Tamarind

4.3
2124 reviews
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Indian
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  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Tamarind provides a classic combination of indisputable knowledge, unique experience and tradition that holds worldwide recognition. The restaurant offers guests a sophisticated fine dining experience with effortlessly charming staff, discrete service and tantalising food that few can compete with, ensuring guests come back for more.

Please note that only children over the age of 10 are permitted for the dinner service starting at 5.30pm. Due to the high demand of the restaurant, tables are offered for 2 hours. If your preferred time or party size is unavailable please contact reservations directly on 02076293561.

The dress code is Smart Casual. Sportswear and hats are not permitted.


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MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good indian food, different (in a good way) from many other indian restaurants, nice service. the design of the restaurant has nothing special.

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SA
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was generally good and on a level with other high end Indian Restaurants. We had the tasting menu and in particular the prawns and the chicken were good. However there were far too many mistakes with the food and the service was poor.

Food - it took half an hour to order and I asked 3 times. The starter took an hour to come (a salad). Two of the warm dishes were not very warm and I wonder if they were on the pass too long. The chocolate desert looked good but was tasteless.

Service - frankly not good enough. We were first given a table next to the service station which meant waiters were bumping into our chairs. We asked to move. It then took ages to order. Our wine and water glasses were constantly empty and when we finished our wine the sommelier took our bottle but didn’t offer more drinks. The sommelier and waiters seemed much happier chatting to each other behind the bar than topping up drinks.

The ambience and decor are nice and high end.

Overall a poor experience, over priced, lack of attention to detail and service.

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J
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Stunning interior no doubt created by a designer at great expense yet feels very welcoming. Staff are attentive.
Food is creative, well cooked and a modern fusion take on Indian food which on the whole is a stunning success (I only tried vegetarian options). Only minor reservation was the interesting take on the traditional gujar halwa, which was not to my liking.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked tamarind about two hours in advance and got a table online. Service, food and atmosphere was lovely. Staff were brilliant and very friendly. Will definitely return soon.

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PB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food served with excellent food This is my favourite Indian restaurant in London. Have been going there for 25 years. Has been recently refurbished. Particularly liked the sea bass starter and the lamb main course

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U
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tamarind has had a beautiful, sleek makeover and the food has been taken up to an unbelievable level. Truly my favorite restaurant in the world and every time I come to London, it is on the top of my list.

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MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual!

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CB
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A true authentic palette of flavors! Perfectly matching cocktails!

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GM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food and Service, Refurbishment very successful

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I’ve been going here since the early 90’s first time back since reopening. Very disappointed. Old winelist had some gems on it now its all commercial rubbish that’s overpriced. Sartori Amarone? Really? Umani Ronchi Verdiccio? Are we back in the 80’s? Wake up. Its Mayfair we want the Burgundy’s back the hidden gems the hard to find wines. Asked for spicy food got mild twice. Sauces sre thinner and the legendary giant prawns are not the same with tomato sauce on them. I heard the old chef went to Belgravia. Looks like Chutney Mary’s is now my fav. In London sorry but very disappointed.

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MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuisine pleine de saveurs et raffinée !
Service agréable.

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Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken i've ever had...

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M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food as always although the paneer tikka could have done with something alongside. The Chicken Tikka Husna and the Chilli Sea Bass were delightful.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Having considered the old Tamarind to be the best Indian restaurant in London, we were really looking forward to visiting the newly refurbished Tamarind. Sadly we were deeply disappointed by our visit.
Whilst the venue is bigger, it has lost the previous ambience of the restaurant with the bright lighting and the tables being so close together you cant help but hear others conversations.
Moving on to the menu.... the newly revised menu is a far cry from the old menu, since when have Rabbit kebabs and sheep's Brain been an Indian delicacy??
Having ordered a fairly expensive bottle of white wine, we were told that the restaurant no longer has ice buckets; Really??
There were a number of staff scurring around the place, but appeared to be clueless, without the ability to explain the dishes on the menu but reiterating the party line of we have a new menu.

Overall it wasn't a pleasant dining experience and I would certainly not recommend the new restaurant and will be on the search for a new favourite Indian in London.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and impeccable service even though we were the only guests when we arrived at 5.45pm.

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service can improve.
Indian culinary expirience can improve.

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H
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a very good experience. Everything is good. Especially the grill and naan.

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KE
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A nice restaurang, which tried to be more than it was.
Good service, although we had to ask them to pour us more wine several times. They left it so far away we could not get it ourselves.
Food tasted nice, except when we made an extra order, where the meat was truely undercooked.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

My family and I came to the tamarind on Christmas eve as it is our tradition to go out for lunch on xmas eve. We really looked forward to our meal and the restaurant came highly recommended. Unfortunately it was not a pleasurable experience because as we finished our dessert a mouse causally sauntered across the floor! It was a shock! A mouse at 1500 in the afternoon on the second floor of a top restaurant. Clearly an indication of a bigger problem. We immediately wanted to leave as the staff started pulling out furniture chasing the mouse. They had the cheek to only give us a 20% discount, on the basis vermin is a problem in London! Can't say that I've seen mouse casually walking across the floor mid afternoon in a restaurant before. We came home and felt sick because if a mouse is on the second floor, what is in the basement in the kitchen? I tried to get our meal refunded but this was refused...

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LL
London
47 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is nicely decorated and is nice and clean.
Food was outstanding. Different fusion of flavours than the usual standard Indian so it was definitely worth going to. It is fine dinning, so do expect to pay more than normal prices but portion sizes were good. Will be going again to try more items from their menu.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food!!

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice place, nice people, nice food.
Only issue really was timing of arrival of some food (and implication that because it came from the 'second special kitchen' we would have to accept that dishes might not arrive together or quickly). In fairness when we pointed out our delay, the manager apologised and made a concession on the bill.
Overall pretty good - but would have been amazing without this.

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l
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Amazing food
Big problem with timings ... we were told that starters and mains would arrive 'when they were ready'... in the end we cancelled the rice which still hadn't appeared after we had finished !

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and so much variety compared to the usual Indian restaurants. Service excellent and they really give a great explanation of the dishes and are happy to make recommendations.

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PW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was nice but you don't get a lot and it is quite expensive - feedback from our Directors from their recent lunch

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Waited for a long time to go back to Tamarind due to the refurb. This used to be our favourite Indian restaurant. The new refurb is nice, different to the old place though- some will like it, some may not. The food however was very disappointing. A couple of dishes had great flavour, as you would expect, but finding a piece of plastic around 20cm by 5mm in one of the dishes was not what you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. This put us off the meal completely and well, not much of a birthday treat. The staff were apologetic but their only solution was to not charge for that dish ... hmmm, all very disappointing. We didn’t contest anything, finished quickly and exited as soon as we could. Hope things pick up there.

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TP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful food. Best Indian in town.

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b
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owing to unavoidable business issues we were 45 mins late, but they accommodated the 3 of us brilliantly and hassle less, we had a lovely meal in a great ambiance. Will go again soon.

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food with a great ambience, been once before & it maintains its own high standards, newly refurbished & is beautifully fitted out throughout, will return & would definitely recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice meal had a great time, nice place and atmosphere I recommend

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food is absolutely horrible! Prawn curry and chicken tomato is flavorless and very bland; lacks seasoning. Chats were very minimal and lacked any character.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service from beginning to end. Masterful drinks at the bar, sublime starters, succulent grills, and probably the best biryani I have ever had.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Very slow service. Food quality was also average.

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S
London
33 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding. We were concerned that it might not be as spicy as we generally like when having Indian food, but ordered straight from the menu and were not disappointed. The chilli lobster and lamb osso buco were our favourites! Both perfectly spiced and flavourful. The sprouts, with chestnuts, were a real treat.

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GF
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

very disappointed with the new menu and change of direction in the same. having visited Tamarind on each visit to London for the past 15 years and loving every meal, I must say I will no longer visit based on the new menu. while the food was very good, the portions were demure and not the traditional Indian food we have come to know and love from Tamarind. The value for money was poor and we will now seek out other restaurants within the genre.

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IK
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been there once I liked their starter very much. Lamb ribs was the best I had.

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R
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Starters were great to start with, but that was the only good thing. The main course / desserts was very average. Too noisy.

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n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Portions were very small and not v tasty. They had better vegetarina options before renovations.

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NG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not value for money. Visited Chutney Mary the previous week which is much much better from a decor, ambience, menu, food and drinks point of view. But the price is the same.

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DH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not worth the price. I was expecting great tasting, nicely presented food but got moderate food.
The food was different but expected better attention to detail.
Cutlery was not spotless. Presentation was no great!

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