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Still glowing after all these years, Tamarind has both a Michelin star and gilt-pillared dining room, all the better to seduce tandoor fans looking for an upmarket London take on the cuisine of north-west India. The kitchen “never fails to deliver”, and you can taste the quality in starters of lamb cutlets with dried mint, tomato and coriander chutney or papdi chaat, sparky with blueberries and tamarind. After that, we suggest marinated monkfish kebabs served with pickled golden beets or Malabar prawns rich with sautéed onions, chilli, fenugreek seeds and coconut. On the side are gorgeous breads, slow-cooked dhals and unusual touches such as a chickpea dish with Assam tea, onions and whole spices. Pre/post-theatre menus offer decent value for a Michelin-starred restaurant and, perhaps more importantly, a fabulously fragrant romp around the kitchen’s simpler dishes. Staff “really go the extra mile” and it’s all done with an instinctive sense of occasion.

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20 Queen Street ,London W1J 5PR

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Tamarind Never Fails To Deliver

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Mar 2016

Editor's pick I have eaten here several times and the food always impresses, as does the service. Our attendant on this occasion was Robin, who went the extra mile to make us feel welcome and at home. Having eaten at all the UK Michelin star Indian restaurants, this ranks in my top two.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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Authenticity is the name of the game

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Mar 2016

Editor's pick Once again at lunchtime in a restaurant with a deservedly top-class reputation we were surprised by the low turn-out, which happily meant for us an unlimited choice of table and a chance to converse with the mostly very professional staff. We greatly enjoyed the tasting menu when we last dined here in August, but we decided that as it was still precisely the same this time, we should choose from the à la carte, and with the expert help of the sommelier, Philip, we were able to select a suitable...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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20 Queen Street ,London W1J 5PR

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Authentic pleasure

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Aug 2015

When you go to an Indian restaurant and it is full of diners from the sub-continent you can rest assured that the food is authentic. If there is a Mayfair gloss in terms of the setting and service, so much the better. It took a little while to become accustomed to the downstairs room, but the bright, intelligent service soon helped to settle us. The Taste of Tamarind menu was full of good things, beginning with very good poppadums and three chutneys, red fruit and mango, date and fig and tomato...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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20 Queen Street ,London W1J 5PR

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by   bronze reviewer (9)

Aug 2012

One of my favourite restaurants in the whole of london! I went to this restaurant for my birthday and it was fabulous! The food was outstanding and the service was great too. Tamarind really does live up to its title of “Michelin Star” I would most certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

Maria B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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by   platinum reviewer (163)

Mar 2012

It is a long time since I went for swanky curry so it was with some trepidation that I turned up for a girly Sunday lunch at Tamarind. Be warned if, like me, you have a pathological need to be early: there is no waiting/bar zone so you will be seated at your table where the zealous topping up of your water (5 times in 15 mins) will enhance your Billy No Mates feeling. Still, I was sitting opposite an entertaining peek-a-boo window into the kitchen and had time to contemplate the decor. It's posh...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 10

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by   silver reviewer (18)

Feb 2012

Tamarind is a nice restaurant with good food but somehow lacks the wow factor hoped for from a Michelin Starred establishment. Perhaps having grown up in Birmingham, with numerous high quality curry houses to choose from, makes my expectations too high. Do not get me wrong, I did enjoy the meal just didn't feel that it lived up to the hype and cost.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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    The Real Critics Guide :: The Real Critics Guide Tamarind of Mayfair

    Tamarind of Mayfair is a highly acclaimed Indian restaurant located in the heart of London. Being the first Indian restaurant to ever receive a coveted Michelin Star, this restaurant promises something special. There are currently only six Michelin starred Indian restaurants, so Tamarind is one of only a small number. With Indian being my favourite cuisine, I was very excited to visit Tamarind; and fortunately for me, they did not disappoint.
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    The Critics Guide :: The Critics Guide Tamarind

    Tamarind of Mayfair is a highly acclaimed Indian restaurant located in the heart of London. Being the first Indian restaurant to ever receive a coveted Michelin Star, this restaurant promises something special. There are currently only six Michelin starred Indian restaurants, so Tamarind is one of only a small number. With Indian being my favourite cuisine, I was very excited to visit Tamarind; and fortunately for me, they did not disappoint.

    When we arrived we were greeted by the host and shown downstairs to the restaurant. The restaurant itself is an impressive space that has been thoughtfully designed....
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  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Area: Mayfair oxford street
  • Price: £58.00
  • Wine: £28.00
  • Champagne: £69.00
  • Lunch: £16.50/18.50 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: £25 (3 courses)

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