October 2018: Tamarind has been closed for much of 2018 for a refurbishment. It is re-opening in November with two new head chefs: Karunesh Khanna (of Amaya) and Manav Tuli (from Chutney Mary). The new-look Tamarind will have a contemporary design (with a new first-floor dining room), reworked dishes and a more relaxed style.
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“A consistent pleasure”, this Mayfair pioneer of Indian fine dining (in 2001, the first Indian to bag a Michelin star) closed for six months in early 2018 for a complete revamp – and not before time, with reporters critical of the “passé fit-out”. The October relaunch promises a ‘private club atmosphere’ with ‘lighter’ dishes and sharing plates under new head chefs Karunesh Khanna (ex-Amaya) and Manav Tuli (ex-Chutney Mary).
The “subtle and fully-flavoured” modern cuisine of this “flamboyantly decorated” Mayfair basement has returned to “exceptional” form – “it hits a perfect balance between being authentically Indian, with Western modernisations” and “even standard dishes are a revelation”. “Caring staff” (“it’s like they arrive by magic carpet”) further add to the experience.
“A class act!” This stalwart Mayfair basement put in a particularly strong showing this year, with many reports of “truly outstanding” cuisine. The location? – “pleasant but underwhelming”, it’s “time for a makeover”.
“Superior cooking with out-of-this-world fragrances and flavours” continues to rank this Mayfair fixture amongst London’s top nouvelle Indians; “its basement location is a minus” however, and is it becoming more “corporate”?
Tamarind Restaurant Diner Reviews
"1st time at the new Tamarind. Very impressed."
"Whilst the basement restaurant by the kitchen has the buzz the food here is so wonderful it must lay claim to the best Indian restaurant in London. Every visit is a treat and the refurbishment is settling in well as is their newer menu. Have the tasting menu, take the advice of the sommelier and sit back to enjoy."
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
20 Queen St, London, W1J 5PR
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|