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“Love East Indian food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tandoori Junction

Tandoori Junction
489 Wallace St, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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Ranked #103 of 258 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Cuisines: Indian
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Nanaimo, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Love East Indian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

........so I should've ordered east Indian food. Made the wrong choice so can't really assess at this point. My friend really enjoyed her dish.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nanaimo, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Don't Waste your Time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Went for lunch buffet. Probably the worst Indian buffet I have ever been to. Food was mediocre at best and only 4 dishes to select from! Extremely overpriced!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Nanaimo, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Amazing service and delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We were 4 friends went there for a party. Food and service was overall good
Especially afghani chicken was so good and tendered. We
Karahi paneer first time and it was so deliciuos
Love to go again in future...

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“DELICIOUS”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Been here several times now - always had very tasty, well-seasoned food and good portion sizes. Especially love the chicken tikka. Just wish they would stay open a little later but will definitely keep coming back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good Food, Zero Service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I had heard good things about the food at Tandoori Junction, so I decided to stop in with a friend who had been there already and see how it was. The buffet was smaller than I was expecting, and it was hiding at the back of the restaurant. In fact, it was so well hidden that when I first walked in, I questioned if they even had a buffet. After we were seated, we were brought half full glasses of warm water (no ice in sight) and the only thing the waiter asked us was if we wanted menus or buffet.

Last time my friend and her husband had immediately gone up to the buffet, and the waiter never came by to ask if they wanted another drink, so they assumed this was why. I specifically waited at the table, and not a single person came by to ask. Even later, when I was experiencing immense mouth burn because I didn't expect the food to be as spicy as it was, when my friend tried to get the attention of the waitress as she walked right past by saying "Excuse me" four times, the waitress kept walking. We finally corned the waiter and ordered a ginger ale and a milk (ease the pain). He looked very shocked that I wanted milk, but brought it over with the pop. The milk was almost warm, not like it was bad, but not fresh from the fridge; the ginger ale was at most 3/4 of the glass full, with three adorable ice cubes floating on top.

It wasn't all terrible; the butter chicken and naan are amazing, and I would consider returning for that. I was disappointed at how spicy some of the other dishes were, as well as how limited the buffet was. Some more vegetables and cold items would be appreciated to numb the spiciness.

As for the atmosphere, it is more like a bar than a restaurant. The lights are kept very low, and the music is almost distracting if you are trying to have a conversation with your companion. The table that we were set up with was also too close to the table behind us, so I kept getting bumped by our neighbour.

Overall, I would consider returning to Tandoori Junction, but I would not expect any great service from them. One thing that peeved me a little was if you pay with debit, under the tip option, it gives suggested percentages. I scoffed at that, there is no way that performance was getting 15%.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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