Tandoor & Grille MontrealPosted By Jennifer Ho Aug 24 2011 · 0 comments · Dining Out, West Island
Tandoor & Grille’s new digs on des Sources street is more than a few steps up from the comparatively smaller space they occupied for years before just a block over on the strip. Boasting chandeliers that hang from the high ceilings, flat screen TVs on opposing walls and a seating capacity that’s about triple the size of the old restaurant, Tandoor is clearly doing very well. And it’s all because of the amazing food they serve there. Loyal customers from the beginning, we have come to be acquaintances with the Pakistani chef. As we tried to order the famous dahl soup, he came out to tell us that it wasn’t ready (we were some of the only diners in the restaurant at noon on a Sunday) and suggested the chicken vegetable soup instead. So we took it! It was hearty and actually had some Chinese influence – coming with optional toppings of two types of chili and soy sauce, that much was obvious. If you’re going to order a big meal, this soup is not recommended with those with smaller stomachs – you won’t have room to eat much else!
The soup was the start of a whole different eating experience – we’d never had that one before. Usually when we eat here we tend to order dishes along the same lines because we know they’ll be good, every time. This time we decided to try almost all new dishes, except for the baigan bharta eggplant dish because it is one of my absolute favorites. Every time I go to Tandoor I have to order this one; it’s just too good to pass up. Apart from that though, we ordered the fish pakora (so crispy, so delicious. The fish was noticeably fresh with the flesh flaking off in every bite), the lahori fish (pretty much a larger portion of fish pakora – I wouldn’t suggest ordering both this dishes in the same meal), the dhansak with shrimp, pineapple and lentils (not too sweet, actually), the lamb paya (a thinner sauce, less meat than you would expect but tasty nonetheless) and the balti wicked (great thick curry) along with two portions of hot fluffy naan bread and two servings of basamati rice.
Tandoor & Grille serves consistently delicious and authentic Pakistani food. If you live in downtown Montreal and love south Asian food, this is one place worth driving down to the West Island for.
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