When it comes to genuine Indian cuisine, I’ve always felt London is a little behind the times and lacking in genuine star players. My visit to Tamarind of Mayfair on Friday last week has shifted this perception and I was privileged to dine on some truly spectacular dishes!
Tamarind prides itself in taking a modern twist on the flavours and textures of India, combining and celebrating diverse regional methods of cooking, with the tandoor at the heart of the kitchen. It’s the use of the tandoor that immediately set the food apart for me, with the meat (in particular the chicken) unlike anything I’ve ever tasted, succulent beyond belief.
To kick things off we sampled the crispy chicken wings with chilli mayo and the pink peppercorn chicken and it was at this point that I discovered the chicken at Tamarind is like no other. Succulent and yummy with a plethora of spices and flavours, I could have eaten at least a hundred of the chicken wings (!)
For the main event, the ‘char-grilled’ lamb chops with a pistachio crust and the old Dehli butter chicken were both winners but the stand out dish has to be the Hyderabadi lamb biryani, slow-cooked and served with a pastry ‘lid’, just so damn tasty and packed full of flavours. The side dish of Jaipuri Aloo, essentially crispy fried spherical potatoes, was also an absolute gamer changer and an ideal sidekick to the mains.
From the crisp, clean and floral decor to the beautifully presented cocktails and food, Tamarind really does tick all the boxes and if you are looking for a spot for a special lunch, perhaps celebrating a birthday or anniversary or entertaining an important client, you need look no further.
To check out the current menu or discover more about Tamarind Of Mayfair, click here.
*Gifted Meal – I was very fortunate to be invited in to sample the new menu, however as always, all views and opinions expressed are very much my own.*