Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Dinner at the Tamarind, Mayfair

Last Friday was my boyfriend’s birthday. He’s getting on a bit now, but I thought we should celebrate anyway! He’s a big fan of Indian food so I booked us a table at the Tamarind in Mayfair. I was really excited because (sssh) I've never actually been to a Michelin restaurant before! It’s the kind of place that you walk right past on the street – a discreet, dark little front, but wander down the stairs and you’re in a elegant yet suprisngly cosy restaurant. The lighting was quite low, so apologies for the quality of my photos!

As it was a special occasion, we ordered the tasting menu. I also ordered a ludicrously expensive glass of wine, which I don’t recommend, because I had another one which was half the price and I’m sure they were exactly the same! (A wine taster would probably disagree with me, but how many of you are wine tasters?! So trust me!)

There were two options for the tasting menu and being greedy we went for the bigger one, obviously. It was really special and I do recommend it for an occasion. You need to be hungry!

To start we had supreme of chicken marinated with ginger, spiced chick peas with mint chutney and lamb cutlets. The chicken and lamb were lovely – really tender and perfectly seasoned – but the chickpeas surprised me the most. I don’t even like chickpeas and was expecting to want to give mine to my boyfriend – but to his disappointed, it was my favourite of the three!

For our fish course we had tilapia and mint chutney rolls, kingfish marinated with turmeric and tiger prawns marinated with ginger. The tilapia and kingfish were lovely, but oh my goodness, the tiger prawn was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I can’t even describe how good it was so I’m not going to try, but trust me, if you ever go, order this!

Our mains were insanely huge. Two types of naan bread, rice and seasonal vegetables, lentils, potatoes, chicken tikka and a lamb masala. The service was faultless – not at all pretentious, just attentive – and the waiters offered to top up anything we’d finished. To be honest, we didn’t need it – I ate enough to sink a small ship!

Desserts arrived – mango sorbet, basmati rice pudding and a delicious velvety dark chocolate mousse. For some ridiculous reason, my boyfriend didn’t like the mousse, so despite being about to burst, I managed to eat two!

Overall, although it’s not cheap, I thoroughly recommend the Tamarind for a special occasion or if you just want to eat a LOT of really good food!

We popped to Henry’s Bar down the road for a drink or two afterwards, which I really recommend also – the atmosphere in there is nice and it’s never as busy as some city bars. Unfortunately we didn’t last very long – halfway through my glass of wine I realised I was so full I was essentially falling asleep, and we headed for home!

We didn’t even have room for these cupcakes I’d baked. My boyfriend loves Nerds, so I sprinkled them in the cake batter as well as on the icing (and then picked them all off mine, because I don’t really like them). If you copy this I’d put more baking powder in than usual because the sweets obviously weigh it down a bit and it took ages to rise! They do look pretty, though!


  1. Looks seriously delicious. Definitely an ideal present of my other half! Hope he had a lovely birthday and you managed to get home with such a full stomach :P xx

    1. I crawled home, watched a bit of Traffic Cops and then went to sleep! Rock and roll is here to stay xxx

  2. Wow the food looks delicious great post.

  3. I love the idea of a tasting menu as you can have a little bit of everything then, as i can never decide what to have!


  4. I've been meaning to try this place for a while now! It all looks very delicious and now I'm craving those cakes!

    Caroline x
    Cocktails and Caroline

  5. i would love to try this place! great review :) x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  6. I looove this post. Looks like you had a great time there. Thanks for sharing this.Great post!

    xoxo Zoe

  7. This looks delicious!

    And nerds?! I haven't had them in years!

    Hmm maybe...

  8. cupcakes look so delicious!!! :)))))


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