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Tamarind was a bit of a disappointment. It's not that the food was bad, it was just not exceptional. For a michellin star and a bill of £120 for two, I'd expect more complexity in flavours and innovation in presentation.

I started with tikka aloo - which were essentially small pan-fried mashed potato cakes, with no discernable spicing other than the tamarind sauce dribbled on top. The chat starter that my partner had was good, with fresh yogurt flavours, nice crunchiness and balance spicing.

My main of lamb rogan josh was ok; the lamb was tender but the sauce lacked any depth or complexity of flavour. My partner is vegitarian and had two side dishes; a cauliflower based korma and okra/tomato dish. Both of these were good, not too oily and strongly flavoured, but I've had their equal in a number of good restaurants elsewhere in London. The rice was good - but it should be.

A rice pudding with good texture but little of the cardoman promised on the menu and gulab janum followed. Again, proficient but not exceptional.

In the end, if I'd paid half the price then I think that I'd been reasonably well served. As it I think the price reflects the location more than the cooking (the dinning room itself could do with a bit of a spruce up). And, perhaps, the large number of waiters that, perfectly pleasant, really didn't need to be on hand to fill our wine and water glasses every 5 seconds.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 3

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