Tandoor in Milwaukee

By | September 19, 2009

I love Indian food. It’s flavors range from sweet to spicy and it is equally good whether you prefer vegetarian dishes or meat. Recently we’ve had a bit of bad luck in our area, however, as our favorite nearby Indian restaurant closed over a year ago, followed recently by Saffron in Brookfield. Sure, Maharaja on the east side is among the best in Milwaukee, but that’s a bit of a drive from our side of town. After expressing my frustration on Facebook at the discovery of Saffron’s closure, I got a couple recommendations for Tandoor, which is actually closer to us than Saffron was.

When you first walk in to Tandoor, you might be a little nervous as it kind of has a hole-in-the-wall feel to it, because, well, it kind of is. Rest assured, however, you’ll still get a tasty meal. They have a large menu with lots of options, with plenty of appetizers, a great selection of different types of Indian breads, and a huge list of entrées with chicken, lamb, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. We decided to start off with an order of samosas, which were on par with the samosas I’ve had elsewhere and are a great start to any Indian meal. For dinner we got the always-classic chicken tikka masala, an order of lamb shahi korma, and their peshwari naan bread. Although we ordered everything medium, both the masala and korma were on the spicy side which is always fine by me, but if you have a weak stomach for spice, I’d suggest ordering your food mild. Both dishes were good, however the lamb shahi korma was spicier and less savory than we’re accustomed to. That said, our standard for lamb shahi korma has unfortunately been set unreasonably high by India Palace in Roseville, MN. The peshwari naan bread was unlike any naan bread I’ve had previously and was filled with nuts, raisins, and coconut. It tasted terrific and was great for scooping up any extra sauce from our plates. To wash everything down, we each ordered a mango lassi which, if you’ve never had one, is a traditional yogurt-based mango drink that will instantly cut through any spice lingering in your mouth and tastes great. Having eaten way more than I probably should have, we skipped desert and went home happy, full, and with leftovers.

Although Tandoor is certainly not the best Indian food I’ve eaten, nor would I consider it the best in Milwaukee, it still serves good food, the service was fast and courteous, and I will certainly be eating there again. They even offer take-out, which I’m sure I will be taking advantage of sometime soon.

Here’s the info:

Tandoor
1117 S 108th St
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone: 414-777-1600
Hours:
Couldn’t find listed hours anywhere,
but they have a lunch buffet 7 days a week
and are open for dinner every night.

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