Da Tandoor offers a menu of authentic, quality Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner.
Here's what to order: the fish curry (the one without the almonds); the Katchumber salad; whatever additional curry, and Naan. They might be a bit slow, but the food is always hot, and they are always welcoming. A friend of mine takes out the vegetarian combo plate (not the true name, but I can't find a menu online) and swears it's enough to feed her for a week.
I cannot recommend this place more highly, and like all great places, although not everything on the menu with meet your personal taste, it's always good to clue about ordering.
Unless you want to go for cheap (in which case go to Sabri Naanwich across from Tillicum Silvercity), there is only one Indian Restaurant in Victoria worth writing home about. There are other restaurant such as The Mint who have begin to rival Da Tandoor in individual dishes - but if it's an East Indian dining experience you seek, this is the place to go.
uhmm uhmmm AMAZING!! I don't even know where to start, but this has to be the best Indian food I've tasted in my entire life!! Even though I am not Indian I've grown up in an Indian neighbourhood therefore having the opportunity to try many dishes prepared by many different people and restaurants but nothing compares to DaTandoor. The food is out of this world!!! I am not one to comment on blogs, but I just had to let the world know that the food at DaTandoor is amazing and suggest that everyone try it. I also believe that DaTandoor should go national, because this is really good food that needs to be shared all over. Like I said, this is the best food I EVER HAD!!
Yummy food and good service. I come from an Indian family and this restaurant is as close as it gets to authentic, home-made Indian food. It's simply delicious and very satisfying. I like how Da Tandoor is consistent with their food, taste, and quality. I've compared their food with Indian restaurants in the Lower Mainland, and I find this one is actually better than those. I'm FROM the Lower Mainland so it's very interesting for me to make this claim!
It's a little restaurant with amazing food and very good service. I've been there many times -- same quality, great taste, and good service. You can't go wrong here if you're craving Indian food. And most likely, you'll keep going back (like me). I usually get the Vegetarian Plate - about $14.
Having worked in a nice Indian restaurant, I have eaten a lot of curries. The ones here were not the best, but neither did they dissapoint.
The service was excellent, with our waters being constantly refilled and our food and drinks coming out on time, despite the fact that we were a large group in a small place.
As for the food- everything was delicious, but it could have been better still. I found that some curries relied too much on tomato (especially the kofta), when the recipe calls for cream and nuts, and that the naan wasn't as crisp as I like it. The positives: the spices were well balanced, the meats were tender, and the pakoras were excellent. Decent portions too.
Overall it was a great experience.
I absolutely can not believe the bad reviews.
I eat at Da Tandoor every chance I can. The food is totally awesome.
I have travelled in India and loved the food there but I think this is fabulous.
I order the Tandori Special which gives a serving of butter chicken, curried lamb, chicken tandori , curried veggies and saffron rice. Plus it has a large serving of delicious Naan. It is more food that I can finish and it is $19 dollars!!! It must be the best deal in the city. However I would gladly pay $40 for it.
The Times Colonist food reviewer gave it an excellent review so I know I am not alone in my opinion.
Every person I have taken there for the first time continues to return over and over.
Do yourself a favour and try it. You'll be glad you did!!
The reviews are so caustic I would not be surpised if they were written by a competitor.
A group of eight of us ate here in October '08. We were a bit worried because of reviews on this site. Well, we were not dissapointed. Our server was lovely and everyone's food was AWESOME. We didn't wait that long -- we had lots to talk about and before you know it, our yummy meal was served. Our favourite was the Butter Chicken with Naan Bread. Great food and great service -- can't wait to go back!!
Oh dear, Victorians have been singing the praises of Da Tandoor for far too long! Although likely the best of the worst, Da Tandoor offers rich sauces with jalapenos added for spice and meat added to sauce. The prices are comparable with other Indian restaurants in Victoria, but man alive this place receives too much credit. I give credit to the Asian family who owns and operates this Indian restaurant for keeping it going for the 10 years I've lived here. When food is fresh and made to order, my appetite is satisfied and my stomach is happy. When food has been "pre" pared and warmed to serve, I can always tell because of the instant dissatisfaction of my digestive tract: for me, Da Tandoor is heart burn central and, believe me, I eat spicy cuisine daily with no problem. Service is ok but ambiance needs major cleaning...carpet cleaning, fresh coat of paint and a dusting once in a while would help. Overhaul required!
The biryani was more Italian than Indian (covered in tomato sauce). For those who grew up with Indian food, the simple a-la-carte test is this:
Order the Chicken Biryani...and hope for the best.
They failed the test. Don't let the aromas fool you. If it doesn't taste like Indian food, you probably got duped.
I chose Da Tandoor because of an endorsement by the Victoria Celiac association, so I felt I could safely eat at this restaurant. When I told the woman at the front that I had a gluten allergy, she seemed to not know what I was talking about, which is usually a warning sign for me. Since the average person does not know what Gluten is, an understanding usually indicated they have been trained in how to deal with food allergies, or at least they have some knowledge about celiac disease and how important it is to avoid certain grains and sauces in food preparation. However, the manager said she understood me so I felt more comfortable. I also felt somewhat pressed to eat there since I was dining with a friend and I didn't want to drag him to 15 different restaurants to see if I could eat.
Anyway I was starving after the ferry ride but the food wasn't so good. I had rice with chili chicken, and it tasted like it came out of a no-name brand carton. Immediately afterward I had really bad gas (excuse the details) and the next day I felt like I woke up with the flu.
THIS morning however, after having a stomach ache all yesterday I woke up with the most terrible and painful diarrhea I have had in a really long time. I suspected a gluten reaction (it can take up to 48 hours to work it's way through your system) but then I saw on-line a review that said Da Tandoor has "loosey-goosey food-safe practices".
Anyway, I am sorry I decided to eat here. The food wasn't good and made me miserably sick. My friend and I ate completely different things so I really don't know why I am ill.
In all my years of eating Indian food, I think I have found it. Yes, the worlds worst curry house.
I hear good things about this place, and was told it was worth the wait.
So wait we did.
And we received poppadoms to ease the wait. I believe the first indication to a decent curry house, is the poppadom. This reflects the quality of fat used in the rest of the cookery.
Now, unless they were one of those Patak pre-packed poppadoms, they were indeed acceptable, and a sure sign of the culinary treat being stirred up in the kitchens.
But then the dips, I think they were dips, possibly sheep dips, may have been possibly come into being via the rectum of the lord Satan himself. Vile, vile, vile.
Anyway, not a 100% start, but forgiveable.
Then we waited. Again.
Then the curry came. Just as a 5 o'clock shadow started to develop.
When I say curry, I use the term loosely. Lets call the Jalfrezi I had a 'chicken in some kinda funky gravy' affair. I when I say chicken, I think I mean mechanically recovered chicken. I dunno, was it chicken? I took a bite out of it, and I believe I spat out shrapnel. Man, it might of been the victim of a drive-by. It didn't even smell right. And the heat. I have had hotter life-savers than this tawdry imbroglio of this culinary faux-pas that sat there, festering away in front of my very eyes. There was no indication of spice, or even heat of the radiative kind that is required since the dawn of time, to perform the art of cooking. No heat of any kind. The vegetables were peppers and other stuff, they seemed to be on the crispy side, as if they had been forgotten and thrown in at the last moment.
Then there was a Naan bread. I think it may of been made out of someones nan, or at least warmed up to a temperature suitably upsetting enough that it may of actually been warmed up by somebody's nan's armpit, with extra old folk sweat to top off what can only be described as an odour reminisecent of twice used cold dishwater from a hostel for the culinary disadvantaged. It was a garlic Naan, definitely was a garlic Naan, since subtlety had abandoned it totally and had actually become the French national garlic Naan memorial. Inedible.
The rice was that yellow stuff. I thought it was sticky rice, then it dawned on me. This is a curry house that can't get rice right. Where in hell am I? Is this candid camera?
I asked for the bill several times, and actually waited longer to receive it than it took me to eat it (I feel I'm generous by saying I ate it, I kinda put it in my mouth and let it fall to my lower intestine where I am sure it will turn into something more edible than what it was before), and left suitably pissed off beyond belief.
However, the staff were pleasant enough. Sorry about the harsh review.
On the dips, sorry to say, I lied. I'm sure Satan hole probably tastes sweeter than them, and at least it would probably have a bit of heat in it.
We must be the only people that did NOT enjoy this restaurant. Since moving to Victoria from Vancouver last year, everyone keeps telling us how great this place is. We went here in November and it was quite busy at the time even though we made reservations. I suppose that contributed to the 35 min wait for the appetizer and additional 45 wait for the entrees after that. Our waters only got refilled after flagging down a waitress (which is just not right when you're eating spicy food) and the meal itself was just mediocre. I suppose coming from Vancouver, we've got more to choose from and our tastes probably run different. Plus indian food can be quite regional as well, but it just wasn't for us. Didn't like the curries or meat. We liked the daal, and that was it. Even the naan was just okay. We decided not to go back, but I still here how good it is from everyone. Just remember ... to each their own tastes.