“ Address: 00-628 Warsaw / Ul. Marszalkowska 21/25 / Poland „
This review is of the Tandoor Palace in Warsaw, an Indian restaurant in the Polish capital. It's situated a little to the south of the centre, about a fifteen minute walk from the central railway station, and not far from Lazienki Palace.
I was recommended this restaurant by an ex-pat who has been going for a significant part of the 15 years that this Indian has been open. He recommended this Indian because he felt that it offered an excellent service and range of foods, which was of a consistent quality.
Given this recommendation I decided to try the restaurant, and I was made to feel welcome straight away by a friendly member of staff. I found the waiter to be engaging and he spoke good English, and I got the impression that the restaurant was professionally run.
Although I've only been to a small number of Indians in Warsaw I do find that this one offers a more authentic range of foods, but it is a little more expensive than some of its rivals. The main course that I had of a chicken balti with rice and naan came to 55zl, which is roughly about 14 pounds, and I felt that this was good value.
Another member of the group had the butter boneless chicken which was excellent, plenty of tender and moist chicken in a slightly spicy sauce, which was what was asked for. Someone else also ordered off their sizzler menu, effectively offering a range of different meats on a skewer, and these cost around 40zl (just under ten pounds).
The food was all excellent, the rice was served in a good portion and the naan bread had a pleasant texture and taste. The meat in all the dishes was tender, and it was served at the appropriate heat, both in terms of the spice and also the temperature. The portion sizes for the curries were also reasonable generous and entirely met my expectations.
The service was always attentive and friendly, and I felt that the meal was well paced, so we were never rushed, but were also never left waiting for food or service. What appeared to be the owner was there, who is an Indian from Singapore, and the restaurant is proud of its authentic roots.
The only slight negative was that the surroundings of the restaurant themselves were a little dated, which didn't really detract from the experience, but I did feel that a brighter and more open feel would have been better.
The restaurant is open seven days a week and opens at lunch-time and closes at 10.30 in the evening, or until the last customer leaves. This is also entirely true, during my visit it went past 11.00 and the staff showed no sign that they wanted us to leave and continued to offer the friendly hospitality.
Although I haven't ordered a takeaway, the restaurant does offer this, and also a delivery service. There is a 10% reduction from the usual menu price for orders which are takeaways.
The address is ul. Marszalkowska 21/25, the restaurant's phone number is +48 22 8252375 and their web-site is http://www.tandoor.com.pl/.
Overall I felt that an excellent meal was offered for a good price, with friendly and attentive service. I'd certainly recommend this restaurant and want to return on my next visit to Warsaw.
The Tandoor Palace is one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Warsaw, the owner an Indian-Singaporean ensures that the food is well prepared and cooked by his Nepalese chefs. The menu consists of Indian, Singaporean and some other S.E Asian cuisine. I have a preference for the Indian food and have sampled just about everything on the menu.
My favourite main meals are the Chicken Tikka Butter Massala and the Dahl Makahani, starters like the garlic naan, Chicken Toni and Onion Bahji's are superb. Pappadums and a selection of sauces are free on the house. A great vegetarian option is Malai Kofta, balls of vegetables in an amazing green yoghurty sauce.
Not only is this the best Indian restaurant in Warsaw but it's also the best I've ever tasted internationally (including the Uk and Germany as well.) The location of the restaurant (Ul. Marszalkowska 18) is fairly good, just 3 tram stops or 1 metro stop from Metro Centrum in the heart of the city. Cold Okocim or Kingfisher and superb Massala Tea are available as is a wide range of other additional beverages.
The restaurant holds a special Curry Club/ Comedy Club downstairs on a Wednesday night where locals and expats wanting to do some stand-up can have an open mic session. It's an all you can eat/drink affair for 150zl.
The prices generally are high by Polish standards and it will cost you around 140zl (35 pounds) for 2 people and I find their website quite over-the-top with Indian music and a huge amount of things happening at once.
Tandoor Palace also have a sister restaurant on the outskirts of the city called Asian Village, this is near the Hindu Temple and has an Indian shop selling spices and ingredients as well.