Tandoori Nights - Bethesda
7236 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda MD 20814
Tandoori Nights has various locations, I visited the Bethesda, MD restaurant with a few of my friends. The ambiance is good, however the exhaust and the ventilation in this restaurant is an issue. The restaurant smells of Indian food as soon as you enter, and if someone orders grilled chicken, brought on a sizzle plate, the entire restaurant starts smoking.
We ordered 5 appetizers, 4 entrees, the bread basket, and 2 desserts. The appetizers were average, at best. The potato pancakes were warm and nice, but overcooked. The other appetizers that all tasted the same were Bhel Puri, Raj Kachori (pretty bad job on the bread), and chaat. Save yourself some money and order only one of these, they taste quite alike. Chicken 65 tasted good, although there was a lot of food coloring used.
The entrees were highly disappointing. We ordered 3 vegetarian curries (Matar Paneer, Malai Kofta and Eggplant) and all 3 had the same sauce. The sauce was good, but having 3 entrees made in the same sauce was a little bland. The menu was highly disappointing in its diversity. We ordered a spinach and chicken dish that was creamy (no need). It had very few pieces of chicken and the spinach was not pureed/ cooked completely. Breads were all good, and rice accompanied the entrees.
For dessert we got Kulfi (the Indian ice-cream that is not churned), it had ice in it, suggesting that the milk was not cooked until the level where it should have been cooked. The gulab jamuns were good, those were well-made.
I give B for ambiance and C for food.
Thank you Tandoori Nights!