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Dhaka Tandoori  

103 Hoe Street 

London, E17 4SA   map

Tel : 0208 521 5151

We’ve lived in Walthamstow for 25 years, and we’ve been regulars
at the Dhaka for 26 or so.  It hasn’t disappointed us once. 
The ‘new’ décor (about 5 years ago?) is a big improvement on the
old one, but the quality of the food is constant.  I love the chicken 
Dhansak (usually with a fluffy plain nan instead of the pilau rice which
comes with it) while the missus likes the chicken Ceylon – which 
they enhance with spinach at her request.  Always good ingredients, 
carefully cooked just how you ask for it, and the service is gentle
and thoughtful.  Good value too – and if you send for a takeaway
 they’re quicker than most.
Posted 17 September 2013

Dhaka Tandoori is a fine example of how exquisite the Indian cuisine 
is. I was recently persuaded by my brother to visit his "favourite
Indian restaurant", therefore I visited Dhaka. Not often do I agree 
with my brother, but I must say on this occasion he was correct. 
The food was delicious, the decoration provided a feeling of home
and the service was brilliant! For starter I had Kolij (chicken liver),
which was inspired by my loving for the chicken liver in Nando's. 
I was very impressed. The main-course I had was Lamb Bhuna - rich 
in flavour and tender in the mouth. I enjoyed the meal so much I could 
have kissed my brother. I must recommend this restaurant to everyone, 
as dining at Dhaka Tandoori was truly a memorable experience. 
I say this because the pricing was reasonable for such divine 
food and the service was tremendous.

Mahatir Pasha
Posted 2nd June 2012

Having seen the most recent on your website, I feel I have to 
come to the defence of the Dhaka.I'm a big fan of the Dhaka. 
The food's great and doesn't shortcut on meat portions like 
some places. Mixed hors d'oeuvresis a must - a tasty selection 
of meat and vegetable dishes that sets you up well for the mains. 
Some interesting specials (inc tava murgh). Biriyanis are well-
cooked and generous although I'm a sucker for lamb rogan with
side orders of pilau rice, keema naan and chana massala.The 
owners recently catered for my 40th birthday and did me proud. 
Drove round with heated buffet trays, got everything set up, 
delivered freshly-cooked starters, mains, and side dishes, not
 to mention chutneys and salads. My guests were very 
impressed and leftovers were thin on the ground. I'd highly 
recommend the Dhaka. Atmospheric, friendly, great food, 
and very professional.
Paul Powell
Posted 25th May 2010

Just ate at Dhaka Tandoori. It was so disappointing. The tarka dal was inedible, and the vegetable curry somehow managed to taste neither of vegetables nor spices. Bland beyond belief. And, with no starters or desserts, and just two beers, our bill came to £43.


Posted 7th December 2009


Where in Walthamstow to go on a Monday night? Our current favourite restaurant was closed, so somehow I managed to persuade my Birmingham-born partner to try a London-Indian. And we're so glad we did! From our mini-cab driver's positive reaction en-route (apparently, he's a regular), to the fact it wasn't completely empty, we felt we'd made a good choice. The service was relaxed and friendly, (although they were thrown by my request for a cocktail, despite it being on their drinks menu), the food was fresh and flavoursome and the bill was very reasonable. I can recommend it.

Debbi Coleman
Posted 26th November  2008


In the interests of e17foodanddrink our team visited Dhaka for the first time in a few years. This is another of those 'contemporary'  Indian restaurants with minimalist decor. On entering the Dhaka was all but full (it was a Friday, about 9pm). We were shown to the only available (and very slim) table and squeezed in between other diners with a warm welcome. The Dhaka looks bigger on the outside than the inside which makes it a SIDRAT restaurant - that's TARDIS backwards.
We each had a starter - potato cakes, which tasted like potato cakes, and paneer with tamarind sauce, which tasted like cheese with a sauce that did not remind us of taramind. Sorry, but the starters were a little disappointing.
By the time the main course arrived some customers had left which was fortunate as we then had somewhere to put our food.
The main courses were much better than the starter. The king prawn dansak was of good standard and made with quite a few larger than average 'king' prawns. The vegetable side dishes were fresh and tasty. One of the sides on offer here is a carrot bhaji which is an unusual and very accomplished dish - it's a bit like sag bhaji but with carrot.
The Dhaka Tandoori is a pleasant Indian restaurant with good service and generally fresh tasty food - but not for the claustrophobic when it's busy.


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