Thursday, June 18, 2015
Rate-A-Restaurant #343: California Chutney Tandoori Kitchen (Pasadena)
Restaurant: California Chutney Tandoori Kitchen
Location: 45 N Raymond Ave (Pasadena)
Type of restaurant: Indian
We stipulated: Looking for a quick bite in Pasadena, we had heard good things about Chutney and wanted to give it a try.
They stipulated: "Our favorite cooking technique is roasting in the Tandoori Oven. We considered offering a variety of Indian curry dishes that you can find in many restaurants, but decided to focus mainly on Tandoori Cooking and do it with integrity. By offering a variety of chutneys we really wanted to encourage people to explore new flavors and have fun with it."
What we ordered: Chicken Tikka Naan Duo ($8.75), Mixed Naan Trio (1 Braised Chickpeas Naan and 2 Paneer Tikka Naan, $12.95), Tandoori chicken rice bowl ($7.50), two individual naan ($3)
High point: The sauces (aka the chutney bar) offer up a wide variet: Cinnamon pineapple, mango ginger, tamarind apple, roasted chili, cucumber yogurt.
Low point: The duo and trio pricing is confusing, and not necessarily a better deal when you're ordering the cheaper veggie naans.
Overall impression: It has promise. The idea is essentially Indian tacos, but naan may be too thick to do it. That's a bit too heavy and overpowers the other flavors. Also, getting chicken tikka wasn't a good idea in hindsite. The idea of California Chutney is adding your own sauce -- but tikka is already so saucy. (We should have stuck with tandoori chicken). The Paneer was good, as was the tandoori; skip the tikka.
Will we return:If I'm nearby and need a quick, fast meal.