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Wendy Reuer, Published December 14 2012

TRADE TALK: Indian restaurant getting rave reviews

Fargo-Moorhead diners now have another choice for Indian food with the opening last month of the Indian Palace at 5050 13th Ave. S. in Fargo.

Rave reviews are coming in on Facebook, Yelp and other online review forums for the variety and authentic Indian fare served at the Palace.

Owner Harpal “Paully” Sigh said metro diners seem to be enjoying the restaurant’s Balti dishes.

Balti is a style of cooking developed about a quarter of a century ago “by an Indian guy in London” using white wine, Sigh said.

Balti at the Indian Palace is a mix of chicken breast or diced lamb with vegetables and is eaten straight from the Karahi, a circular, deep cooking pot. Spices often include cumin, coriander, cloves, cassia bark and ginger.

Although Indian food is often known as a fiery feed, Sigh said Indian Palace restaurants are tame enough for all palates.

“We can do anything from very mild to where a little kid can eat it to whatever,” he said “We’re not afraid to add the spice, either, but we’ll restrict ourselves.”

Sigh said Indian Palace started in the Twin Cities area. There is also a restaurant in St. Cloud, Minn.

Along with menu items, Indian Palace offers a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offers delivery.

Indian Palace is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. to 10 Monday through Friday; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The website, www.indiapalacefargo.com, offers a place to sign up deals and discounts.

Students and veterans are regularly offered a discount.

Spare Key expands

Spare Key, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that helps families with sick children is expanding into three states, including North Dakota.

The nonprofit provides housing payments for families whose child is seriously ill or critically injured and in the hospital.

“While we will continue our commitment to Minnesota families, our capacity to serve families in North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin in 2013 is a significant achievement for this organization,” said Spare Key Executive Director Erich Mische. “This is a bold declaration that we will do more to support families beyond our current borders in the future.”

Since 1997, Spare Key has made mortgage payments in more than 320 Minnesota cities and 75 of the state’s 87 counties for more than 1,500 families totaling nearly $1.6 million. Clients are usually referred to Spare Key by hospital and human service staff.

For more information or to nominate a family, contact Mische at erich@sparekey.org or at (952) 406-8872.

Cafe21 Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar now open

The new Cafe21 Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar is up and running.

The elegantly decorated Asian bistro is on the southwestern corner of the 25th Street Market in what used to be Yuki Hana Grill & Sushi at 1450 25th St. S., Fargo.

Passers-by of Yuki Hana may have recently noticed a closing sign on the door, but the space’s transition was quick. A worker said menu items reminiscent of Yuki Hana remain on the Cafe21 lineup.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530