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User Reviews (5 Reviews)
- Tamarind of LondonApr 16, 2013
Came here for HH with the girls on a Thursday and was thoroughly impressed with the ambience and service (granted it was pretty empty at 4pm..hehe). All of us ordered a different cocktail from the HH menu and everyone enjoyed their drinks. I especially favored the TOL Humanga martini which was flavored with tamarind as a twist. Shanti, the bartender, definitely mixes up some delish drinks :)
All of the HH items we ordered were tasty but here are our picks for bang/buck:
1) Garlic or Onion Naan $4-$5
2) Butter Chicken Curry Bowl $7
3) Beef Curry Bowl $7
4) Prawns $8 (3 giant prawns)
- Tamarind of LondonOct 12, 2012
Tamarind of London has some great things going for it, and on our recent trip there for our world famous "alphabet dinners," I felt as though our experience was overall very pleasurable.
Some of the things I dug:
The open kitchen with a glass divider (I wanted to tap on the glass and see if the chefs would look at me, just like they tell you not to do at the zoo).
The whimsical approach to Indian food (lots of fun and fusion here)
- The Goat Cheese Naan was the star of the show in my book (5/5). It was like
they put a log of cheese in the middle and melted it!
- Avocado Gelato (5/5) Buttery and COLD with a perfect avocado taste. If you
don't mind creamy and savory in lieu of sweet for your desert, this is a must.
The white pistachio gelato is also wonderful!
- Butter Chicken (4/5) Heavy on the cardamon, and that was a good thing. The
chicken was juicy and perfectly cooked.
The Ghost Chile Beef Vindaloo: (2.5/5 Stars). This might be my lack of sophistication talking, but I just didn't get this dish. Maybe they have to do a lot to the ghost chili to bring it down to an edible level, but we asked for this dish to be legitimately spicy, and it really wasn't. And the flavor profile did nothing for me, and also didn't blow out my palette so there wasn't that. We waited until the end to eat this fearing a taste explosion, but I just got a general spiciness that left me unsatisfied.
Chai Creme Brulee: 2/5 Stars: Hideous to look at under the sugar, which was probably due to the heavy use of cardamon. To me there was no synergy to this dish; it tasted heavy of cardamon, was a yucky green color, and could have possibly had a hint of ginger. I was thinking clove and cardamon like a delicious Indian Chai but that wasn't what I got.
In the end, Tamarind of London is a great place to come with a group and family style some food the way Indian fare is supposed to be consumed. I felt as though our server was actually a little overzealous and hyperbolic in her description of dishes, but I would rather have a server that is excited about the menu than someone who can't even tell me what is in a dish. I would choose TOL over Javiers any day if forced to choose. The fact is, you're paying a lot because of the area it's in, and you've got to deal with the most horrendous parking situation.
3.5 stars down from 4.
- Tamarind of LondonMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Our most recent alphabet dinner was located at Tamarind of London in Crystal Cove. The restaurant is trendy and chic. The clientele you can expect to see on par with those at Javier's across the parking lot. The food was good. Did it blow me away? Yes and no.
Garlic Naan ($4; 3.5 stars): Made fresh to order with subtle garlic flavor. I loved that it was freshly made. I had been watching the staff prepare it from our dining table. We ordered a second
Goat Cheese and scallion Naan ($6; 5 stars): This was delicious! There was so much cheese and I was happy to pair it with some of our entrees. It went well with the beef vindaloo.
Ghost Chile Beef Vindaloo ($21; 3 stars): I was really excited to try the Ghost Chile Beef Vindaloo and we asked for extra spicy but it didn't blow our minds. Instead it sort of blew our palettes. Ghost chiles are the spiciest peppers on the planet, even moreso than habaneros. The beef was tender but we couldn't taste any of the marinade. The spice wasn't overwhelming but rather it became one-note and I didn't enjoy it as much as I should like.
Smoked Crushed Eggplant ($8; 5 stars) This was delicious. It tasted amazing and I loved it.
Kashmiri Lamb Curry ($21; 3 stars) I only had a bite of this and it was just ok. The lamb was gamey which is a turn off for my tastebuds.
Butter Chicken ($20; 4 stars) I love butter chicken and their version gives you a hit of cardamom which is delicious. It's not as buttery as I would have liked but was good nonetheless.
Traditional Tikka Masala ($?; 4 stars) The tikka masala was yummy and my friends loved it. I had a quick bite and was satisfied with the flavor.
Paneer Methi Masala ($18; 4 stars) My friend ordered this and it was also very good and spicy. Vegetarian dish but great with rice and naan.
Crispy Paneer ($10; 4 stars) It was breaded and fried atop a spicy tomato sauce. Different but tasty. I liked the plating and the crispiness of the breading.
White or brown Basmatic rice upon request ($3-$4) per bowl.
Chai Creme Brulee ($7; 3 stars) Tasty but wasn't the BEST thing I've ever had. Our waitress was really excited about this but I give it an A-ok.
Avocado and white pistachio gelatos ($6; 5 stars) This was a winner for us. The exotic flavors and is a must if you're here this summer. The avocado gelato was light and buttery. If you've ever had a avocado milkshake in Westminster, you know the flavor I'm referring to. The white pistachio had a citrus note to it and was really good.
Overall dinner was good. Per person it came out to about $41 each. Not too shabby for an evening of good food and good conversation.