After the rousing success of our first Vlog about Amazing Thai, we gave into popular demand and made a second one about Taj Palace. I love Taj Palace because it always brings back great memories. It was one of the first restaurants I ever visited in Seoul, and at the time it was one of the only places serving lamb. Me and a large group of friends would come up from Cheongju and hit the buffet hard before a big night out. I reviewed the buffet a couple of years ago, the food is still as delicious as ever, but I think we can safely say my photography skills have come along way since then.
If you want to see what Jason and I got up to then check out the video here. We were lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour and Chef Ramesh cooked up a real feast for us, he actually managed to include all of my favourites, so I was one happy camper indeed.
The first dish we got was Butter Chicken, this is my absolute favourite so if you have watched the video, that was real genuine excitement, no foodie fakers here. I also learned that butter chicken actually has no butter in it. The sauce is made from boiling a variety of herbs with tomato sauce, cream, and a paste made from cashew nuts. It’s all those lovely nuts that give it that richness, no wonder my attempts at home have always failed before.
The second dish we made was tandoori chicken and chicken kebabs. We watched them make their fabulous marinade, using cardamon, garlic, ginger, yogurt, and cream, then cook it on skewers in the tandoor oven. Served with salad, it was spectacular. The chicken was so tender and juicy and filled with so much flavor from the marinade. I really need to convince The Fat Boyfriend to get us a tandoor oven for the kitchen!
We also made a lamb rogan josh! A medium spiced, very rich curry with lamb meat. It was just so packed with flavour. We always end up ordering this, as it’s one of The Fat Boyfriend’s favourites, he was very jealous that I got to watch them make it!
You can’t eat all those curries without some naan bread, and The Taj Palace garlic naan is incredible. In fact it’s better than the ones we get back home, and England is no stranger to Indian food! If you get the buffet you can eat as much as you like!
To finish we got a cup of chai tea, the perfect way to round off the meal. It was an amazing meal and I can’t wait to go back again. The a la carte menu is always open, and the buffet runs on weekends and red days. They are open 365 days a year, so be sure to pay them a visit, or if you are as lazy as me you can get a delivery from Ynot-takeout!
Taj Palace is located in Itaewon at 2F 132-2, Itaewon1 -dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Come out of Itaewon Station (Line 6) exit 3 and walk straight until you reach Dunkin Donuts. Take a right at the corner and continue walking up the hill, its just opposite King Club and the Foreign food mart. If you would like more information about their menu, check out their website http://www.tajpalace.co.kr/ which includes descriptions of all their curries. Or you can call them on 02-790-5786.