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Taj Tandoor Indian Restaurant

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published January 5th 2017
Located within a heritage Victorian building along Rundle Street in Adelaide, Taj Tandoor specialises in Indian cuisine. The restaurant is notable for using fresh vegetables and locally sourced ingredients in its dishes. In addition to their main menu items, the restaurant also has a few dishes suited for feasts, which require ordering in advance.

One of the various seafood dishes that can be ordered, the Steamed Fish Banana Leaf features a large fish fillet seasoned with Indian spices steamed inside a banana leaf wrap. The fish was tender with the spices complementing the slightly sweet taste of the fish well. The dish also came with a small serving of rice making it a complete meal by itself.

Taj Tandoor, Steamed Fish Banana Leaf, Adelaide
Steamed Fish Banana Leaf (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Taj Tandoor, Steamed Fish Banana Leaf, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Noted to be one of the curries associated with Indian-Chinese cuisine, the selection of vegetables used in their Vegetable Jalfrezi had the right amount of bite to them with its flavour brought out by the curry gravy. The level of spiciness of the curry was not too hot, making it ideal for those not used to eating spicy foods.

Taj Tandoor, Vegetable Jalfrezi, Adelaide
Vegetable Jalfrezi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


A bit different from the appetisers we normally eat at Indian restaurants, the Crispy Baingan had a lovely crispy coating that contrasted well with the soft eggplant. Topping the pieces of eggplant was a tamarind and coconut sauce which helped to bring out their flavour along with a small serving of salad to balance out the dish with its fresh flavour.

Taj Tandoor, Crispy Baingan, Adelaide
Crispy Baingan (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


A dish typically served at Indian restaurants, the chunks of chicken in their Chicken Madras were tender with the curry gravy having the level of spiciness we desired. The dish can be ordered as an entrée or main sized dish, allowing you to tailor it to suit your appetite.

Taj Tandoor, Chicken Madras, Adelaide
Chicken Madras (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Great for accompanying their curries, the Naan offered here had the fluffy texture we loved and the charred flavour from being cooked in the tandoor. The Garlic Naan also had just the right degree of garlicky flavour. If you prefer rice, they also offer Pulao Rice, a dish in which Basmati Rice is cooked with a selection of spices.

Taj Tandoor, Plain Naan, Adelaide
Plain Naan (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Taj Tandoor, Garlic Naan, Adelaide
Garlic Naan (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Taj Tandoor, Pulao Rice, Adelaide
Pulao Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Although the tables were spaced a bit close to each other, the décor of the restaurant gives it a bit of a formal feel. Parking spaces are available on the street where the restaurant is located with a few U-Parks offering the option of off-street parking.

Taj Tandoor, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Lunch: Mon-Fri: 12pm-3pm, Dinner: 5pm-10pm
Phone: 08 8359 2066
Where: 290 Rundle Street, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $23 per main dish
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