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“Not quite a top notch Indian restaurant but acceptable for MEX where there aren't too many” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tandoor

Tandoor
Copernico 156, near Polanco, Mexico City 11590, Mexico
(55) 5545-6863
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Ranked #224 of 1,934 Restaurants in Mexico City
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Leibnitz
San Francisco, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not quite a top notch Indian restaurant but acceptable for MEX where there aren't too many”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

I went to the Tandoor with my family on a Saturday evening. It is Pakistani-owned but strategically positioned as "Pakistani and Indian" ;-) for obvious reasons. It features dishes from the Indian and Pakistani portions of the Punjab - something worth pointing out lest Mexicans think this is representative of all Indian cuisine, which is as vast and diverse as Mexican cuisine.

The Polanco location is great adding to the diversity of the ecletic neighborhood and the restaurant atmosphere in itself is not bad. We were seated immediately at a good table. We ordered the aloo samosas and vegetable pakoras to start with. The samosas came out on the oily side, while the pakoras were not bad but a tad salty. Some in my party also ordered mango lassis which they said were not bad. For the main course we ordered tandoori chicken and several dishes - chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, almond mutton curry and a dal-spinach dish. We also ordered a lamb biryani and several kinds of naans.

If I decided to go back I would stick to the biryani and the tandoori chicken. The curries, while they were made with reasonably good quality chicken and lamb had a taste and texture to them like they were made from cornstarch or mashed potato gravy. The spice level was less than ideal and it seemed like it was made from a recipe that emphasizes speed over authenticity. The naans were ok but a bit on the drier side. A chapati I ordered was made with whole wheat flour and was good.

All in all a place to consider if you happen to be in MEX and are craving for some Indian or Punjabi food to be precise. Service was not bad but there was an extremely high pressure sell to make us try a chocolate, cardamom cake which we politely turned down. The tab was around MXP 1800 for a party of 5 adults and 2 children with drinks.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Mexico City, Mexico
1 review
“i will give them a 7”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

many of the spices traditionally used in these dishes are not easy to find in mexico. So i think generally the food was a good attempt but i really wanted it to be more hot. Tumeric was overused and the mango sauce was revolting but all in all a great attempt considering the limited resources in mexico

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mumbai
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Worth a shot..if u don't know Indian food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

Ordered the most basic of dishes..alu mutter, moong dal, onion nan, chapati and jeera lassi..lassi was too sour, would have really liked some authentic tandoori roti as the name suggests but it didn't feel/taste like it, chapati was decent but way too thick and the dal and alu mutter..well..way too much haldi (turmeric)..both were well cooked and fresh but not the real deal. Still..quite a relief to get some Indian food in a while. Like I said, if u don't know Indian food then it is worth a shot.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico
1 review
“Tasty but small and pricy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2010

The best Indian food that we've had in Mexico so far!

However, portions were very small and overpriced (especially the rice -- 80 pesos). Chai was disappointing because although there was evidence of cardamom it could not be detected by the taste buds.
The quality of the food, price and atmosphere were comparable with a typical Indian restaurant in the UK but the portions much smaller.
The service was good and we didn't have to wait long for anything. Like many Indians it has loads of veggie options.
Suggestion: print out the voucher of 10% discount from their website (it effectively saves you the tip)

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Great food, High cost”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2010

As an englishman who loves his curry, with a girlfriend who misses curry since she returned to mexico city a few months earlier, we decided that it would be worth a visit to this restaurant!

We got there and ended up being the only people in there for half an hour or so, by the end of our meal there was only two other couples. The atomosphere score was purely on being stared at by the waiter and waitresses. If this would was busier, im sure this wouldnt have happened and there would have been alot higher.

To start off with, we ordered drinks (a diet coke and something ive forgotten the name of)
These took about 20 minutes to come, and keep in mind, we were the only people there, to take a can of diet coke to a table with a glass. The other drink was like a coriander milkshake, awful, but again, our fault and likely a traditional drink of the area. Not anything to do with the restaurant and so isnt any part of my score.

When we ordered our starter, the Samosas were awesome, probably the best I had ever had, but I had ordered a rice dish i expected to be a vegetarian biryani, alas, it was rice with a few vegetables in (again, my fault i suppose), and not all that interesting. My girlfriend had chosen aubergine curry, which came out in a very very small dish. along with these we had naan breads, that were ok, but mine was a garlic naan and didnt taste anything like garlic.

As my girlfriend had no rice with her meal and i had nothing but rice, we shared. Overall it was a very small meal with not alot of substinence for one person, letalone two.

The desserts were awful. Old, hard and dry, not much else to say.

On top of this, for the meal described, one milkshake and two diet cokes, this meal came to $430 pesos. Which, in mexico city is a very high cost for a very small meal. Even in england this would have been steep, and the meal far heartier and not all that different from what im used to.

That said, what we enjoyed the main meal, however small it was, and may return in the future, with a thicker wallet, being less adventurous in the drinks department and not having desert.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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