Entertainment | Restaurants & Dining
|Casa de Tandoor a Hot Spot on Olas Altas|
Gary R. Beck - PVNN
April 29, 2010
Puerto Vallarta lost its wonderful claim to contemporary Indian cuisine when Dasan closed and left town and Saffron was short-lived, being replaced with condos. But now there's Casa de Tandoor, a new Indian restaurant on Olas Altas that offers fabulous food at reasonable prices.
|Casa de Tandoor is located at Olas Altas 356 on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. For more information, call (322) 223-3323 or visit casadetandoor.com.|
It is a small cafe with 6 tables for 2 out on the sidewalk, with ability to merge two into a table for four. No reservations are accepted, so one must walk by and hope.
There is a small counter seating inside, but atmosphere is hot due to their special ovens. We went a bit early and got the last open table outside, great for people watching. We wanted to sample the freshly baked garlic and cilantro Naan as a starter, but were told plain naan came with the dinners, but we opted to have the extra amount served at the same time.
I opted for Butter Chicken (Tikka also available) in a mild and creamy curry sauce and my companion ordered Eggplant and Potato in curry with onions, ginger, garlic and spices, which was rather picante. Cumin seasoned rice was mounded on each plate. We shared Raita, yogurt with cucumber, garlic, black pepper and cumin. Cool and refreshing. The portions, in addition to being fairly priced, are so large one may need to take a container home.
We were tempted by the wraps, varying from chicken to fish to shrimp. No red meat is offered here. Lassi, the Indian smoothies, are flavored with fresh mango or strawberry.
This is healthy cooking using local and regional ingredients freshest possible like local tropical fruit, free range chicken from Tepic and shrimp and fish from Mazatlan. No preservatives or additives are employed.
No credit cards accepted but they offer take out. This option is superb for picking up a few items for a sunset cocktail party that evening.
Open Wednesday-Monday from 3-10 pm, Casa de Tandoor is located at Olas Altas 356 on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. Closed Tuesday. For more information, call (322) 223-3323 or visit casadetandoor.com.
After 20 years in the San Francisco restaurant business, Gary R. Beck turned his attentions to cooking, dining out, creating recipes and exploring Puerto Vallarta's rich array of eateries. Famous for his restaurant guide, available online at CafePress.com or Lulu.com, Gary also writes restaurant reviews for Puerto Vallarta newspapers, Bay Area magazines, and now, a feature column for BanderasNews.com. Contact Gary at garyrbeck1(at)yahoo.com.
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