Situated along a peaceful tree-lined avenue in glamorous Puerto Portals, Mahal Tandoori‘s location couldn’t be more pleasant. Away from the busy front line, we sat on the terrace enjoying the soothing ripple of the nearby fountain and admiring the thriving greenery. Opened in 2014, the restaurant’s underlying aim is to change the idea of Indian cuisine in Spain.
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Tasteful Mediterranean decor extends from the intimate interior to the terrace area, which includes a glass-enclosed area perfect for the cooler months. Owner, Rafael Quesada‘s, love of restoration and gardening shines through and the elegant venue is accessorised with sweet-smelling jasmine and palms.
Bangladeshi Chef, Abdul Mukuit, has headed the kitchen since its launch. As we study the extensive menu we are informed that we can choose how spicy we would like our dishes. We begin with some hearty vegetable samosas, complimented by mint and orange sauce, and served deliciously piping hot. The pastry is thick and the generous filling flavoursome.
Our second starter is the Fish Tikka which comes as three pieces of well-cooked marinated salmon on lemon slices, and is ideal for sharing. The dish certainly isn’t what many would think of as typical Indian and gave us a small insight into India’s diverse cooking styles. Mahal Tandoori strives for gourmet Indian cuisine, where presentation and flavour is paramount.
Our favourite dish was the Butter Chicken, which according to their menu, is one of the most popular Indian dishes and the pride of Punjabi cuisine. The succulent chicken breast is marinated with spices and cooked with a makhani sauce made out of butter, tomato and spices. Our waiter explained the rich flavour comes from the dusting of almond flour and due to it being cooked in the charcoal Tandoori oven from Northern India.
The prawn jalfrezi, made with peppers, tomatoes, fresh coriander and green chillis didn’t disappoint either. We opted for pilau rice but you can choose your favourite style from a menu of rices. There were also a variety of naan breads included coconut, garlic and minced meat. We tasted the cheese naan which was tasty and didn’t battle with the flavours of our main dishes.
Mahal Tandoori is ideal for those looking for a stylish Mediterranean venue in which to enjoy high-quality Indian cuisine. Its menu includes many familiar favourites and introduces plenty more for you to review your idea of typical Indian cuisine. All in all, it offers a tranquil location, friendly staff and delicious dishes.
Why eat here?
For high-end Indian cuisine in a luxury port.