Tandur, a fast casual Indian restaurant, is taking the space formerly occupied by TrySports near Yafo in SouthPark. It’s targeting a grand opening in the first week of April.
Yesterday, I went inside and ate everything. I love Indian. I love fast casual. I’m now a Tandur fanboy.
And it’s not just me. Charlotte will be Tandur’s second city. The first is Knoxville, where guests have given the concept ratings of 4.5/5 on Yelp, 4.8/5 on Facebook and 4.4/5 on Google.
My expectations for Tandur were high — and after my visit, they were exceeded.
Tadur’s vibe is “fine casual.”
Upon entering, you’ll find a touchscreen to your right where you can view dishes and educate yourself on all things Indian food — including the benefits of certain spices.
The restaurant is fast casual, so you’ll order at the counter, grab a number for your table and the staff will bring out your meal to you, typically within a few minutes.
All dishes are plated and diners will be using real silverware, not plastic. In terms of design, Tandur is well ahead of its peers. I loved the giant, exposed ovens and open view into their spice rooms — where they keep over 30 spices.
Tandur’s menu includes “saucy” entrees, wraps, salads and kebabs along with a kid’s menu, starters and unique sides.
I tasted about a dozen dishes and can tell you that Tandur will be one popular restaurant for my family. I enjoy Copper and Maharani, but Tandur is delicious, fast and less expensive.
The saucy entrees and kebabs will be your favorite. These range from $9.50 to $11.95 and are served with a choice of Saffron basmati or brown rice and include fresh naan bread. You start by picking a sauce – Tikka Masala, Kerala Coconut Curry, Korma, Vindaloo, Kadai, or Saag. Then you pick a protein: chicken, shrimp, steak, lamb meatball, paneer, tofu or veggies.
As you’d expect, the most popular item is the Chicken Tikka Masala ($9.95) which comes with rice and naan. I ate it and it’s outstanding.
I also recommend their Lamb Seekh Kebabs ($11.95) served with rice and mango slaw.
And it sounds odd, but start with their Spiced Okra Fries ($5.50) and baked Tanduri Wings ($7.95). One starter that I didn’t try, but I’m excited about, is their Chicken Naanchos ($4.50).