My friend Myrfi had a couple of Nepalese visitors (Madhav and Padab) the past weekend. Both are based in Mindanao for work and they came to Cebu, coincidentally during Sinulog, for a little break. They needed something to eat, a bit closer to their cuisine and so we searched the city for restaurants fitting that requirement. After making some rounds, we finally found Tandoori, an Indian restaurant at the Skyrise 2 in IT Park Lahug.
While Madhav and Padab's appetites were satisfied, we too had an introduction to South Asian cuisine.
First off, tandoori is a method of cooking a dish in a clay oven called tandoor.
For starters, we had the Papadum (thin-crusted, crispy bread), Samosa (it's like a dumpling stuffed with potatoes) paired with a slightly sweet chutney and Aloo Tikki (potato cutlets) which instantly became my favorite because of its tangy taste.
Next came the Palak Paneer (spinach and cheese) which looked like the Waray's dagmay, potato curry, lamb curry, stacks of roti and bowls of rice.
And a South Asian meal won't be complete without a kebab so we ordered a platter.
For the drinks, we had a variety of lassi in mango, strawberry and labni.
It was an interesting and healthy meal peppered with fun yet insightful conversations.