Hattie Lloyd 21/03/17

Tamarind Kitchen

Do you think the guy who coined the term “one hit wonder” came up with any other famous phrase?

Probably not.

But the people behind the Michelin-starred Tamarind (which is sadly now closed) apparently do know how to follow up success, as proved by their sophomore restaurant Tamarind Kitchen, a more relaxed take on the original.

Set in the middle of Soho, this time round they’ve swapped out the suit for a pair of skinny jeans. Or, in other words, they’ve thrown off the white tablecloths of the Mayfair site, and stripped back the walls with peeling, apocalyptic-chic teal and rust-coloured paint, offset them with some sleek wooden booths and marble tables, and thrown in a subterranean cocktail bar for good measure. Which is most likely where you’ll settle down with a cocktail, like the Tamarind Reserve of spiced rum, brown sugar, sweet tamarind & ginger beer, or alternatively something from their plentiful beer & wine lists, which the staff are more than ready to advise on.

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Designed by Peter Joseph (head chef at the original Tamarind) the food menu is equally as abundant with an array of fish, meat, game and vegetarian dishes – many of which will be delivered to you straight from the kitchen’s tandoor oven.

Starters offer the likes of a triple game-bird kabab platter and Tandoor-cooked butterflied king prawns, whilst mains – alongside a selection of Tamarind’s signature rice, breads and dips – showcase Hyderabadi Gosht, a slow-cooked lamb in a browned onion sauce; plus a traditional South Indian fish curry of tamarind and mustard-spiced kingfish. And to finish, there’s a show-stopping pudding drenched in a hot chocolate sauce that causes the whole spherical mousse beneath to implode before your eyes. But don’t worry…

You won’t be leaving deflated.


NOTETamarind Kitchen is open for lunch Tues-Sun (12-2.45pm) and dinner Mon-Sun (5-10.45pm/9.45pm Sun). You can find out more, and book, HERE.

Tamarind Kitchen | 167-169 Wardour Street, W1F 8WR

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Tamarind Kitchen

167-169 Wardour Street, Soho, Central, W1F 8WR
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0207 287 4243

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