I'll be the first to admit that I know very little about Indian cuisine. I've had Indian food plenty of times (I love it!) but I never know what to order and tend to lean towards restaurants with buffets so that I could try as many different items as possible instead of feeling completely lost when staring at a menu.
Earlier this year I started to hear buzz around a new fast casual Indian restaurant concept opening near SouthPark Mall and couldn't wait to try it. Finally, last Tuesday, Charlotte and I got a chance to give Tandur Indian Kitchen a try and it was totally worth the drive from Harrisburg!
First, the menu. It's very easy to navigate and the sauce descriptions are easy to understand for someone who doesn't know much about Indian cuisine (like me!). There's authentic saucy entrees that are served with a choice of protein, saffron basmati rice or brown rice, and fresh naan (regular or garlic). The wraps are inspired by different regions of India plus one wrap inspired by the Carolinas. If you're hungry, try the Biryani rice bowls. If you're looking for something lighter give their salads a try. And finally, there's a variety of kebabs to choose from including tofu!
If you can't decide on a sauce for your entree, ask for a taste! That's what Charlotte and I did. We tried the Korma (saffron curry, fennel, and cardamom), Vindaloo (hot and sour jus), and Kadai (red onions, bell peppers, and chili tomato oil). Charlotte tried all three sauces and settled on Korma as her favorite. She basically drank the sauce while I studied the menu.
We started with two of the starters: the Spiced Okra Fries and the Tanduri Wings. Both starters were unique in their own way.
The okra fries are very different from the southern fried okra that one may be accustomed to. They are thinly sliced and fried and not at all greasy.
The wings are marinated and baked and served with a delightful tamarind ranch. They're also huge and one can easily make a meal out of them!
For my entree I ordered lamb meatballs with Kadai sauce. The entree was served with saffron basmati rice and fresh naan.
Charlotte opted for the kid's chicken with korma sauce, served with a side of rice, and half of my mint ginger sparkling lemonade.
The meal was delicious, the service was great, and we took our sauces home and repurposed them a few days later for dinner. Hashtag delicious!
Whether you're new to Indian food or not, you're sure to find something delicious to eat at Tandur for the entire family.
Thank you to Scott and the entire team at Tandur for your hospitality and to the Social Ape team for arranging everything!
P.S. Their second location will be opened in ballantyne later this year!
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I received this meal at no charge. All opinions are my own.