Eating with an acquaintance renders it unnecessary to invent a disagreeable persona for the saltshaker. Sidestep imaginary dramas with today’s Groupon: for $65, you get a ten-dish prix fixe Indian meal for two at Tanzore in Beverly Hills (a $175 value). The meal includes:
- Three appetizers:
- Vegetable samosa
- Tandoori chicken tikka
- Tandoori paneer
- Five shareable entrees:
- Saag paneer
- Dal makhani
- Basmati rice and naan
- Choice of fish curry, chicken tikka masala, or tandoori chicken
- Two desserts:
- Gulab jamun
- Two glasses of wine
Tanzore delights the senses with beautifully plated and delectable Indian cuisine, garnering praise from press such as the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly. Sink teeth into the stir-fried cheese, spinach, and rice of the saag paneer, or let tongues loll across a buttery bed of freshly baked naan, the same mattress used by the Pillsbury Doughboy in his decadent downtown dough pad. A fenugreek-infused yogurt marinade permeates prime cuts of poultry before the tandoori ovens sears it all together into a hot convergence of flavor called tandoori chicken. Frosty spoonfuls of the Indian-style dairy dessert kulfi chill the palate postmeal, satisfying sweet teeth with the aid of the rose-syrup-bathed gulab jamun—small, fried balls of dough that can be used in a celebratory game of ping-pong.
The distinct essence of the cube echoes throughout Tanzore’s brightly colored interior, with yellow and red tones evoking the cuisine’s cultural history. A lounge awash in the blue and Technicolor tones of wall projections and flat-screen TVs provides a private retreat for parties and a hangout for chicken legs awaiting a tandoori treatment.
Tanzore's owners, artist Nikki Sood and her art-enthusiast father Sudesh Sood, employ the eclectic talents of Indian-born executive chef J.K. Paul to craft a modern, experimental menu of Indian fare that suits a bold, streamlined design aesthetic. Curving steel and ceramic plates provide a minimalist backdrop to local, seasonal ingredients blended with traditional indian spices and placed in artful arrangements, posing with more grace than a ballerina performing atop a kayak. A glass box surrounds 2,000 bottles of international wines arranged on steel racks, looming between bare wood floors and ceiling. A modern, round-edged bar lined with inset lights offsets tables surrounded by yellow-cushioned chairs and subtle pieces of Indian art. Staffers keep the private party room's blue-cushioned benches peppered with multicolored throw pillows, and project films onto the walls. Tanzore holds public events for Indian festivals and holidays, such as the Festival of Lights and Diwali.
50 N La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, California 90211Get Directions