Tandoor Indian Restaurant
Satisfy your authentic Indian food craving with Tandoor Restaurant on 39A - 39B Ngo Duc Ke.
There are few Indian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City that are as determined to bring a traditional Indian cuisine to the city’s crowd as much as Tandoor. The second oldest Indian restaurant in the city, Tandoor has been in operation for the past 18 years, run by the Indian owner, Mr. Subhash.
Four Indian chefs take the helm in the kitchen, each specializing in their respective food. One chef works exclusively on the starter meals, one for the BBQ dishes and bread (or naan), one for curry and one for Southern Indian cuisine.
Tandoor boasts the largest selection of vegetarian dishes in Ho Chi Minh City. Their menu items contain no pork or beef, leaving plenty of room for various curries, breads, soups and lentil and rice dishes to quench the appetites of non-meat eaters. Healthier foodies will be happy to know that there is no MSG included in any of the dishes. Besides Halal food, Tandoor restaurant also serves Jain food for those Jain Indian community
A modern, airy Indian restaurant, Tandoor is a favorite of Indian dignitaries and businessmen. Not to say Tandoor doesn’t get its fair share of expat, tourist and local walk-ins – but the authentic fare goes especially well with the older Indian crowd preferring a more traditional taste.
Right off Nguyen Hue, Tandoor is located in a calm pocket right in the center of the city. The modern design makes this the most chic and contemporary Indian option around, with modern art and ancient Hindu figurines gracing the cloudy grey interior, and a high ceiling giving the restaurant a more sophisticated vibe. Busiest times are 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., when passerby and loyal regulars saunter in with business suits (or backpacks) and take refuge from the hot midday sun.
Upon entering, you are greeted warmly by an attentive staff. Cooks are busiest during the 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. slot and thus the food will take longer to be delivered, so if you want faster service come either before or after rush hours. The manager is always at hand and waiters are polite and refill your water glass promptly. There is little to distract you from the experience.
Foreigners and Vietnamese guests prefer the fruit lassi, a popular, yogurt-based drink, while Indian diners are partial to jaljeera, a cumin-based drink and the spicy masal lassi. Beer lovers will also get a kick out of the Indian King Fisher beer.
When it comes to the menu, preferences largely depend on the guest sitting at the table. Indians prefer the chicken tikka, tandoori chicken and tandoori grill. Foreigners enjoy the same dishes, but also order more salads and fish, as do the Vietnamese, but without as many vegetables.
We recommend you begin with the mango lassi (VND 59,000), prepared with fresh mango fruit and cool yogurt. Following the mango lassi, you may want try the two most popular dishes, tandoori chicken (VND 139,000 for two leg pieces) and chicken samosa (VND 69,000). These come with two sauces: slightly sweet tamarind chutney, and green mint chutney, made from coriander, yogurt and cashew nuts.
Be sure to bring a friend with you, because both chicken dishes are quite filling and you may not have room for the mutton roganjosh (VND 159,000), a rich mutton curry with spices (which include chili powder, coriander, cinnamon and cloves) that conjure a savory, complex flavor that goes well with freshly baked naan bread.
We recommend a sweet bread, such as the peshwari naan (VND 59,000), which is made from unleavened flour and flavored with raisins and nuts. This goes more naturally with the somewhat spicy complexity of the roganjosh.
The roganjosh also pairs well with the matar pulao (VND 65,000), which is flavored Basmati rice with green peas. If things tend to be a bit on the spicy side for some, cucumber raita (VND 49,000), a cooling plate of cucumber and yogurt dip, is highly recommended with the naan, the roganjosh and the chicken.
Finish off the savory meal with a traditional Indian dessert. City Pass found the gajar halwa (VND 39,000) a mouthwatering finisher. The halwa’s carrots, milk, ginger, sugar and ground cashews created a sweet, gingery experience for the palate that went perfectly with the previous meal.
For vegetarians, try replacing the three meat dishes with tarka dal (yellow split lentil – VND 72,000) and any two vegetarian dishes suggested by the Tandoor staff.
Out of 222 reviews, Tandoor receives a solid 4 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor. Reviews tend to range from good to excellent, with once in a while a 2 or 3 bubble review coming up complaining about the average taste of the food. For the most part, many reviewers enjoy the authentic Indian taste and quite a few declare this as their favorite (or one of their favorite) Indian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.