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It was only a matter of time before we insisted on a boozy lunch with a Michelin star, and this week we found ourselves in Tamarind. Right slap-bang in the heart of Mayfair, this subdued Indian restaurant is the perfect spot for sophisticated boozing.
The real joy of an upmarket lunch is that it’s a great excuse for a glass of something bubbly. So get yourself set with a Thienot Brut NV at £12.95/glass. Although, just because this is Michelin-starred dining, it doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. There’s an excellent and broad selection of wines, starting with an excellent Portuguese Talhao, for a mere £5 a glass.
There’s also a brilliant-value summer lunch menu, which starts at £29.50 for two courses, including wine, or three courses for £32.50. If you’re going a la carte, then there are a few signature items on the menu that you really shouldn’t miss. Start with the perfectly pretty Tamarind salad (£7.75), a refreshing combination of chard, rocket, apples, plums and kumquats, and the achingly moreish papdi chaat (£7.75), spiced chickpeas and whole-wheat crisps drenched in yoghurt and mint chutney and topped with blueberries and tamarind chutney. If only they delivered, we’d have it for breakfast, boozy lunch and dinner. For mains, opt for the fantastic charred flavour of the chicken tikka (£18.75) and the kalonji jhinga (£26), these jumbo prawns are grilled with ginger, yoghurt and paprika and are the juiciest we’ve ever come across. Finish by mopping everything up with a thin, slightly sweet, date naan (£4.95).
You’ll probably declare yourself too full for dessert, but we’re pretty sure you can manage a trio of sorbets and ice cream, and we insist you try the strawberry and mint; coconut and basil and the mango kulfi, all bursting with flavour. And now, for a nap under the desk, goodnight.