Punjabi Tandoor recently opened a second San Diego location in Mira Mesa. The original location is a hole-in-the-wall space that is extremely popular.
I was really curious about the second location. Occupying the former Hon Sushi, the exterior was a little amusing. Inside, there is plenty of dining space, a welcome contrast to the very limited seating of the original location.
We went during lunch hours, so they were offering various lunch combinations from the food sitting on the steam trays. Much like the original location, the scoops of food that went into our box were quite plentiful.
All combinations come with naan and kheer
The naan here has never been a favorite of mine. The last time I got it at the Miramar location and it was burnt. While this one was not, it has a fermented sour dough flavor I don’t really like and the texture was also somewhat gummy.
Chicken Makhani, Saag Paneer, Nav Rattan Korma
I love the colors on this plate. I have to confess, I’ve never been quite as big of a fan of Punjabi Tandoor as many of my friends are. I don’t mind eating here, but I also don’t have such a strong attachment to it, especially with so many other options in San Diego. I understand the appeal with their portions and prices, but I’ve always thought the curry flavors to be a little muted, and I felt the same on this occasion.
Chicken Tikka Masala,Lamb Vindalu,Channa Masala
This was Mr. K’s combination box. Again, everything was decent but not memorable.
I did really enjoy their rice pudding, which was light and not overly sweet. It was a refreshing end to our meal.
Overall, I do like the space of this second location and they offer the same popular menu. If you’re a fan of Punjabi Tandoor, I think you’ll like their new location. I don’t mind stopping here to eat occasionally, but I feel like there are several better options in San Diego.
You can view the full menu here.
5424 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121