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Review of Punjabi Tandoor Indian Restaurant in Anaheim, CA
My husband and I originally found this restaurant on Yelp.com. Many people had favorably reviewed this restaurant, so we decided to give it a try. We now pick up food from Punjabi Tandoor a couple of times a month. I am vegetarian and my husband is mostly vegetarian, other than seafood. So this review only covers vegetarian items that we have tried. This review is also only for the Anaheim location (see address below).
327 South Anaheim Blvd, Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92805
Tel: (714) 635-3155.
Favorite Vegetarian Dishes
We recently tried the vegetable pakora appetizer (breaded fried vegetables). They are really good! It is a medley of fried potatoes, onions, spinach and peppers. So tasty. It comes with two different dipping sauces, a green spicy and a red sweet.
We frequently get vegetable samosas. Each order comes with 2 samosas, which are triangle shaped appetizers, a mix of spiced potatoes and peas, wrapped in a flour wrap and deep fried. These are a little on the spicy side, and very good. They come with two different dipping sauces, the same green spicy and red sweet.
Favorite Main Dishes
My favorites are:
- Vegetable Korma (vegetables in a creamy sauce)
- Alu Matter (potatoes in a tasty sauce with peas)
My husband's favorites are:
- Paneer Tika Masala (cheese triangles in a tasty sauce)
- Alu Gobi (potatoes and cauliflower, spicy)
We often order the Combo #3 which includes rice, choice of 2 vegetables, nan (clay oven baked flat bread), raita (yogurt) or kheer (rice pudding). As you can see from the photo on the right, they usually over-fill the to-go container.
Other Main Dishes
We have also tried the following dishes:
- Dal Makhani (lentils and kidney beans in a creamy sauce)
- Saag Paneer (spinach and cheese)
- Chana Masala (garbanzo beans in a tomato based sauce)
The Dal is pretty good but not the best I've had. Sometimes it's spicier than other times.
The Saag Paneer we've only tried once and it was a little bland. We're considering trying it again in case we just got a batch that wasn't up to par.
There are two types of Chana Masala I've had. One has a tomato based sauce and the other one ihas a brown spicier sauce. My favorite is the brown spicy sauce, but Punjabi Tandoor carries the tomato based type. If the tomato sauce type is your favorite, you may like this one.
We usually eat naan with our vegetarian dishes. It's fun to watch them make the naan, throwing the dough against the inside of the clay oven. This is a type of leavened flat bread. It comes in plain or garlic. When you get naan to go, they wrap it in foil. By the time we get it home, it's a little soft from the condensation. So we put the naan in the toaster oven to crisp it up, cut it up and wrap it in a cloth napkin and put it in a bowl, to keep it warm while we eat.
Paratha is another Indian bread, but this one is pan fried. We thoroughly enjoy paratha but don't order it often since we can only eat so much fried food at a time.
Chutney are the dips that come with most appetizers. The green one is a bit spicy and tastes of coriander. The red one is sweet, made from tamarind. Both are good and even better when mixed together for a little sweet and spicy.
Punjabi Tandoor Van
You know you're in the right parking lot when you pull up and see the Punjabi Tandoor van in front of the restaurant. Although we have not used their catering services, they do offer it.
Inside the Restaurant
Although the restaurant is fairly small, there is usually plenty of seating available. They have water cups available and serve-yourself water container at the front counter, along with napkins and plastic utensils.
The restaurant is popular enough that even when we order our food over the phone and go to pick it up, there's often a line of people ordering in front of us so a small wait.
Things We Don't Like
All the food is served in styrofoam to-go containers, whether you eat the food there or take it to go. I am environmentally conscious so it bugs me that they use so much styrofoam. With so many options available these days for more eco-friendly containers, I'd love to see them switch to a more environmentally friendly option.
We really like the food that we order most often (obviously). I'm sometimes disappointed if something is too spicy for my taste and I wish I liked the chana masala and dal more.
The staff is very friendly so visiting is always a pleasant experience.
The prices are very reasonable, and for the price, you can't beat the value.
If you like Indian food and haven't tried Punjabi Tandoor, I would recommend you give it a try. They have many vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) options. Visit their website for online coupons.