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Tandoor: The taste of India

On arrival we were quickly seated outside as it was a warm day. The décor is eclectic featuring ultra modern chairs around glass tables as well as plastic covered chairs around wooden tables and basket chairs too! The restaurant overlooks extensive sports fields and it is easy to see how it is a fine vantage point for sipping a chilled glass of something and getting involved in the sports activities on the fields below. There were no matches going on, just a maintenance crew going about their business to keep it ship-shape. We were greeted by the delicate smells of spices, dough and fried vegetables on arrival in the car park. Drinks orders were quickly taken and we settled down to make choices for our meals.

The menu is extensive; quite splendid and rather intimidating! There is something for everyone among the offers of starters, Asian fusion dishes, various pages of main dishes, pages of soup offerings and accompaniments and of course the drinks. The main meat is chicken and they also offer pizza and various Indian breads. We ordered Robertson’s Rosé to drink. Paneer chilly; stir fried cream cheese, onions and green peppers and chicken chilli; chicken pieces, onions and green peppers stir fried in soy sauce, chilli sauce and a dash of vinegar were our chosen starters. The paneer chilli was delicious and mild with just a hint of spices. The chicken chilli was succulent, super spicy and superb! The vegetables were fresh and very well-cooked.

We were curious about dessert because we had not noticed it on the menu. The waiter informed us that there was Rasgula. Uncertain, we decided to try. It is similar to sponge cake, shaped like a log and served swimming in a pool of very sweet syrup. The sponge texture was rather weird and unfamiliar, but the sweet sauce was an easily acquired taste. It balanced out the spicy meal nicely. Upon getting the bill we were offered multi-coloured mouth freshening sweets. These were quite tasty and actually did a great job of refreshing the palate. I could sure use a dish of those in my house!

Speciality Restaurant (Indian)
4 Plates
Expect to spend US$20 – US$30 a head
Sunrise Sports Club, Ridgeview, Harare.

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