We were in Sedona on vacation, staying at a house near Cuisine of India aka Indian Palace, India Palace and Delhi Palace. I don’t know what the actual name of the restaurant is, I’ve found reviews under all names. We wen there for lunch a rainy day in August, 2013.
According to my daughter, this was the smallest buffet at which she’s ever eaten. That’s not necessarily true for me, but with ten or so offerings, including rice, it would definitely not win any prizes for size. Then again, it also doesn’t seem to be very popular, at least for lunch, so few offerings hopefully mean the food is fresher.
As far as Indian food goes, this buffet was pretty average. I liked the mushroom korma, but the chicken tikka masala was underseasoned (even though it was a bit spicy). The same can be said for the chicken tandoori, it didn’t taste as if they’d use any spices on it other than pepper. The lamb curry was OK, though the lamb was a bit dry and tough. The rice was a bit too starchy for my taste, but the garlic/herb naan bread, served pipping hot, was quite good. Sweet lassis also lacked flavor.
My biggest problem with the meal was the price. We ended up paying $42 before the tip for 3 people. That’s pretty ridiculous for a buffet lunch. Now, my husband didn’t look at the bill carefully so perhaps they charged us for our other daughter who didn’t eat any of the food (which they knew, as she instead had a subway sandwich at the table). According to the website, the lunch buffets are now $10
As far as the restaurant itself, it was your run-of-the-mill shopping center restaurant, it didn’t have any ambiance to speak of.
Cuisine of India/ Delhi Palace
1910 W Hwy 89A, Suite 102
We were staying in a residential neighborhood in Sedona, and my husband wanted to go somewhere near for dinner. The Olde Sedona Bar & Grill didn’t get the best of reviews, but I figured it was worth a try anyway. Plus I had a $25 restaurant.com voucher ($50 minimum purchase). For what we ended up paying, $50 after the coupon, including tax and dinner for a family of four, this ended up being a good experience. I wouldn’t have been happy if I’d paid much more, however.
Probably what I liked the least about the place was the decor, it’s pretty run down. I did appreciate the photos on the wall of movie scenes shot around Sedona. No wonder I always imagined the old west to be full of cool rock formations, that’s where all the movies were filmed!
The Olde Sedona Bar & Grill offers unpretentious food, of the type served at family restaurants throughout the country. None of it was particularly remarkable, but all of it was tasty enough. I’d give it 3 stars.
I had the buffalo brochettes ($18), which were perfectly cooked medium-rare (OK, maybe on the rarer side, but it worked well). The meat wasn’t terribly flavorful – but that’s always true with buffalo meat -, but the sauce was pretty yummy and adding some salt helped. I appreciated how tender the pieces were, and the lumpy garlic mashed potatoes tasted like the ones I would make. They really hit the spot.
My husband had a burger ($10) which he characterized as a good, standard burger.
My oldest daughter had a child’s quesadilla ($6). It was huge! Definitely adult sized, she only finished half or so. She did like it, however.
My youngest, on the other hand, was unhappy with her bean and cheese burrito ($6) but she hasn’t been fond of any of the ones she’s had in the southwest. The beans must be different from the ones used in California. It was a huge burrito as well.
Service by our waitress was excellent. She was solicitous, and when she didn’t know how to deal with the restaurant.com smart phone coupon, she promptly asked her manager for help. Note: they did not include the supposedly automatic 18% tip, so make sure you add it (and remember to tip in the original amount).
Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar and Grill
1405 West Highway 89A
Daily: 11 AM – 2 AM