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2 of 5 bubbles Review of Tamarind

Ranked #333 of 22,373 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $45 - $96
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Mayfair
Cross street: Curzon Street
Transit: Green Park
Description: Michelin-starred Tamarind presents an elegant take on Indian cuisine from its gilded dining room in chic Mayfair. The inventive menu is rooted in traditional Moghul cooking, with fish, meat and game dishes brought forth from the Tandoor oven in an authentic north-west Indian fashion. Muted tones and attentive service make the restaurant a smart yet convivial destination.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

Visited this posh Indian a little while back. Booked it for Hubby's birthday.

Food was OK, the crab was overbearing and not as delicious as it looked, had to call the waiter several times which was annoying and embarrassing for bottled water, was gasping by the time he turned up with it.

We were sat in a corner table and restaurant decor is average, but towards evening got loud, so the ambience and romantic feel went out of the window.

We got a lukewarm welcome, one would expect better than that from a mitchelin star restaurant, will not visit, and infact never did.

I do wonder sometimes how certain restaurants get their Michelin stars, Tamarind did make me wonder a lot.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Expensive and lacking the wow factor”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

The restaurant is comfortable and upmarket. The service is attentive. But they have the annoying practice of pushing the mineral water constantly on you, emptying the bottle into large glasses and continuously topping up and proposing a new bottle. On top of that they didn't adhere to my request to prevent me from over ordering, something I often do in Indian restaurants. The food was good, but on the whole too bland with too many sauces tasting like korma. And it was expensive at just under three hundred and fifty quid for four. For that money the cooking should have blown us away. It didn't.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Domirwin
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Milton Keynes
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“Posh Indian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Visited a few times now and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. We opted for the taster menu and all of the dishes were outstanding, the service is very attentive but not over powering, the venue is in a basement location which creates a very intimate atmosphere with subtle lighting & decoration

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“We weren't blown away”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

We went to Tamarind for a birthday lunch. Its basement accommodation might seem discreet in the evening, but the absence of natural light wasn't what was wanted on a sunny spring afternoon.
Two of us had the tasting menu, which was good, but not spectacular. The third member of our party had to avoid dairy products and, whilst the kitchen was obliging and produced a dairy-free chicken curry, its taste didn't warrant the £19.95 charged for it.
The staff were pleasant and attentive, but there was only one other party dining, so they weren't stretched. There was an error on the bill and getting it corrected was more of a palaver than it should have been in a "posh" Mayfair restaurant.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Judith D
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“Normally one, if not the best, Indian restaurant in London”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

So this is a subsequent review to one of my favourite Indian restaurants in London. This and Amaya probably have the crown, although for standard dishes coupled with consistent excellence, I cannot fault Gaylord’s.

Normally the food is out of this world at Tamarind. However, at this business meeting for two, some of the food was, as usual, of its faultless excellent standard, but quite a few of the dishes disappointed and were not as good as I had previously experienced.

Service was exemplary. The bill was slightly more than I had anticipated over £400 for 2 with one bottle of wine.

  • Visited January 2014
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