Every city has this type of place - those large family restaurantswhich cater to all tastes and preferences, where children as well as their grandparents could find something to suit their tastes. Tamarind in Banaswadi was this very kind of spot: noisy, bustling, welcoming. It's, in Indian-speak, a multi-cuisine restaurant (when they say "multi-cuisine" here in India, it meant cuisine from different regions in India, and *not* that you'll find sushi next to pasta next to curries).
What we had:
- Deep-fried chicken kebabs: calling these "kebabs" seemed a misnomer since the chicken were neither skewered on a kebab nor grilled, but marinated in masala spices and other condiments, coated in cornflour and deep-fried. Deep-fried chicken kebabs were as common to Indians as fried chicken to Americans.
- Prawn fry - another ubiquitous familymeal staple: marinated in chilli-turmeric spices and the obligatory ginger-garlic paste, then deep-fried.
- Chicken briyani: each person was served an individual pot containing saffrom-scented, midly spiced chicken cooked with good quality basmati rice, topped with a hard-boiled egg. Little pots of cucumber-onion raita were served on the side as a condiment. It was a warm, comforting dish - very popular with the family groups in the packed restaurant;
- Dessert was sweet Amul vanilla ice-cream, with fresh mixed fruits (pineapple, watermelon, apples)
I get a warm feeling dining in this kind of restaurants - you see everyone, from aging saree-clad matriarchs or white-haired patriarchs presiding over their 3-generation family lunch groups to large groups of young people, or celebratory parties in there. The cooking has to satisfy fussy home-cooks and hungry teens alike. And that, Tamarind did very well.
P.S. - *Not* a place for business lunches naturally ;-)
#1, 9th B Main (Next to the Fire Station)
Chairman Layout, Banaswadi,