I love this restaurant. I live nearby and eat here quite often (probably more often then I should ^_^) The food is always great and there is usually enough leftover for lunch the next day. The prices are very reasonable for the quality and amount of food you get and the staff are always friendly. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who really enjoys food. If it's your first time trying the cuisine, there's a choice of mild, medium, or hot. If you make it at home all the time, give yourself a break and try the Tandoori Kona.
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 love this place -- coworker and i are frequent visitors to this establishment and this is what i base all other indian food experiences/dishes on.
food is always great, value is great, portions are good and the garlic naan is delicious.
I've brought out of town coworkers and customers here before and ive never had a complaint - even those first time to indian.
Only tricky part is if you catch them at the busy time - LUNCH - you can have a bit of a wait depending how many people hord the place all at once. THis is one of those places that if you dont show up early, you'll end up waiting in line!
By far, without a doubt this place has the best butter chicken in the entire lower mainland.
Over the last 4 or 5 years I have made a conscious effort to try as many Indian places as possible and so I can say with relative ease that you will not be dissapointed here. You name the place, I've probably tried it - from high end places like Maurya and Vij's to places in Surrey like Mahek, Mirch Masala, places along Main st, Tandoori King, Chambar's, and even buffets.
The service is a little slow but they all work hard and are attentive. It's usually slow because the place is always busy! I would recommend the Muligitawny (sp?) soup, butter chicken, and the tandoori chicken. The other curries like Vindaloo and Roganjosh taste on par with other places. The naan is also great and they give you 3 pieces per order!
If you go at lunch they have lunch specials and if you order takeout the portions are huge (more expensive though)!
You have to at least try this place once
try eating this food slowly and you will see - amazing flavour! not many good Indian restaurants here but this is and the east Indians all go here too- hehe The owner looks pakistani but he is not and the food is made by chefs and it makes all the difference! other places are east Indian but no chefs there - they are very well run and very reasonable
This place is great. The food is incredible and the value is great. The service could use some improvement and although it's a small restaurant there's usually only one waiter doing everything - from serving, cleaning tables and cashier. The ambiance is nothing like the high end Vij's in Vancouver but at the same time it also doesn't come with the high end prices.
If you want a good meal I'd definitely recommend this place. Love their chicken tikka and their paneer stuffed naan. And their weekday lunch specials are great for under $10.
I really wish I didn't love this place so much. The service is so awful but the food is so good that I keep going back.
My boyfriend had heard about Tandoori Kona and so for our first try we tested out some simple dishes, the butter chicken and the garlic naan. Both were phenomenal. I'm used to Indian food as done in Africa, so I was surprised by how liquidy the butter chicken was, but was assured that this is what Butter Chicken is all over N. America, which makes me wonder what its like in India!
Since we have been back for various dishes, almost always trying something new. I have never been disappointed with the food but the service certainly leaves something to be desired. One time we did pick up and got our food home to realise that we were given the wrong order, when my boyfriend called the owner just told him he was wrong and hung up so I called back and he ARGUED WITH ME! I know what peas and potatoes look like in my Naan when I ordered it plain, it was sitting in front of me, this man couldn't even see it and he was telling me that I was wrong! Sheesh! It was probably the worst customer service I've ever experienced in a restaurant!
They're nice enough when you eat in, and it isn't busy. But check your take-out orders in front of him, cause he'll fight with you about it!
Best Indian restaurant anywhere in Lower Mainland, beats Vij's, Maurya et al... Crispy stretchy naan (the best naan anywhere), rich, flavourful butter chicken, the ONLY indian restaurant that does not overcook their tandoori dishes. Real Vindaloo that's give you ass fire for 30 straight hours.... and that naan bread....
This place is awesome, I get butter chicken from here quite often. I used to live in Richmond and it wasn't very far from me which made it a place I went to once every couple weeks. Even now I live much farther away in Vancouver and I still make the trip once a month or so.
The issue of smallish servings has been covered in other reviews. Here's the secret: don't eat in! I'm not joking, when I eat in, I finish my food and it's a perfect sized entree but a little on the smaller side, which is fine because it's cream based food combined with rice and bread (lots of carbs) and fills you up anyway. However, if you get a butter chicken and rice take-out meal you get enough for 3 meals! No joke! The value on take-out is superb. I suggest calling ahead and ordering before arrival though, sometimes it can take 30+ minutes for them to make your takeout order.
Awesome place, decor isn't that appealing but it is a neighbourhood restaurant, not some downtown social bar. Great flavour and everyone I have ever taken here thinks it's the best Indian food they've ever had!
The ambience has improved a great deal in past six months or so with some minor renovations at the entry. It is still dark, but quite pleasant, and the food is always delicious. The vegetarian lunch special of three dishes plus rice, naan and salad is my favourite lunchtime meal in the region and it never disappoints.
Went there with a colleague since we were in the area. Since I haven't had Indian food in a while, his suggestion was fine.
We were seated after they cleared a table. I didn't browse through the menu but, instead, as suggested by my colleague, went for the lunch special. Naan arrived soon after and the lunch special 7 minutes or so afterwards. Not bad considering it was lunch time.
The lunch special had a bit of everything: rice, dahl, chickpeas, salad and butter chicken. Overall, everything was good, specially butter chicken. It was really creamy!
Don't have much to complain about service. Since the place is small, they could quickly address any issue, be it water or bill.
Now, ambiance is sort of mixed bag. For some reason, the curtains were a bit thick so it blocked almost all sunlight. If that was their intent, they were successful. But that meant inside was somewhat dark. Now, the really funny thing is the dish where the lunch special was served: it was on a tray similar to the ones used to serve school lunches. I was joking with my colleague that, if it the dish was plastic and were given sporks instead of the regular cutlery, we might as well feel as in prison! Nothing wrong with that just that it was hilarious.
Don't have much to complain. It was good eats and might go there again some time for lunch.
This is literally... THE BEST curry I've EVER had in Richmond and even Vancouver.
There's a HUGE selection (despite it being a relatively small restaurant) and there's plenty of delicious entres to pick.
The curry, even the vegetarian curry is out of this world, great flavour, perfect spice and really filling. 10 dollars really gets you a lot of food of extremely high quality.
Ambiance and Service is both great, since it is small the workers there are usually very attentive even during lunch rushes. Highly recommended.
So we have a craving for Indian food and after seeing some decent reviews on dinehere.ca decide to check this place out. The ambiance is nothing spectacular - you're not exactly 'wowed' when you step in but that's more than made up for in the food.
You can't claim the food was fine-dining, but it seemed very authentic. Very tasty and depth of flavour, great variety and the vegetarian dishes were fantastic.
If you're looking for simple, classic Indian food this is a great place to try. Doesn't hurt that prices are very reasonable!
After reading the reviews, I thought OK - bad service, good food, so I got takeout - Paneer Pakora, Aloo Paratha, Chicken Kashmiri, Lamb Biryani, Eggplant Bhartha, Dal Turka, and Pulao Rice. The paneer pakora was fine, but everything else was spicy (hot) but tasteless. Everything was bright orange/red tandoori colored (NOT the way these dishes are supposed to be).
Usually chicken kashmiri is creamy with yogurt and cashews, theirs is bright red with hardly any nuts and no creaminess. It was done with tandoori spice (guys, not how this dish is supposed to be), and pretty tasteless. The Aloo paratha was just plain boring, the lamb biryani - one of my favorite Indian dishes was just a mess. Another bright orange/red dish (really not everything has to be done with tandoori spices, not matter what the name of the restaurant) that was missing all the usual subtle flavor and spices of a true biryani. Where were the cardamom pods, the cloves? Then there was the Dal Turka, another tasteless mess. I may have had worse dal at some point, but I can't remember when. Then the eggplant bhartha, again all red tandoori spices and tomato - you couldn't even taste eggplant in it.
The service was pretty incompetent. When I phoned in my order, it all had to be repeated 3 times to two different people. It was of course not ready in the time they specified.
I'm mystified how others think the food is so good there (well granted there are very few good Indian restaurants in town), but certainly I will never go back.
I've been to this restaurant before with my family a bunch of times, and decided to come here with my friends when we didn't know where to eat. We're in our early teens (think 14-16). The food was great, we ordered Butter Chicken, Shahid Paneer, Malai Kofta, and naan. It was really awkward at first because when we were waiting for a table, the man that worked there kept looking at us doubtfully. He came up to us and even asked if our parents were with us! After that was sorted out, we finally got a table (place was packed for friday). While we were seated, we kept getting more suspicious looks from the man. My friends and I thought that he might think we wont pay! The food came, without too much wait. We didn't get as much attention as the other people that were present, maybe of our age? Food was great, like always. But I still think that they need to change the decor of that place! Other than that, it was priceless when we paid with 15% tip on top.
Good solid Indian food. Owners are friendly and honest. They like talking cricket, esp since India is da bomb these days LOL.
Lunch special is good deal, $8.50 or so after taxes, incl. butter chicken, masala, veggie, naan, and rice. Good selection of a la carte food and will customize the taste. Try the Village Dinner for a decent selection, otherwise my coworkers like Chicken Tikka Masala.
Lunchtime lineups can be long so either takeaway or come early. Reservations are sometimes kept but are a small shop so I can't fault them for going first-come-first-serve during peak hours. Closed Sundays.
Worth the trip over the bridge IMO! Magnitudes better value than Himalaya and Continental dim sum in the same complex.
If not for my sister, I would have never know about this restaurant. It is tucked in the corner of a strip mall that has been dominated by Shoppers Drug Mart.
The food is delicious. Portions are generous. Service is good as well. This is definitely a restaurant that I will frequent more often. Also, the restaurant looks clean. Decor is simple but I'm there for really good curries and that's what they served.
We ordered Lamb Vindaloo, Goat Biryani, Lamb Saag, Tandoori Mixed Grill, Garlic Naans and Rice. Everything was so creamy, spicy and good.
The chai tea is also very tasty. Spiced well and soothing to the stomach. I will be back very soon.
I was really excited about trying this place out... but after dining there, I walked away disappointed. The service was poor in that I was confused with the way they billed me. In other words, they should have been more clear about the pricing. Also, the food was decent (the palak paneer was a little salty, the spicy chicken wings were a little dry...) but tiny if you ordered from the lunch combo. There were five tiny cubes of chicken amidst all the sauce. The naan was pricy and a little burnt, although the rice was good. I don't recommend this place at all. Too bad 3 road construction forced Quilon to close!
We go to Tandoori Kona so often, for its absolutely mouth watering food and excellent service. The butter chicken is a winner with its creamy texture and divine taste. The meal comes with vegetable/chicken/fish of your choice with rice ,naan, and poppadum, and is a lot, so prepared to be either stuffed or have carry out boxes with leftovers!! The chicken pakodas are melt in your mouth good and the meat samosas are spicy and satisfying. If you are a lover of Indian food and are craving a taste of India, Tandoori Kona is a place you must visit!!
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