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Addi's Tandoor

1 rating: 4.0
Fine Indian Cuisine in Redondo Beach, CA

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1 review about Addi's Tandoor

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  • Apr 14, 2009
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Back in the day, @jrjohnson and I were first introduced to Indian food as we were roving our way throughout the lands of India. As young, adventurous college students, our palates so simple at the time, we demonstrated tremendous vigor and diligence in trying to make sense of the most complex Indian sauces and spices.  Our journey of planes, trains, automobiles and rickshaws... avoiding cows jaywalking the streets it seemed like at every turn, we roamed from Madras to Calcutta all the way above the northeast tip of India to Darjeeling…

While the large majority of our shipmates were on the pre-arranged bus tour to the Taj Majal, our adventurous and spontaneous spirit took us on an entirely different travel path.  What we didn't realize, that in part, our Indian voyage turned into an inadvertent quest for the best naan (also spelled nan, clay oven baked leavened bread) and curry dipping sauces offered throughout the different regions we explored. Now, certainly over the lesser exotic of roads, one can really find a comparable culinary wonder by way of Sepulveda to PCH to Torrance Blvd…

Did you know that in all the Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the best Zagat rating for Indian food resides in Redondo Beach? At least for the year 2006 anyway, Addi's Tandoor on Torrance Blvd owns that designation with the highest points in food with a Zagat Survey rating of 26 (Excellent to Perfection). @marlenegray, who is no stranger to Indian cuisine, shared this opinion after a recent visit, "We have been to most of the Indian restaurants around the greater San Fran area, this is as good, or if not better, than any of them!".

I have found a good way of sampling the various cuisine at Addi's is with the Mixed Tandoori Plate; Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, lamb sheek kabob and shrimp.  Ordering the entree, it comes with rice, lentils, a yogurt sauce and a generous portion of regular naan.  For two people if you were sharing, I would recommend as a second dish the vegetable curry (mixed vegetables in a mild curry sauce).  Due to my naan/curry sauce roots, I still believe you need to have at least one curry type dish that you can mop up with the naan. I find that these two dishes compliment each other rather well for a two-person order and is an appropriate amount of food..

If you are going with a larger group and still adopting the Indian family style of ordering, you can really have some fun exploring their menu.  I have tried and really enjoyed the Rogan Josh Lamb (lamb curry cooked in the traditional kashmiri style) and the Chicken Tikka Masala (tender chicken cubes cooked in aromatic and delicious zesty tomato and ginger sauce). Both highly recommended by the staff and both certainly did not disappoint!

This quaint, unassuming restaurant surprisingly features some nice wines on their menu.  I am normally in the mode of the half bottle of Steele, a Carneros pinot noir for $18, but you can certainly go ‘big' if you wish, as example they offer two different bottles of Opus One cabernet, the nicer a 1985 at $495 a bottle.  But don't let this change your opinion of this casual place, it has anything but a snooty wine vibe, I've been in shorts and tennis shoes and did not feel the least bit uncomfortable. I've always found the overall food prices to be reasonable..

You can check out their website, www.addistandoor.com, you'll find their menu, press and background, including information on the proprietor, Addi Decosta, and his Goa cuisine influence if that is of interest. I also enjoy Al Watan on Inglewood Blvd in Hawthorne, which is Pakistani food, although I find the cuisine at both to be extremely similar.  I give Addi's Tandoor the edge, particularly for dinner, due to its nicer ambiance and an overall finer dining experience.

I'd like to think my palate has come a long way since the Semester at Sea days, but I am certainly no expert when it comes to Indian cuisine. If you have ever been or decide to go to Addi's Tandoor or if there is another Indian restaurant you fancy, I'd love to hear your opinions.. Perhaps my quest has only just begun!!

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April 15, 2009
i went there with @Savvygirl last night based 100% on your review. it was great. we had the Rogan Josh and the Chicken Tikka. I haven't had enough Indian food to really give it a good comparison, so i'm not writing a review yet. One thing that i noticed was missing from your review was how good the service was. Very friendly, attentive and appreciative that we were dining there. It was a Tuesday night and the place was half full so i thought that was a good sign considering everything. I'd like to try it again with a larger group so i could sample more stuff... tough going to a family style place with only two people... so much is left untested. Anytime you and the @Butter's are up for it... we are in.
April 15, 2009
If you can go back to back or twice in three days, let me know. Cuz I'm hankering to Addi some tandoori to my belly.
 
April 15, 2009
What a thorough, thoughtful review. Excellent work. This restaurant has been Addi'd to me list. Look out for my review in the next day or two.
 
April 14, 2009
awesome review kjmedia!! I am totally sold on trying this place...tonight! Can't wait to go :)
 
April 14, 2009
I think you are in the wrong profession. You should be writing restaurant reviews. Why limit a review to a restaurant when you can so skillfully turn it into a travelogue as well? I especially appreciate the help you've given the first timer. They will know exactly how to order, thanks to your helpful advice. I can't wait to come back to southern California to go to Addi's again.
 
April 14, 2009
well done... thanks for the shout out!! Ahhhhh Darjeeling... to be 20 and touring Darjeeling.
 
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