I haven’t been to many Indian restaurants in Barcelona, but just by entering through the front doors at Tandoor you know that this is something else. Tandoor charmed my pants off. The decoration is industrial with inspiring splashes of color in the décor, the menu and the kitchenware. The plates are like something straight out of Pinterest, I wish I could find something like that for our home.
The Tandoor concept is solid. Every little detail is thought of, in a very good way. A restaurant where you find little inconsistencies here and there dampens the whole experience, and even the food doesn’t taste as good as it should anymore.
Tandoor has a young chef, Ivan Surinder, a humble young guy with clear ideas of what he wants and how to do it. Listening to him makes you inspired, and his story on how his ideas became the restaurant makes you want to kick yourself in the behind and do something creative yourself.
The idea behind the cuisine is clear: chef Surinder wants to make Indian food suitable for the sensitive local palate (read: not too spicy). And here lies the beauty: in taking this into consideration the dishes become delicate and subtle. Think about a great wine where all of the complexities of the wine falls together in a perfect balance. That’s what happens with the food in Tandoor. In the absence of hot spice your palate is free to go on a journey to discover all the ingredients and subtleties in the dishes.
Someone complained that this is not genuine Indian food because it’s not hot and spicy. Hot and spicy isn’t what characterizes excellent Indian cuisine, I’m sorry. Surinder is of Indian origin and he certainly knows what he is doing. He brings amazing traditional Indian dishes to you, so that you can discover it by yourself.
After my meal one of the ladies in the staff asked how everything had been. I wanted to cry in her arms. First of all because she was so darn lovely (all of the staff is), secondly because everything I ate was so good, and thirdly because now it was all over… Thank goodness I can go there again. And again. And again.