5230 NE 24th St Ste A
Redmond WA 98052
Oddly Shaped Buffet Plates and Good Food
By: Steve G
Kabab Palace is located in the Redmond/Bellevue area near the Microsoft campus. On the menu they offer up (you guessed it!) kababs, as well as other Indian dishes that are 100% halal or permissible according to Islamic law.
After doing a little research on the "kabab," I've realized that there are so many ways of spelling the word. Kebab, kabab, kebap, kabob, kibob, kebhav, and kephav, are all acceptable ways of saying it, depending on what part of the world you're in. Kababs consist of grilled or broiled meats on a skewer, but only people who have never been to a summer bbq didn't know that tid bit of information.
That being said, we were a little interesting in seeing how well Kabab Palace stacked up to the other heavy hitters in the area such as Mayuuri, Taj Palace, and Spice Route. Do they live up to their namesake serving up a mean kabab here? That's what Chef Seattle wanted to find out.
As we walked through the door, Kabab Palace had a real clean cut look to it that was bordering on the edge of being a little too plain. Thankfully, that's broken up with the huge windows that rise from the ground to the ceiling offering some great natural lighting. Several booths and tables are available for dining all with the signature white table cloth covered with a glass panel, but I'd suggest going for one the booths along the wall as many of the smaller tables are pushed together making things a little too close for comfort.
How close do you ask? I learned about Jennifer's problem with HR trying to get her friend hired into the accounts receiving department of her company. "I told them he's been doing the job unofficially for awhile, and there wouldn't be any long transition" was the last few things I heard until I gazed upon the plasma TV and discovered the beauty that is Indian music videos. With elaborate dance sequences that could rival Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad, I couldn't help but stay plastered the screen.
On the buffet menu, you'll find many of the things that you'd come to expect from a Indian restaurant. Aloo Gobi, Chana Masala, Pakora, Chicken Curry, Paneer, and Tandoori Chicken are just a few of the items you'll find on the buffet. Some of the items such as the Aloo Gobi were made perfectly soaking in all the flavor of the curry while not being too tough. The chicken kababs were marinated in garlic, ginger, cilantro and a variety of spices. Kabab Palace opts to serve them without the skewers during the lunch buffet resulting in a more manageable experience.
There were also a few miscues such as the occasional pieces of stale rice and dry chicken, but we gave them the benefit of the doubt as we did come in during the tail-end of the lunch hour.
Buffets rarely call for a high level of service, but nevertheless our cups were always kept full and plates were cleared off with frequency. Like most other Indian restaurants, it wasn't exactly service with a smile, but it was highly efficient.
While it was a pleasant experience at Kabab Palace, outside of the kababs, the outlandish Indian music videos, and a few of the Indian dishes, there's nothing that makes it truly stand out amongst the other Indian restaurants in the area. I'd recommend staying to the kababs, otherwise you might be in for a disappointment.