Craving Indian food, we put the question out to Twitter asking what the best Indian restaurant in Victoria was. We went with the first response, and decided to try our luck at Da Tandoor on Fort Street.
Da Tandoor is a cozy, authentic Indian restaurant with traditional decor that serves tandoori cuisine baked in a clay oven. The restaurant was empty for a weekday evening, and we were seated promptly by our very friendly server.
Shortly after being seated, we received a large complimentary serving of papadom. It was light, crispy, and warm, and served with a variety of chutneys and onions, which complimented the papdom very well.
As an appetizer, we split a dish of Vegetable Samosas ($4.95). The pastry was not too thick, and there was plenty of vegetables and spices stuffed inside.
For our meals, Dayna ordered the Butter Chicken ($14.95) – boneless chicken marinated in ginger, garlic, yogurt, vinegar and spices made in a tandoor, cooked in fresh tomato sauce, butter and cream.
In one word, it was delicious. Lots of chicken, lots of flavour, and a very generous serving size that left us with enough to take home and have for lunch the next day.
I ordered the Tandoori Special ($18.95), which is a combination dish that includes tandoori chicken, butter chicken, lamb curry, vegetable jalfrazie, dal, raita, pilau rice and nan.
Even though the bowls look small, there was so much food that I did not quite know where to start. Everything on the plate was delicious. I am a big fan of lamb, and it was perfectly cooked being moist with lots of flavour.
To complement our main dishes, we also ordered nan bread ($2.50). For such a low price, we were shocked to see how much bread we got. You can see from the photo that just one of the pieces was bigger than the plate of butter chicken behind it. Not only is a great price, but it was delicious, freshly baked and still warm.
While unassuming from the outside, Da Tandoor definitely filled our craving for authentic Indian food that night. Not only is the food delicious, but it is excellent value and you are almost guaranteed to be walking out with leftovers for the next day. I am sure we will be back to eat at this Victoria Indian food restaurant again.
Do you have any other recommendations for good Indian food in Victoria?
You can check out the menu for Da Tandoor at ForkJoy.
1010 Fort Street