Thursday, July 31, 2008

Taj Tandoori

Introduction: Ambitiously this suburban Indian restaurant, at 281 Glenhuntly Rd Elsternwick, strives to provide diners with "a divine dining experience."
Ambience: Very clean with double table cloths and napkins Taj looks like an expensive place but is actually extremely cheap. It has a pleasant atmosphere. A place at which you would be happy to spend a couple of hours over dinner Most entrees are $9 and mains $12. They also offer a series of banquets from $20 to $35
Service: Friendly and obliging
Food: By getting the $35 banquet we got to tasting a variety of dishes. It began, after we had demolished a small tray of tasty dips, - mint, mango and pomegranite, with a platter of Tandoori chicken and samosas on a bed of lettuce and onion. Not specially good,not specially bad.
Next came a prawn masla so sweet it would have a diabetic reaching for his glucometer, a lamb korma, a dish of seriously overcooked vegetables, a butter chicken and a bowl of over sweet Raita. Whilst these dishes are very colourful they are not very photogenic!The only really outstanding dishes were the Gulab Jamon and the mango and pistachio Kulfi which had that peculiar texture one gets when one makes ice cream from clotted milk
Wine: We brought our own but a glance at the list reveals an inexpensive smallish range

Price: Competitive in fact very inexpensive

Comments: A very well kept restaurant serving pedestrian Indian food

Score: 12.5/20

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