After my GPS failed to locate this restaurant, we were about to depart to any eaterie we could find, but we were fortunate to find a local Indian who pointed me in the right direction. I am glad he did, as we enjoyed a good, tasty meal, and chatted with the management and staff during our long lunch.
The Tamarind is a small, south Indian restaurant set into a strip mall in the Greentree suburb, easily overlooked to those who do not know this area, and we nearly missed it. The menu is plentiful and you can be sure to see a lot of customers. We were seated almost immediately by a waiter, which is sometimes overlooked in many restaurants which are fairly small. We passed on the buffet and went Al la Carte, with two of my family opting for the mutton biryani. As always their eyes are bigger than their belly's as they can never finish a plate, so 'to go' boxes are a pre-requisite, and it does make for a tasty supper. Our other teen as always went for the chicken tikka, and he always eats as much as he can, so he was happy.
My wife and I went with the vegetable samosa's, and these were very nice, cooked well and were suitably spiced, so even the kids had them. This was followed by me having the chicken korma, which was very good, not too sweet but the chicken pieces were succulent, this came with pillau rice. My wife opted for the chilli chicken and for sure, it was hotter than what I was able to endure, but she ate it happily and even though she was hungry, also took a 'to go' box.
The naan bread was good, and this is often achilles heel with Indian restaurants. Some places make bread as thin as possible such that if they cool down before you eat them, they go hard. However here, they were soft and thicker, so they were much tastier.
As always, I finish up with a bowl of kheer, and often this simple dish can be poor in some restaurants, yet here it was perfect, good consistency, great taste, and just the right amount of cardamom. The kids always pass this up, as they are usually too stuffed to participate in a such a delightful dessert.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed this meal, and so glad we found it. When next in the are, I will visit again. They got a nice tip afterwards.
One note of caution, this is a small strip mall, and parking can be a bit of a pain, so don't come I a group with several cars, especially on the weekends as the other shops are equally busy.
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