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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tandoori Oven, Daly City's First Indian Restaurant

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 6:12 PM

click to enlarge Chicken tikka masala dinner at Tandoori Oven. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Chicken tikka masala dinner at Tandoori Oven.

South Bay chain Tandoori Oven decided to go north for its fifth location, the first Indian tandoori restaurant in Daly City.

Less than 2 weeks old, Tandoori Oven took over the space from late-night burger joint Slider USA after 3 months of remodeling. The open kitchen features two tandoor clay ovens imported from India. Since most menu items are cooked to order, an added treat is watching the kitchen staff prepare any of the menu's nine varieties of stuffed naan breads by sticking them to the inner wall of the oven, or pulling hot morsels of chicken or lamb off long metal skewers.

click to enlarge Watching the cooks pry morsels from long skewers is part of the fun. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Watching the cooks pry morsels from long skewers is part of the fun.

The menu includes the aforementioned stuffed naan breads, wraps, tandoori meats, and many curries, with vegetarian and a couple of vegan choices. (Note that naan is made with eggs, so it's not vegan.) For our first taste we ordered a dish that epitomizes tandoori cuisine, the chicken tikka masala dinner ($10.97, including rice, naan, a side of veggie curry, and cucumber salad). The flavors didn't disappoint, although the huge portion was heavy on starches and light on proteins.

As curious neighbors trickle in to sample the goods, Tandoori Oven is aiming to expand its customer base by offering SFSU students a two-for-one deal on wraps during lunchtime just by showing their IDs. We wish the offers were open to all comers.

Tandoori Oven: 314 Westlake Center, Daly City, 650-758-4577. Open 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily.

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