Original Tandoori Kitchen serves Indian cuisine, mostly from northern region.
This caught our eye when we drove by because the exterior has been significantly updated (or is it just new?). The interior matched the outside, it is completely re-done and is perhaps the nicest Indian restaurant in town. We peeked into the kitchen and it is just as new and clean.
We ended up there on a weekday lunch, so it was very quiet, we were the first guests. The hostess was reasonably friendly and seated us quickly. The rest of the time, the service was not rapid. If we were not in a hurry, it wouldn't be an issue though. She did come by regularly to attend to our needs most of the time.
The menu was quite vast, but we picked a mixed combo set for a sampler, and some special naan's and pakora. Please wait ... because they are making everything fresh. The vegetable pakora's were a hit. Fresh, tasty, crispy but not too greasy. The big platter we ordered had a mix of things, daal, butter chicken, paneer and other things. We specifically requested mild and we were not disappointed. Highly recommended, because this allowed us to taste the spice and flavours from each dish. It was perfectly done, each dish had unique flavours and textures and none of it was greasy or oily. The freshly baked naan? OOoooh, quite tasty, soft, warm and ... almost perfect. One of the best in my memory.
Let me say, we were exceedingly happy with the food. We've had a string of hits at Indian restaurants recently and this was no exception, perhaps topping the rest. The flavours were so fresh, each dish was unique and we did not go away feeling loaded from grease or oil. It is absolutely fabulous that so many Indian restaurants in town have really stepped it up a notch. This place in particular, so many dishes to choose from and it was so good, I would definitely like to be back.
Highly recommended for some northern Indian cuisine, well worth the trip.
I normally do not dine at Indian restaurants mostly because there is a propensity to overindulge in their cuisine. My gf made the suggestion and having watched this location spring up close to home it was certainly worth a look.
The decor takes on a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona. The small space at the front entrance is more mundane, but move over to the main dining room and you are in a different world. It's kept very simple, but combine the colour coordination, the dim lighting and the large and unique paintings relating to India's colourful past and all of a sudden it almost feels like a history museum.
We ordered butter chicken, tender pieces of white meat swimming in a cream yogurt sauce with a strong tomato undertone and depth from the fragrant spices. The tikka masala contained tender pieces of lamb with ample chunks of tomato, peppers and onions again combined with full bodied spices. None of the flavours overpower each other, yet you could discern certain spices and herbs like cumin, cloves, fenugreek and ginger. The must have sides of rice and naan made for great tools for sopping up all the sauce while the lassi sweet was a cooling drink to calm the mild yet present spiciness. We finished off the meal with their homemade mango ice cream. It was incredibly smooth and surprisingly light and included bits of pistachio for texture.
The service is mild mannered yet friendly. We received mulitple checkups and they were easy to flag down for additional service.
I do agree this is easily one of the better Indian restaurants in the city. I'll have this one on my shortlist.
I called to order take-out and during the conversation I emphasized how often lamb biryani has lamb which is either undercooked or extremely tough. Lamb in general should be tender and especially when it is part of a meal like biryani. I must have brought up how important that is to me at least 4 times and the chef(or owner) who took the order kept assuring me of how their lamb is the "most tender, 100% guaranteed". Well, guess what! I get home looking forward to a great meal and it turns out I am eating the most chewy, gristled lamb I have ever had. The basmati rice was just barely cooked with a lot of it undercooked. I am very disappointed and sorry I don't have a good Indian restaurant nearby as I was hoping for. I would have thought if a customer emphasizes what they really don't want to run into that the owner/chef would go out of his way to satisfy. Because of what i experienced the $13,95 price tag for chewy, gristled lamb and undercooked rice is definitely not justified. When I called just to express my frustration the person who took my order kept repeating over and over again how I was the only who has ever complained. That triggered my decision to write this review. Very disappointing.......
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