Got hauled out here for lunch by one of our vendors. Didn't have high hopes as it looks like a little hole in the wall in a strip mall.
Surprise #1: It's actually very clean and cozy inside. Dare I say it, but it's Indian but not Indian :-). It's quite small actually, don't expect to be handling very many large groups here.
We were seated very promptly. It's not on my tab and still not prepared for anything better than mediocre, I sprang for the "special". Surprise #2: This place is faster than McDonald's. The waiter went in the back and we could barely chat before he came out with the set metal plates again.
Surprise #3, the best of all. My gosh, the food tasted ... well, good! And fresh. Quantities were quite generous (we were definitely NOT hungry afterwards). Spicy but not too spicy even for a chili-wimp such as myself. We even got a big basket of fresh naan which was pretty good too. And best of all, I didn't really get that heavy, bloaty feeling I get from most Indian places.
I say don't underestimate this place, give it a chance and you'll be most pleased.
Came with the family for dinner because of the rave reviews. I have to say the food is tasty, but the quality of service left us not really wanting to go back.
We ordered the combination appetizer with all the deep fried goodness (chicken, fish, veggies). There were six of us, and the waiter suggested we order two of them to share. That turned out to be way too much, and we had to take home the leftovers. For entrees we ordered butter chicken, lamb tikka, mutter paneer, and a chickpea curry dish to share. We were told that we get 4 orders of naan and rice with our dishes. Unfortunately he didn't tell us how much naan actually came with each dish, so we ordered some garlic naan as well. To our surprise when the dishes came the basket of regular naan was piled so high we all had to laugh. There was no way we could finish it. The garlic naan was super fresh and tasty, but the waiter could've told us we didn't need to order extra. The free papadum (cracker) at the beginning was a nice touch, but we all found it too salty, even the one of us who always adds extra salt to his food.
The entrees were good overall, but we did not enjoy the appetizer (too much deep fried) and the ridiculous amount of naan. The service was also slow, it took us a while to flag someone down each time, and our water didn't get filled. For a small restaurant, I expected more attentive service.
I see this place as a great takeout restaurant. Food is decent and tasty. Portion is big, it is good value.
Service is friendly enough but slow sometimes, even though it's not that busy.
I never dine in the restaurant because it looks dingy, it's kind of depressing. With the same amount of money, you can sit in a clean and very comfortable restaurant with decent decor in Richmond. Who doesn't like that? But this place is totally worth it for takeout.
Food: had the lunch special: butter chicken, palak paneer, black beans, naan, salad, raita and rice. All were very tasty, not oily or greasy. Only complaint would be that the chicken was a bit on the dry side.
Service: server was patient in explaining menu and making recommendations, came to check on us midway through the meal. Although sometimes we had to wait and try to get his attention to get things (ex. set of utensils).
Value: Can't complain about the lunch special. Great deal for having a variety of food. Portion reasonable for price.
Ambiance: Everything looked new and clean. Restaurant has Indian music playing in the background. Washrooms clean but very tiny.
We went here last week. The service was polite and efficient, so no complaints there, although it wasn't amazing, either.
We had chicken tikka masala, chicken korma, rice biryani, salad, and naan.
The chicken korma was super delicious - very savoury, very creamy. The flavours were deep and scrumptious.
The chicken tikka was ok. It didn't hold a candle to the korma, and I thought this dish was a bit too oily.
The rice biryani was no good in my opinion. It was overly sloppy, and was essentially rice mixed with some peas, stirred in with some of the same sauce used for the tikka masala, even though 'biryani' is the Persian word for fried, and Indians have adopted this Persian dish. Most Indian restaurants do a nice job, but Tandoori Kona was not up to this task.
The salad consisted of old vegetables. The naan was good.
Well, it's in Richmond, and so am I, so I guess I'd go back at some point to try the other dishes. I prefer Pisces, but Tandoori Kona has a wider selection.
This is one of my fav. place for Indian food. They have amazing option for lunch sets as well, take-outs also taste equally wonderful.Their House Curry with any type of meat is very tasty, although I usually order Butter Chicken. If you don't like overly sweet stuff, don't order their desserts. But don't forget to order a lassi to go with your meal. I wrote a blog about my recent dinner there to give you a more detailed review :
I had a random craving for Indian food. Did a little research and found Tandoori Kona and decided to give it a go. It's not a fancy place, just a casual no frills type of place. Service was not particularly friendly, but definitely not rude. They did their jobs as servers well, water was constantly refilled without having to ask, dirty plates were removed as needed without asking. Just don't expect "chatty" type of service.
The food was great for the price. We tried the appetizer platter. A mix of Indian battered fish, chicken and vegetable fritters. The chicken was moist, fish tasted good.
We ordered the butter chicken and lamb briyani. Butter chicken was very good. The lamb briyani was good, but needed maybe a little bit more in terms of flavour. I'm not Indian food specialist, but I enjoyed my meal.
This was the first visit to Tandoori Kona for the wife and I. During our dinner we ordered the butter chicken (which many people had recommended previously) and Aloo Palak (vegetarian dish). I agree with many others here that the butter chicken very yummy. The aloo palak was pretty good as well. Having the naan, rice and poppadum included as part of the meal was really great value for $12. Naan was light and perfect with the sauces. My wife especially liked that the sauces weren't salty. Service was friendly and respectful. Very good first experience at Tandoori Kona and will be going back.
I've been to this place probably over 10 times by now for both lunch and dinner, and I can confidently say that their food is solid - always tasty and always fresh. Best butter chicken I've ever had, I can't even eat butter chicken from anywhere else! Naan is super fresh, and it's included along with rice and pappadam with most lunch/dinner sets for a good value. Recently tried their goat curry since they say it's one of their recommended items and I thought it was above average but not amazing, way too many bones and oil in it for my liking.
Service wise, I wouldn't say it's the best - I've only ever seen 3 different people work there, a tall guy who works as slow as a snail, a bigger fellow who mans the cash and is usually quite jolly, and a younger kid who is extremely polite and hardworking. The place definitely needs more servers when it's busy as it can take over 15mins just to place an order in. Ordering take-out is also a pain as they have gotten my order wrong a few times, and the price points are different than from the dine-in menu so be careful of that (ie: butter chicken takeout does not include rice/naan). Don't really like the ambiance in there as the place looks boring and old, no real colour or decor and the glasses/cutlery are usually dirty too.
Their chicken pakoras and butter chicken are AMAZING. Great naan too, love that it comes fresh to the table, nice and hot. Servers are friendly, but there need to be more of them to improve the level of service. Overall, a place I would come back to, but not on a busy day.
We planned to celebrate our friends b'day...finally we decided to go to an Indian restaurant,then we went to Tandoori kona on richmond,we all ordered butter chicken,tandoori chicken,malai kofta, and nan bread.The food was really amazing and service was extraordinary.,we really enjoyed our friends birthday,all the sudden it was surprising one and all.the server came with the birthday cake and the candle light on,waiter himself sang the birthday song and we also joined with him.so it become life time memory for all....folks if you plan to dine in a indian restaurant only the great place to dine,that's Tandoori kona,Richmond
This place has the best Indian food I've ever tried in Lower Mainland. Nevertheless, their staffs were one of the most friendly staffs I've ever came across. Service is needless to say - Outstanding.
The restaurant was not big, only sits about 15~20 people. The decoration were very very warm and relaxing, yet very elegant and exotic as well. If you enjoy Yoga, the moment you sat down, you'll feel the same like you're doing yoga at the moment, relax and calm. All my friends visited the place were very satisfied and wanting to go back because of the food, service and ambiance we experienced at Kona. Highly recommand this place!!
I honestly could not stand Indian food before I was dragged here by a few co-workers. I had the lunch special that day--butter chicken, tons of naan and palak paneer and I was completely blown away. After that I was hooked and I probably went at least once a month for a long period of time. I only stopped going so frequently because I changed jobs and it's very out of the way for me now.
I would highly recommend this place...the naan is tangy and delicious! Service is what you would expect for a small hole in the wall type of place.
On the whole Tandoori Kona was fine.The food was average but I expected more - especially for the price. Much better Indian food can be had in North Delta/Surrey for less money. Locally I prefer Steveston to what I sample here tonight.
If I was in the neighbourhood I might drop in for lunch but wouldn't return for dinner.
I'd be much happier paying $8-10/entree than the $12 they are charging.
We had the Kashmiri Chicken and the Bhurtha.
I went there for lunch all the time and there was never once the food disappointed me. The butter chicken is always my favorite and their naam bread is delicious. The service is attentive as well. If there is one thing that I have bad feedback is their utensils cleaniness. A few times I found the glass that they used to serve water is not thoroughly cleaned and I have to asked them to exchange anothero ne for me. But for the food, I will never hesitate to go back again.
My husband and I LOVE this place -- he has their number on speed dial! We dine in sometimes, but usually order out. We get veggie and chicken pakoras for appys. He gets butter chicken (medium) and I get aloo gobi (HOT) for entrees. We also get 2 orders of rice and 3-4 naan bread. Our total is usually around $40, which gets us both a full lunch for the next day at work too. Their food is delicious and the owners are so nice. The only thing about dining in is that they don't bring enough water during the meal. Other than that, it is one of our favorites.
My partner and I have been here about 5 times... each time we dine in. Service is good. Most people order out/pickup, but we like dining in. The place is friendly, and the food is pretty good. I've tried the lamb and chicken curries, as well as the vegetarian dishes such as the okra. My boyfriend usually goes for the butter chicken. Each dish comes with rice, and we also get a basket of naan. The complementary appetizer always crispy and nicely made with toasted cumin. We usually order the (potato)pakora appies. We'll be back for more.
We were looking for a new Indian take-out place that we would be happy with everytime. We had, had some not so yummy experinces other places and had heard that Tandoori Kona was good. We thought that we would give it a try. We are so glad we did!
They have a veggie combo that is great b/c you can choose what 3 dishes you would like from their veggie dishes. It comes with rice, salad and one those indian timbits. There is always enough there for 2 meals. If you like you food med/hot ask for mild/med and it will be perfect. My husband always gets the butter chicken. He loves it from this place. There seems to be a good amount of chicken chunks. Their nan is also good. We love this place so much that we drive from Vancouver to get take-out!
For Indian food in Richmond, this place is the best.
From curries and tandoori's to naan bread and lassi's, this place knows how to serve it right. I usually get the goat curry or the vindaloo, with extra naan bread. Yes, the naan bread at this place is almost to die for. It is the shining star, the cornerstone and the blood and veins of this place.
You can tell that the naan bread is traditionally made, put into a fire oven, and served with care. The naan bread is so delicate, so fluffy, and so full of flavour. Add your choice of curry and you will find yourself in spice heaven.
The only downside is the long wait times during peak hours. Just make sure you call ahead and speak very clear over the phone. They just might hear your 7pm reservation and write you down for 730.. not good!
All in all, this place is the hidden gem of Richmond, and TBH, I'd like to keep it that way.
Decided to go back there after a disappointing experience with Indian elsewhere. The Food has always been delightfull and again, no exception today. I read someone say that the butter chicken was a little dry, but it is served with curry sauce, so go figure. Veggies on the cast iron hot plate, just awesome and not burnt. Rice, Naan, what more can you ask for? Well maybe a little lower volume on the Bollywood and some improved ambiance, but the food is overwhelming in both volume & taste. Food came fast. Take it out or get it delivered if you need romance.
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