Khas Tandoori has earned its name and fame over the years by serving high quality Indian cuisine. David Cameron named Khas his favourite tandoori restaurant, and it’s not hard to see why.
Medium sized and cosy, with an archway separating the restaurant into two separate rooms, Khas is your typical tandoori restaurant. Tables are dressed in bright white sheets, ivy climbs the walls, and mirrors give a sense of more space. Windows are darkly tinted, and soft Indian music blocks out speedy motorists making their way home. With a choice of two or three other tandooris in close proximity, forget the rest and dine here comfortably with attentive friendly service.
With a diverse crowd of families, friends, and couples, many of whom appear to be regulars, Khas is relaxed and homely. Ceilings are low, with the occasional chandelier, and wooden rotating fans. The sound of trolleys clink and clatter as staff guide the food to waiting tables. Heady aromas of spices fill the room as eager guests tuck into an array of fine cooking.
Upon being seated, a silver tray of papadoms and dips appears on your table. Take your choice of thick mango chutney, creamy raita and a rather spicy onion and chilli mix, with added grated cucumber. Prices range from £3 to £5 for starters, the king prawn butterfly being the staff’s recommendation at £3.75. Even the most expensive dish on the menu, the chef’s special, king prawn massala, is less than £10. Chicken rogan is a fine choice of curry, juicy pieces of diced chicken breast, cooked with medium spices and tomatoes. The food is very well cooked and presented. Accompany your curry with a choice of several rice dishes. Basmati pilau, fried with mushroom, is fragrant rice which soaks up the divine sauces. Add a peshwari naan, soft, thin and stuffed with crunchy nuts and almonds, it offers new texture to the combination.
If you’re part of a large group, you can bring your own wine to Khas for a measly £4 corkage or alternatively bottles hover at roughly £9 to £12. Arguably the most appropriate beverage for this restaurant of perfectly presented tandoori staples is the mighty Tiger beer which offsets the spicy dishes perfectly. Basic spirits are also available for the serious or special occasion.
The Last Word
Khas is definitely value for money. Papadoms and dips are free, along with a complimentary drink at the end of your meal, when spending over £10. This tandoori is a must try in the area.