Tandoor has been a top restaurant for Indian food in Ho Chi Minh City and the preferred destination of Indian expats in the city for almost two decades. This is not least because Tandoor offers quality Indian cuisine that is as authentic as you can get in Vietnam. Located on Ngo Duc Ke street in Saigon’s bustling District 1, its proximity from the city’s glamorous Nguyen Hue walking street makes it an excellent venue for tourists and business travellers, as well as locals who are craving delicious curries, flatbreads and other traditional Indian cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City.
South Asian traditions and tastes come together as one harmonious entity at Tandoor Saigon. Here, you’re bound to find something suitable for everyone. From mouth-watering curries to fragrant naan bread to intricate Indian desserts - the secret of Tandoor lies in its adherence to fresh ingredients and, most importantly, quality spices. In fact, most spices such as cumin, coriander powder and garam masala that are used at Tandoor Saigon are imported directly from India.
Mr. Subhash, Tandoor’s founder and owner, was determined to bring authentic Indian cuisine to Saigon in July 1997. Thus, he decided to open Tandoor on Vo Van Tan street along Ho Chi Minh City’s historical Ben Nghe channel - one of the most vital waterways for trading during Saigon’s early history. Spices and exotic ingredients from all parts of Asia arrived at the docks daily at an antiquated pier close to Tandoor’s original location. Time flies and Tandoor has now moved to a different location to provide fantastic Indian food in the heart of Saigon.
The diversity of the menu has also grew with time, as this distinguished restaurant now has a total of five Indian chefs specialising in different dishes and regions of Indian cuisine. Chef Khan from Orissa, a beautiful Indian state along the straits of Bengal, leads the team at Tandoor.
The plethora of different regional styles featured in Indian cuisine is not child’s play, yet Tandoor’s seasoned team of chefs are masters across so many of them. North Indian classics found here, such as the Chicken Butter Masala and Palak Paneer, or the Indian-style cottage cheese cooked in spinach puree, are favourites amongst guests. South Indian Dosa pancakes, Idli rice cakes, deep fried Medhu Vada lentil and fermented rice fritters are a match made in heaven with coconut chutney and masala tea.
You’ll also find other exotic regional Indian specials at Tandoor Saigon, such as Bengali fish curries and peculiar Indian-Chinese style delights like Gobi Manchurian, which presents cauliflower in the most delicious way possible: deep-fried and then sauteed Chinese-style with both Indian spices and Chinese condiments. For richer flavours, Tandoor’s Kashmiri classic, Rogan Josh, or braised lamb curry, is a hit. Rice is also prepared with great skill at Tandoor; the Jeera rice, made with cumin seeds, served here is a perfect complement to some of the best Indian curries in Saigon.
An important aspect that Tandoor pays attention to is the care and respect for different cultures, religions and the dietary restrictions that may accompany them. This is exceptionally important for business travellers and locally based diners alike who are looking for a top Indian restaurant in Saigon.
First and foremost, everything on Tandoor’s menu is Halal. This also means meat items such as lamb and chicken are sourced from reputable Halal food providers. With an exciting menu of over 100 items, Tandoor offers the widest range of gourmet Halal food in Ho Chi Minh City to discerning Muslim travellers and residents. All chicken and lamb used in Tandoor is sourced from Halal butchers.
Another lesser known Indian religion, Jainism, prescribes the avoidance of harming living organisms, including much of plant and even bacterial life. The harvesting of roots and tubers such as potatoes is forbidden, because it is seen as the complete termination of a plant’s life. The population of Jain expats in Saigon may not be large but Tandoor is nonetheless committed to providing to their nutritional and dietary needs.
Needless to say, vegans and vegetarians in Saigon will also find themselves at home at Tandoor. Many Indian curries at Tandoor are made with coconut milk. If you are a strict Vegan, a good selection of dishes such as crispy fritters and most vegetables curries are not prepared with clarified butter. Feel free to ask Tandoor’s friendly English-speaking staff for great recommendations.
At Tandoor, guests of all cultural and religious origins can dine at the same table in a comfortable setting.
Tandoor Saigon’s interior is also a testimony to the presentation of authentic Indian culture, not just through culinary prowess, but also in terms of sight and sound. The atmosphere at Tandoor is suitable for all occasions with classic Indian murals accented by hardwood furniture. An excellent choice whether you’re looking for a venue for hosting a business lunch, wedding or birthday in Ho Chi Minh City.
The service team at Tandoor Saigon has also been acknowledged by regular guests to be one of the finest in the city. Professional, polite and understanding, they are able to provide excellent recommendations for visitors of all origins in several languages.
Festivals are a vital part of Indian culture and Tandoor is no stranger to providing feasts for large, hungry crowds. Tandoor regularly sponsors and provides food for major Indian celebrations in Saigon, with Diwali being the most important and glamorous of all for Indian expats in Vietnam.
Rest assured, however, that no occasion is deemed too small. With a minimum order of just VND150,000 for deliveries of Indian food to various Saigon districts, Tandoor might just be the perfect choice for your next birthday celebration, whether you’re dining out or at home. Nothing beats a pot of curry and a hill of naan when large parties are taking place.
If you’re looking for one of the best Indian restaurants in Saigon, with diverse and traditional Indian cuisine, a welcoming atmosphere and excellent service, look no further than Tandoor Saigon.
Location39 Ngo Duc Ke St., Ben Nghe W., District 1
Opening hours<ul><li>10:30AM - 2:30PM | 5PM - 11PM (daily)</li></ul>