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New Experience at Tandoor Indian Restaurant

Tandoor Indian Restaurant on East Franklin Street has had a face-lift. For the past 30 years 1301 East Franklin Street has gone thru many reincarnations and this one is truly the most colorful and delicious. "It's all about the experience" says Terry Melville, who masterminded the rejuvenation of Tandoor Indian Restaurant along with Tandoor's Baleinder Bhupal, better known as Binda to his loyal customers. Vivid Indian-colored walls and doors of Mango Orange, Kashmiri Hot Pink and Bombay Yellow, trimmed in Peacock Blue replace the formerly drab off-white and brown decor.

The redesigned dining room is more open, yet the new leather-tooled paisley booths create an intimate and cozy setting for quiet conversation while guests enjoy the aroma of classic Indian spices filling the air.

The new Tandoor's Bollywood Bar includes a flat-screen TV playing Bollywood music videos, bringing a glimpse into the wildly eccentric pop culture of India today. While enjoying traditional northern Indian food, diners are entertained by Kajol, the Indian's hottest beauty singing and dancing with the handsome and multi-talented Shanrukh.

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Wednesday nights at Tandoor is Bollywood Night with a special serving of Bollywood Thajis and showings of Bollywood Videos.

While the menu mainly focuses on dishes from Punjab, northern India's agricultural region, a new selection includes such delicacies as Tandoori salmon, a delectable mixture of ground spices cooked in their Tandoori pit clay oven. The new Bollywood Thaji is a house specialty, which includes a mouth- watering assortment of Indian dishes served on a silver platter. The menu features a wide selection of vegetarian and meat dishes with spices for everyone's palette.

Also new is the special children's menu with Mild Curry for Beginners and Tandoor Chicken Tenders, all with just the right amount of spice and portion.

To top off the evening the new dessert menu is a fusion of American's favorites mixed with exotic Indian flavors -- Mango Chutney Cheese Cake and Chocolate Coconut Cheese Cake --are just some of the sweet endings guests are offered to complete their unique Indian dinning experience at Tandoor Indian Restaurant.