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Tamarind (22nd and Park) Report

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Tamarind (22nd and Park) Report

fresser | Apr 6, 2005 09:45 AM

In the spirit of more people reporting on food... I have to say that i was initially bummed b/c somewhere online i'd read that they have excellent dosa. But i guess that was the other Tamarind.
Anyway, great interior, love the color scheme. We were there for lunch, and so all three of us ordered the $20.05 meal. This came with the choice of a soup (lentil) or a codfish dish, which the waiter couldn't seem to explain, or a fritter that was tapioca and potato. The fritter was light and delicate. The soup was rich, tho vegetarian, and i only ate half b/c i didn't want to fill up on it. For entrees, there were three options and each of us had a different one. Didn't get to try the eggplant b/c the vegetarian in the group had a cold, but it looked non-mushy. The rogan josh had a subtly cinnamony flavor and wasn't at all gloppy in its saucing, as this dish usually is. The lamb could've been a little less fatty and was a tad chewy/dry, but the dish's flavors were great. I had the chicken which was more moist than i've ever seen chicken be! usually when chicken is done in the tandoor, it's on the dry side, but this wasn't...all the more remarkable as it was cubes, not whole pieces! It was marinated in orange, but i couldn't really taste that, as it lay atop a bit of mint chutney, which was spicy and overpowered the subtle orange. Still, i really enjoyed it, as i'm a fan of spicy. The accompanying vegetable of the day was a sort of daal, but made also w/black eye peas. This was slightly sweet, but in a way that suggested this was from the spicing, not actual sweetener. It was totally addictive! Lastly, the naan, again, totally addictive! It was light and fluffy on the top and yet crunchy on the bottom, just the right amount of chewiness.
The dessert options were either mango mousse or coconut creme brulee. NOt being a brulee fan, i had the mousse, which was not too sweet, had a decent mango flavor, though not quite as intense as one might deisre. it came in a little dark chocolate cup. But really, you're not there for the dessert...
In all, it was a good experience. I'd definitely return. Great service too. I'd like to go back with a larger group and eat family style, though the way things are plate doesn't really lend itself to that. It has a reputation for haute Indian and I thought it achieved that.

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