50 North La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Tanzore Beverly Hills Reviews
Feb 04, 2008
I have previously been admonished for calling indian food, "indian" food. so, to avoid further talking to's, i want to be clear that tanzore purports to serve food from the southern region of india.
tanzore (formerly gaylord) is located on restaurant row on la cienega. i tried to make reservations for 5 people at 7:30 pm and was informed that there was no such availability for a large group until 8:30 pm. when another friend begged off, we were able to secure a 7:30 pm reservation for 4 people. i was quite annoyed when i walked in at 7:30 pm and saw an almost empty restaurant that remained almost empty the entire time we were there. why would tanzore not allow a reservation for 5 people at 7:30 pm? beats me. all i know is that it is not a good thing for a restaurant to make such artificial restrictions.
on to the food. we ordered quite a few dishes and shared them:
1. goan crab tikki - crab cakes with crab chutney and mustard seeds. the crab was thick and crunchy on the outside.
2. trio of chicken tikka - each piece was marinated in a different flavor. one was marinated in green herbs, another in some pink peppercorn and a third in asparagus. to be honest, i could hardly taste the difference. the chicken came out tender but just a tad bit on the dry side.
3. garlic naan - this was fine, served warm. the basket initially came with 2 pieces but they later added two more.
3. tandoori chicken - this was fine, nothing spectacular.
4. masala chicken curry - the sauce was thick and the chicken was soft.
5. saag paneer (spinach with cheese) - it is not so rich. this is fine but i have tasted better for a lower price.
6. chicken tikka mahkani - we asked for this dish to be spicy. and it was. honestly, i don't remember the flavors coming out too much.
7. trio of indian desserts (ras malai [milk patty in coconut milk], gulab jamun [donut hole with sugar], kulfi [ice cream]) - i have never had any of these dishes so i was excited to try them. unfortunately, the excitement did not last very long. the ras malai had a strange consistency that did not agree with me -- too grainy. it had a bit of a sour taste. the gulab jamun, served warm in a syrupy sauce, was sticky and chewy. it was fine but i did not love it. finally, the kulfi was very hard that a piece almost flew off the plate. needless to say, i was a bit disappointed. i am hoping that there are better versions of these desserts elsewhere so i can try proper ones.
the bill for all the food came out to be about $160 ish. the service was friendly. parking is valet unless you are lucky to find metered parking. residential parking is nonexistent unless you live in the area and have a special permit to park there.
the verdict: go somewhere else.
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