Traders Spotlight: D'Tandoor


In November 2007 Sarvpreet Sahni migrated from India with his wife, Tania, and son. He joined his brother who owned an Indian restaurant on Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. This was a big change from his studies in India in Marketing and IT followed by operating his own telecommunication business.

With Sarvpreet's business experience and new interest in hospitality, in less than a year after moving to Australia, in April 2008, he along with Tania, opened D'Tandoor, his own Indian restaurant on Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

Now ten years later, D'Tandoor is part of the Glenferrie landscape, Sarvpreet and his wife have had another child and moved from Camberwell to Endeavour Hills.

Sarvpreet enjoys “maintaining quality food and keeping the same taste every time” when it comes to his own restaurant. Sarvpreet works as chef and owner alongside four other employees who are all local.

Take-away is very popular, especially over the weekend, thanks to Ubereats and Foodora the food is accessible to many in the area. There is also a great deal of indoor seating with an upstairs room where the All You Can Eat Friday lunch buffet is held.

The most popular dish is Butter Chicken but D’Tandoor offers all of the traditional Indian food from Samosas, Tikka Masala and Dal.

Like many others Sarvpreet is aware of the increase in restaurants, cafes and take-away food businesses in Glenferrie. Over the years he has been here he has seen more and more opening up. Sarvpreet explains, “there are so many more eating shops here but business is still increasing.” Sarvpreet has noticed an increasing amount of people in the area from students, young professionals and families, “there’s lots of people moving into this area. Apartments going up and there are more walk-ins than ever before.”

“We are extremely grateful to almighty for the opportunity and understand the faith our customers have in us,” says Sarvpreet, who is extremely committed to continuously pleasing his customers needs.

Sarvpreet and his family often try out some of the different restaurants in the area, “when we don’t feel like Indian food,” with Vietstar being a favourite.

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