So we did a Palmdale vs Canyon Country Indian battle over the weekend, Malhi vs the fabled “best AYCE buffet” Royal Tandoor.
Ordered pretty much the same thing from both places - tikka masala, boti kebabs, garlic naan, pakoras.
I felt Royal Tandoor had signifcantly higher QPR, with portions at least twice as big as Malhi for the tikka masala and pakoras. Highlight at Royal Tandoor was the giant portion of tikka for $12 and good garlic naan. Preparations fairly authentic from what I experienced in Mumbai, meaning limes served with the tandoor grill items, dry spicing, and slices of raw onion + tomato.
At Malhi, the boti kebabs were more tender than Royal Tandoor but the prep was not at all what I associate w/ indian cuisine. the spicing was more “wet”, almost korean influenced. They also served it on a sizzling platter with onions, so the onions cooked down (also not what I experienced in India). Malhi loves green bell peppers, and includes it with the tandoori + inside the tikka masala. The tikka at Malhi has a much more tomato-forward (lol) flavor, the shrimp were overooked, and there was not as much spice as Royal Tandoor. The pakoras were excellent though, especially the fish pakoras. The garlic naan might as well have been from trader joes, and 2 pieces actually means 1 piece cut in 2. QPR was very poor.
Overall, neither one really knocked it out of the park, but the superior QPR @ Royal Tandoor probably means I’ll be going back there. Will revisit this thread again after trying out the lunch buffet, which apparently is also offered on Saturdays.