Amrit Palace has been serving up authentic Indian food in a setting fit for a king for over 30 years in the Ocala area.
The restaurant, located at 3415 SW College Rd, recently underwent renovations to both their facade and their food.
One might think that being a mainstay in Ocala for three decades would make it difficult to stand out in the plethora of food options, but Amrit Palace succeeds by being one of the few local restaurants that provides an extensive menu of authentic, freshly prepared Indian dishes. Amrit knows Indian food, they know how to prepare it, and they know how to create an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re eating in a local resident’s dining room.
From its appetizers to its curries, to its entrées, the menu is infused with Indian favorites and descriptions that make even the most novice diners intimately familiar with the flavors and spices of every dish.
The samosas, which are deep fried, crispy patties stuffed with meat or vegetables and cooked fresh, are filling appetizers similar to Hispanic empanadas. The nan comes in a few different options, including a classic garlic nan and a savory cheese nan that pairs well with the large variety of curries and sauces that accompany each entree.
The soups are made from scratch and are as thick and hearty as the curries and sauces themselves. An Indian favorite, the dal soup is made from lentils that are prepared with a few basic spices, but packs a flavorful punch.
The entrees for lunch and dinner are a collection of authentic favorites that showcase meats and vegetables in a variety cooking styles, including tandoori, vindaloo, curry, and tikka masala.
For those with a lower tolerance for spice and heat, dishes like the lamb or chicken vindaloo can be toned down and made with lower heat profiles. Each entree is served with rice for the table, with most patrons springing for more nan to dip into the accompanying curries and sauces.
The restaurant is closed on Monday, but is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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