Tandis

73 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, London, NW3 4SL - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7586 8079

Tandis Restaurant In London
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Overall 8.3
Food 8.0
Service 8.0
Atmosphere 7.0
Value 10.0
Based on 1 reviews

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Tandis is a very good restaurant on Haverstock Hill. It is sadly rarely full so the atmosphere suffers somewhat for that but I put this down to its location rather than to any lack of popularity.

The food is tasty, unusual and very reasonably priced. I particularly like their stews (try the Khoresh Aloo Esfenaaj which contains lamb, plums and spinach) their kebabs and the Loobiya - beans in a tomato sauce. Their take-away food is also reliably prepared and generous. I have organised group dinners there and have no complaints at all.

As for the staff, they are polite and always smiling but not effusive. I like it that way.
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Alec Haydon
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10
Friday, September 20, 2013

Terrible food, indifferent service, aggressive front of house.

Went here for dinner on a Sunday evening. The restaurant itself, whilst nicely furnished was empty and lacking in ambience. The front of house was indifferent to our arrival and no welcome was offered. We started by explaining that we would like to order a few bits and pieces from the hot and cold starter menu and informed the waiter that weíre vegetarian and asked if any dishes could be recommended. The first starter, recommended in Persian, once looked up in the menu, correlated to a chicken starter. Again we reminded him that we donít eat meat so could he recommend another meat-free starter in its place. Sure. He recommends Tah Dig and confirms its meat free and describes it to us as a crispy rice dish. Interesting. Burnt rice in a savoury brown sauce arrives. Before tucking into it, we once again ask the waiter to confirm that it doesnít contain meat (Donít normally do this but at this stage we had little faith in the waiter). Confirmed. After a couple of bites we find small chunks of beef in the sauce. Call the waiter over. No apology, he couldnít care less. He argues that the dish contains only very small chunks of beef and therefore it is essentially meat free. We send it back, and request it be removed from bill. Another starter of Loobiya arrives. Advertised as borlotti, kidney and butter beans cooked in a homemade sauce, served with olive olive oil and lemon juice this dish is nothing more than lukewarm baked beans. No kidney or butter beans in sight. Our order of Tandis Special Salad arrives. A very mediocre feta salad. Halfway though eating our meal, another almost identical salad arrives. We explain that we only ordered the one. It comes in two parts our waiter explains. Strange. Bill arrives, the salad is listed twice. After asking the waiter to remove the additional salad he grew very agitated and aggressive, started shouting and swearing and grew increasingly threatening. He argued he had already reluctantly removed the Tah Dig from the bill and wouldnít remove anything else. Even though we didnít order the salad twice, and it was clearly his mistake he still would not remove the additional salad from the bill. Iíve never in my life been to such an unfriendly and indifferent restaurant. Will never return. Absolutely awful experience. Terrible food, indifferent service, aggressive front of house.

I donít normally write restaurant reviews but feel compelled to warn others.
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Vision99
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 1 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0
Monday, January 14, 2013

My wife and I went for a nice romantic dinner at Tandis.

The food was very good and had a home-cooked feel. The decor was surprisingly upmarket for a Persian/Iranian restaurant and made a difference to some of the low-key ones on Harrow Road etc. We felt the only thing that let down the place was the service.

Both waiters that served us clearly didn't pass charm school and must have been the son and daughter of very dour and depressing parents. If they could up the ante on their personnel then Tandis would definitely become one of our local haunts.
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Raffuel
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Friday, December 23, 2011

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