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Authentic Indian Cuisine at Tamarind of London

We dined as a guest of the restaurant
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Tamarind of London in Crystal Cove welcomes an award winning new chef, Michelin Star Chef Prasad. Prasad is the youngest Indian chef to receive a Michelin Star for the 11th year and is now the Executive Chef all four Tamarind Collection locations including London and Newport Beach.

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The new chef has a focus on serving traditional Indian dishes at the Newport Beach Tamarind of London location while making ordering simple for families dining at the restaurant. The one thing that they have found that keeps families from dining at Tamarind is the fear of not knowing what to order. They have put their servers through extensive training on the culture and cuisine to help families with the ordering process to ensure that all guests have a wonderful epicurean experience when dining at Tamarind of London.

We recently brought our family to Tamarind of London to experience dining as a family first hand. From the moment that we walked into the restaurant, our children were graciously welcomed by the head chef, Imran Ali. Ali welcomed our children into the kitchen to see how they cook the food in the large tandoor ovens. The children had a unique opportunity of getting to help him make date naan that got them excited about their upcoming dining experience at Tamarind.

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The restaurant has two dining rooms separated by the bar and an outdoor dining patio. Our family sat inside at a high-top table next to the indoor fountain where we were able to enjoy the cool ocean breezes while dining together.

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We started dinner with a variety of delicious appetizers, with our favorite being a special that chef Ali created just for the evening, Paneer Tikka.

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Paneer Tikka

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Paneer Tikka

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Paneer Tikka

The children’s favorite small plate was the Malai Murgh Tikka (caramelized tandoori tikka). The dish has tender chicken morsels with a cream cheese and herb marinade presented beautifully on a slate dish.

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Malai Murgh Tikka (caramelized tandoori tikka)

My family also enjoyed the Aloo Tikki and Masala Aloo (potato platter). The thick rolls come filled with grilled potato cake with cumin, ginger, spiced masala-potato croquette and smoked tomato chutney. The dish was mild enough to please my picky eater while still having enough flavor to satisfy my palette.

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Aloo Tikki and Masala Aloo (potato platter)

We ended our first course with the Lassen Jhinga (Tandoori grilled prawns). The prawns came marinated in kalonji-garlic and served with a Tulsi salad. The large prawns were perfectly cooked and the small plate was just the right amount of shrimp for everyone in our family to enjoy.

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Lassen Jhinga (Tandoori grilled prawns)

The highlight of the main course was the Saffrani Machi (Tandoori seabass) and the Dakshini Jhinga (Coconut Prawn Curry). The Tandoori seabass comes prepared charbroiled with a saffron-ginger-green chili marinade, apricot curry sauce and an Indian risotto. The coconut prawn curry comes with jumbo prawns in a traditional sauce flavored with ginger and coconut milk. Both of these dishes are perfect to order when dining with family, and even kids who are picky about eating seafood will want to indulge in asking for a second serving.

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Saffrani Machi (Tandoori seabass)

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Dakshini Jhinga (Coconut Prawn Curry)

Finally, we ended our main course with some very traditional Indian dishes. We ordered the Kashmiri Lamb Roganjosh (classic lamb curry), Murgh Tikka Masala (chicken tikka masala) and Subzi Korma (vegetable curry) with Dal Makhni (black lentils). We enjoyed our favorite traditional Indian dishes over a bed of warm rice with goat cheese stuffed naan.

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Kashmiri Lamb Roganjosh (classic lamb curry)

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Murgh Tikka Masala (chicken tikka masala)

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Subzi Korma (vegetable curry)

Not only has Tamarind of London welcomed a new chef, but they also have a new pastry chef. Our evening was complete with a plate filled with delicious desserts created by the new pastry chef. The highlight of our dessert was the saffron infused cheesecake that is only available on select evenings. The pastry chef is creating unique desserts every night, so your family is in for a treat every time you choose to dine at Tamarind.

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Families dining at Tamarind of London will have a wonderful evening exploring the flavorful foods of the Indian culture like nowhere else in Orange County. After dining at Tamarind, I recommend driving across the street to walk along the beach at Crystal Cove while the sun sets on the horizon. It is the perfect way to spend a summer evening with your family in Orange County.

Tamarind of London is located at 7862 E Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.

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