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Tandoori Nights to Change Ownership, Name

by ARLnow.com November 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm 10,925 47 Comments

Tandoori Nights is in the process of changing its name and ownership.

The Indian restaurant, located on the second level of the Market Common Clarendon shopping center at 2800 Clarendon Blvd, is expected to change its name to Zaika Restaurant when the ownership change is finalized. Zaika translates to “sense of taste,” according to the future restaurant’s web site, which is still under development.

We’re told that the name will be the only noticeable change. The new owners plan to keep the same chef, staff, menu, and decor.

Tandoori Nights achieved minor national notoriety earlier this year when the Food Network’s “Heat Seekers” show stopped by to sample some of the restaurant’s spicier dishes.

  • Captain Obvious

    The Arlington General District Court records indicate that Tandoori has been sued for eviction four times in the past four years….

  • WeiQiang

    very much like TN. will try it under new mgt.

  • Fred

    Er nope! The change was noticeable. The food is very good. But the staff as falling over itself. The filling up the water glass so frequently that it got annoying. Trying too hard.

    TN was a wonderful restaurant, but it had to be really good to pull people to that location. We will see if the new restaurant can pull it off as well. There is other indian in the neighborhood that is quite good as well, and does not cost as much.

    • Drunk_IrishChick

      Deli Daba at courthouse

      • Joe

        Is that the one in the back of the Subway?

        • WeiQiang

          yes. Delhi Dhaba.

          • dirty biker

            Delhi Dhaba is surprising good but shockingly expensive for what you get. Heck, it’s every bit as expensive at TN and not as good. I have fond memories from years back of tasty, reasonably priced food at DD, now I go to East-West right up the street…

          • Novanglus

            I’ve always found Delhi Dhaba to be too greasy, and I know native Indians who refuse to eat there (including an epidemiologist, for reasons he wouldn’t discuss). TN was okay, but Delhi Club next to Hard Times is much better.

          • yeah

            Yeah, I’ve been told by Indians that Delhi Dhaba is the McDonald’s for Indian food.

          • KalashniKEV

            +1 for EW Grill.

            DD- bad food, amazingly expensive.

          • Drunk_IrishChick

            hey im drunk leave me alone

  • Joe

    Tandoori Nights is not that good indian food, IMO. It seriously lacks authenticity and seems Americanized to me. Jaipur in Fairfax, Haandi in Falls Church, And Bombay Curry in Del Ray are infinitely better.

    • WeiQiang

      Is Bombay still there during construction?

      I’m down with Heritage India on Wisconsin … not close, but good.

  • Groupon?

    Just bought a groupon (or living social, one of the two) there a few weeks ago? Any news as to whether it’ll still be valid?

    • D’oh!

      I’d say you’d better use it ASAP.

      • Chris

        Used one this past weekend, no problem (new management already in force). They don’t have booze at the moment.

  • EmptyChair

    Didn’t that used to be a Big Bowl? Awesome lettuce wraps.

    • Mick

      Awesome and lettuce are two words you seldom hear in the same sentence . . .

      But this does remind me of a Dorothy Parker quip. She was asked to use the word “horticulture” in a sentence.

      She paused and said, “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.”

      • EmptyChair

        Yes, it is more common to hear awesome and radicchio in the same sentence.

        • malaka

          or arugula and elitist

          • Mick

            I thought Arugula was a baby name

  • Suburban Not Urban

    And minor local celebrity – for a major un-paid tax bill.

  • A

    Are they closing their other location in Gaithersburg, too?

    I liked them – they catered my wedding and people loved the food.

  • NIMBY The Chicken

    So they basically have an infomercial on basic cable running in the rerun circuit and they want to change the name? Does anyone have a gun I can use to shoot the new owner in the other foot?

  • drax

    It’s Tandoori Days on the other side of the earth.

  • AWP

    I’m worried about my Groupon and Restaurant.com certificates. TN was very good, but I’m an American so what do I really know. Hate driving over there and parking, but we still do it twice a month I’d say. Haandi is good but expensive! Raaga at Bailey’s is also pretty good – just tried it for the first time. DD is good, but parking is horrendous. Minerva Express has decent food, but you’d never eat there – carry out only.

    My Indian friends recommend Minerva out in Fairfax and Passage to India in Bethesda. Haven’t been to either yet.

    • Chris

      I used one this past weekend no prob.

    • Mick

      “I’m worried about my Groupon and Restaurant.com certificates.”

      Now I know what Matt Groening must go though…

    • TX Ranger

      Stop driving everywhere and walk and you won’t have to worry about parking.

  • Zach

    A name change will do them good. I’m sad to say that I avoided Tandoori Nights for too long because of the gimmicky-sounding name and logo (plus the location in a glitzy complex, which usually doesn’t bode well for ethnic food). I think it’s the best Indian restaurant in the Orange Line corridor. I hope it doesn’t change much under the new ownership.

  • Captain Obvious

    Delhi Club at the Clarendon Metro is yummy.

    • Mick

      I avoid restaurant reviews from anyone who uses baby talk to describe the food.

      • WeiQiang


      • Jason

        I sometimes have to go potty after eating there.

    • Zach

      I like Delhi Club – it’s cheaper than some of the alternatives, the service is always good, it’s unpretentious, and the lunch buffet is solid – but the food is pretty bland. The food at Tandoori Nights has more flavor and seems to be made with better ingredients.

  • Quoth the Raven

    Raaga on rt 7 is great. Lousy location, but the food is the best Indian I’ve had in the area (except Rasika).

    • Say it Ain’t So

      Raaga for sure! Bombay Club in DC very good too and still waiting to try Rasika.

      • Quoth the Raven

        Rasika is literally one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. It’s absolutely great. Sometimes hard to get reservations, but it’s worth the wait.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Raaga is my choice, in my mind Haandi is not as good as it used to be. The parking at Raaga is easy for quick takeout.

  • OldFolk

    Definately Raaga, P. Richmond’s favorite.

    • Tom Sietsema

      That old bat’s still alive?

  • wat

    Shame they’re keeping the staff, that’s the part I hated when I last went there. I sat for 10 minutes at the table we were seated at before a server even said anything. That and the bathrooms with wallpaper peeling from the walls being held back into place with masking tape and push pins. Food was good though.

  • mickey_

    The Delhi Club across from Clarendon Metro is the best. 10 buck buffet is hard to beat!

    • Glebe Roader

      I second (third, fourth?) the vote for Delhi Club.

  • Caroline Belle

    I vote for Raaga. I’m in the same groupon predicament, however

  • Tandoori Nights always sounded like a cheap discotheque instead of a restaurant. Food is good though.

  • Word

    You would be wise to travel to Crystal City and check out Kohinoor Dhaba on 2800 South Eads Street. It is $9.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet, every day 11am-10pm. I am not saying it is the best Indian food in the DC area, but it is pretty damn good – plus all the taxi drivers go there, so it must be legit, right? Also I saw one dude there in a kurta and a chitrali cap. You won’t see that at Zaika, trust me.


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