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11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm.
Xinzhu Hotel, 34 Sect. 4, South Renmin Rd.
028 8555 1958
028 8556 3388 - 2156
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Tandoor, Chengdu's most formal and established Indian restaurant, is right on Renmin Nan Rd across from The Bookworm. We hadn't been in a while, so when Tandoor hosted MORE recently we were more than pleased to return. With its elegant interior and dishes that taste as well as they are presented, Tandoor is one of these places that makes you feel like you are in a different world.

The appetizers menu features pakoras, samosas, and chat. We thought their samosa was exemplary, a great size for an appetizer with light crispy pastry and a spicy filling. Diners have a view of a glass walled kitchen where a chef is at work, preparing naan bread and grilled dishes in the tandoor. The tandoor dishes we sampled were tender and full of flavours. Indian restaurants are good at offering a variety of options for vegetarians and Tandoor is no exception – the dal mahkani, vegetable jalfrezie, and palak paneer were among our favourite dishes. We also thought the mild, rich, beef shahi korma and chicken tikka were fantastic, though we are used to a bit more heat in the chicken dish. We might ask for a heavier hand with the spice next time. For dessert, we got a small ball of gulab jamun sided with a bamboo-shoot shaped piece of kulfi. This was the first time we had ever been blown away by an Indian dessert. It was like a warm, syrupy cake with ice cream.

Most with a craving for Indian food will find something to satisfy at Tandoor, and those unfamiliar with Indian cuisine will find the menu descriptions, both in English and Chinese, helpful. Cost per head is usually a well-spent 100RMB or more, but they mentioned they would be offering a 20% discount on food and beverage from 11:30-8:00 starting from June 1.

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