Chef Imran Ali Invites You to Celebrate Diwali With Tamarind of London
We dined as a guest of Tamarind of London
Tamarind of London is celebrating, Diwali, the Festival of Lights, an ancient Hindu festival with a special $39 per person prix fixe menu prepared by Chef Imran Ali. This week we were able to taste a sneak preview of the menu and it was a treat!
Your dinner will start with a first course selection of: the Kebab Platter of Swordfish Tikka with chili chutney, Malai Chicken with sweet and sour yogurt, Lamb Kebob with tamarind, and pickled onion; or a Vegetarian Platter with Hara Baram, a spinach potato dumpling with chutney, Panner Tikka, a marinated fresh cheese with yogurt, and Aloo Tikki, a spicy potato dumpling with tamarind.
This is followed by a second course selection of: Butter Chicken, chicken in a creamy tomato butter sauce; Classic Rogan Josh, a lamb curry of onion, tomato and Kashmiri chili stew; Achari Baingan, baby eggplant with tomato, yogurt, pickle, spices and Frank pepper, tomato and Kashmiri chili stew; or Navarttan Khorma, seasonal vegetables, paneer and pomegranate in a rich caramelized curry. The second course is served with sides of Dal Amritsari, Raita, Naan, Saffron Rice and Raita.
Finally, the meal concludes with a third course, the Chef’s platter with Diwali sweets treats.
In addition to the planned menu we started with Crispy Naan with 3 dipping sauces, Cilantro Mint Chutney, Smoked Tomato, and Tamarind Ginger… I could eat that all day long… and with cocktails. I went with our server’s recommendation, The Tower of London a refreshing drink with Pinnacle gin, St. Germain, muddled basil and cucumber, and fresh lime juice.
The experience was enough to make me look forward to celebrating Dawali every year and you are invited to join Chef Imran Ali now through, Monday, November 3 to celebrate too. Whether you dine outside in their peaceful patio by their majestic fire pits, in one of the intimate booths in their dining room, or in the more casual but still sophisticated bar area of their restaurant you will enjoy being transported by your meal.
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Tamarind Of London is located in Crystal Cove at 7862 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.