Tamarind

Restaurants , Indian Mayfair
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© Michelle Grant

Elegant and sophisticated, Tamarind’s basement dining area is enhanced by muted lighting, crisp linen, and speckled mirrors across walls. The sedate atmosphere and warm, efficient service make the restaurant a popular destination with office groups and mature couples. Classic Indian dishes score over modern interpretations on the menu, with several choices verging on the homely – despite the setting.

Skewered and seared morsels of chicken had been well steeped in cream cheese beaten with ginger-garlic paste and pounded cardamom. Although the dish was tender and juicy, the spicing could have done with an extra hit of green chilli. Chat (a pile-up of crisp-fried pastry discs, bathed in yoghurt and made tangy with tamarind sauce and mint chutney) was topped incongruously with blueberries. Although OK, it did feel like a vast amount to plough though.

Mains were more memorable. Rogan josh lamb curry had an outstandingly mellow and mild red chilli sauce, enriched with fried onion-ginger paste, yet the meat could have been more tender. Pleasure was unalloyed, though, at the nutty, light texture of moong dal, finished with fried slivers of garlic and toasted cumin: simple, rustic and very tasty. Desserts are pedestrian and not worth ordering.

 

Venue name: Tamarind
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Address: 20 Queen Street
London
W1J 5PR
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.45pm Mon-Fri, Sun. Dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Sat; 6-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Green Park tube
Price: Main courses £17.95-£36.50. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £19.50 2 courses, £22.50 3 courses, £29 tasting menu. Set dinner (5.30-6.45pm, 10.30-11pm) £28.50 3 courses
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This is a Michelin star restaurant with a host of awards including reaching the top ten in the ‘Best in Britain Award’ every year since its inauguration in 1995. Now that’s saying something. The main dining area is located in the windowless basement of the building and the room relies on sparse atmospheric lighting to light up the white, brown and bronze walls. This creates a very intimate and calm atmosphere which suits an evening meal, but I can image the setting being a tiny bit oppressive for dining in on a bring sunny day. 

Despite the decor, this is an Indian restaurant that I would recommend to all for its food.