Having lived in Richmond almost all my life, one would assume I know a lot of good hidden gem restaurants that reside here. But
nope, after my trip to Tandoori Kona, I realized I knew nothing about hidden gems in Richmond. How could I
have lived here for so long and not know about this fantastic, authentic, and
arguably the best Indian restaurant in Richmond?
weekday night and the place was packed. A guy waiting in line said that he and
his buddy waited for 45 minutes already so we almost decided to go somewhere
else. Good thing we didn’t.This restaurant is situated on Cambie and No.5
road in a relatively average strip mall.
Lassi ($3) when I go to Indian restaurants and this time was no different.
🙂 I could tell their mango lassi was very fresh and the yogurt they used really
thicken up the drink to the point where it had the consistency of a milkshake.
The only criticism is that all three of us thought it was a tad lukewarm.
to munch on while waiting for our entrees. It was quite interesting and I liked
it despite it constantly getting stuck in my teeth. Maybe don’t munch on this
if you are on a first date.
incredibly slow… like mega turtle slow. All in all, the meal took us about
2-3 hours because of all the waiting (from trying to get a table, to the food,
to paying the bill). I think it was just an off night though because all my
friends who go there regularly say it’s quite unusual to have to wait THAT
Chicken ($11.95) so we ordered that right away. All entrees come with naan
bread and rice pillau. This was surprisingly the best butter chicken I have
ever tasted! Their chunks of incredibly tender chicken swimming in an awesome
creamy sauce won my heart.
peas and flax seed mixed in it which was pretty cool. Misu in particular liked this A LOT.
naan for garlic naan. I hear from Rae that their garlic naan is fantastic!
and it was definitely enough. For people with bigger appetites though, one
entree per person would probably be ideal. Our second entree was lamb in a creamy curry sauce. I think it is called Shahi Korma (~$12.95) but I can’t quite remember. Anyways, it was
absolutely delicious. The lamb in particular was, like the chicken, wonderfully tender.