We found this little gem of a place quite by accident a couple of months ago. It had been sometime since we had East Indian food. We initially wanted to go and try the Himalayan Restaurant at the intersection of Cambie and the No 5 Road. Instead we were drawn to the Tandoori Kona restaurant by the Lunch Special sign that had put out.
There were no one in the restaurant when we visited. Being such a minor strip mall in Richmond, we had not expected this. While it was no lavish in decor but it was quite impressive.
Again, in such an unassuming place from the outside, the place is very clean.
The Lunch Special meal combo came with freshly baked and warm naan. It was some of the best naan we had.
The lunch special was really cheap for what you get. For $7.75, we get a platter that consists of very creamy butter chicken with rice pilaf. For sides, there was also the chickpeas curry and salad. You just have to try this.
We also ordered the Goat Bryani. This one costs $9.95 but the serving was not really big. Most of the bryani we had in other places have bigger servings. Not a big deal really. However, the rice is slightly on the wet side. It would have been better if it is a bit drier.
Our favourite by far was their Fish Curry Meal Combo which costs $12.95. The combo meal came with naan, rice pilaf and papadam. The fish which was cooked in house curry, have a choice of mild, medium and hot. We chosed the hot version. Whoa … it was very, very spicy. It was so spicy that we can feel a burning sensation on the tongue … and the stomach!! If you love real burning, spicy food, Kona sure knows how to make it.
The rice pilaf was fluffy and goes so well with the curry.
Their Papadam was rather unique. We normally have them in a flat piece but theirs came rolled up. It was very crispy. The tangy and spicy sauce is great for dipping the papadam.
The total bill $36 including tax and tips. I would rate Kona as perhaps the top 3 east Indian curry places in the Lower Mainland. The prices were very reasonable and the service was prompt. Well, maybe the reason the service was so good was because there were no one there then. I am kind of surprised why they are not busier. I will come back again.
The above menu is added in on 30 Aug 2012. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.
Tandoori Kona accepts credit card.