Widely recognised as one of the best Indian restaurants in the East Midlands, recognition that is supported by a win at the East Midlands’ Curry Awards, is Tamarind in Northampton. Situated on Wellingborough Road, with free parking to the rear after 6pm, Tamarind is located just outside of Northampton town centre and has new and loyal customers flocking to the restaurant daily.
Tamarind is not your average Indian restaurant. The waiters are dressed in authentic Indian attire, adding a sense of drama to your dining experience. Raspberry coloured carpets, dark wooden tables and chairs and cream walls keep the restaurant feeling chic, contemporary and luxurious. Owner, Naz, has recently expanded the restaurant, enlarging the first floor dining room to meet the overwhelming demand for the excellent cuisine. When you enter Tamarind, all guests are welcomed warmly by the friendly and professional staff who will continuously look after you from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.
The cuisine on offer is an authentic blend of Indian and Nepalese cuisines. Tamarind is home to Tipu Rahman who was named Indian Chef of the Year in 2009 after beating off competition from 5,000 global entrants. With dishes on offer such as Tipu’s incredibly popular mango chicken, as well as more recognised dishes such as chicken tikka masala and a beautiful king prawn zafrani; whole prawns brushed with butter and cooked in the tandoor on skewers and garnished with aubergine terrine and crisp okra. Nepalese dishes include Everest butter chicken and, for fish lovers, mardi macha, a mildly-flavoured roasted monkfish roasted in a cream and saffron sauce. Vegetarian diners at Tamarind will also be delighted with the range of unique dishes available.
Many will suspect that an Indian restaurant with Tamarind’s award-winning pedigree will involve a large cost, but the menu is incredibly good value for money and is not to be missed. Tamarind in Northampton is a truly exceptional restaurant that keeps diners coming back time after time due to the excellent service, beautiful venue and exceptional food.
Photography by Katrina Harrison.