Took my wife to the Tandoori Grill in the Greentown section of Ipoh yesterday for her birthday. Good Indian food is so cheap and plentiful in Malaysia that the idea of going to a relatively expensive sit down restaurant for the same seems a bit silly.
However, the food at the Tandoori Grill is so awesome, the spices so perfectly balanced, the meat so tender, and the flavors of the various sauces so powerfully pleasing that it is a completely different world from the normal Indian food dining experience.
We ordered mutton chukka (which is a delicious spicy sizzling dish), perhaps the best chicken tikka I have ever had which was so tender it could be cut with a spoon, a yogurt raita that undercurrent perfectly the spiciness of the chukka, and, as an appetizer, fried cauliflower which by itself was bland but came with dark red chili sauce that really delivered a punch. My wife had a mango lassi and I had a mixed berry lassi which were both sweet but not overwhelmingly so.
The portions of the food were huge and we had to doggy bag some of the mutton.
In addition a few other things I liked about the Tandoori Grill – The price was rm86 for everything and that to me for this level of dining experience seemed more than fair. The service was excellent with waiters who really seem to know what they are doing rather than the usual useless Malaysian idiots who stand around and until you signal them. The ambiance of the place is fantastic. It’s a genuinely beautiful room and makes one feel they are dining out in luxury.
Also as it was Mother’s Day too and they gave my wife a free slice of carrot cake which was a nice gesture for all the ladies – even those that aren’t moms.
From Monday to Friday they have a buffet for rm28 which is not available on weekends. My experience with buffets at Indian restaurants has always been good and I look forward to going back and trying that on a weekday.