Taj Palace has long been Austin's favorite dining experience. Owners Ajay and his wife Kiran, were both raised and educated in the art of Indian cooking and hospitality in New Delhi, India. Opening Taj Palace in 1990, the couple gave many Austinites their first taste of intriguing tastes of India. The public responded with numerous awards for Best Indian and Best Buffet in the Austin Chronicle's well-respected "Best of Austin" awards, year after year.
Soothing tabla and sitar music, beaded curtains and colorful hand-painted lanterns welcome you as formally dressed wait staff deliver North Indian dishes and intriguing relishes in a variety of platters, ramekins, and shallow bowls with carved handles
The restaurant is a lovely, inviting escape from contemporary pressures. And the owners, chefs and staff are devoted to their craft and in sharing the wonderful mysteries of Indian cuisine with the community.
Elegantly presented, Taj Palace offers dozens of exciting dishes, with an enticing array of vegetarian selections as well. Tartly sweet tamarind, coriander, almond cream and dozens of other surprising essences appear in every course. Lamb and chicken are marinated in yogurt and spices before slow charcoal roasting in an authentic clay tandoor oven, the results are juicy, lean and healthy. Abundant vegetables and seafood appear in basmati pilafs and baked dishes.