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“Poor Service Average Food Crowded Dining”
Review of Bombay Tandoor

Bombay Tandoor
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Ranked #59 of 96 Restaurants in Tysons Corner
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Westwood Center Drive and Route 7 Leesburg Pike
Transit: Metro Bus within 2 blocks.
Description: Exotic...Indian. Prepare to be lifted to another world. The only Indian fine dining restaurant in Tyson's Corner, open since 2000. Tandoor means "clay oven." It is traditionally used for the baking of bread, meat, and fish. The clay oven, for oil and fat-free cooking, is practical and energy-efficient. Today's health conscious consumers will find Tandoor cooking truly delightful, full-flavored and delicious. Our chefs endeavor to create a large variety of savory clay oven tandoori dishes and exotic curries for your pleasure. Experience the sights, sounds, and fine aromas of the best of fine Indian cuisine. Catering and delivery also available for events both large and small.
Fairfax, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
253 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Poor Service Average Food Crowded Dining”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We visited the weekend buffet at Bombay Tandoor on one summer lazy Saturday afternoon. Part of the restaurant had been walled off for a private party but the loud noises coming from the other side distracted our conversation and attention. The tables were packed closely together and we found ourselves seated right next to the buffet with a chair jutting out into the lunchtime queue. As people in the queue brushed past us, we kept drawing deeper into our table!

The food was served on laminate clad wooden tables with paper napkins. The cutlery was shiny, and clean. The stemmed water glasses were clear and inviting. The staff was dressed well and we were expecting a fine dining experience of an upscale buffet. The dining ambiance was fair to good except for the crowded tables nestled up to the food service.

In the middle of our meal, a waiter tried to borrow the seat that one of our party had left vacant when he went to serve himself food and we had to tell him that the chair was occupied despite the obvious evidence of a leftovers on a empty plate at that position.

The music speaker was directly overhead and the music was turned up. We were joking that the side buffet to the meal was this cacophony of sound from the party on the other side of the hall and the music blaring down from the speaker. The service was tardy and we had to wait for the naans to be served at our table.

The buffet was average with the requisite tandoori chicken, butter chicken and rogan josh. My complaint was that most of the dishes appeared to have been cooked with the same basic masala recipe - a gooey mess of spices, onions, garlic and tomato. The lunch buffet carried an assortment of dishes from the North and yes, from the South. They had idlis, sambhar and chutney and saag, mutter paneer, and a aloo achari. The redeeming dish were the quartered naans brought to our table fresh and hot from the tandoor and slathered in ghee. The naans were delicious.

The desserts were average and not too sweet - the rice porridge and the roasted sweet cream of wheat were passable.

At the end of the buffet, after we had gone up to the food buffet, stood in line and served ourselves and pretty much looked after ourselves, we were horrified to find the bill with a mandatory 18% tip automatically added for the $14 buffet that each of us had had. After my wife protested at the front desk, the restaurant took off the 18% tip for serving a self serve buffet and left the tip to our discretion.

Maybe our visit had hit some low point in the day for the restaurant and maybe other days are different. This was our very first visit and was probably also one of our last.

In the Washington DC Metro area there are plenty of choices for Indian restaurants and having lived in this area for many years, we have sampled a lot of them. The Tysons and Vienna area itself has many good places ranging from Indian fast food (Amma's Kitchen) to fusion style Indian food (Turmeric).while Fairfax boasts a very nice pure vegetarian restaurant Saravana Palace. Bombay Tandoor definitely needs to amp its game for my business.

  • Visited June 2013
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Ashburn, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Authentic Indian Cuisine”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I have been going to Bombay Tandoor for over ten years; mainly at lunchtime to enjoy the excellent buffet. Today I took some Indian friends there for lunch and they all agreed that the food was very authentic and not Americanized. The buffet is extensive with a variety of vegetable dishes, chicken tandoori and my favorite, butter chicken. Naan is provided at the table and there are also two desserts to choose from. The service is friendly and the decor and atmosphere is pleasant. When you are in the Tyson's / Route 7 area and have the hungries for Indian food you must go to Bombay Tandoor.

  • Visited June 2013
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Valentine's Day”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

The food was great and the ambiance was nice. The only minor complaint that I can think of is that the waiter should have came around more to refill the water. We had to ask about it being refilled. That being said, I would go here again. Not sure what else to say, besides it is one of the better Indian food places in the area. Slightly higher in price when compared to other places, but worth the cost.

  • Visited February 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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51 reviews
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“Nice Food !”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

We reached Bombay Tandoor after a day out at Washington DC.We were starving !! To our surprise the service was lightening fast.The food was fresh ,spicy and delicious.It was great to taste Indian food in VA.The menu is moderately priced.The place is worth visiting.

  • Visited March 2013
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“DISAPPOINTED”
Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

This place is very aromatic once you step in the door, but smell and taste are two distinct senses that can sometimes be confused. Least to say we were fooled.
Service was horrible as soon as we were seated. "Ronnie" (if that's even his name) did not care much nor did he put any effort into his service. He walked away when we asked questions about the menu. He just did not want to be there.
Our appetizers came and they sat. Usually we devour our appetizers but bc the tamarind sauce was bad, we really couldn't eat our apps bc we love to dip everything in it. We ordered prawns malabar and lamb patlaya. Prawns did not have the bang we were looking for that we usually get with indian spices. I gave it a C-. The other dish was better. It had more taste to it but nothing that stands out except the lamb was nice and tender. We gave a B for that dish.
The thing about indian dishes is that the sauces have to be outstanding. That they were NOT. The best thing on our table was the garlic naan but we had no dipping sauce for it bc we love tamarind with it and that didn't work out.
I must say service is NUMBER ONE on my importance list. In my opinion if service is bad people will definitely NOT come back. If you have sub par food people may come back and try other dishes just to see. But we will not be coming back.
Mngt needs to talk to the servers and the chef needs to taste his food and other indian restaurants around the area to get the full vibrant flavor of indian cuisine. Please add more flavor!!!! We spent $70 and I almost didn't want to take leftover home.

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