Tamarind Kitchen

Tamarind of Mayfair has a new sista! Tamarind Kitchen is the latest in the wave of new Indian restaurants hitting London. Being the newest member of the reputable Tamarind Collection family, behind Tamarind of Mayfair and Zaika of Kensington, there can only be high expectations of what this restaurant will bring to the table. Tamarind of Mayfair was one of the first Indian restaurants in the world to receive a Michelin Star and Tamarind Kitchen hopes to bring the same quality of exquisite Indian dining to Soho in a less formal setting.

Bye Imli Street, Hello Tamarind Kitchen! The restaurant can be found occupying the space formally used by Imli Street tucked away on Wardour Street aka foodie heaven. Inspired by the palatial architecture of Northern India, the interiors of Tamarind Kitchen are designed to throw it back to the royal kitchens of the Moghuls.

 

Inspired by the menu and success of it’s sister restaurant, The Tamarind Kitchen menu is a re-engineered version which retains the same quality and elegance. The menu is the masterpiece of Chef Peter Joseph (Head Chef at the Tamarind of Mayfair) who it’s fair to say knows a thing or two about Indian fine dining! Delicious traditional Moghul cuisine is the key focus and there are also classic tandoori delights making a welcome appearance on the menu.

The menu is split into appetisers, kebabs, mains and vegetables as well as the equally important accompaniments and rice/bread.

What we ate:
  • Moong vada
  • Tandoor Subzi
  • Kauai Paneer
  • Aloo Til Wala
  • Dal Makhni
  • Boondi Raita
  • Naan
  • Rice
  • Chocolate Bomb
  • Masala Chai Brûlée

Remember to save space for dessert! You can’t leave Tamarind Kitchen without experiencing one or more (more is recommended) of their mouth-watering sweet endings. Being a big chai lover, I really enjoyed the chai brûlée. I would also recommend the moong vada, dal makhni and boondi raita.

You’ll be spoiled for choice with the range of cocktails and non-alcoholic cocktails here. Classic Indian flavours can be seen throughout the drinks menu with items such as rose, cardamom, saffron and mango lassi making the cut for cocktail ingredients. A fantastic selection of wines, fresh juices and lassis are also available.

I went to Tamarind Kitchen during their soft launch. I enjoyed the dining experience for the most part, but found the lighting too dark (this also explains the lack of photos – sorry!). I even saw people pulling out their phones for light to read the menu! Overall the service was good, but as the restaurant got busier it did slack a bit and it was difficult to get a waiter’s attention. In comparison to other Indian restaurants in London I wouldn’t say I was blown away by my experience or the food here, however soft launches are when restaurants are trying to iron out the kinks before officially opening.

Rating: 7/10
Location: Wardour Street, Soho
Perfect for: A special occasion, date night
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