder ones, are tender, flavorful meals made with fresh ingredients and herbs and spices.”

About half of Taj Palace’s dishes are cooked Tandoori style, which means they’re grilled in a clay oven. The meats cook slowly and absorb the flavors in which they’ve been marinated. True, these dishes can take 10-15 minutes longer than others, but the mouth-watering results are worth the wait.

Serving delectable, authentic Indian cuisine is of prime importance at Taj Palace and is surpassed only by the restaurant’s commitment to customer service. The spiciness on almost every dish can be adjusted to the customer’s taste, special orders are happily accommodated, and portion sizes/prices can be adjusted to the customer’s wishes. There are vegetarian and vegan options, as well as a full bar with cocktails, wine, and Indian beer. Catering and delivery within the town of Warrenton is also available.

The lunch buffet is a good way to sample the offerings at Taj Palace. It always serves the staples such as basmati rice, naan, curry, and tandoori chicken, but about forty percent of the items are switched out daily, giving customers a different experience each time they come in.

Taj Palace enjoys introducing people to its native food, and recently catered a class at Warrenton Middle School that was studying India. The response was overwhelming. The restaurant received 34 letters of thanks from the students, who absolutely raved about the food. Taj Palace has participated in other food-related community events as well.

“We definitely want to grow our business,” says Thapa, “but it’s not only about that, we want to help out in the community.”

Menu Recommendations

If you’ve never tried Indian Cuisine, winter is the perfect time to do so. With its little touch of zing, Indian food can be extremely satisfying comfort food when it’s cold!

For first-time Indian restaurant customers:
The Butter Chicken, an extremely popular item, is a good dish to start with, being a tiny bit on the sweeter side and not as spicy. Also recommended are the Palak Paneer, which are flavorful fried balls of cottage cheese cooked with fresh spinach, and the mild version of the Himalayan Chicken Curry, which one Yelp reviewer said was “the most flavorful curry I’ve ever had.”

Ready to get a bit more adventurous?
Thapa recommends the Chicken Tikka Masala, and Lamb Rogan Josh.

Already like super spicy food?
Go for the Vindaloo, made with chicken, fish, or lamb.

Can you bring the kids to Taj Palace?
Absolutely! Kids love the Butter Chicken, the chicken wings, the boneless chicken kabob, and the Samosa, a fried pastry stuffed with steamed potatoes and chick peas. Favorite kids’ drink? The Mango Lassi, a mango smoothie. (Yes, it can be made into an “adult beverage” with the addition of vodka or rum!) And of course, the naan bread is always popular with children and adults alike.

Pam Kamphuis
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