Maybe I’m just un knowledgeable but from what I have seen, Al Ain does not have many ‘casual/ fine dinning restaurants’ for Indian Cuisine. Al Ain has a very ‘fast food’ kind of situation going on. So you best believe when I came across Tanjore and that too with 4.4/5 rating on Zomato, I quickly booked our tables for New Years.
Ambiance: We came here on New Years and the Resort itself was so extravagantly and beautifully decorated I was in complete awe. Even the restaurant’s entrance was well decorated along with the indoors.
The seating arrangements were good and quite semi secluded as well. The lighting is what bothered me.. it gave a very humdrum and monotonous feeling.
Staff: The wait staff were a little occupied and twice messed up our order. However, they actively worked on it and tried giving us a good experience.
Price: Around 200 to 250 for two people. It was quite well priced – at least for the quantity of the food being served to us.
What we ate;
Subz Elaichi Korma [36AED] : This dish was basically vegetable Korma. They had their seasonal vegetables in a generic Korma curry. It tasted very good when paired with some butter garlic naan. I love my chicken, but there was no stopping me from this delicious curry which is a must try. All their flavours worked so well together.
Daal – e – Tanjore [36AED] : If you go through all my ‘Indian Cuisine’ reviews, you’ll notice Daal Makhni to be a usual pick. I just cannot go out to eat Indian food and not order Daal Makhni. So I have had some AMAZING black daals and therefore I can actually say that this was so below the standard. The daal is supposed to cooked overnight and just continuously be over the fire and the end result is some creamy, buttery, authentic daal makhni which this was very far from. I do not encourage you to go for this one off the menu, tasted bland and did not have decent amount of spices.
Butter Chicken: The curry tasted authentic and with soft and tender pieces of chicken in it. The butter chicken tasted creamy and it tasted the best with some Naan.
Chicken Chettinad [53AED]: Love this south indian coconut based curry! It has really strong flavours and spices. It is not for the weak hearted as it is highly spicy! Love this dish and it tasted really good with some white rice. Generous amount of chicken were added to the curry and they tasted succulent.
Karari Aloo Chaat Tawe Wali [25AED]: This starter tasted really good. The dish consisted of crispy potato pieces masala and tamarind chutney drizzle. It tasted just like chat with some authentic flavours. The dish was spicy and tangy just the way we like it.
Naan basket was ordered by us with some hot and freshly made rotis and naans.
Final thoughts: If you’re in Al Ain and looking for a decent Indian place to dine at, do try Tanjore. They also had cute hats and other things for us to wear and click pictures with on the occasion of New Years.
loved; Chicken Chettinad
not so much; Daal – e – Tanjore
Reach them: 03 7046000
Find them: Danat Al Ain Resort, Level 3, Al Sarooj, Al Ain
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