Review Summary

8.4 based on 11 reviews
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    A pleasant enough curry house, with food that worked.

    Arrived at Tamarind at 7pm and it was pretty quiet but soon picked up at around 7:30-8pm and was quite full by then. I find the service good in the restaurant, although it was a little cold in their last night. I've been here a few times and the temperature does always seem to be on the nippy side (but maybe its just me). Food wise I ate the sharing platter for 2. I am quite a spicy eater (Jalfrezi / Madras) and had saw the 'Special Curry' which said it was fairly hot. When I asked the waiter how hot it was he told me it was medium and not that hot. So I said I would just have my normal Jalfrezi, but he said that he would get the kitchen to make the special curry just as hot, so I said go for it. The starters were nice, although parts of the meat on the Sheekh kebabs were a little chewy / fatty and when my curry came out it didn't have a sign of chilli in it, and my taste buds didn't pick up on a single bit of spice, which was very disappointing. I would have complained, but I was on a date and didn't want to kick up a fuss. I've been to this restaurant many times, and will keep coming back. I hadn't actually been for a little while, and parking out the back was always free after 6. When I came back out to my car I was shocked to have received a penalty notice for £50. No fault of the restaurant as its council parking, but be warned, there is a £1 charge for evening parking now. Overall the restaurant is a great place. Probably just had a small mix up on the curry spiceness which I will forgive them for. The temperature could do with being less cold, and next time I'll know to pay for the parking!

    Was my Father in Laws 80th Birthday so we treated him to the Tamarind. Generally very high standard far better than your average Indian Restaurant. Would recommend to other people and will be using again as the quality is good with an extensive and variety of choices on the menu. As often with this type of venue the desert menu was a little limited and the coffee was not the best but other than that I cannot fault it, a great evening & was well looked after!

    Overall a very positive experience. Excellent food & good service. Obviously a very popular venue. Perhaps a little noisy.

    First time at this restaurant and was not disappointed. Just a pity not many people were dining. I suppose people are eating out less on a Monday night

    This was our first visit to Tamarind but I can assure you it won't be our last. The ambience, service and meal was just out of this world. My wife and I were with our US visitor who needed some help with the dishes and this was given freely and explained very well. We were given suggestions by staff and shared some friendly banter. We needed the meals cooked with no coriander due to an allergy by our visitor but this was no problem and they made sure all our meals were cooked without it.
    We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

    Had eaten at the TAMARIND twice before, and would have to say we were slightly dissaponted with the food both my starter [chicken shaslick] and our main curry [Tamarind house special] were bland in my opinion [not sure if it was the main award winning chef's holiday time as it was over the Easter weekend]. Definatly had better curry at the Tamarind would have to say all else was fine with our evening there and we were offered complimentary drinks or coffee's at the end of our meal which we declined as we had to be somewhere else after our meal there, so have marked the food down for the above reason, however to be fair would go back on another occasion to give them another chance!

    By far the best curry I have ever had in the UK, I have never tasted such unique flavours, I can't believe it has taken me so many years to discover this restaurant, I will definitely be going back.

    As a frequent visitor to the Tamerind I was not surprised to find excellent service and superb food. Each member of staff goes the extra mile to make the visit a lasting pleasure.

    I think the Tamarind Restaurant offers the best indian food in Northampton. We go there quite a lot with family and friends and I always have a good meal and a good evening.

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5:30pm-Midnight (last orders 11pm)
5:30pm-Midnight (last orders 11pm)
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  • Ranked #61 of 107
  • Avg. main course: £8
  • 0.94 miles from Northampton
  • Indian

We say…

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.

last updated: 28 Mar 2019
151-153 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4DX
01604 231 194