Miso Underwhelmed and spoken to in a slightly condescending manner
Yes... I'm writing this review backwards as I fear its just going to end up in a bit of a rant and people will switch off. All in all the food was ok. Ever so toned down to make it more palatable by the masses. Think style over substance. We were here in a group of 8 or so for a Diwali dinner. As part of the Tamarind group my expectations were perhaps running a bit too high. I ordered for the whole table (love doing that!).
For appetisers went for Papdi Chaat, Samosas, Tilapia fillets and squid rings. The papdi chaat was quite a disappointment... I had to consult why it was served with such a sweet yoghurt and so much of it in comparison to the other ingredients especially as it did have a tamarind sauce. I was cut down by the waiter who informed me that it is the "correct" way to be served and to bolster his authority on the matter informed me that he's worked in Michelin starred restaurants (I'll assume he did a rotation at Tamarind) and it is served the same way there. So much for the customer is always right. I have since done a bit of research on the subject and sure enough wikipedia states:
"The dish has sweet, sour, tangy and spicy flavors and a creamy and crunchy texture" - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papri_chaat
On consulting some other recipes on the matter I came across the following:
"...in this recipe i have not added saunth or sweet tamarind chutney. so i have sweetened the curd with some sugar. the sweetened yogurt works very well when you don’t have the sweet tamarind chutney."
So sure sweeten the yoghurt by all means but don't drown it in that and double up with tamarind sauce. The samosa's were strangely served swimming in said sweet yoghurt too.
Mains were a combination of Paneer Tikka, Lamb Shank, Smoked Aubergine and Lamb Roganjosh. In a nutshell, the 6-hour lamb shank did not exactly fall off the bone but was tasty nonetheless. The Roganjosh requested "spicy" was served rather mild.... safety first!
At the end of the meal the waiters proceeded to clear up the table whilst a couple (including me) were still eating but thought nothing of it. A nice finish was the payment whereby we were splitting on cards. With optional service already added on the machine defaults to "would you like to add a tip?". On asking why they replied "..because some people don't know and we get a double tip". Nice!