Tandoori Garden is wearing a "Strip Mall" Halloween Costume! The outside is a gloomy facade that does not match the inside! Not that there's anything wrong with this mall on Fry Road in Katy. In fact we could have made a day of it, having our eye brows threaded, our wills written, our jewelry pawned...there's lots going on here! 5 bonus points for a location that DARES me to give it a try!
Rhona and Marsha in the lovely interior
Rhona and Marsha are not first timers to the blog. They know how to stand up and pose, so I can get a discreet shot of the interior. 2 bonus points worth of thank you!
As for the interior, 3 points for being clean and comfy AND for pleasant background music. 2 bonus points for seeing no TV. (This is rare in the kinds of places I frequent on my adventures.) But I do have to subtract 2 points, because the decor was more Tuscan than Nepalese. It is hard to get an authentic feel when way too many of the diners are American ... except for Poncho!
People Encounter with Poncho
I don't have Poncho's picture, but I have his card. We met in the buffet line where he laughed that I was taking his advice about the best Nepali dishes when he was from Mexico. He was very eager chat with us at our table and I do enjoy a cheery People Encounter..but there was a motive with Poncho. He left us busines cards. Poncho would very much like to sell any of us a Chevy. Only 1 bonus point for a People Encounter that involves sales.
You have to love a buffet, when you want to sample lots of stuff. But let's face it. The food is never as good as it is when the plate is served hot from the kitchen.
This buffet for $9.99 gave us about 6 Indian dishes and 6 Nepali dishes to choose from.
2 bonus points for SAMPLING!
I had a little camera problem so I'm using some internet pics to help share about food. This is what a Tandoor Clay Oven might look like. The secret to Tandoori cuisine, is the clay oven that cooks the meats, veggies and breads at 600 degrees. On the lunch buffet, my favorite dish (and Marsha's) was Saag Paneer (spinach with homemade cottage cheese and chopped ginger) There was a bit of spice that made this creamy, smooth dish perfect. Rhona especially liked the red sauce served on the chicken. All the dishes are specialties from the Himalayan countries of Nepal and India. It's nice that you can order dishes that are specific to Nepal like Achari Tikka (chicken marinated in blended pickle and seasoning spice, roasted in the clay oven) We have endless Indian restaurants in Houston, but few Nepalese.
4 points for lunch buffet at Tandoori Garden. I'm guessing I would give a 5 if ordering off the menu!
The naan bread was excellent. The restaurant claims their naan is cooked on the walls of a clay oven. It was piping hot and crispy on the outside, moist on the inside! I consider naan a high calorie, edible spoon for scooping up all the yogurt, mint and tamarind sauces!
2 bonus for naan!
Our buddy, Laxman!
Our dear waiter, Laxman did his best! He bowed graciously with his bowtie and he filled our waters often. He so eagerly wanted to know if we liked our food. Sadly, I had a hard time understanding Laxman or I could have asked more questions. Maybe we could have gotten more information about the Tandoori clay oven. I would love to know how Laxman came to live in Houston. The good news is, he is from Nepal! And he was eager to give me his email so I could share some photos with him!
5 bonus points for Laxaman and his grin...which is a bit subdued in this photo!
TOTAL of 24 BONUS POINTS FOR TANDOORI GARDEN!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.