Indian Tadka Downtown review: ‘Perfect place for a night of Indian fare’

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I don’t like to see independent restaurants replaced by big chains. But, in the case of Indian Tadka supplanting India Kitchen on Mahabandua Road, at least the takeover has yielded a better dining experience for guests. While I frequently enjoyed dining at its previous iteration, the revamp gives a definite uptick in the quality of food and surroundings and perhaps a slight decrease in the price.

Indian Tadka’s third outlet in the city is a far more stylised setting than the restaurant’s previous occupant, with large pieces of artwork, statement light fittings, and a lot of brass. The mezzanine level looks far more inviting than it did previously with a fancy balustrade. I started with the potato samosas (2,000 kyats) which had a reassuringly irregular shape, convincing me they were homemade, and a nice

thick, chewy skin. The stuffing lacked any real flavor punch but the accompanying sauce was tart, rich, and tangy. The tandoori murgh tikka chicken (5,500 kyats) was the highlight of meal with succulent and soft meat, well-balanced spices and lovely charred notes.

The Kashmiri dum aloo (3,500 kyats) was both sweet and creamy and therefore felt very
indulgent. The cashews gave a welcome additional texture and a great nutty kick. I really enjoyed the strong ginger flavor and the subtle smokiness of the saag paneer (5,000 kyats). Both curries sated the appetite, but left me wanting a little more in the way of flavour. The naans—we tried garlic and plain—were crispy, chewy, tasty but a little too oily. Indian Tadka serves up a mean mango lassi (during mango season at least) and the masala chai is authentic tasting. The beer, which I always feel is the perfect accompaniment to curry, is reasonably priced.

Indian Tadka offers more than palatable Indian classics in a well-curated environment with
better-than-average service—you wouldn’t expect a restaurant in this price range to change your plates between courses. Its curry-house feel and shareable dishes make it the perfect place to amass a group of pals for a night of Indian fare.

Address: No. 297, Mahanbandoola Road, Yangon
Phone: +95 1 389 367
Opening Hours: 10am to 11pm

MYANMORE restaurant reviews are done independently. Meals and drinks are paid for by
the publication.

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