Zagat Rated - Extraordinary to Perfections Everything about Tanzore breathes balance and synergy, from the creamy lemon stilton and champagne to the hot
chocolate cake made of Valrhona paired with a blood orange reduction. The electric-blue lounge dominates the
entrance of Tanzore, with low, comfy seats and Bollywood classics projected on an adjacent wall.”
"L.A. INDIAN FOOD FIT FOR AN ENGLISHMAN (or woman)"
By Jonathan Gold
- Published on November 11, 2009 at 6:23pm
“Tanzore, on La Cienega, is known for a brand of lightened fusion Indian cuisine that
may be familiar from London, very Bollywood.”
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The route to India was sought by Vasco da Gama and Christopher Columbus for its valuable
spices. Saffron, turmeric, ginger and coriander — these are the tastes that define Indian food. If you're craving
tandoori, tikka masala, spicy curries or any of the cuisine's other vibrant, artfully prepared dishes, try one
of these top 10 Indian restaurants in Los Angeles, presented in alphabetical order.
(Gayot's Top Ten Restaurants in Los Angeles)
Modern Indian cuisine in a posh setting “Everything about Tanzore breathes balance and synergy, from the creamy lemon stilton and champagne to the hot chocolate cake made of Valrhona paired with a blood orange reduction. The electric-blue lounge dominates the entrance of Tanzore, with low, comfy seats and Bollywood classics projected on an adjacent wall.”
ZAGAT / ZagatBuzz
In a Beverly Hills location that’s been home to Gaylord of India and The Raj comes Tanzore, a mega-stylish yet moderately priced Indian.....a palace worthy of a maharajah with hand-carved wooden doors, a ‘river’ and a color palette intended to reflect the flavors of subcontinental cooking
“This casually upscale restaurant offers a lounge area, a dining room and, in the back, a regal private dining room that’s as light and bright as the main dining room is richly colorful. Most dishes are updated with a twist that usually involves some farmers market-friendly fare…”
“The lounge is splashed in vibrant colors, with Hollywood and Bollywood videos projected onto the walls. Chaudhry’s menu features dishes like seared scallops dressed in vodka-citrus vinaigrette with blood orange segments and palm hearts; seared yellowfin tuna with toasted coriander, avocado raita and tuna tartare; spiced Goan crab cakes with mustard seeds, curry leaves and crab chutney; and for dessert, a pluot-plum frangipane tart, served with a spiced citrus plum shooter.
“Gobble down updated classics like Tandoori lamb chops and seared tuna and avocado raita at this just opened upscale Indian restaurant…waterfalls, marble and leather create a high gloss environment."
“BEVERLY HILLS: The family behind the Gaylord Indian restaurant have finally opened Tanzore, which looks very sensual, rich colors, tapestries, hand-carved wood accents.”
Tanzore indian - WE'RE IMPRESSED! “The place is beautiful beyond anything in the area and the food and service live up to the space. Items that we didnt know were explained in detail by our server, who was incredibly friendly and attentive! I was shocked by the wine list, and the reidels were everywhere - not only the wine glasses, but the bar glasses, the water glasses, etc. The food is described in the menu as using california ingredients with indian cooking and spices...it worked! almost everything that we tried was amazing! some items seemed much more traditional than others, but everything was cooked perfectly. the desserts were like sona's - some more savory than sweet, but so creative that it took us by surprise! delicious! …the bar -huge space with some sort of indian fashion shows on the wall…this place is hot. it is gonna get a lot of play here!”
BUZZ OF LA
Tanzore is a thriving neighborhood spot with an atmosphere that is just as suited to group dining as to a romantic date. The restaurant serves traditional Indian cuisine mixed with a handful of unique specialty dishes, and has established itself as one of the most frequented Indian restaurants in Los Angeles.
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With the AIA Award-winning makeover of the old Gaylord and a menu mirroring the new India moderne decor, Tanzore dismisses the raj and trumpets the contemporary subcontinent. Toasted cumin, cardamom, and fennel seeds lend traditional flavors to tandooris and curries, but there’s a lightness to much of the food and a California streak in the basil-laced naan and the seared yellowfin with avocado raita. An impressive selection of wines that go well with spicy food fills a floor-to-ceiling cabinet, and the lounge serves snappy cocktails.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL INDIAN:
Beverly Hills Former Gaylord Indian Restaurant - NEWS
BlazeSleek, modern, sexy, three words that describe the atmosphere at Beverly Hills fine dining Indian restaurant, Tanzore. Arriving in Los Angeles' *Restaurant Row* in June 2007, Tanzore was opened by the family behind the Gaylord Indian restaurant which has been a classic on the strip for over 18-years.
Tanzore sets a new culinary standard for Indian fare in Southern California. Presenting a contemporary interpretation of an ancient cuisine, the chefs at Tanzore have updated classic recipes by integrating familiar Indian herbs and spices with seasonal fresh, organic, local California ingredients from the farmer's market. "We call our cuisine Indian Modern," Nikki Sood, owner of Tanzore says. "Although you can find all of the classic Indian dishes, it's a step beyond the boundaries of typical Indian fare." The menu offers a wide array of dishes from traditional tandoori chicken to the tuna lollipop, a unique savory treat for the senses.
Tanzore's dining room is both chic and elegant, accented with subtle reflections of Indian culture. Sudesh Sood, owner of the classic Gaylord Indian restaurant, and Tanzore, traveled to India to obtain many of the pieces in the restaurant. The vibrant colored bar and lounge space is trimmed with luxurious white marble from India. The restaurant houses an upscale 2,000 glass-enclosed wine locker. You can enjoy small plates on low-slung couches while you watch a video wall featuring Bollywood films and Indian travelogues.
The new upscale restaurant is making a lasting impression and was recently named one of the *Best 50 Restaurants* by Angeleno Magazine and one of the *Top 75 Restaurants *by Los Angeles Magazine. In 2008 Tanzore was recommended by the Michelin Guide and Zagat rated as "Extraordinary to Perfection."
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, Tanzore has banquet facilities accommodating up to 170-seated guests. The Haveli room, an intimate private dining room, can seat up to 35. The lounge with its giant wall-sized videos of fashion and Bollywood are great for cocktail receptions. The Lotus room accommodates up to 200, is equipped with a 17x17 dance floor, a state-of-the-art Bose sound system, projector, screens, flat screen TVs, IPOD capability and Internet access.
ANGELENO TOP 50 July 2009
Tanzore is probably the nicest Indian restaurant west of New York City, and the cuisine
is two steps ahead of its closest competitor. The Bollywood videos in the lounge add a sexy innocence to the vibe,
and nibbling on the spice-crusted tuna lollipops feels deliciously naughty.
Restaurant Row's Freshest Spice “…As you enter, you're met with a giant
wood and brass treasure chest hand-carved by Indian artisans, which sets the tone for a vibe you might
call "Mod Mahal… you'll find palatial touches like imported white marble and a rippling stone
waterfall—juxtaposed with sleek leather chairs and a 2,000 bottle, glass-enclosed wine locker (think
Bond in Bombay)… the bar (open till 2am) you can enjoy small plates on low-slung couches while you
watch a video wall featuring classic Bollywood films and Indian travelogues.”
The modern vision of Tanzore veers more toward the former than the latter. Located in the old Gaylord space, this casually upscale restaurant quietly offers a lounge area, a dining room and, in the back, a regal private dining room that's as light and bright as the main dining room is richly colorful. The scene so far is more low-key classic than high-maintenance trendy, which is both surprising and welcome considering the Koi-Republic-Lodge neighborhood. Start with a cocktail; the Bombay mojito mixes green tea vodka, mint and gooseberry, and the Karmic Illusion adds Patron Silver to Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, mango puree and saffron (!). All the expected tandooris and tikkas are accounted for, but most dishes are updated with a twist that usually involves some farmer's market-friendly fare, and portions are not gut-bustingly huge. (Though, as with all decent Indian meals, moderating intake of the warm naan bread is both impossible and necessary.) The wild mushroom and spinach curry, served with basil naan, arrives and quickly vanishes; the Kashmiri lamb curry includes ginger, green chili, cardamom and fennel seeds cooked in a tomato-onion sauce.
Alive with vibrant colors, this Restaurant Row newcomer packages Indian cooking with a bit of panache. By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer December 12, 2007
Tanzore, though, the new contemporary Indian restaurant on La Cienega's Restaurant Row, bursts onto the scene with a highly individual, stylized look. Walking into the sprawling space feels like stepping off a flight to Bombay straight into a happening cocktail lounge crowded with fashionably dressed jet-setters. No beige and black for this place: The intense, saturated colors -- cinnamon, saffron, turmeric -- are straight out of an Indian spice box.
LA WEEKLY – JONATHAN GOLD
A collaboration between an American chef, a chef newly arrived from India and the Mumbai-based restaurant chain Gaylord, Tanzore is a new attempt to reinvent the modern restaurant as a place with a tandoor oven at its heart. Sleek and modern in the approved Wallpaper fashion, it’s accented with hints of exotica, decorated with bright silks, miscellaneous lotuses and big vials of spices. The soundtrack veers toward Bollywood. The wine list, unusually for an Indian restaurant, is large and idiosyncratic, with dozens of interesting wines available by both the glass and the taste, and the selection of beers is huge. With the exception of a couple of places in London and Floyd Cardoz’s Tabla in New York City, restaurants that attempt to combine Indian flavors with Western menu structures tend not to work especially well. Big protein is generally overwhelmed by the strong flavors, tiring the palate; if not, the spicing often seems tame. But there is a lot to recommend about Tanzore’s menu, which features mostly Indian dishes with Western twists: chicken tikka bathed in pureed herbs, tandoor-roasted sea bass with mustard seeds, well-spiced scallops with blood orange, a classic rogan josh, tapioca simmered in coconut milk and served with basil-scented syrup. Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-10:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-11 p.m.; lounge open until 1 a.m. (bar snacks available). Full bar. Valet parking and underground garage. Indian modern. Takeout. (Jonathan Gold)
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Two words: Tuna Lollipop...A unique swet treat for the senses that can only be found at this spicy spot in Beverly Hills. Traditional Indian cuisine is served up in the restaurant, while drinks such as the Karmic Illusion and Shakalaka DQ are poured out in the tantalizing bar, all to the beat of Indian rhythms.
The latest from the international Gaylord India group—in fact, taking over the space of L.A.’s only Gaylord outpost—Tanzore turned heads upon arrival. Not an easy accomplishment in this image-driven city, but the stylish decor (saturated in crimson, mustard, and persimmon hues) earned a Restaurant Design Award. The food, in kind, befits the furnishings: It’s stylized Indian with Californian touches. Lamb kebabs come with a side of mashed potatoes, asparagus accompanies tandoori chicken, and there’s curry with mushroom and spinach if the traditional Kashmiri lamb option won’t do. There’s also a swanky lounge outfitted in inviting blue and even more inviting cocktails—the better to enjoy the evening’s selection of Bollywood movies.
Tanzore Restaurant & Lounge Receives 2008 Best of Beverly Hills Award U.S. Local Business Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement WASHINGTON D.C., December 8, 2008 -- Tanzore Restaurant & Lounge has been selected for the 2008 Best of Beverly Hills Award in the Bars category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties. About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising. The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
Recommended by Michelin Guide and Zagat Rated “Extraordinary to perfection.”
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Recommended by the Michelin Guide – 2008 Zagat Rated “ Extraordinary to Perfection” – 2008 Named "One of the Best 75 Restaurants in Los Angeles" by Los Angeles Magazine – 2008 Best Bar of Beverly Hills Award by theU.S. Local Business Association – 2008 Top Fusion Restaurant in Los Angeles by Channel 7 - 2008 Best New Restaurant by Citysearch, Channel 7 & Los Angeles Magazine. -2007 Rated 'Top 10' Hot Spot by Angeleno Magazine - 2007 Named “One of the Best 50 Restaurants in Los Angeles” by Angeleno Magazine - 2007 Tanzore wins Architectural Award for best Restaurant Design in Los Angeles by AIA - 2007
CHANNEL 7 – Top 7 New Restaurants of 2007 “Take a look at the top seven new restaurants of 2007. Tanzore in Beverly Hills is Bollywood paired with good food. Traditional appetizers are served alongside seared tuna. The tandoori sea bass is a must-try, although you can't go wrong with the lamb chops or lobster.”
CHANNEL 7 – Top 7 Fusion Restaurants - 2008 For Indian fusion, there's Tanzore in L.A. "Family-owned, beautiful decor. One Citysearcher said, 'This is what fusion should be. It's classic Indian cuisine filtered through 21st century cooking style,'" said de Lis.
ELLE DÉCOR Spice of Life. Gaylord India, an Angeleno mainstay for two decades, has been reincarnated as Tanzore, with vibrant interiors, a menu of updated Indians classics, and nightly screenings of glitzy Bollywood films - Oct 2007
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