Tandoori Corner Restaurant
Time Out Says
Indian restaurants that also serve a variety of cuisines are, in TOAD’s experiences, generally a big letdown. You can visit many curry houses in this city and be sat there scratching your head at the massive selection of chow meins and Thai dishes sitting next to a jalfrezi. Thankfully, though, there is a Jack of all trades and a master of them all as well: Tandoori Corner has managed to find a way to do both Indian and Chinese dishes
very well indeed.
The décor, which we’ll sum up as simple if a little bit workmanlike, consists of a subtle sandy colour on the walls, red check tablecloths and plain black chairs. There’s only enough room for about eight tables in here and partitions separate several of them.
The waiters are great. Friendly without that air of phony you get in many restaurants in the city, they obviously have enough confidence in the food that they don’t feel the need to harass you during your meal. Water is topped up regularly but they don’t try and make you buy more drinks.
To start we ordered the curiously named vegetable fire ball from the Indian menu and the vegetable salt and pepper fry from the Chinese menu.
The fire ball was a bright red concoction of potato, chilies, spring onions and a tomato-based sauce with plenty of kick and flavour. The Chinese offering was a simple plate of lightly fried veg in a pepper sauce with peppercorns on top. Not the most flavoursome by a long stretch, but the veg was particularly fresh.
On to the mains. We opted for the prawn chili from the Chinese menu, with a side of hakka noodles, and the chicken murg malai from the Indian selections, with some steamed rice. Both were excellent. The chunks of chicken were some of the most tenderly cooked morsels of bird we’ve had the pleasure to try in the city. Gently marinated in a cashew sauce and grilled (with hardly any burnt bits to disappoint), the ample portion was quickly scoffed. The prawn chili was also fantastic. Stir-fried with peppers, onion and spring onion in a very light, sweet chili sauce, the plump prawns were incredibly moreish. The beauty
was the consistency of the marinade. Not at all gloopy and not too much, the slightly sticky consistency made for a more dry dish, meaning the prawns weren’t overwhelmed by too much sauce. The hakka noodles were fresh with lots of mixed veg in this simple yet hearty stir fry. The serving was so big we got a doggy bag.
Fantastic food served without fanfare by genuine staff, we think this is one Corner worth visiting as soon as possible.
The bill (for two)
Vegetable fire ball Dhs14
Vegetable salt and pepper fry Dhs15
Prawn chili Dhs45
Hakka noodles Dhs16
Murg malai kebab Dhs26
Steamed rice Dhs9
Total (excluding service) Dhs125
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 23 Jul 2013
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