Tandoori Village Restaurant

Written by on December 26, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(tandoorivillageva.com) – Manassas, Virginia

How I heard of this place: Our friends Jack & Lenore suggested dining out at Tandoori Village for our catch-up dinner double date.

Type of cuisine: “The home of true pujabi cooking. We welcome you on our journey to a true Punjabi village.


Ambiance: “We hope we have been successful in creating a small glimpse of a true Punjabi village. Our aim was to walk on through this experience to a place for to reach but very close to our hearts…to a culture very rich in both traditions and its cuisine. From the moment you step through our door we will deliver you with an experience out of this world. Be prepared to be pampered in the only Punjabi way with hospitality and but an ambiance to enjoy the best food. This however is not the end the taste of a much bigger picture……we hope to continue and expand in the near future to give you a complete Punjabi village.” The outside of the restaurant defintiely captures the idea of a small Punjabi village, with a make-shift well and vases outside. Next door to a stone house, one certainly feels like they have entered a small village establishment. Lanterns hang from the wooden planks overhead as you make your way to the large, wooden door, complete with Medieval studs and intricate woodwork. Inside, a small foyer welcomes you with brightly colored tapestries (resembling carpets), hung on the wall ahead, an intricate wood-framed mirror and detailed, mosaic vases and traditional artwork at your foot. The beautifully detailed, wood carvings in the space seperator and matching wooden pillars offered a cozy sense of home and the warm comfort of the large, orange-hued tiles created a welcoming space. The most surprising piece of artwork came in the way of a intricately carved wooden swinging chair, complete with orange cushions and armrests, hung with silver chains to the bamboo-mat covered ceiling above. We were guided through the rounded walkway, away from the buffet service, towards the brightly colored yellow and orange walls of the dining area. Chiffon-fabric with beadwork tassels  draped softly over the lights to create a warmer, dim-lit space; while matching fabric hung from the windows. Everywhere could be seen the metal work of lights and lamps, vases and dishes, from the portico-style windows and throughout the establishment. Tables of thick wood, detailed with glass tops provided space for our menus and placemats, prior to having received our food. The gentle sounds of ancient Punjab music simmered in the background, as the chef prepared our meals.

What I ordered: To start, the ladies each ordered a sweet lassi ($2.50 each) and the men selected a mango lassi ($2.50 each).

We began our evening’s culinary tour with one order of the Milijuli Sabzi Samosa ($4), including two samosas with a seasonal mix of vegatables and spiced potatoes wrapped in a light pastry and deep fried, as well as the Murgh Pakora ($5), six tender pieces of delicately spiced chicken, dipped in a batter of gram flour and deep fried. Our main entrees included:

Table of Orders

my choice of the Tandoori Bahaar ($19), a chef’s special mix of Tandoori Chicken, Reshmi Kebab, Murgh Tikka, Lamb Seekh Kebab, Gosht Tikka and one Tandoori Shrimp,

Tandoori Chops

Chris’s Murgh Makhan Masala ($12), a stew of boneless chunks of chicken cooked on a slow heat in a mouth-watering butter- and cream-based tomato sauce, Jack’s favorite: Tandoori Chops ($19), lamb chops marinated in Village Special house-blend spices and tangy yogurt, and Lenore’s ultray-mild (no spice) Tawa Murgh Masala ($13), succulent boneless chicken marinated in yogurt and spices, cooked in an onion and tomato-based sauce, flavored with garlic and cumin. To round out the evening, we also selected the Sarson Ka Saag ($8), a mix of fresh mustard, kale, spinach and fenugreek leaves cooked in light spices, blended to a thick paste and topped with a tarka of garlic, onion and whole red chillies, served piping hot with butter on top! For cleaning off our plates and bowls of deliciousness, we also placed two naan orders: Garlic Naan ($3), white bread freshly baked in a clay oven, topped with chopped garlic and butter, and our waitress-recommended Green Shilli Coriander Naan ($3), the same white bread freshly baked in a clay oven, flavored with chopped green chillies and fresh cilantro, served with melted butter on top! When our plates of rice and salad made their way out, our two Tandoor dishes were served with a small bowl of beautiful, yellow daal.

What I loved: My favorite dish on the table was the Murgh Makhan Masala and the Green Shilli Coriander Naan. Chris and Jack were in unanimous agreement that the Chops won the evening!

The Personal Plate

Why I loved it: The decorations, the feel of the space and the delicious, generous portions of food. Yum!

Cost: Low to average ($6 – $19 per entree)

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