Exquisite INDIAN Cuisine at the TANDOOR
Updated: May 14, 2020
Tandoor Palace in the Poconos, Pennsylvania provides a tasty view into the many herbs and spices of India, and they do it in a Train Car!
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and I spent a lot of my time hanging around with people who lived in shared housing. Places like apartment complexes, high rises, multi family homes, duplexes, etc. I am going to be painfully honest, my vision of Indian food for a good portion of my life was based on a smell that I did not associate with or enjoy, that lasted forever, and was never covered up by any other scent in the world. Not only was that an awful way to judge a country's cuisine, but I was so unbelievably wrong about #Indian food.
“The Shrimp Vindaloo had quite a spicy punch behind it, but the flavors they are able to inject into the sauce is truly astonishing. It feels as though with each time you chew there is another flavor that comes to the forefront of the dish.”
One day shortly after Chas' wonderful wife Sylvia passed away, He asked me to meet him at a mall in the Poconos. We were about to go suitcase shopping for a cruise we would be taking shortly after and he was hungry and wanted to grab a bite. This mall is very small and the stores are depleting faster than the remaining hair on my head, so I was truly baffled as to what he would want to eat here. The Chinese food place in the mall had (as they all eventually do) gone out of business and there was a small Indian food restaurant now in it's place. I was nervous, but trusted Chas and ordered #Kadai Chicken with garlic naan. He ordered Chicken #Tikka Masala with regular #naan and his trusty and beloved sidekick, Diet Coke. It was far better than I had imagined and I wondered if I was able to get a somewhat edible Indian meal in possibly the worst mall in America, what have I been missing elsewhere?
Enter the wonder and joy of the Tandoor Palace
Did I mention that the chef's, owner's and wait staff are able to manage this incredible food, fantastic service, and comfortable and warm surroundings all while operating out of an old train car? The main kitchen and another dining room are set in a building that is attached, but this train car hosts (if I had to guess) probably 50 seats for the restaurant. We have now eaten at #Tandoor at least a dozen times and I have never had an experience there that was less than great. The staff is warm and knowledgeable, the owner addresses all of the tables and genuinely cares about how your stay was (so much so that at our request he showed us the kitchen and their tandoor oven), and the food is always top notch. We have gone for the lunch buffet a few times and we have gone and ordered a la carte from the dinner menu other times and there is never a complaint.
We have become a bit more adventurous over the last few months and have begun ordering many different dishes. The Lamb Biryani here is quite possibly the best slow cooked rice containing dish I've ever eaten. The Shrimp Vindaloo had quite a spicy punch behind it, but the flavors they are able to inject into the sauce is truly astonishing. It feels as though with each time you chew there is another flavor that comes to the forefront of the dish. These are not basic cooking techniques and an easy feat, these are talented chefs showcasing their many years of experience and their love for their heritage through food.
By visiting our videos page you can see a brief shot of our sizzling tandoori chicken arriving at the table one night a few weeks back. Afterwards you can attempt to wipe all of the drool off your face and figure out how to make plans to get in for a meal immediately! Tandoor Palace...Didn't Suck!