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Taste of Tandooree

Posted by Charlotte Johnstone / Listed on September 14, 2009 / review policy

Taste of Tandooree RestaurantTaste of Tandooree, the new Indian restaurant in Parkdale , has barely been open for a month, and it's already become a pleasing fixture of my week.

Its position on Queen West, just west of Dufferin, makes for an ideal mid-way point in the inevitable segue stumble under the bridge that results from a westward bound bar crawl along Queen.

Until now, Parkdale hasn't had the best selection of late night eating options for the decidedly unsober. Finding yourself there, bleary eyed and empty bellied at 2 a.m usually meant a coin toss between pizza and the convenience store.

Thankfully, Taste of Tandooree has interceded. The neon 'open' sign of this canteen style, unadorned gem stays on until 6 in the morning and it's a welcome sight indeed.

Taste of Tandooree Entree

A decently varied but not overwhelming selection of in-house made, traditional Indian food makes up the menu. Limiting the options to pakoras, samosas, curry and naan, as well as a small but enticing dessert menu keeps the deliberation to a minimum and the food turnover high.

Taste of Tandooree Menu

We start with a plain lassi ($2) which is refreshing and not overly sweet.

Taste of Tandooree Curry

I order the Karahi Gosht ($7.99) which is made with goat and generously ladled with enough sauce to keep our accompanying tandoori and butter naan breads ($1.25 each) well occupied.

Taste of Tandooree Dessert

As the pistachio kulfi is sold out, I get the gulab jamen ($2.50 for 2 pieces) instead. It turns out to be a fortunate substitution. The dough-like, deep-fried milk balls are loaded with cardamom and have just enough delicious rose scented syrup on top.
They're also accompanied by a generous side of what looks and tastes like a delicious portion of payesh (milky rice dessert).

Taste of Tandooree Parkdale

Getting change from $13 for a very tasty drink, entree and naan combination (that is too much food for me to finish!) means I'm inevitably lured back the next week for more value-for-money eats.

It's not a habit that I'll be in a hurry to break.

Take away is available.

Photos by Jeremy North-Lewis

Discussion

26 Comments

apetimberlake / September 16, 2009 at 10:03 am
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Nothing better then a bice butter chicken bomb at 5 am
jason / September 16, 2009 at 10:43 am
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check the spelling of the place.
Holla / September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am
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Misspelled the restaurants name every time (missing an O incase people are thinking I'm preferring 'tandoori') AND aperture is far too open causing harsh depth of field within the subject, pictures look amateurish at best.

Please fix.
matts / September 16, 2009 at 01:01 pm
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Wow, once again, the key success criteria for a resto are: cheap and open late. I suggest your reviewers a) save money for a proper meal and b) moderate their drinking

Sigh
apetimberlake / September 16, 2009 at 09:38 pm
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@matts

Just because a place isn't BYMARK doesn't mean that its not good.

meathole.
Citypg / September 16, 2009 at 11:21 pm
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Nice to find out about a place open late! For a terrific city TO sure lacks place to grab anything other than pizza even around 10-11 o'clock. This is a good option.
matts replying to a comment from apetimberlake / September 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm
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Just because a place is cheap and open late doesn't mean it is good either. You want to eat crap late at night, feel free to do so.
janek replying to a comment from matts / September 17, 2009 at 03:30 pm
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@matts have you eaten there? cause it actually is really good -- whether its 3am or not
Ian / September 18, 2009 at 08:44 pm
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LATE NIGHT INDIAN IS MY DREAM COME TRUE
Frankenrhythm replying to a comment from matts / September 28, 2009 at 04:37 pm
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It just so happens that the food there is quite good. The fact that it's cheap and open late is pretty much a bonus.
Vic De Zen / October 5, 2009 at 09:45 am
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I was there at a pretty late hour once. The food is tremendous I have to say and I'm usually not a fan of indian food. At the time I was just just feeling adventurous and the results were very positive. I do recommend this for everybody, especially those who are fans of indian food.
Duffman / October 28, 2009 at 09:14 pm
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I work right across the street from Taste of Tandoree and unfortunately don't share quite the same love of the restaurant as the reviews.

At least during the restaurant's morning/afternoon hours I find the food to be average and not that great in terms of value. Also every time I've gone the person has either given me the food cold or microwaved it, which is unacceptable in my books.

I'm guessing alcohol absolves all of these sins though.
Jay / October 31, 2009 at 11:37 pm
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TWO WORDS: Cheap and Tasty....

What more could you want...and as for cold and microwaved...

LETS be honest WHAT PLACE DOESNT DO THAT?

WHat is A FACT though is that ITS CHEAP, TASTE GREATS, ENOUGH PARKING AND OPEN LATE......

AM I MISSIG SOMETHING HERE? LIke the message should be clear by now.....
siri / November 7, 2009 at 08:33 pm
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The only advantage is you can get food late night, but during the day Its better to have fresh food rather having the cold food which is there from afternoon till moring.
Ali / December 25, 2009 at 03:07 pm
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This is a wonderful place to eat at late night and day time it is very cheap under 10$ per meal and tastes great i've tried their BBQ and they taste very great like the tandoori fish Kebabs and the Chicken Tikka i recommend all to eat their
Ashley Tisdale / December 27, 2009 at 04:41 pm
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THIS RESTAURANT IS MY TOP RECOMMEND TO THOSE OF YOU WANTING AUTHENTIC CULTURAL FOOD WITH TASTE. NOT ONLY DOES IT PROVIDE TASTE BUT A FANTASTIC ATMOSPHER. ALSO IT IS CHEAP, EASY AND LATE NIGHT. MY FAV IS THE INDIAN NAAN BREAD. IT ONE OF THE VERY FEW INDIAN AND PAKISTANI RESTAURANT TRULY WORTH GOING.
Ashley Tisdale / December 27, 2009 at 04:42 pm
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THIS RESTAURANT IS MY TOP RECOMMEND TO THOSE OF YOU WANTING AUTHENTIC CULTURAL FOOD WITH TASTE. NOT ONLY DOES IT PROVIDE TASTE BUT A FANTASTIC ATMOSPHER. ALSO IT IS CHEAP, EASY AND LATE NIGHT. MY FAV IS THE INDIAN NAAN BREAD. IT ONE OF THE VERY FEW INDIAN AND PAKISTANI RESTAURANT TRULY WORTH GOING.
Andree McJack replying to a comment from Duffman / December 27, 2009 at 04:46 pm
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I also eat there everyday and I find it amazing I guess not everyone has good taste . I truly pity someone who thinks that alcol with crap it actually worth it like many restaurants unlike this one.
Goose / March 31, 2010 at 09:10 pm
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curious about HOLLA's comment... where are the spelling mistakes? Also that may be the worst sentence I've ever read.
PK Foodie / July 24, 2010 at 02:53 am
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This place by far is the most DISGUSTING place I've ever been to. I saw a roach running across the floor! As my boyfried was ordering the woman was putting everything into one small styrofoam cup...CUP!He's was there arguing with her over how she was putting three different types of food on top of each other in the styrofoam cup...like wtf? She said the flat clamshell countainer cost extra on top of the $7.49 meal. I was told him never mind that we will go to the hasty and get some michelina's instead because it was better than the sh** they were serving. The owner was standing right there not saying A WORD, we ended up leaving. BUYER BEWARE!
Steph / September 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm
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TERRIBLE.

We had it delivered to our apartment. It literally just came from the freezer. IT WAS FROZEN. WTF? When we called to complain the manager informed us he could get the driver to pick it up, return it to them for them to reheat, and then drive it back...uh so I can wait another 45 mins to have microwaved food? no thanks. He was such a dick too. Terrible customer service. Terrible food. Don't waste your time and money.

The butter chicken tasted terrible. It was like chicken soup...if I wanted chicken soup I could call my grandma.

I hope this place closes ASAP.
Indian Food Lover / October 14, 2010 at 09:29 pm
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I've been dying to do this for such a long time. This will not be a good review. When they first opened they where very nice and there price was low, they would even give me a FREE salad. NOW! I went there a couple of times and I find out that they are over charging me more money, okay so they got some customers, so the price went up okay I understand that.


BUT then! I went there and asked for garlic nann, what do I get... a plane dry piece of bread. It's over priced now, and all they do is microwave the food and give you the smallest portions. I don't understand a couple of months ago I was getting Free saladS well you can kiss that goodbye.

I recommended this place to a friend and they OVER CHARGED her too and she paid for a salad and never got it.


DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE UNLESS YOU LIKE RUDE CUSTOMER SERVICE, YOUR ORDER TO GET MESSED UP AND TO ONLY HAVE COLD MICROWAVED FOOD.

I NEVER GO HERE ANYMORE!
Suckitup / December 27, 2010 at 03:09 pm
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I love to eat and I like to visit all kinds of restaurants. It turns out they have the best food EVER!!! Plus they are open late... Wah??? I think I've found my new 'go-to' restaurant. Definitely recommends to every one!!! Try it yourself and you'll know what I'm talking about....
Crow Master Joe II / September 5, 2011 at 08:09 pm
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I just heard that this place has to move.
bunzo g / February 12, 2012 at 04:51 pm
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This place is closed. Anyone know where they moved? Or are the done?
Suckitup / February 16, 2013 at 06:18 pm
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I just heard owner moved restaurant to Mississauga. 99 Dundas St W.

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