Tamarind, Mayfair

Waiter: “How was your meal?”

Us: “It was great! Everything was delicious!”

Waiter: “That’s good to hear. How did you find out about us?”

Us: “We googled ‘best Indian restaurants in London'”

Waiter: (laughs) “Were we number one on the list?”

Us: “Nope, but you should be”

 It’s true.

Their food & service really are one of the best we’ve had.

I cannot recommend this place enough.

From their website:

Tamarind of Mayfair is the first Indian restaurant in the world to have been recognised with a Michelin star and it remains as one of only nine to hold the accolade.

Tamarind’s dishes are derived from traditional Moghul cuisine where fish, meat and game are cooked in the authentic tandoor oven style of North West India. At Tamarind of Mayfair food philosophy is driven by a desire to present the eclectic and expansive Indian repertoire, bursting with flavour and originality, as a multi-sensory dining experience.

Tamarind of Mayfair is situated in an elegant, gold-accented dining room in Mayfair – London’s most luxurious and glamorous district, bordered by Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Green Park and Regent Street.

Here are the dishes we tried:

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  • Papadoms and chutneys to keep us busy while we wait for our orders

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  • Gosht dum biryani – lamb biryani sealed with pastry lid. Fantastic flavour and presentation. I still don’t know how their rice grains are so long!

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  • Malabar Prawn Curry – Good size tiger prawns (plenty of as well) in delicious thick curry sauce flavoured with onions, chilli, fenugreek seeds, and a whole lot of flavoursome spices
  • Kadhai Gosht – Tender pieces of lamb cooked with fragrant spices, including peppers, coriander seeds and cumin seeds. Incredible flavour combination. Fantastic with bread.

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  • Bread basket – a selection of naan, paratha, and stuffed naan. Yum.

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  • Dessert platter – because the selection looks so good and we couldn’t decide on one to share. Good thing we chose this, as everything was delicious, especially the bebinca (Goan layered pudding)
  • Complimentary soft milk tablet, and fresh mint leaves coated with white chocolate.

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  • Cute little surprise – goes to show how attentive they were. It was my hubby’s birthday, but I did not mention this when I made the booking. Someone must’ve seen when I handed over the birthday present. A waiter stopped me as I was going to the bathroom during the meal and asked if it was a birthday celebration. When I confirmed he said they’d have a little surprise for him. The best thing about this? Our waiter simply walked over to our table, placed this little treat on the table and wished him a happy birthday. No crowds gathering around the table singing happy birthday (which we absolutely hate). All class.

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Menu, location, etc: http://www.tamarindrestaurant.com/

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