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Tandoori Chef Brings Some Indian Spice to La Jolla

Tandoori Chef, located on the corner of Pearl and Cuvier Street, is now open for business.

La Jolla’s culinary scene gains a little more spice with the opening of Tandoori Chef, which opened a few weeks ago on the corner of Pearl and Cuvier streets. You may recognize the restaurant’s name, which is similar to its Hillcrest partner Tandoori Hut located on 5th Avenue. Both restaurants provide locals with a casual dining atmosphere and an extensive menu of authentic Indian dishes.

Tandoori Chef offers eight different kinds of Naan, tandoori meat and seafood platters, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Switch up the lunch routine and enjoy an all you can eat lunch buffet for $9.99 or have food delivered to you by ordering online or over the phone.

If you are new to Indian cuisine try the chef’s sampler for $7.95, which includes a combination of vegetarian or chicken samosas, pakora, onion bhaji and Alu tikki, or one of the chef’s specialty kebabs that are marinated in Indian herbs and spices and cooked in a clay oven. 

Tandoori Chef

  • Address: 613 Pearl St., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: 858-454-6999
  • Fax: 858-454-7999
  • Website: tandoorigroup.com
  • Email: tandoorichefsd@gmail.com
  • Facebook: facebook.com/tandoorichefsd
  • Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday - Sunday
  • Payment Accepted: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
  • Parking: Street and front lot
  • Food: Indian
  • Seating: Inside and Outside
  • Tables: Seats 75-80
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Menu: Online menu
  • Signature dish: Kebabs
  • Dietary restrictions: Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options
  • Services: Catering, take out and delivery ($25 minimum)
  • Prices: Lunch buffet $9.99, kebabs $12.99, breads $2 - $3.99, vegetarian, chicken, lamb, beef and seafood entrees $8.99 - $12.99, tandoori platter $13.99, deserts $2 - $3.99
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • Attire: Casual
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Dogs allowed: Yes
  • Owner: Jass Singh
  • Date Opened: Aug. 27, 2012

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