We first told you about Tandul
, the new Indian restaurant coming to Tremont, last month. At that time, owner Ashish Patel told us that he hoped to get the business up and running in a few short weeks. After all, the storefront space at 2505 Professor Avenue that recently housed the Turkish restaurants Istanbul Grill and Dervish Grill needed very little work to ready it for opening day.
That day came on Tuesday December 8, says Patel.
Tandul, which is Sanskrit for rice, offers a pleasant mix of Northern and Southern Indian specialties, including many dishes not commonly found in area Indian restaurants. Alongside popular vegetarian items like saag paneer, chana masala and veggie korma is a long list of tandoori-cooked meats, which are marinated in yogurt and spices and cooked in a clay oven.
The lengthy menu gets bonus points for embracing a good number of goat-based dishes, like goat curry, goat vindaloo and goat biryani. Along those lines, Tandul prepares a nice selection of characteristically spicy Southern specialties like chicken chettinad and Kerala-style fish curry.
A more than adequate selection of Indian breads like naan, paratha, kulcha and roti includes some curveballs like the Kashmiri naan, which is stuffed with sweetened nuts and fruits and pan-fried. Desserts range from kulfi, Indian ice cream, to gulab jamun, fried cheese curds with sweetened rose water.
A daily lunch buffet ($9.99) features about 15 items in total, with veggie and non-veggie curries, two biryanis, appetizers, rice, dessert and chutneys.
“We love the location and the neighborhood, and we’ve had really good feedback so far,” Patel says. “Three different families have already stopped by and got really excited when we told them our plans.”
Check out the complete menu below.