Friday, February 3, 2012
New Tandoori Cafe--Santa Clara, CA
My dad and I walked into New Tandoori on a whim. We drove by it, I got out of the car, looked at the menu and was intrigued. From the outside of this strip-mall restaurant one wouldn't really guess this humble little cafe would serve such seriously good food.
I got the goat biranyi, which was a mountain of a plate loaded with meat and cinnamon sticks. The goat was boney but tender. The spices would make any mouth alive with flavor. Dad got the goat curry, which featured meat even more tender than that found in my dish. Also, it wasn't as boney. If there was any complaint it's that we requested the curry to be spicy, but it plainly wasn't. The chicken boti appetizer didn't come out until after my entree, but it was worth the wait. It was hot, tender and juicy, and if there was any doubt about preparation, the telltale skewer holes put that to rest.
Business was sparse. Obviously the word hadn't gotten out. Even at 12:30 there were empty tables at this small restaurant. That's going to change.
New Tandoori Cafe
2135 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050