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Tandoori Palace

1439 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L3X8
Tel: (604) 254-8452 Order Online
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Good Indian food on the drive
By cyberspace of vancouver (88 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:07am [Dine in]

A friend and I went here for dinner on Saturday night. It was busy so had to wait for a table. The place is super small and it's almost like café style. You order at the counter and then they bring out the food. The food was good but it was very noisy with all the bang etc. Hard to have a conversation. They were super busy and had lots of take out orders. I will go back but will do a take out. Lots of meter street parking. Prices were a bit on high side for Indian food. Naan or Rice are included with your entrée. The food tasted good.

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Bad Indian food with a complimentary staple pin in the food
By Kash666 of Burnaby (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:31pm [Delivery]

I am a regular at this spot I usually order delivery but have been there umpteen number of times. The place is dinghy not very clean but since I loved the food I ordered instead if going there. Since the owner and I are from the same city I like the food there, however for the last few times we ordered the food wasn't good. I called the owner and he explained the chef was new etc and u said no problemo. I ordered food last night and it came unusually fast, hmm I thought! My and my girlfriend starting eating and the food seemed as if it was some
Leftover from an Indian buffet, slimy and not tasty it smelt weird, so I thought intake the last bite and call the owner the next day (As they were closed), however my last bite was the nastiest where I bit on a staple pin and it felt as if I had broken my tooth!! Was very painful so I called the owner next day and informed him about it reminding him that once I found a nail from a kitchen appliance in my food. Since we are from the same city I thought it was a genuine mistake but this is not the first time and the food is REALLY bad now unlike before!! Real bad value for money and crappy food as the owner doesn't simply care

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Real Indian food
By bobo of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

WARNING: not a place for people who don't like garlic and onions.

The best Indian in town. I've been to the restaurant many times and tried a variety of dishes. The naan, lightly buttered, fresh out of the clay oven, is a must. Their rice paled in comparison. What I've had that are very good: lamb curry, tandoori palace's thali (a bit of everything, good for sampling), spinach with cheese, mixed veg, bhindi subzl (okra, potatoe, onions, tomatoes), chickpea, samosa, mango lassi, spicy green chutney. The dishes that are not as good: chicken curry (boney chicken), tandoori chicken (small piece of chicken, not good value). One thing about this place is, the women are much better cooks than the men. You'll find the food tastier if the women are in.

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Quick Bite
By gloriasit of vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 2:13am [Dine in]

The boyfriend and I were craving some curried chicken with garlic naan, and we remembered there was a famous fast Indian cuisine on the drive.
Service: regular fast food restaurants, go in line up and order
Ambiance: nothing spectacular, about 15 seats merely self-serve, they were playing some East Indian tv show so we decided to sit outside.
Food: We're beginners, and the last time we tried out Indian food was at Tandoori King. We seriously didn't see a difference, better yet, their naan was better here.
Price: We paid 18.02 and was quite satisfied with the portions.
Will definitely come back soon.

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Good Food but Service Sucks
By Phil0 of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:13am [Dine in]

A friend of mine recommended this place. So, I ventured in and ordered butter chicken, paid the tab and sat down, waited and waited and waited. After 15 minutes, inquired about my order. “It’s coming.” they said. Sat for another ten; finally, they brought it. I was really pissed. Food was good but I am not going back. I could have cooked at home faster.

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Great Food, Not So Good Service
By rmfont of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 23, 2009 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

Really great Indian takeout/delivery. We order from here often for our butter chicken and naan fix. Don't expect great service though, on the phone they're rude and in person not much better. Also, if you order online don't expect the confirmation call, we always have to phone them to make sure the order was received.

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Hmmmm... Delicious Butter Chicken!
By hannerz of Cloverdale (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I had a chance to go to this place 2 months ago, suggested by my boyfriend's brother who just lives a few blocks away.

I ordered butter chicken and rice and naan bread. The butter chicken was awesome!!!! Surely one of the best. Naan bead was served hot as they had a naan oven by the counter. Only one complain, the rice was not so fresh and they just warmed it up inside the microwave oven.

Service was minimal as it was mostly a take-out joint (I think). It's a small place, no more than 6 tables. You order and pay up front then you wait till they bring your order to the table. The guy at the counter was friendly and checked up on us and asked if everything was alright. You get your own water too.

If you need a quick GOOD fix for your butter chicken craving, this is a place to go.

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Jewel of a Place
By indigo19 of Shaugnessy Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

I'm a regular at this jewel of a restaurant, and have never left disappointed. I love the food here, and it's definitely worth your money. Usually, I order the butter chicken with rice and naan, with some spicy green chili chutney (I think it's green chili) and raita. The butter chicken is unlike any I've ever tasted. Tender chicken in a creamy tomato butter sauce, with a little spicy kick. The naan is delicious and I usually have to order more :) The rice is fragrant and tender, the raita is cooling and refreshing. I love taking a small piece of naan, adding rice, butter chicken, the chutney and raita, rolling it up and enjoying a little donair of sorts. Messy, but delicious!! The chai tea is great, but make sure you add sugar, it's pretty bitter and sorta gross if you don't. Last time I tried the haiibut curry--HIGHLY reccomended. The fish is perfectly cooked and the curry rivals the butter chicken. I ordered all this, and the bill was only around $20. It's a small, noisy place, and I usually try to sit with my back to the TV which seems to always be showing quite awkward Indian romances. But overall, if you get past the atmosphere and just focus on the food, value, and polite service, you won't be disappointed.

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Great service, above and beyond!
By Mr.Stone of burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 9:46pm [Delivery]

They are so great. They are going to deliver all the way over by Metrotown mall for only a $5 delivery charge, with only a minimum of $20 in food. Super accommodating.... And their food beats any tandoori out here in Burnaby anyway. Highly recommended. Never once had a bad meal here. Thank you Foodies

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Excellent Food
By vanman79 of Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

I found a new favorite restaurant.

I had the best butter chicken I've ever had. The sauce is thick and flavorful, not watery like some of the other Indian restaurants I've had. You also get a good amount of nice white meat chicken. The naan is really good too. I was quite happy with the service, they welcomed me as I walked in the door and asked how my meal was when I finished. Will be going back soon.

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Worst Indian Restaurant EVER!
By KevinKouz of Downtown Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant with no expectations thinking I would give it a shot. I usually go to Palki but was curious to see if they were comparable to Palki (so far has been the best Indian Food). The butter chicken was watery and tasteless, we ordered hot but it was mild. Naan tasted old, rice was old, and the chicken tikka was all dry. I've never had such disgusting Indian food in my life. Also, its just a take out joint so you can't even sit down and have a glass of wine. I advise people not to waste their money, Palki might be a couple bucks more expensive but it definitely is worth it.

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Hit and miss
By farmo of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

I'd call this place decent.
Went years ago and it was good, so thought about going again.
The lady and I went in hungry, so we ordered 3 dishes - butter chicken, lamb curry, and chicken tikka. I'm of Indian descent, so will be a bit more critical.

The butter chicken was average. I've had better, but certainly had worse. The sauce was rich and thick. Could've used more chicken in it.

The lamb curry was ok. The actual curry itself could've used a lot more spices and the lamb seemed a bit dry.

I was not impressed with the chicken tikka at all. I didn't know whether to go for the tandoori chicken or tikka, so the guy suggested the tikka. It came out first, 5 or 6 two-bite pieces of chicken off a skewer. Came out on a big place with a small handful of salad. I think that was about $8 or $9. Bad choice. Also dry.

We got 1 with rice and 2 with naan, which seemed to be enough. The naan was too thin though, so ended up being crispy.

Total came to about $30.
Do yourself a favour, get take-out, there's no need to sit in that space.

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Great Food
By Collage of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is a great little hole in the wall. The naan is truly the best I've ever had- huge portion, fresh, and hot. I usually get the excellent mutter paneer (peas and cheese). It's a large portion, very tasty, not too spicy. It's great. Quite a few veggie options, including a good daal.

It's a small space with only about 5 tables, and as others have mentioned, the decor is awful. Service is pretty much counter service only, and you serve yourself water, but the food makes it all worth it. Recommended!

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We <3 This Place!
By 0_0 of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

FOOD >>> The food at Tandoori Palace is consistently solid. Their baigan masala is very good, as is their Mixed Vegetable curry. The naan is baked right by the till and is always fresh.

SERVICE >>> Service is hit and miss. It depends who is waiting on you- placing phone orders can be especially abrasive.

VALUE >>> Outstanding! We always finish feeling content. Several times we've ordered samosas, and they were unnecessary. Dinner for 2 for $20.

Ambiance >>> If I could give a negative rating, I would. Apparently, all of the money allocated to decor was spent on the flat screen at the back of the restaurant. Take-out is recommended.

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Amazing E. Indian food! But take out if possible
By Stindog of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

We love the Butter Chicken! So much we have saved it as "Butter Chicken" in our cell phones :) Hahaha - great food, also great Naan bread - but again I recommend taking out as the atmosphere & inside looks like more of a take-out kinda place - not great for eat-in. Definitely recommended though for sure.

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OK Food, Ridiculous Delivery Service!!!
By janetj of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12:09am [Delivery]

f you want a long story short, this place has got OK Indian food but it has the worst delivery service, if you can call it that at all.

So here goes the long story. Like many others, I have tried their butter chicken and would agree that they are one of the better places. They certainly use enough spices in their sauce to kick up the flavour scale and you can ask for extra spicy if you are up for it, and they do a fairly decent job at making the dish as hot as possible. If rated on food alone, I would give them a 3 out of 5 stars.

However, they get only 1 star from me for their RIDICULOUS delivery service, if you can call that service at all. So, I live in downtown Vancouver and get that it's hard to find parking, but honestly, any person would agree that delivery means food to your door. The delivery guy from Tandoori Palace REFUSED to park his vehicle around our apartment building and made my husband go downstairs to get our food. He was impolite and insisted on not coming upstairs as he didn't want to find parking around our neighbourhood and was afraid of getting a ticket if he parked illegally. My husband didn't want to argue any further as we were in the midst of watching the Stanley Cup Final but to say the least, he was not pleased. Seriously, when did a delivery guy's parking issue become my problem?!?! I am pretty sure we ordered delivery for a reason.

We were so unhappy with them that we that our last time ordering from them would be the very very last. Simply outrageous.

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Good Butter Chicken
By kikimitch of Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

I ordered delivery and had the butter chicken with naan, kheer and samosas. Samosas were so-so. Kheer was a little bland. The butter chicken was good, not the best I've had but certainly not the worst. It was fairly thick and flavorful, but seemed to lack spice. The naan was pretty good, but not large enough. The samosas were not authentic (I think they were made of phyllo pastry??) and were also kind of bland. I will definitely order the butter chicken from them again - the price was great for what you're getting. But I doubt I will order kheer or samosas again.

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yummy butter chicken
By shally of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 1:30am [Dine in]

I order butter chicken to take out i heard from one of my friend that butter chicken is really good so i tried it and she was right it was soooooo good i suggest that who ever like butter chicken go and tr
y there its chep but there service on the phone is so poor . when i called he was answerd very rudely.......................................

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Wicked Naan, Amazing Eggplant
By Bahtman of Mount Pleasant (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

This place makes some of the best Naan I've ever had, right in front of you in their tandoori oven. I'm a vegetarian, so I can't comment on the meats, but the people I go with always seem to love it. I am an eggplant fiend, and thus always get their eggplant dishes, with extra naan. Try the ice-cream, its also top notch. If you're looking for some excellent North Indian/Pakistani cuisine, Tandoori Palace is for you.

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Mmmm.... Butter chicken!
By dannii of commercial drive,vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

although i've walked by this restaurant many times, i've never actually gone in to eat so i can't say much for the ambiance. my husband and i have always ordered delivery and always been very impressed with the butter chicken! it's our favourite! as for phone service, well.... i think that at times there is a bit of a language barrier, but we've always managed to get exactly what we ordered! we will continue to order from this restaurant, it is certainly a nice alternative to pizza delivery, and the price is right too when you just don't feel like cooking yourself! :)

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