Food Review by Annie Su: Tandoori Hut in Hillcrest

Food Review by Annie Su: Tandoori Hut in Hillcrest
By Annie Su

I had been craving Indian food for a while, and my roommates and I were feeling particularly lazy, so we looked up some local Indian restaurants on www.eat24hours.com.  If you’ve never used the website, eat24hours shows you a list of restaurants that deliver to your address.  We chose Tandoori Hut for two reasons: 1) it was the first on the list of ten restaurants and 2) it had the lowest delivery fee ($2.00).

We ordered a Garlic Naan (flatbread), a Plain Naan, a Tandoori Chicken, an Aachari Chicken (chicken with Indian pickles, spices and herbs), a Chicken Tikka Masala (chicken breast in a creamy onion and tomato sauce), two mango lassis (smoothie) and some kheer (rice pudding with syrup).  The total, including delivery, tax and tip, was about $55.00.

The Mango Lassi

If you like mangoes and you’ve never had a lassi, it tastes exactly like throwing a whole bunch of mangoes into a blender.  Although, having never done that, I’m not sure it would turn out exactly the same.  Nevermind.  Like Jamba Juice smoothies, it was quite a thick blend, so I had a lot left over for the next day, and it was still delicious.

The Naan

The Plain Naan, was, as my boyfriend and fellow Motions contributor Nico Weiss said, “quite plain and tasted like a really fat tortilla.”  I, on the other hand, really enjoyed my Garlic Naan.  I love, love, love garlic, and there was quite a bit of it on the bread, but the taste itself wasn’t overwhelming.  My one complaint would be that I ran out of naan when there was still a lot of my Tikka Masala left. :(

The Tandoori Chicken

This was Nico’s dish.  He said it tasted a bit like the Orange Chicken you can find at Panda Express, but without any flavor.  I tried a bite and immediately went back to my Tikka Masala.  He ordered it medium spicy, and while I generally cannot handle very spicy food, I thought it was fine.  It was also quite dry.  Eventually, Nico gave up and helped me eat my Tikka Masala.

The Aachari Chicken

Our roommate Matt loved this dish.  It smelled like tikka masala, but tasted differently.  The dish arrived in a soup container, but was quite viscous.  Again, I could easily handle the medium level of spicy.  The pickles tasted like potatoes, and there were just enough of them.  They didn’t try to short us out of any chicken.  Matt had his entrée with rice, which was long-grain and on the dryer side, which is my favorite kind.

The Chicken Tikka Masala

I really believe that you can’t go wrong with this at an Indian restaurant.  I chose the mild level, but it was spicier than the other entrées we ordered.  I soldiered through because it was just that good.  I normally shy away from chicken breast because I abhor dry meat, but the chunks were actually rather juicy.  The sauce was just the right amount of thickness and the entrée kept well in the refrigerator for two days.

The Kheer

The pudding was a lot soupier and the rice softer than what I’m used to, but it tasted great.  At $3.99 the portion was quite large and it also kept well in the refrigerator for the next two days.

My overall impression?  The portions were generous and the food was good (as long as you stay away from the Tandoori Chicken).  The meal was not particularly inexpensive, but neither would eating here break your bank.  Try to order with a friend or roommate, because the delivery fee and tip add up.  The delivery time was quite reasonable—it says 45-60 minutes on the website but our food arrived in just under 30 minutes.

If you don’t like Indian food, www.eat24hours.com has in its network of restaurants many different types of cuisine: pizza, Chinese food, Thai food, sushi, sandwiches, etc.  It’s particularly handy if you’re studying hard or don’t feel like cooking.  Try it; you won’t regret it!

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