Nutritionist & Life Coach
Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published July 19th 2013
When you say the words "all you can eat" to me, I will run faster in the specified direction than will a politician to a media scrum. Happily there are no sound bites at D'Tandoor in Hawthorn, just succulent Indian cuisine.
In the 'restaurant intense' area that surrounds Swinburne University, D'Tandoor offers a $12 all you can eat buffet every Friday that provides bang for the infinitely limited student dollar. Passing possibly the most relaxed restaurateurs in Greater Melbourne, one makes their way upstairs to a well set out dining area.
On the afternoon I was lucky enough to attend, I sampled the two Indian classics Butter Chicken and Rogan Josh along with two vegetarian options: Zeefa Aaloo (a potato dish) and Punjabi Channa (lots o' chick peas).
The buffet may simply present a chance for the proprietors to offload the stock that didn't sell throughout the week but I really could not fault the quality of the cooking. The lamb in the Rogan Josh was slightly pink within yet still crumbled away on the fork as if it had been slow cooked since Indian independence. Along with a punch of coriander and some raita to moderate the spices it provided a delicious option.
The Butter Chicken was also top class. The meat soft and tender served in a sauce to die for; I had much pleasure in mopping this up with the copious amounts of roti bread I pilfered from the buffet.
The vegetarian dishes too stood up to scrutiny. With millennia of Hinduism behind them and a plethora of spices that Europeans fought wars over the Indians really do know how to make vegetarian cuisines work.
Drinks are not included in the $12, but I was shocked to discover I was only charged $3 for a 500ml San Pellegrino - I've seen them go for $8 a pop at other restaurants.
So if you're anywhere near Hawthorn at lunch time on a Friday, head to the corner of Glenferrie and Burwood Roads and then follow your nose!