Open Tandoor, will celebrate its Grand Opening Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you love east Indian food, as I do, you are in for a treat.
Ten percent of weekend sales will benefit The Portland Kitchen, a local non-profit that uses food and cooking to change the lives of underserved youth.
“As we open our doors in the North Portland community, we are thrilled to support this creative and resourceful organization that teaches lifelong skills,” said Navi Kang, Open Tandoor co-owner. “This summer, our chef Kinder Gill taught a class on spices for The Portland Kitchen students and was impressed with their commitment and enthusiasm for learning.”
Located at 4311 North Williams at the corner of North Skidmore, Open Tandoor will feature Indian cuisine inspired by the food mecca of Chef Kinder Gill’s native Punjab and her family’s traditional recipes. Open Tandoor is a fine-casual Indian kitchen using freshly blended spices and traditional Indian cooking techniques. Each dish is perfectly crafted from original recipes passed down from generation to generation.
The restaurant will feature dishes such as Channa Masala, Daal, Saag Paneer, Lamb Curry, Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Kebabs, Naan Bites with Housemade Dipping Sauce and Naan Wraps. All dishes will feature hand selected, freshly ground spices and be prepared without corn, soy, food coloring or MSG. There will be vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options.
After two years as the head chef and owner of the popular Portland Masala food cart in downtown Portland, Kinder Gill and her co-owner Navi Kang found the perfect location for a brick-and-mortar location and renamed it Open Tandoor. This new name brings attention to the two clay tandoor ovens, fully visible to customers, who will be treated to hot naan bread and long skewers of kebabs cooked to order in the 500-degree open ovens. Designed by veteran restaurant designer Mark Annen of Annen Architecture and Design, the new space will seat 47 inside and feature bright colors inspired by spice routes and the exotic, aromatic profiles of Kinder’s unique blends of hand-ground whole spices. Large roll-up glass doors will open to the sidewalk with 42 outdoor seats. Warm, natural woods will be used for tables and eating counters.
Open Tandoor will offer counter service and beverages, including hand-crafted cocktails, beers (both Indian and local), wines and non-alcoholic drinks, such as Mango Lassi, smoothies made to order, sodas and a signature Indian spiced tea. Open Tandoor believes in a transparent food system, and when possible, will source ingredients locally, such as lamb from SuDan Farms in Canby, red lentils and garbanzo beans from Bob’s Red Mill as well as local spirits, beer and wine.
For more opening details, please visit their website at opentandoor.com and follow on Facebook at @opentandoorpdx and Twitter and Instagram at @opentandoor.
The restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.