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Tandoori Kona

Winter break has meant marathon eating for me. With no formal plans for dinner I decided to go out to Tandoori Kona! Although I haven’t been until today, I’ve long known that Tandoori Kona is supposed to be the best Indian restaurant in Richmond.

It is located in a strip mall at No. 5 and Cambie in Richmond. It was relatively easy to find and had decent parking (but make sure you don’t park in one of the 15/30/60 min spots). We arrived around 6:30 pm on a Thursday night and took a seat right away. Shortly after we came there was quite a long wait at the door.

Between the two of us, we ordered an appetizer and an entrée. It was more than enough food!

What we ate:

Papadum

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  • Complimentary Indian crackers with fennel seeds
  • These were nice to snack on while we waited for out appetizers but I don’t think I could eat too many due to the strong flavour of fennel
  • The sauce was the sweet sauce that was served with the appetizer platter. I really liked how it complemented the spices

Combination Appetizer (pictures didn’t turn out)

  • Came with vegetable pakora, chicken pakora, and fish pakora and two sauces
  • Pakora are marinated, battered, and deep fried
  • My favourite was the vegetable pakora that were made out of potato or cauliflower
  • One of the sauces was fairly thin and had a sweet taste. The other was a bit spicier. We never really found out what the sauces were but enjoyed them both

Butter Chicken (mild)

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  • All entrées could be order mild, medium, or spicy. We chose mild for the butter chicken
  • All entrées are served with rice and naan bread! 
  • This was the best butter chicken I have ever had! The chunks of chicken breast were large and moist and the sauce was extremely rich and flavourful (but not hot-spicy at all)

Lamb Tikka (medium)

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  • This lamb is cooked inside of a Tandoor oven and comes with a tomato sauce (similar to the butter chicken sauce but not as creamy)
  • Next time I will probably order everything medium spicy. The balance between flavour and heat was excellent!
  • Lamb was tender, while not fatty, and well spiced

The bill came to around $23 each after tax+tip. The food was so rich that we had leftovers and probably could have done without the appetizers. I definitely understand why this is known as the best Indian restaurant in Richmond now and will be returning many times in the future!

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  1. Pingback: Recommended Indian Restaurants in Metro Vancouver: Part II | 45 in fortyfive – by Tourism Surrey

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