I finally made the drive down to Tandoor ‘n’ Flame in downtown Red Deer after having a request posted on ToothFoodie.com. The restaurant is situated in this odd s-shaped road which resulted in plenty of angled parking.
I took the opportunity to walk around downtown which I think we all take for granted. The history, the architecture (it may not be Chicago or New York, but still rich in its own way), and the people are in a category of their own. No matter how beautiful and comfortable the expanding suburbs can get, they could never compare to Downtown Red Deer.
Inside, the restaurant is well-light and decorated with East Indian themed items. Immediately, you see the buffet layout stretching from one end of the restaurant to the other. The buffet area was very clean which is much appreciated as I remember entering some very dirty buffets as a kid. Here, it looked spotless despite my arrival just pass the lunch rush.
I was shown to the owner, Dilbagh Singh, who was behind the bar. He greeted me warmly and I requested the lunch takeout special menu. He happily handed it to me.
I decided to order the Curry Bowl which had a choice of Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Channa Masala, Aloo Curry, Chef’s Vegetarian Special, or Chef’s Non-Vegetarian Special. A bed of basmati rice was included with the curry bowl. I decided to go with the Butter Chicken. Dilbagh asked what level of spiciness would I like (mild, medium, or spicy) and I requested spicy.
Despite the name Curry Bowl, the dish did not come in a bowl. It came in a sizeable microwave-safe container. Like the restaurant, it was cleanly plated in the container.