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mightily impressed by Tamarind Bay

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mightily impressed by Tamarind Bay

MC Slim JB | Dec 13, 2004 07:43 AM

This basement space looks a little fancier than the typical Indian, though not as swanky as, say, Kashmir or Diva. The food is stunning, however.

A half-entree of tandoori chicken (with a complex, peppery dry-rub), entrees of a surprising banana (probably plantain) dish in an onion sauce, and a heavenly dal dish (extremely buttery and rich, glad it came out last) are extraordinary. A half-entree of tandoori paneer is the only merely-good dish, helped by good clay-oven char and a cilantro based sauce.

I'm so pleased to see an Indian menu where everything looks new, and the few familiar dishes are done in a fresh way (no orange yogurt marinade on the tandoori chicken). Good service (though the tag-team approach of three servers is occassionally muddled), and a tight space (I don't remember Casa Mexico being this small: maybe it's the addition of banquettes). No reservations taken for less than four, but our 15-minute wait prediction is accurate.

$65++ for two half-entrees and two full entrees, nan, a tall beer, and a glass of wine. The first time I've been transported by an Indian meal in a while. I'm looking forward to eating my way through this menu.

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