Diwalli Palace has quite some history, although the name is rather new. Until recently, it’s been the only place in Belgrade serving Indian food. It actually opened back in 1997 as Indian Palace, changed name to Maharaja, and recently to Diwalli Palace.
Trying new food is always great, but getting a taste of Indian dishes for the first time is something different. Diwalli might not be that perfectly located, but the food (and the atmosphere) you get is the real deal and worth coming, for sure.
It is owned and operated by Rakesh Kumar, the main chef, who has been in charge of cooking here for quite some time.
As with all Indian food, portions are not huge, but the spices will make you feel full before you expect, so the regular starter plus the main meal and salad thing is good only when you’re really hungry.
You can start off with great melting samosas (keema or vegetarian), chicken/seasonal soup or the aromatic daal.
Korma is perfect if you’re looking for a more calm, not as spicy, but of course aromatic dish. On the other hand, Jalfrezi will definitely not keep you calm, being the hottest (18 chillies!) and one of the best dishes on the menu.
There is a wide array of meats here – from chicken and lamb, to shrimps and pork. ‘Indian Palace’ salad with pumpkin seeds goes great with whatever you order.
As for the desserts, try Gajar ka halva, carrot cooked in milk with almond and cashews!