Tandoori Corner

This budget Indian is a big winner
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Time Out Says

Tandoori Corner on Airport Road has been around for a while so people know where it is, but we see no other clientele when we arrive. Friendly staff greet us as we enter and lead us upstairs to the women and family area. We settle in as the obliging staff quickly offer us menus and assistance. The basic set up is nice, with cream tablecloths and wooden dividers offering privacy between tables.

The menu is half Indian, half Chinese, but we stick with Indian as that’s what we are here for. For starters, we opt for onion bhajis and vegetable samosas, though we do lust after the array of mouthwatering options.

We receive six balls of crispy fried onion, each of which are nearly the size of tennis balls, as well as four large samosas. We dig in immediately. The onion bhajis are lightly spiced, delicately sliced and not too oily, with a delicious crispy tempura-style coating. The samosas are steaming hot and the stuffing is divine – we love the slightly spicy potato, pea and curry combination. We ignore the ketchup that accompanies them and douse the pastries in mint yoghurt, enjoying every bite. The plates are quickly cleared away and we wonder if we have already overindulged.

For mains, we choose garlic naan, rice, channa masala and malai kofta, which are served in sweet copper bowls. We rip into the naan, which is buttery, fluffy and light, with garlic heaped on top. We use it to delve into the curries. The channa masala is smooth and spicy – the warmth of the curry is delicious and we enjoy it with the garlic naan. The malai kofta is served with a thick, creamy sauce and two large dumplings in the middle. It’s almost sweet, which we don’t mind, but we keep going back to the overwhelmingly good channa masala and the garlic naan – which we continue to eat until every bite is gone, despite feeling full.

As soon as we indicate we are finished our plates are whisked away with a grin, and the dessert menu is offered. We opt for the gulab jamun and a mango lassi to finish. We don’t care how full we feel, if the food is this good, we want to try the dessert.

The gulab jamun is as satisfying as the mains; light and sweet with a sugary syrup that has a slight tang, while the mango lassi is thick, with plenty of flavour.

We are satisfied with every bite and even though we feel too full we don’t regret a thing. When the bill comes, we almost laugh at the cost – it’s so affordable despite us having seven dishes between two people. If you like Indian food, do yourself a favour and check this place out.

The bill (for two)
Vegetable samosas Dhs12
Onion bhaji Dhs12
Channa masala Dhs17
Malai kofta Dhs22
Garlic naan Dhs5
Gulab jamun Dhs9
Mango lassi Dhs10
The total (Excl. service) Dhs87

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 09 Sep 2014

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Abu Dhabi, Al Wahda, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (Old Airport Road) - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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