It's been awhile since I visited this restaurant, but am only going to put in my two cents based on my earlier visits. I don't understand why people are always rating this restaurant so high. The food is decent, yes, but the dining experience has always been less than fulfilling. The main problem is the service and attitude of the people in charge. The three times I visited Saigon Le, it was always the same story. I have since heard the same complaint from others who have been there. There are so many Vietnamese restaurants in town now that are every bit as good, if not much better, than Saigon Le, that I don't understand why people still hold this place in such high regard???? Have they even tried any of the others? They should! Based on the service and the "not-so-much-better" food, I choose to go to other Vietnamese restaurants
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Wow????? No reviews of the BEST INDIAN restaurant in town???? That's criminal! This is the restaurant that set the standards. They've been around the longest and they certainly know how to do everything right. First off, my main compliments are to the owners and staff. I have traveled the country and have eaten at some of the finest dining establishments there are, and there is NO OTHER restaurant that exceeds Indian Palace's service. NONE! After you take your first sip of water, they are immediately there to fill your glass again. Need anything? You NEVER have to wait long, as there is someone always close by to accomodate your every need. Most visits are met with a manager who stops by to ask if you are pleased with your meal and service. They GENUINELY care! They GENUINELY appreciate you and your business. We have been going to the lunch buffets ever since they opened. The food is absolutely TERRIFIC, even on the buffets. Try the chicken wings if they're on the buffet that day! While this is a personal favorite of mine on the buffet, I recently ordered them from the menu and they're served a bit differently than at lunch. I wasn't expecting their being served on a sizzling platter with a generous amount of grilled onions and tomatos, and a spectacular, and somewhat sweet, Indian barbeque-type sauce! The only way I can describe the taste is that it's one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of eating! A definite must. I took my best friend there for her birthday, and we ordered the complete Tandori Dinner. What an unforgettable and mouth-watering feast! Because we told the owner that it was my friend's birthday, he surprised us by including some "extras" to our meal per gratis. While there were only 2 of us, we had enough food for at least 4 people. As a matter of fact, we took what we couldn't eat home and had it for dinner last night. We still have enough for another meal!
Ample Selection, Extraordinary Food, Unsurpassed Service, Delightful Atmosphere --- it's ALL there for you to enjoy at Indian Palace - the BEST Indian restaurant in town!
WORST Mexican restaurant I have ever eaten at! If I wanted dog food, I would go to Pet Star and save a few bucks! How in the world this restaurant gets top marks as the "best Mexican restaurant" is so utterly unbelievable to me! I ordered a chicken quesadilla. Now, I'm used to a quesadilla being full of meat, onions, cheese and GRILLED. This poor example was so thin in appearance, that I questioned if ANYTHING was in the tortilla. I had to have a magnifying glass to see any incredient! To add further disapprovement, was that the tortilla was cold, doughy and NOT grilled or even heated. It obviously came stgraight out of the package. I have NEVER seen anything like this. Being as forgiving as I am, I gave it another try several months later (only because I was meeting someone there), and the results were the same, even after requesting GRILLED onions, GRILLED tortilla and some resemblence of chicken in the mix! Geez....are you kidding me? Apparently, Memphis has no concept of true, Mexican food. The only explanation I can think of as to anyone voting this as the best Mexican restaurant is that the owners and staff are the ones voting. The ONLY ones!
The BEST Naan in town...bar naan!
I am now a regular customer for their Sunday buffet. The food is exceptionally good. But if you're a fan of Naan, their's is terrific! The best I've ever had. It's somewhat thin and crispy, which is my preference. It comes straight from the oven to your table and is of the garlic variety. Ummm, my mouth is watering as I write these words. There are ample and tasty vegetable selections, as well as entrees to choose from. The mango pudding is full of sliced apple bits and bananas and is the right thickness to satisfy this diner. Apparently, others feel the same way, as the restaurant is always full of people. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
I thoroughly dislike this restaurant. To be fair, I haven't been there for a year or so because I really was so disappointed. What you get for the price is food that is well below average. If you like CANNED vegetables, this is your place to eat. I enjoy vegetables, but when you're paying their price for a "home-cooked" meal, I would be much more impressed if the vegetables were fresh, with some sense of taste. The entrees are bland as well. I do believe that the desserts are good, but I only am relying on my dinner companion's comments. This restaurant is more applauded for its breakfast I suppose. But it's nothing more than what you could fix at home. Nothing special for sure.
Agree with mad merc. Am dumbfounded that people think this is a great Mexican Restaurant. I ordered a quesadilla, expecting a GRILLED and STUFFED entree. What I got was a quarter-inch thick mess of melted cheese with semi-invisible chicken, no grilled onions or peppers (which I love and thought were ingredients in quesadillas??), wrapped in a soft, ungrilled, cold flour tortilla. I "forced" myself to eat this horrendous concoction, which really was an effort! My friend got an enchillada, which she claimed was totally void of flavor, and suspected was actually cat food. I gave it another try several months later (mainly because the restaurant has oftentimes been voted "Favorite Mexican Restaurant" in Memphis) and found the same horrific and sorry excuse of a meal. NEVER again! If you are contemplating whether to try this restaurant, I suggest that you go to the grocery store and buy a can of Friskies "Mixed Grill" cat food, a small bag of the cheapest flour tortillas, stuff the tortilla (straight from the bag) with the cat food, place on a paper plate and "Bon Appetite'"! It will be several notches above a meal you'll get at El Porton!
I too, am a HUGE fan of this restaurant! The food and atmosphere are exceptional. The buffet offers many selections that you just don't find at other restaurants in this area. The buffet is the main focus of the dining experience, and you can be assured that the food is ALWAYS *Fresh, *Delicious, and the *Highest of Quality. Yes, it's a little pricey, but I agree that it is worth it. The lunch buffet is priced in the $10 per-person range and dinner in the $20 per-person range. Numerous freshly and uniquely-prepared Sushi, Asian salads, prime beef, chicken, pork, fish and seafood, as well as an assortment of vegetables, soups, and desserts round out the exquisite fare. Hmmm, this review is making me hungry. So long for now. Going to "Eat Well"!
I have been to Escape Alley Sundry and was immediately impressed with the atmosphere of cheerful art and artifacts (much the work of the talented Russell Wild), and, as the article professes, "eclectic" decor and collectibles. Welcomed by Jo and Russell themselves, I found them both to be incredibly creative and interesting to talk to. Jo fixes "tantalizing treats for the tastebuds" - at very affordable prices! Now I know I might be sounding like a "commercial", but Escape Alley Sundry is truly a destination....one I am obviously, very excited about! Thanks. Sally M.
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