Spring break was rearing it’s end and it was sadly our last night in Long Beach. For our final dinner adventure, we decided to go to Lindsay’s Indian restaurant back home – Kamal Palace.
The restaurant was tucked away in a shopping center off of Pacific Coast Highway. The smells of curry and cumin immediately filled our noses the second we walked inside. We were seated and brought out papadum and sauces as we looked over the menu.
Papadum is a thin and crisp cracker or flatbread. It can be accompanied with different chutneys, and Kamal Palace gave us a mango chutney and a herb chutney. The mango chutney was more thick than what I am used to but I really liked it.
I ordered the chicken malai for my entree – an all white meat marinated in yogurt, herbs and spices. It was then cooked with coconut and a creamy sauce, and tandoored in clay oven. The sauce for this dish was so ridiculously good. I am not exaggerating when I say I could drink it because it was so divine. The sauce was creamy, a little sweet and very flavorful. This may actually be my new favorite Indian dish. Lindsay and I got garlic naan to share, and I loved dunking the naan in it. This naan was also very good on it’s own but it was garlicky and flavorful.
I really enjoyed my dinner experience at Kamal Palace. The food was exquisite and I couldn’t get over how delicious it was. The service was good and the food was priced at what I would expect. In addition, the restaurant was clean and the decor wasn’t off-putting. I now plan to look for malai sauce on the menu of every Indian restaurant I go to.
6374 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
Mon-Sat 11:00 AM–2:30 PM, 5:00 PM–10:00 PM; Sun 11:00 AM-10:00 PM