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Holiday Dining at Tamarind of London

We dined as a guest of Tamarind of London
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Tamarind of London is my all-time favorite dining destination in Orange County for Indian food. With their superior service, pristine ambiance, and elevated food, Tamarind of London, is a prime destination for your holiday dining. While many might think Tamarind of London is not a family-friendly dining destination, it truly is. The restaurant is divided into two sections with one side of the restaurant for diners seeking a quiet or more intimate meal, and the other half of the restaurant perfectly set-up for family dining.

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After a day of holiday shopping, our family ended the evening at Tamarind of London. Once our family was seated at the covered outdoor heated patio, our server brought us a plate of papadum with various chutneys. Our kids shared the details of their day at school with my husband and I while we savored the rich flavors of the different chutneys.

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We began with my absolute favorite menu item at Tamarind of London, the Coconut Prawn Curry. The dish comes with large prawns covered in a ginger and coconut milk sauce. The rich and creamy sauce tantalizes my tastebuds with every bite.

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From the server recommendation, we also ordered the lamb shank. The tender lamb came prepared on a bed of sauteed kale and a red kidney bean masala. The meat fell right off the bone and is one of my new favorite dishes at Tamarind.

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The kids stuck to their favorite dish that I recommend for families dining with “picky eaters” the Tandoori Chicken. The chicken is marinated in five spices and then serves with a cranberry chutney and cucumber salad. The dish is large enough for 3-4 children to share and is paired perfectly with a side of garlic naan and rice.

What would the holidays be without dessert? Tamarind has recently brought a new pastry chef, and he surprised us by preparing some of his most popular holiday desserts.

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We began with the Ras Malai. It is made with paneer cheese dumplings with a rose petal cream sauce. It is topped with a slice a white chocolate, pomegranate seeds and pistachio nuts. The dish has light sweet rose flavoring with many different textures.

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Next we tried the carrot Halwa dessert. The dessert has a combination of warm and cold separated with a light crisp cookie. On the bottom is a warm carrot cake with walnuts, and on the top is a scoop of rich vanilla ice cream. The dish is topped with a heavenly white chocolate cream sauce. If your kids like carrot cake then they will love this unique twist on the traditional dessert.

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My kids favorite dessert was the Gulab Jamun. It is warm fritters soaked with a sweet syrup and then separated with a thin crisp cookie before topped with a scoop of pistachio ice cream. The traditional Indian dessert is guaranteed to become one of your kids new favorite desserts.

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Finally, we ended the evening with the Shahi tukda. It is an Indian bread pudding made with no eggs and then topped with a saffron sauce with date nut chutney. It was my favorite dessert of the evening. I loved the warmth, the textures and the sweet flavors of the chutney.

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After dessert, I indulged in a holiday after dinner cocktail. The holiday drink featured Grand Marnier, hot cocoa, peppermint syrup, Kahlua, Bailey’s and topped with crushed candy canes. It was the perfect ending to our holiday dinner at our beloved Indian restaurant, Tamarind of London.

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

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