Tandoori Palace
By Kristen Moran

Authentic Indian Cooking

Looking for a good restaurant in a big city can be daunting, with so many options out there for every type of cuisine. It’s tough to decide which one offers the best quality food for your buck and more often than not it’s those smaller, hidden gems that give you a meal to remember. If you’ve ever walked down the Commercial Drive strip you’ll know what we’re talking about. Mouth-watering scents roll out of every second doorway and Tandoori Palace is no exception, with its delicious authentic Indian and Pakistani food.

Owner Riyaz Kazi learned how to cook from his mother back in India when he was young, and he’s committed to providing the same quality at his restaurant that you would find in his own kitchen.

“I take pride in what I serve to people. This is my area and these are my people, so I want to make sure they’re getting the quality every time. I don’t want one-time customers; I want people who come in all the time because they love the food.”

Riyaz opened the restaurant in 2001, but has been living just around the corner for over 35 years. He knew when he decided to open a restaurant this is where he wanted to be, because “East Van is like a family” and he loves the neighbourhood and all the people.

“I’m not a big business or a franchise. I know all my customers by face and many by name, so when they come in, I talk with them, I know what they like and I think people really appreciate that.”

I take pride in what I serve to people. This is my area and these are my people, so I want to make sure they’re getting the quality every time. - Riyaz Kazi, owner
Tandoori Palace - Eat in & Take out Indian and Pakistani food, Delivery, Butter chicken

An Oven That Makes A Difference

There are plenty of tasty options to choose from at Tandoori Palace and Riyaz has worked with select chefs to incorporate dishes from different regions of India and Pakistan. But what really makes his food stand apart from the rest is that he uses a custom-made clay oven.

“At that time [when I opened] nobody made clay ovens here. A lot of Indian restaurants were using charcoal ovens. I heard from a friend there was one guy that made them, so I went to his metal shop and there was this white guy. I had been expecting him to be Indian so I thought I was in the wrong place. I told him I was looking for someone who made Tandoori ovens. He looked at me and said ‘two months,” he laughs.

Tandoori Palace - Eat in & Take out Indian and Pakistani food, Delivery, Butter chicken

Fresh Ingredients are Key

The clay oven isn’t the only reason the food at Tandoori Palace is exceptionally good, it’s also because it is made with fresh ingredients.

“I do all my own shopping so I know where to get the best ingredients for a reasonable price. I want the quality. Fresh ingredients make the food taste that much better. I have to have everything stocked up at all times so I shop at least four times a week.”

Come check out the impressive clay oven and indulge in some of the best butter chicken and naan you’ll ever have at this Commercial Drive gem.

Tandoori Palace - Eat in & Take out Indian and Pakistani food, Delivery, Butter chicken
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