Tamarind of London, the popular Indian restaurant that burst onto the Southern California dining scene late last year will open for lunch Fridays – Sundays beginning Friday, April 13. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. lasting until 2:30 p.m., followed by Happy Hour from 2:30-5 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m - close.
Executive Chef Shachi Mehra has crafted a unique and flavorful brunch menu including Baked Eggs with Kidney beans spiced with garlic and Kashmiri red chili; Keema Baked Eggs with minced lamb, cilantro and red onion; Masala Scramble flavored with garlic, red chili and cilantro; and a Delhi-Style Omelet with black pepper, onions, ginger and Serrano chili all priced at $13 or under. Bar Chef Shanti Dutta has concocted several cocktails to accompany the menu including the "Bloody Good” Mary, the Mangosa (Cruzan Mango Rum, Kesar Mango and Prosecco) and the Pimms O’Clock (Pimms No. 1 and lemonade with fresh muddled strawberries, cucumber and oranges).
Among the new lunch items are a trio of Thali plates, each featuring a sampling of traditional Indian dishes. Combinations include Seafood Prawn Masala and Kokum Fish Curry for $19; Kashmiri Lamb Curry and Butter Chicken for $18; and Vegetarian Paneer Methi Masala and Three Greens Saag for $17. All Thali plates are served with the vegetable of the day, black lentils, rice, naan and raita.
Salads include Quinoa and Avocado with cilantro and mixed citrus for $11; Lime Leaf Salmon Salad with arugula, pickled jicama and chaat masala for $14; Grilled Shrimp Salad with mixed greens, mango and dill for $14, a Cilantro Chicken Salad with cucumber, red onions, basil and mint for $13; and the Tamarind Salad topped with crisped rice and a pickled lime dressing for $8.
Also offered during brunch/lunch are several items found on the dinner menu including starters like Chickpea Chaat served with sweetened yogurt for $8 and Steamed PEI Mussels for $9. Entrees including Australian Lamb Chops flavored with red chili, malt vinegar and green papaya for $29 and a natural grass-fed New York Steak with black pepper, dry mango and pomegranate molasses for $26 are also included.
Sister to Tamarind restaurant in Great Britain, which has received a Michelin star for each of the past 12 years, Tamarind of London is situated in the chic Crystal Cove Promenade alongside such notable destinations as Mastro’s Ocean Club and Javier’s at 7862 East Coast Hwy, Newport Beach. It is open daily and reservations are encouraged by calling 949-715-8338; www.tamarindoflondon.com; www.facebook.com/tamarindoflondon