Tamarind of London
Tamarind of London

Tamarind of London

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tamarindoflondon.com/
  • Phone: 9497158338x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday- Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday: 5.00pm - 6.00 pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10.30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Alfred Prasad
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will cook and pack your food for your catering event. Just open and serve.
  • Special Events: We pack it you grill it! Enjoy our tandoori items cooked rare, take it home and cook it to your desired temperature and show off your culinary skills to your friends! Call us for special pricing...

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crystal Heights Dr. & Pacific Coast Highway
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Tamarind of London
Tamarind of London is the sister to Tamarind restaurant in Great Britain, which has received the Michelin star for each of the past 12 years. The restaurant is guided by a philosophy that seeks to blend cultural authenticity with mainstream accessibility.

The kitchen team is being lead by Alfred Prasad, whose 12-year Michelin Star legacy at Tamarind in the UK has set the standard for elevated Indian dining experience.The menu includes food from the varied regions of India, highlighting the flavors and techniques that make each region unique.
The restaurant includes an airy bar and patio, serving a full range of hand-crafted creative cocktails.
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Tamarind of London reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)special occasion (30)romantic (24)neighborhood gem (23)great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (13)notable wine list (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)scenic view (3)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Very dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We looked forward to Tamarind and I was very disappointed. The food was just "plain" and "bland". They are a London based Indian rest with a great rep. But pointed out they lowered the heat level for Orange County. Why would you do that? Your a 1 Star Michelin in London and you dumb down your recipes for the US. Plus the waiter didn't deliver on the promised Papadums and Chutney sampler before the meal. Overall--take a pass until they get serious about thier own recipes.
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  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Tamarind of London and will definitely be back. Excellent service, delicious food, creative cocktails, and great ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a letdown!
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We dined here the other night. The hostess at the front was the best part of the evening...She was delightful...It went down from there. The place has a very negative, dark, dreary energy. We ordered iced tea, and they were out! How does that happen? At dessert my husband ordered chocolate gelato...they were out of that too. There were 3 different servers who waited on us, and the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing. One took our order, then another came up and asked for our order, it was crazy. The restaurant was pretty empty, but they definitely have staff problems there!The food was good, but there is more to a restaurant than just food. Will not be going back
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  • Mike
    mikegmanga
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The ambiance was my kind of dark but for a Monday the type and loudness needed to be turned way down wish they readily did for us. The server David was impeccable and very nice and helpful. We had the Quinoa salad which was to die for, and the potato naan, and then the grilled prawns. The wine was top notch as was the exit mint frosted thin cookie. A great time was had by us two.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A MUST!
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It is one of our favorite restaurants in Newport. The service was better than Pelican Point, and the food outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Not worth it
    Sajen
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food is really terrible. Its really not Indian food but a poor attempt at Western imitation of Indian food. The price is ridiculous . It should be 20% of what they charge. As for me , I will not go back even if its free.
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  • Dawn
    Calnourne
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Amazing food, service and atmosphere. If you have never tried Indian food before this is the only place to go and get authentic beautiful food. If you love Indian food once you go you won't go anywhere else. LOVE this place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place keeps getting better.
    OCDining12
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Hands down the best Indian in OC. Might be the nest Indian restaurant in the US the decor is absolutely amazing they spent million on the interiors. The food is very bold and authentic. Its a petty that this place is in OC its a better fit for Los Angeles or Chicago. I will now be a regular and try to work through the whole menu.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The go-to for Indian.
    OCfoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I love indian food and have tried Indian food all across the globe. This place is as good as it gets. The most amazing decor, the location, the open kitchen and the authentic indian food. I have been here a few times now and the place keeps on getting better every single day. I cant get enough of there food. I will surely be back very soon.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great
    anne
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Unique and delicious. Best if shared family style with a group.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Indian cuisine
    FamousChefVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed Tamarind if London. Indian is my favorite cuisine and we frequent several restaurants a year looking for new gems. The food was very good, and the ambience much nicer than what one might expect at other Indian places. We chose to done family style, sharing dishes, but many did not. You can order a single dish just for you , or share. All were well prepared, very tasty, and in generous portions. This restaurant is more expensive than most Indian restaurants, but you will likely have leftovers and a second meal. Dress casual nice or business casual while I usually drink an Indian Beer with my meal, Tamarind of London has an extensive wine list, and my melbec went well with my lamb.Not familiar with Indian cuisine?
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding for special occasion
    Lion28
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Outstanding service, ALL members of staff were very attentive. Wonderfully presented food, just the right amount.....the lamb rogan josh was to die for! Can't wait to go there again....intend t work my way through the entire menu!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but no crowd
    becca17215
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Tamarind of London changed it's sign near PCH; Tamarind Indian Cuisine and thought the management had changed. We made reservations for 12:15 on a Friday but truly there was no need, the entire place was empty. We ordered; Cheddar Cheese Naan, Goat Cheese Naan, Garlic Naan, Spinach Saag, Tikka Chicken, Lemon Curried Scallops and coffee pistachio ice cream. The portions were extremely small and very expensive. The place was dark and univiting, the patio had little to no shade, no misters for a hot day or fans. I won't be back due to price our meal without drinks of any kind was $104. What bothers me is India is a very inexpensive country to visit and eat at, but when Indian food comes to America they jack up the price
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  • Wait staff needs training
    chef2foodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Overpriced food can be overlooked for the location but service was atrocious. 6 pm Monday, only 3 tables were occupied during our entire stay. After our drinks were delivered, a bus boy wiped out table, that was odd. Nobody else had sat there for the day since they opened at 5:00. Wait staff checked in on us once after our food was delivered, okay that's great and then it went downhill. The bus boy tried to box our leftovers while stacking plates, nearly knocking the bus tray over with weight on 1 side. Then he confused the leftovers for each person. We ordered dessert and 3 coffees. Water and coffee never refilled when he brought us the check or after we paid bill. We lingered another 20 min after that with no refills.
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  • Mary
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had Sunday lunch which is not the best time of the day to eat at Tamarind. Our waiter was fantastic, the chicken marsala we had needed to be cooked longer. Perhaps dinner it would have been fantastic. Very Expensive for lunch as they use the Dinner Menu.
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    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    narfy123
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful evening and great food. The hostess also moved us to a lovely table away from the glare of the late afternoon sun. The only complaint that I have was the incessant beating of unrecognizable background music that become annoying after awhile.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not Great
    LeftWanting
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We tried something new for my son's 21st birthday so we headed to Tamarind of London almost to Laguna Beach. The small plate scallops and goat cheese nan were great-tasty and different. The shrimp curry and chicken tikka were expensive and unspectacular. I had to flag the waiter to order and to get the check. They brought a small dessert for the birthday boy which was nice. For the price and the caliber of food, I couldn't recommend it for Indian food in the OC.
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  • The best Indian in America.
    OCfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have been to Tamarind on many occasions. Recently i i read an article in OC MOM dining section, it was an excellent article which pretty much covered everything about the restaurant. It is very rare that such a high end ethnic restaurant is in OC. I would expect Tamarind to be in LA, NY or Vegas. Anyways its great for me that they decided to open in Newport, i absolutely love each and everything about this restaurant the food is to die for they are known for their lamb chops and sea bass which is from New Zealand and they make it in their clay oven in an open kitchen. Cant ask for more.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding Indian food!
    OCDining12
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had probably had one of my best meals here. I was referred here by a friend the interiors and the decor were amazing as expected. But the food is to die for absolutely phenomenal. This is the only place in OC i have found which serves authentic indian food rest are all water down. The service was also very good. I will be a regular.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Tamarind of London is fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tamarind of London has amazing Indian food. Seabass is a wonderfully flavorful dish. Tikka Masala is yummy. Side dishes are great and I especially liked the creamy spinach and the okra dish. We highly recommend this Indian restaurant to everyone. It has a stadium type kitchen so you can watch the Tandoori cooking.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Big disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Rogan josh very tough and flavorless. Yellow lentils had absolutely no taste. This was the pattern of the whole meal. It's a shame because we love Indian food, have had it around the world, even at Tamarand in London which was yummy. Much better Indian restaurants in O. C. We won't recommend or be back.
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    Atmosphereandfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Consistently has excellent, flavorful food!!!! Atmosphere's good but could use improvement.
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  • Indian food in London fashion
    GlobeWalker13
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have travelled multiple times to several areas in India and was looking forward to great Indian dishes. This was far from any normal Indian cuisine. It looked like California food made to look Indian. But even the spices and the sauces lacked flavor. A basic dish such as vegetables looked like it was made in a school cafetaria. I lived in the 80's in London and it reminded me of the then prevailing craving for grease and bland food. (Nowadays one eats better in London)
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  • This is INDIAN CUISINE!
    OCfoodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was my second time dining at Tamarind my first experience was excellent so i was hoping they would be able to keep up the first amazing experience. I got the Kamalas Kiss to start with and it was really nice maybe they could have put more vodka in it. My server got me these amazing lentil chips to start with along with 3 dipping sauces this was similar to a Mexican restaurant setting. I got the prawn curry and sea scallops for my main course they were both excellent. The server was great too however both the times i came in the restaurant was about half full so I'm hoping they keep up with the service on busy nights too.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Hidden Gem Of OC! A must try
    Foodienewport
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had never heard of this place and the host told me they have been here for over two years now. I am so glad i stumbled upon this place thanks to starbucks. Our server was extremely knowledgable about the cusine and he recommend the grilled prawns they came out great supposedly they are cooked in a oven at 900F. I had the server take care of the main course too he got me a lamb dish and a yellow lentil both were great. This is my new favorite restaurant in OC. I will be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian cuisine to a new level!
    OCfoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had heard a lot about this place and i finally decided to give it a try. It was pretty quiet when we came in and we were seated right away. I got the tower of London to start with and it was right on point. Got the lamb chops to start with and had the eggplant and a chicken dish for the mean everything was great. The Garlic Naan came later it was to die for. This is my new favorite place in OC.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Low end of average
    n6812t
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wife and I love Indian food, but since moving to San Clemente don't have options. Trying to NOT have another burger-taco-steak, we drove up to Tamarind, hoping the mixed reviews were a result of either native Indian people with high expectations (seemed to be the case) or people who don't eat Indian food. Unfortunately, no. The place is cool. Service is...off. Menu is a la carte, so or 2 people was $150. Food didn't have a lot of flavor, but the fish was at least cooked perfectly. Honestly, the hole in the wall across from the Kaiser on Sand Canyon is a WHOLE lot better. Served on steam tables with no ambiance, but at least tastes better than Trader Joe's, which cannot be said for Tamarind.
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  • Over priced marginal food
    Eatoutlots
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food very over priced for what you get .. $26 or more for a small handful of chicken or fish. Chicken masala tiki was terrible with dark meat ... Rice costs 3 dollars for a thimble full and drinks were way overpriced and had little alcohol. They even tried to rip us off and charge more than the menu price for wine and more at the table for the same drink as the bar. The manager took of the charge but was very combative. Terrible experience. Took another friend out the next night to wild fish and had a polar opposite experience. Save you dollars and go elsewhere.
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  • Tamarind stay in London
    Ronl
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been here a number of times in the past, so we expected a really good meal. We got a terrible meal. The restaurant was virtually empty on a Friday night so we should have suspected something.I don't know if the chef has been changed or their protocol has, but the dishes we had,which we had had another time were awful. The tasted nothing like what they tasted like previously. My recommendation is to avoid Tamarind of London at all costs. They seem to be on a downhill spiral and if things don't change,including the outrageous prices for poor food, they will close.
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    marie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Not quite up to par food-wise, especially the scallops. They were overdone/tough. Rest of the meal, small plates and desserts very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best Indian food
    pleased
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    this restaurant takes Indian cuisine to a new level. A must try, and try again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian watered down......
    cookie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We really enjoy Indian food, which I also often cook myself. This is second time here and both times have felt it is a bit watered down Indian. The Lamb Rogan Josh was tasty, the chicken dishes are very bland and not as nuanced as authentic Indian dishes are. The Naan was excellent! I do know that Tamarind in London is very good and highly regarded. Not sure what happened when this restaurant crossed "the Pond"! I've given it two tries and sadly not impressed. It is a hip spot, just not "Indian" enough for me!
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  • Excellent
    Pazo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything we ordered was made to perfection. The waiters were excellent. I will return to this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely mediocre food!
    Hari
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was unbelievably ordinary, extremely expensive, and portions were half a bite size! We were 4 people who spent 60 dollars on 3 appetizers and each of us got 3 small bites. Had the bites been great, we would not have minded the price, but, the food was very very ordinary! Highly not recpmmended unless you are just looking for a decent ambience.
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  • Great dining experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It wasn't just good or very good. It was our best dinner out in a long time.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We had high expectations for our dining experience as all 4 of us had eaten at Tamarind in London. Unfortunately the Newport branch did not live up to the London restaurant. While the food was good, it wasn't exceptional as we had expected. Also several of the entrees we ordered didn't arrive as ordered. I will say the chef tried to compensate by sending out the shrimp we ordered and removed the cost of the incorrect entrée.
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  • annieversarieVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Exquisite sauces and seasonings raise indian cuisine to a gourmands taste level. attentive and knowledgeable service and un-rushed dining make this a great place for special occasions or dating.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have dined here often...now?
    Luv2winendine
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Usually have our favorite female server who's name escapes me now. She is friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and always has perfect timing. Our server on 6-29 (party of 5) needs some more training. He had horrible timing, not friendly, not knowledgeable and forgot to bring my brother another beverage. Appetizers were cold (scallops), naan was delicious and entrées were light on protein. Everyone kept swimming their spoon around in the sauce for that last piece of chicken. Tasty sauce but where is the protein??
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Indian in OC
    TKlikestoeat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I just discovered Indian Food on a recent trip to Indian..........and a stop over of London where great Indian Restaurants are on every corner it seems. This place is FANTASTIC. Great location - beautiful décor, clean, crisp and an attention to detail. our server was friendly and efficient and had some great recommendations
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • exceeds the hype
    FancyCatVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    There are so many delectable options, this is a great place to go with a group so you can try lots of things. The potato platter was good but the aloo gobi was outstanding. The date naan was too much like dessert; the garlic naan was wonderful. You have to try the smoked eggplant; it's amazing. You can get sea bass everywhere but the preparation of this fish is melt-in-your- mouth delicious. Our expectations were high and we were not disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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