Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters make with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Indian cuisine at Tandoor Indian Restaurant in Chapel Hill.
The recently remodeled Tandoor Indian Restaurant serves dishes celebrating India's northern Punjab Region, an area known for layered flavors and vibrant presentation. Diners can ignite a meal by tearing pieces off of an array of house-made Indian breads, such as the aloo naan, which unites unleavened bread with stuffed potatoes, peas, and spices ($4). For main plates, the Tandoori shrimp is awash in a mouthwatering mélange of freshly ground spices ($18), and the seriously spicy lamb vindaloo pleases heat-seekers with a blanketing of house-made vindaloo sauce ($13). Conversely, the Bollywood Thali caters to uncommitted gourmands with an assortment of Indian classics—lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, raita, meat samosa, and more—served on silver platter ($18).The chefs also prep a variety of simplified, kid-friendly fare, including the chicken mumtaji, a mild curry dish composed of boneless chicken cubes in a moderately seasoned cream sauce, served in tandem with basmati rice and naan ($6).
Tandoor Indian Restaurant is authentic in its flavors and its ambience. Binda Bhupal drew inspiration from his Indian homeland when adorning the space, which is now colorfully awash in vibrant mango orange, Kashmiri hot pink, Bombay yellow, and peacock blue. Binda invites guests to relax and dine in the cozy leather-tooled paisley booths or at the bar, where they can enjoy televised Bollywood music videos on Wednesday nights and untelevised smiles.
Tandoor Indian Restaurant
Chefs at Tandoor Indian Restaurant draw on the culinary traditions of India's northern Punjab region, an area known for complex flavors and vibrant presentation. Though lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, and meat samosas have always been a staple at the eatery, a recent renovation has reinforced the feeling of stepping onto another continent. “Following the aroma of classic Indian spices you arrive at a completely refurbished place,” says the Chapel Hill News, “filled with mythological art and sculpture, newly painted doorways, metal bird sculptures and butterfly topiaries as well as new booths, rugs, curtains, covers and cushions.”
The lilting, tangled choruses of Bollywood videos drift from televisions above the paisley booths. In the kitchen, chefs work quickly around a clay tandoori oven filled with licking flames, much like a pyromaniac’s vacation slideshow. Mango-chutney cheesecake and other colorful dishes match a dining room, which the Independent Weekly says “is filled with vibrant colors inspired by owner Binda Bhupal's homeland: mango orange, Kashmiri hot pink, Bombay yellow, peacock blue.”