Hello, Tandur: Check out SouthPark’s new hotspot for approachable Indian cuisine.

The SouthPark area just welcomed another must-visit restaurant, Tandur Indian Kitchen (tandur.com), in April. The fast-casual spot is next door to EarthFare at 721 Governor Morrison St., and serves up everything from tikki masala to local fare with Indian flare, such as The Carolina barbecue wrap with slow-roasted Tandur pulled pork.

Biryani Bowl

“We really wanted to present Indian food in a better light where it’s approachable but still authentic,” said owner H.P. Patel, who opened the restaurant with his brother J.T. Patel. They’re from India and opened their first Tandur in Knoxville, Tenn.

A tandur (pronounced “tan-do-er”) is a clay oven. They have two in the restaurant — all of the naan bread gets cooked in one, and all of the protein gets cooked in the other. “Our whole brand is based on those ovens because that is where the magic happens,” H.P. Patel said.

Tikka Masala

The menu, created by renowned culinary consultant and chef Hari Nayak, breaks down the options in a simple format to ward off any stigma about Indian food being too complex or too spicy. Starters include Spiced Okra Fries and Naanchos ($3.95-$5.50), and entrees ($9:50-$11.95) have two steps: First pick a sauce and range of spice level, and then pick a protein, from chicken and lamb meatballs to vegetarian paneer and tofu.


Wash it all down with a variety of drinks, including wine and Charlotte-brewed beers. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Photos by Social Ape Marketing/Tandur Indian Kitchen