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20 Queen Street, London

"The kitchenís attention to detail makes Tamarind a fine choice"
All In London Review: 7 / 10

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ADDRESS:20 Queen Street

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OPENING HOURS:Lunch: Sunday - Friday 12:00-14:45
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 17:30-23:00 & Sunday 18:00-22:30

| Party bookings accepted | Private hire available | Booking advisable | Credit cards accepted | Background music


Tamarind was the first Indian restaurant in Europe to receive a Michelin star, and Alfred Prasad, only 29 at the time, became the youngest Indian chef to receive one. Whether you care about such things or not, Tamarindís sumptuous cooking is fantastic. Flavours are herby, piquant and rich, inspired by Moghul cuisine but given modern, sometimes Western twists.

Itís located in Mayfair and has prices to suit, but dining room is subdued and calm, allowing the food to take centre stage.

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The All In London Review

"The kitchenís attention to detail makes Tamarind a fine choice"

All In London Rating: 7 / 10
Added Wed 04 Jul 2012 - Reviewed by Leila

Tamarind sits very comfortably on the list of Londonís most renowned fine dining Indian establishments, along with The Quilon, Benares, The Cinnamon Club and Rasoi. Its reputation has been sealed since 2001, when Alfred Prasad became the youngest Indian chef to earn a Michelin star at the age of 29, and its retained the accolade ever since, with the exception of a blip in 2009.

Itís not the most striking looking restaurant, in fact the basement dining room is a little dim, although we do notice the spiky detail on the staircase and similarly fierce-looking chairs, suitable for a mythological bacchanal.

In any case, glittery accoutrements do not maketh a good restaurant, and once the dishes start arriving what stands out the most is the kitchenís attention to detail. The gilafi reshmi is a tasty dish of ground chicken grilled on skewers, the meat is spicy and has a nice crunch thanks to chopped raw green chillies, but the addition of cheese and serving atop spoonfuls of green masala sauce is a great touch. The aloo tikki, a popular North Indian street snack, are dainty croquettes made from perfectly mashed potato, filled with cooked spinach and garlic and topped with a sweet, slightly piquant tamarind sauce.

Tiger prawns are succulent and coated in a slightly peppery, tomato and onion-based gravy with plenty of heat, and the complex aroma of a masala daal is herby and intense, tasting of chillies, ginger and coriander.

The gucchi kofta are very special indeed, as these minced vegetable balls containing morels have a nutty, earthy taste, made more delicious by stuffing them with cheese and smothering in a sumptuously creamy sauce. Even a basket of doughy bread warm from the oven is a delight, with a sweet naan made with dates, coconut and sprinkled with poppy seeds, and a savoury bread stuffed with lightly spiced potato and coriander.

For dessert we try the tandoori ananas, grilled pineapple slices that are still soft and have a hint of spice, served with silky rose ice cream, and the classic gajja halva, the saccharine, spongy carrot pudding, topped with chopped pistachios and served with lime sorbet in place of ice cream at the request of a dairy-avoiding companion.

It isn't cheap by any means, as a three course meal for two is a splurge of around £120. Then again, coffee comes with dark chocolate-covered raisins and fresh mint leaves coated in milky white chocolate. Itís the little things that make Tamarind a fine choice.

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No need to miss Indian food in London because you can find excellent food in this place. I would recommend everyone to enjoy the flavours of food in here... Reasonable price and Place to relax..

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One of my best dining experiences in London. Not to be missed !!!!

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