The India's Tandoori has some excellent dishes and is in an adorable neighborhood, but the slow service and blah interior take it down a few notches.
Rating: 6 out of 10 Peppers = Medium
The Details: Ahh, the lure of the Groupon. When Nick's friend Nicole mentioned that she'd bought a Groupon for The India's Tandoori in Burbank and needed help using it, we, of course, obliged. That's just the kind of friends we are!
It's located in downtown Burbank, which, by the way, is surprisingly cute! I don't venture into the Valley often, but I liked how walkable this downtown is -- there are a ton of restaurants (more than 80, according to a tourism site), 200 shops, plus the occasional fine arts festival and a summer concert series. Plus, we were there on Halloween, so children had donned costumes and were going from business to business to claim their candy. (I was happy that The India's Tandoori participated in the candy giveaway.)
The restaurant interior is blah. There are some Indian wall hangings in frames on the walls, and the music was way too loud. I'm a loud talker in general, but I found myself yelling over the music (especially embarrassing during the pauses between songs).
Service was exceptionally slow. I actually got worried toward the end of our meal when we couldn't find anyone to bring us our bill -- and our free parking spot was only intended for 90 minutes. It really shouldn't take more than 90 minutes to eat dinner at a casual restaurant. Not cool, The India's Tandoori.
The last thing that aggravated me is one of my pet peeves with Indian restaurants -- don't put liquid-laden curry dishes into leaky tray-style foam to-go containers. I find that most Indian restaurants realize this and will put curry dishes in deep bowl-shaped to-go containers, but sadly, The India's Tandoori has yet to catch on.
All in all, I wouldn't make the trek out to the Valley again to go here, but if I was in the area I'd be happy to stop by in for some of these dishes and to try out more of the menu.
Have you been to The India's Tandoori? What did you think? And what's your restaurant pet-peeve?
The India's Tandoori, 142 N San Fernando Blvd., Burbank 91502. (818) 848-0004.